New VT Law — Put Down the Cell Phone While Driving!

Posted on 09/11/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Vermont It’s time to put down the cell phone….at least when you’re behind the wheel. On October 1st a new handheld device law goes into effect impacting all drivers on Vermont roads.  It is already illegal for any driver to text while driving or to use a portable electronic or computing device in a work zone, and for drivers under age 18 to use a handheld device anywhere. But on October 1, that ban will be extended to all drivers everywhere …

Celebrate our Burlington’s Streets! Sept. 21

Posted on 09/8/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Vermont One of the Biggest Events of the Year…Vermont’s First Ciclovia!  Sunday, September 21, 2014  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Open Streets BTV is a celebration of one of the city’s largest public spaces — our streets! For the first Open Streets BTV event, three miles of streets in the Old North End neighborhood will be closed to cars and opened to people.  The event will provide residents and visitors with places to mingle, play, and shop, all while promoting healthy …

Just Redesigned! AARP Smart Driver Refresher Course

Posted on 09/4/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

About AARP | Home & Family | Vermont The AARP Smart Driver Safety Course has a new look! Available in all areas of the state, this program features newly produced text and audio-visual materials with an emphasis on data-based research and Vermont motor vehicle law.  While we focus on the needs of older drivers, the program is appropriate for any age. Classes are four hours in length and address how changes in roads, vehicles, and ourselves affect our driving and safety. By taking a driver safety course you’ll learn …

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 …