— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Vermont for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Here’s a listing of several special events and activities offered at a discount to our AARP members in Vermont. Music, theatre, fitness, art and more… VSO AARP MENBERS DISCOUNT 20% off the adult ticket price Holiday Pops with VSO José Daniel Flores-Caraballo leads the Orchestra and Chorus in a festive program that ranges from an a cappella version of “Jingle Bells” to the blockbuster “Many Moods of Christmas.” We pay tribute to the late great Robert De Cormier with three …

— Almost half the people who work for private businesses in the state do not have a retirement savings plan through their employer, according to a 2015 AARP study. Beginning Jan. 15, many of those 104,000 workers will be able to start saving for their future under the Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan, thanks to a state law passed in 2017. The plan, managed by the State Treasurer’s office, is available to businesses that have up to 50 workers; self-employed individuals …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7 p.m. ET The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— AARP Vermont is presenting its most prestigious award for community service to Linda Bowden, a lead volunteer for livable communities and an advisory council member. Bowden, of Burlington, has worked with other volunteers and community partners on everything from bike-share programs to neighborhood walks taken to check on infrastructure, to monthly coffee-hour discussions. The Andrus Award for Community Service, which will be presented to Bowden at a ceremony on Nov. 8, is named for AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7 p.m. ET If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

— Join us in Killington for Aging in VT: Healthy Living Conference on Oct. 26. Featuring Guest Speaker Former Governor  Madeleine Kunin on her new book. Registration Deadline Extended to Wednesday, October 3rd The Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging (V4A) and the  Vermont Association of Senior Centers and Meal Providers (VASCAMP)  are pleased to be holding the 2nd annual Aging in Vermont Conference with the theme this year on healthy living.   Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Killington …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7 p.m. ET If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 7 p.m. ET The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— About 40,000 taxpayers who rely on Social Security will no longer pay state taxes on those benefits, thanks to the advocacy of AARP and its volunteers. AARP Vermont launched a campaign to provide recipients with overdue tax relief on these retirement benefits. Effective this tax year, single filers with up to $45,000 in adjusted gross income and couples earning up to $60,000 are exempt from state taxes on Social Security benefits.  

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— Retail prices for many of the most commonly-used brand name drugs by older adults rocketed upward by an average of 8.4 percent in 2017, outstripping the general inflation rate of 2.1 percent. The annual average cost of therapy for just one brand name drug increased to almost $6,800 in 2017.   For more than a decade, brand name drug prices have exceeded the general inflation rate of other consumer goods by a factor of two-fold to more than 100-fold, according …