— 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 …

—  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 …

— 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 …

— AARP Vermont and the Newport Community Renaissance Corp. (NCRC) are now accepting applications for the 2017 Community Action Sponsorship Program — as an effort to provide modest grants and technical support to community groups or individuals. The initiative is part of AARP’s work to enhance the Age Friendliness of Newport by preparing the community for the rapidly aging demographic shift — particularly in the areas of housing, mobility and community engagement. The grants will provide support to groups within Newport that …

— Explore your Real Possibilities   AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, over 135,000 of whom live right here in Vermont (VT). Our mission includes helping people age 50 and over turn goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthening communities and fighting for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, livable communities, caregiving, employment security and financial resiliency.  At AARP, we believe age and experience expand your possibilities. AARP VT …

— It’s been many years since most residents got their driver’s license. Yet, the driving experience is significantly different from even a decade ago—changing vehicles, changing technology, changing road rules, and even changing roadways. Residents can refresh their skills and have the opportunity to save money on their car insurance with the AARP Smart Driver™ course being offered at the AARP Vermont offices at 199 Main St 2nd Fl. in downtown Burlington. The class runs from 9 am – 1:30 pm. …

— 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 …

— 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 …