— 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 …

— Change always starts with a good idea and energy…and sometimes a little jump start! As a way to encourage and support grassroots action to make Burlington more livable, AARP Vermont is once again offering Community Action Grants to provide modest funding and technical support to community groups or individuals. The initiative is part of the Livable BTV, an AARP Vermont initiative aimed at preparing Burlington for the rapidly aging demographic shift – particularly in the areas of housing, mobility and …

—  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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— For people who don’t drive, it can be hard to find convenient, affordable transportation for medical appointments, grocery shopping and other errands. That’s why AARP is recruiting volunteer drivers for Community Rides, a statewide program that offers free round trips for older Vermonters, people with disabilities and Medicaid patients. “This program provides a critical service in all corners of Vermont, and the need for volunteers has never been greater, especially in rural areas,” said Dave Reville, a spokesman for AARP …

— Bethel Better Block Final Report In 2016 Team Better Block partnered with AARP Vermont to spotlight how place-making and community design influence successful aging, health, economic vitality and overall livability. Bethel, VT was chosen as the recipient and a Better Block project took place over a weekend in early October to create pop-up businesses, street modifications, new public spaces and many other small interventions aimed at improving livability in the downtown corridor. The $15,000 initiative is an approach to revitalization …

— 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 …