— The state’s population is aging, and AARP Vermont wants to help communities plan for that change. AARP is working with policymakers, developers and business people on smart approaches to housing, transportation and infrastructure improvements. In June, AARP and the Vermont Natural Resources Council hosted a Smart Growth Summit at Champlain College. Participants “took away ideas and information that they can act upon, share with colleagues and build into their work,” said Kelly Stoddard-Poor, AARP Vermont director of community outreach. Among …

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 …

— A new law passed last year will have positive impacts on the quality of life for older adults residing in your community.  Act 115, Disclosure of Compliance with Accessibility Standards, requires newly developed single and multi-family units meet accessibility standards at the time of sale.  It requires the seller of new residential construction to provide written disclosure to a prospective buyer detailing whether the residential construction is in compliance with accessibility standards. Inclusive, accessible communities are critical to our state’s …

— If you’re trying to sell your timeshare, be forewarned about a timeshare resale scam. You may get a call from a company that claims to have a buyer. The caller will even give you the name and phone number of the prospective buyer, who will confirm interest. The caller faxes you legitimate-looking paperwork, along with a request for a credit card number for escrow and title services – with a promise you’ll get that money back once the deal closes. …

— Have a coffee on us and share ideas on how to make Greater Burlington more livable! Whether you are 8 or 80, your community should be an inclusive and accessible environment that encourages active, healthy living.   A large part of AARP VT’s focus is on making communities even better places for people of all ages to live and thrive. Visit with neighbors, locals and AARP Volunteers over a cup of coffee or tea and find out more about upcoming activities …

A new report is out on the housing market for senior citizens in the United States.

— Home Share Vermont — A National Model AARP recently conducted a survey to find out where people want to live when they retire. You may think a warm-weather climate topped the list, but the No. 1 place was right where they are now. More than two-third of respondents — 69 percent — said they want to stay in their homes and the communities where they currently live. Staying put has a lot of benefits — you’ll be near your friends …

— Through a grant from AARP Vermont, refugee families in Burlington are participating in Parent University, a program that involves parents, grandparents and other guardians in their children’s education. Classes focus on nutrition, first aid, financial literacy, parenting skills, computer literacy and English. Over 95 percent of participants have reported increased confidence and deeper engagement in their children’s education. “Several local organizations help refugee families resettle, find jobs and adapt to life in Vermont, but little support has been available to …

— Cars have changed. So have the traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers age 50-plus have never looked back since they got their first driver’s licenses, but even the most experienced benefit from brushing up on their driving skills.   What you’ll learn: Students in this 4-hour will learn current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. You’ll learn adjustments …

— 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 …

— June 21, 2016 “AARP Vermont is not surprised to hear that another cost increase – nearly $12 million — has been announced by Vermont Gas Systems and that ratepayers are once again going to take a direct hit for a portion of it. This is a project that company officials have repeatedly assured the public will come in “on time and on budget.” Clearly this is not the case.  Costs continue to pile up and the company now expects customers …