— AARP Vermont held this live, interactive teletown hall call with guest speaker Congressman Peter Welch and hundreds of Vermonters on June 19. The topics of conversation were Medicare and the healthcare system in general. Congressman Welch explained why he voted no on the new proposed American Health Care Act bill. AARP strongly opposes the bill as well. Congressman Welch has a history of working against the rising costs of prescription drugs and spoke to this on the call. He explained …

— Vermont’s population is aging rapidly and cities and towns need to begin to make accommodations for a changing demographic across the state. That was one of the many issues addressed at the Smart Growth Summit held on June 16 at Champlain College and hosted by AARP Vermont and the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC). About 160 local officials, planners, policy makers, developers, advocates, and business people from across Vermont came together to share their insights and learn more during a …

— GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR BUSINESS EXCELLENCE IN SUPPORTING MATURE WORKERS To recognize Vermont employers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to employment practices that benefit and support the inclusion and retention of mature workers, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL), and the AARP in partnership with the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and the Governor are co-sponsoring this Governor’s Award.   Vermont places great value on the contributions of its older citizens. …

— AARP Vermont invites members to stay in the know about its advocacy on their behalf, opportunities to get involved and fun activities close to home. Learn the latest about the AARP state office’s efforts to help working people save for retirement and protect consumers from fraud. Enjoy local AARP discounts, and be the first to sign up for special events, such as AARP Vermont’s annual Day at the Lake. To sign up for occasional informative emails, send an email with …

— From Vermont Business Magazine – 5/19/17: In its final hours Thursday, the Legislature voted to approve S135, Vermont’s economic development omnibus bill. Section C of the bill sets up a secure public retirement option, the “Green Mountain Secure Retirement” plan, for small businesses. Pending due diligence by the Treasurer’s office, the goal is to implement the retirement plan by January 15, 2019. The program was proposed by Treasurer Beth Pearce’s Public Retirement Study Committee (link is external), which recommended a …

—  Have a Cup of Coffee on AARP Vermont          Coffee Hour: June 14th  from 9AM – 10AM:  Enjoy a free cup of coffee and get the latest scoop on Medicare.   AARP VT’s monthly coffee hour will host a guest speaker each month to lead discussions about relevant, timely topics that give you a chance to visit with neighbors and AARP Volunteers. June 14 Guest Speaker: Dana Reed, from Age Well Vermont, will provide an overview of Medicare …

— Join us for free webinars and live chats on how to use the latest tech tools. Technology can help you connect with friends and family, drive more safely, control home automation, search for jobs, care for loved ones, learn new skills, and more. But there’s so much new “tech” that it can be hard to keep track of it and how it can help you. Register for AARP’s Online Technology Fair and gain access to free live webinars, video chats …

— CarShare Vermont is making it easier for AARP members in Burlington and Winooski to drive whenever they want without owning a car. Beginning this month, the nonprofit organization is waiving its $30 application fee for AARP members. Those who join will have access to a fleet of neighborhood-based vehicles, including a truck and minivan, making it easy to run errands or enjoy a day trip in the mountains. Daily or hourly rates and standard mileage apply. Some Vermonters would rather …

— AARP Vermont and CarShare Vermont are partnering to offer AARP members a special deal when applying for a Car Share membership – they are waiving the $30 application fee! Cars are available throughout Burlington and Winooski, VT. Living in Vermont, everyone needs a car sometimes, but you don’t have to own one (or more) to enjoy the convenience of driving. When you join CarShare Vermont, you gain 24/7 access to our neighborhood-based fleet of vehicles. Grab a Prius for an …

Women to Women: Living Longer, Living Smarter

— Sharing space Some Vermonters who want to live at home as they age struggle to meet mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance premiums and maintenance costs. Some also find it hard to keep up with household chores. AARP Vermont suggests home sharing as a potential solution to such challenges. Two nonprofit organizations, Home Share Vermont and Home Share Now, match homeowners who have spare rooms with carefully screened housemates. Homeowners and their housemates negotiate a mutually agreeable arrangement, which may include …