—           AARP Vermont Fraud Watch Network needs you!   We are recruiting volunteers to act as team members in our efforts to protect Vermonters from becoming victims of fraud and scams.  What is AARP Fraud Watch?  The program is part of a nation-wide effort to educate the public on the nature fraud and the various forms it takes.  In Vermont, we conduct presentations for groups and organizations on a variety of topics, we distribute literature by staffing …

—   Enjoy a free cup of coffee and participate in a discussion of new approaches to community health care delivery.   This month’s speaker is Jane Alsofrom from Imaging the World. ITW is changing global medicine through a revolutionary concept integrating technology, training and community to bring medical expertise and high quality health care to remote and under-served areas worldwide.  It is a Burlington based organization. A Q&A and discussion will follow. AARP VT’s monthly coffee hour focuses on discussions about …

— Over the past six years, Vermont has dramatically improved services that help people continue to live at home as they age. A 2017 scorecard measuring state performance in providing such services ranked Vermont third overall—up from 20th in 2011. The Green Mountain State has shown more improvement than any other state in making services affordable and accessible for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers. Recognizing this achievement, the SCAN Foundation awarded the inaugural Pacesetter Prize for Affordability and …

— WASHINGTON, DC—AARP today sent a letter to the U.S. Senate expressing concerns about tens of billions of dollars in potential cuts to Medicare next year alone, as well as potential tax increases or little or no tax relief for older Americans. The full text of the letter to the Senate is below:   Dear Senator: On behalf of our members and all Americans age 50 and older, AARP is writing to express our views on the Senate’s Tax Cuts and …

— AARP Vermont partnered with Smart Growth America on Nov. 6 to host a Vermont-specific webinar on implementing complete streets principles in rural and small towns across the state. Attendees and officials from towns and villages across Vermont participated. Complete Streets policies ensure that transportation agencies and municipalities routinely design and operate the right of ways to enable safe access for everyone on the road. Complete Streets guidelines make community and roadway planners think about how people can access the community …

— In case you haven’t noticed, the holiday season arrived early this year (right after Labor Day) and once again the Grinch in the form of a con-artist is working hard to ruin your celebrations.  In this two-part series, we’ll look at a number of ways criminals are working to separate you from your money. Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales have become a major part of the shopping season on the con-artist calendar.  A “new” twist seen this year is …

— In cooperation with the state Office of Attorney General and Department of Public Safety, AARP Vermont is spreading the word about VT Scam Alert, a new component of VT-Alert, the state’s emergency notification system. Vermonters can sign up to receive alerts by email, text or recorded telephone messages when a new scam is making the rounds. Each alert describes a scam and explains what to do if you have been contacted or lost money. The Federal Trade Commission received more …

— Join us online for free webinars, interactive videos, live chats and more AARP’s Online Family Caregiving Fair is Thursday, November 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET As a child, your parents provided the care. Now the roles are changing. If you’re one of over 40 million adults in the U.S. who provide unpaid care to a family member — or a first-time caregiver looking for helpful tips and advice, the AARP Online Family Caregiving Fair will help you make …

— How can he help you build your new business? From Passion to Profit, Part 2: Veteran Entrepreneurship takes place on Thursday, November 9, 2017 / 3:00 p.m. EST If you’re a veteran thinking about starting your own business, join AARP for a live webinar and hear from all of our inspiring veteran entrepreneurs as they share their journeys of starting and succeeding in business. Get new business insights from: Lee Dougherty, founder and host of Objective Rally Point networking event for …

— Enjoy a free cup of coffee and get the latest scoop on what’s happening with transportation in Chittenden County, an important issue facing older Vermonters.   Neighborhood Rides will be sharing information about their new program.  Learn more about public transit, ways you can volunteer and get involved in transit planning. Skinny Pancake, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 9:00am -10:00am 60 Lake St, Burlington, VT 05401 AARP VT’s monthly coffee hour focuses on discussions about relevant, timely topics and give you a chance …