Time to Brush up on Your Driving Skills?

Posted on 05/23/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Vermont The AARP Smart Driver® Program, a classroom driver refresher course, is offered regularly throughout Vermont.   Program content addresses the changes that occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time as we age and provides useful driving safety tips for handling these changes.  The course also reviews how changes in vehicles and roadways affect driving safety featuring new research-based content and information regarding Vermont motor vehicle laws.  Updated content includes discussion of health and mental acuity as well as approaches to limit the need to …

AARP Live Looks at Fraud on Thursday Night Show

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Home & Family | Money & Work | Vermont Frauds and scams will be the focus of this month’s AARP Live airing Thursday, May 22nd at 10 p.m. ET on the RFD-TV network.   May is Older American’s month and, unfortunately, older Americans are often the target of con artists. We’ll go inside the mind of one crook as he reveals how he was so successful scamming grandparents. And, we’ll share tips and information how to keep you from becoming a victim.  Panelists on this month’s show will include …

Tune in for Tips On Fraud Prevention

Posted on 05/13/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Events | Home & Family | Money & Work | Vermont Did you know that every three seconds someone’s identity is stolen? Con artists have been around since the dawn of time, but the problem is worse today that ever, and older Americans are in the crosshairs of these criminals.  Last year alone, 12.6 million citizens were victims of identity theft! How can you protect yourself from identity theft and fraud? What are some of the ways these scammers get you to take the bait – even when you think you …

Governor Signs Bill Preventing Predatory Pension Lending

Posted on 04/22/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Money & Work | Vermont   Governor Peter Shumlin today signed a bill into law that effectively prevents predatory online lending institutions from preying upon older Vermonters.  The legislation, drafted by AARP Vermont and others, impacts companies offering cash advances to pensioners in exchange for part or all of their pension payments – often at very high interest rates. The new law requires these companies to register with the state and comply with strict regulations on interest rates, disclosures, etc. — or face stiff penalties. …

Walk and Roll to Schools with Neighborhood Kids!

Posted on 04/21/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Vermont Start your day with a brisk walk to school along with a group of local school children as part of the second annual Vermont Intergenerational Walk and Roll to School Day on May 7, 2014. Last year nearly 50 elementary schools across the state took part in the event by holding a walk/bike to school event in their community and connecting kids with older residents.   “This event really took off last year and we are hoping to build on it …

“ Observation Status” and Vermonters: Learn How to Protect Yourself!

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Vermont    Seniors, families and friends, and professionals are invited to learn how to navigate this complicated Medicare provision when faced with a hospital short stay. “Observation status” is a Medicare designation for a hospital stay that patients experience as inpatients receiving care, but that Medicare considers outpatient. Increasingly, many Vermonters, like seniors across the country, have already suffered financial hardship particularly with rehab and nursing home bills when they transfer from the hospital from a short stay because Medicare will …