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— AARP VT Voter Guide for the 2016 Gubernatorial Election AARP VT produced this guide to help you find out what the two candidates for Vermont Governor are saying about utility regulation in Vermont. AARP is committed to helping you get the facts you need to choose candidates who reflect your views and values. We are nonpartisan — we don’t support or oppose any political candidates or contribute any money to campaigns or political action committees. Our priority is ensuring you …

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— AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, is seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation.  Tax season, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers help prepare federal and state tax returns for low and middle income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. Volunteers of all backgrounds are welcome and some computer skills are an extra bonus.  You do not need to be an AARP member nor a retiree and no prior experience in tax preparation is …

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— For the first time in six years, the state’s gubernatorial race does not include an incumbent. That means AARP has a greater opportunity to help frame the agenda. AARP Vermont met with each of the major-party candidates before the primary and published a voter guide to their positions on issues such as affordable utilities and ratepayer representation. In addition, AARP is sponsoring a candidates forum on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center in …

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— Joys and Challenges Facing Military Caregivers featuring MG Antonio M. Taguba, USA (Ret.) and Meg Kabat, Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday, September 8th 2pm ET/1pm CT REGISTER HERE After his parents became ill, Major General Antonio “Tony” Taguba and his siblings found themselves unprepared to care for them. Faced with tough decisions about health and finances, they found a way to care for their parents the best they could. Join Major General Taguba and Meg Kabat, National Director, Caregiver Support …

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— Utility regulation in Vermont can be a very complicated process and one that most citizens do not fully understand. AARP Vermont is working hard to shed  light on some of the problems with the current approach to regulating electric and natural gas utility companies — especially as it relates to the rates you pay. A new, independent report just released by AARP Vermont (attached below) shows how Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) has been operating under what is known as an …

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— Meet the next Vermont Governor! AARP VT invites you to attend candidate forum on Oct. 10 with Phil Scott and Sue Minter.  Find out how each candidate stands on issues important to older Vermonters such as transportation challenges, high utility bills or housing issues. Ask your own questions—face to face. Oct. 10, 2016 — 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30) DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center, 1117 Williston Rd., So. Burlington, VT To be broadcast live on VT PBS.

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— Unstuck! Lightening the Heart of the Family Caregiver With Humor featuring Peter Rosenberger Thursday, August 25th  7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT Listen up family caregivers: humor is an expression of a healthy heart — not a defense mechanism! After more than 30 years as a family caregiver for his wife, Gracie, including 78 operations, 60 doctors in 12 hospitals and $9 million in medical bills, Peter Rosenberger has learned: it’s OK to laugh! Join him for this free online event …

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— Lowering the Cost of Prescription Drugs By Senator Patrick Leahy For far too long, Americans have struggled to cope with the rising costs of prescription drugs.  And when brand name companies can drive up the price of drugs by using predatory practices, we all suffer.  Illnesses get worse.  Families, government programs, and other payers in the healthcare system ultimately bear those added, unnecessary costs. The problem of rising drugs costs is only getting worse.  Last year, Americans learned of the …

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— Chicago, IL— At a forum on Social Security today, AARP leaders released results of a new poll of likely battleground state likely women voters age 50 and over who believe candidates have not done enough to tell them about their Social Security plans and also believe that within several years, the next President needs to take action to update the program.   On Sunday, Social Security turned 81, and at today’s forum experts discussed differing opinions about the future of …

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— Sometimes all it takes to make a difference is a little nudge. That’s what happened when AARP Vermont elected to support a small educational program in Burlington serving New American parents and grandparents.  A modest grant from AARP Vermont to Parent University leveraged real progress in reaching a population that was largely ignored. The sponsorship was critical to the program’s success over the past year and helped it reach older adults among the New American population, providing valuable education while …