Burlington’s Road to Sustainability

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy | Vermont   Sustainable Communities by Bruce Seifer Burlington is the largest municipality in the state of Vermont by far. Situated on the edge of Lake Champlain, the city boasts a hospital, five colleges, and quality-of-life amenities that include a bike path, a boat house, historic architecture, a marina, and parks. But it wasn’t always so ideal. When I first began working for the municipal government over 30 years ago, this city of 37,894 was on the decline. Bernard Sanders had just …

Report: Revamp Data on Medical Costs

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Vermont Vermont is not meeting its legal obligation to inform consumers about variations in medical costs depending on where they seek care, according to a recent report from State Auditor Doug Hoffer (D). The report calls for revamping the state’s health claims database to allow consumers to compare prices online. Launched in 2009, the Vermont Health Care Uniform Reporting and Evaluation System (VHCURES) was created not only to help policymakers improve the state’s health care system, but also to help consumers …

AARP Live Returns August 21st with Conversation on Scams

Posted on 08/21/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Events | Money & Work | Vermont  Con artists are working overtime to steal your personal information but you can learn how to protect yourself. Watch AARP Live Thursday, August 21st at 10 p.m. ET. We’ll hear from long-time AARP employee Sally Hurme whose husband Art was the victim of the Imposter Scam – also known as the Grandparent Scam. We’ll also talk about the Jury Scam, the AARP Medical Device Scam and showcase how state offices around the country are helping AARP members protect themselves from …

Free Shredding Days

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Events | Home & Family | Vermont Fight Fraud — Shred Instead! Bring your boxes or bags of documents, bank statements, credit card junk mail, etc. and watch it shredded at our free shredding day in South Burlington and Rutland. Please, no more than three boxes or bags per person. Paper clips and staples don’t need to be removed.                             South Burlington: Saturday, Sept. 20, 9:00 AM -12 noon Lot Behind Walgreen’s 514 Farrell …

No 401(k)? You Have Options

Posted on 08/11/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Money & Work | Vermont Are you working for an employer that doesn’t offer a 401(k)-type retirement savings plan? This can be a real worry for millions of working Americans, who fear they can’t effectively save for retirement without a 401(k).   The good news is you still can save for retirement and work toward self-sufficiency when it comes time for you to stop working. And it’s easier than you may think.   AARP offers a variety of resources to help you plan for your …

North Avenue: A Complete Street in the Making

Posted on 07/21/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Vermont If you live in or around Burlington, chances are you have driven North Avenue.  This important street is the backbone of the New North End as well as a key connection between the New North End and the Waterfront and Downtown. What is less likely is that you have biked North Avenue, or walked along it for any distance.    Over the last year or so, a group of citizens and municipal staff have been working hard on the “North …