— Debunking the myth that older people drain resources, AARP Vermont is promoting public awareness of a study that shows Vermonters 50-plus are a boon to the state’s economy. Residents 50 and older make up 41 percent of the state population, yet account for 47 percent (or $14.3 billion) of its economic output, according to the 2017 Longevity Economy report, prepared by Oxford Economics for AARP. Moreover, residents 50-plus account for 62 percent of consumer spending in the state. “Clearly, people …

—   2018 is proving to be a busy year at AARP Vermont. From protecting Medicare and Social Security to cutting VT tax on Social Security and fraud prevention outreach, your team in Vermont is on the job. That’s why we want to give you a special opportunity to get occasional updates on the issues that matter to older Vermonters, by joining our mobile team. When you join, you’ll get alerts via text message and you’ll be the first to receive …

— AARP is focused on a placemaking process that incorporates the needs and desires of a community to catalyze quick improvements and promote true livability.  A partnership between AARP VT, VDH, YMCA, Community Workshop and ACCD is interested in exploring how placemaking can help grow strong local economies, support, healthy active lifestyles for people of all ages and ability while strengthening a community’s historical, natural and cultural assets. Two recent workshops in Brattleboro and Burlington featured presentations and discussion on how …

— Message from AARP Vermont on Gov. Scott’s Budget Address “AARP Vermont is pleased to have heard Governor Scott strongly endorse the move to reduce and eliminate the state’s taxation of Social Security benefits for older and low income Vermonters – legislation AARP Vermont is working hard to see through to passage. Social Security provides a basic foundation of income stability for retirees and their families.  As one of only four states that tax these benefits, our Governor and legislators alike …

—   By Marie Houghton, AARP Vermont State President   1984 was a big year in Vermont and beyond. Madeline Kunin was elected Vermont’s first woman governor, Apple unveiled the Mac PC, and Phish played at Nectors each week. It’s also the year Vermonters began paying taxes on their Social Security benefits.   Some 34 years later a lot has changed.  Apple devices are everywhere, Phish sold out 13 nights at Madison Square Garden, and… Vermonters are paying taxes on even …

— AARP Vermont is urging legislators to take action in 2018 to reduce state income taxes on Social Security benefits. The Green Mountain State is one of four states that tax Social Security at the same income levels as the federal government does. Individuals with annual income of more than $25,000 and couples with more than $32,000 face state taxes on their benefits. Those thresholds have not increased in nearly 30 years, despite inflation. About 145,000 Vermonters receive Social Security. Vermonters …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Public Talk and Call To Action with Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy Jeff Chester, Director of the Center for Digital Democracy and national advocate for media justice, joins us on Thursday, November 9th at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Burlington, VT for a provocative and timely talk about how Big Data threatens to change Politics and Democracy forever and what we can do to stop it. The event begins at 5.30 with a reception, followed by the Public …