— 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!

— For more than 70 years, the annual Town Officer Education Conferences have provided an opportunity for municipal officials and citizen volunteers to receive updates on tax laws; learn about new technology, procedures and programs; and discuss other job-related matters. The conferences, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension in collaboration with several partner organizations, will be held on April 4, 2019 at Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, and on April 11, 2019 at the Holiday Inn, Rutland. The program will workshop …

— By Greg Marchildon, State Director, AARP Vermont There was a time when access to the internet was a luxury and even a novelty. Those days are long gone. Today, fast, reliable and affordable access to the internet is as much a necessity as electricity. All aspects of our lives are touched by the digital revolution: Children need access to do their homework, businesses require a connection to serve their customers and we all need the internet to stay connected with …

— Burlington voters participated in a discussion between the candidates for city council about the future of transportation, housing, job growth, and mobility at a candidate forum on Feb. 20. Voters learned more about how the next City Council will make Burlington a more livable city for people of all ages. Following is a video of the event provided by CCTV of Burlington. The event was sponsored by AARP VT and BBA. City Council Candidate Forum

— AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins released the following statement in response to the State of the Union address this evening: “In tonight’s State of the Union address, AARP was heartened to hear the President highlight the growing crisis of skyrocketing prescription drug prices. Many Americans, particularly older adults and seniors, are struggling financially to afford their medications. “Prescription drug prices have reached a crisis point. Too many Americans are being forced to choose between paying for the medicines they need …

— January 9th, 2019, marked the start of a new legislative biennium in the Vermont General Assembly. The Democrats this session have 95 seats in the House and 102 votes if members of the Progressive party vote with them. Here is a rundown of Committee assignments. In the House there are 7 new Chairs of Committees: •    House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife – Rep. Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury) •    House Commerce and Economic Development – Rep. Mike Marcotte (R-Coventry) …

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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 …

— Early Voting Opens Tomorrow! This Saturday, Sept. 22, marks the official opening date for early and absentee voting in Vermont for the November 6th election. With the elections just around the corner, AARP wants to make sure you are informed on the issues that matter most to you. With that said, please find below a list of upcoming events for both gubernatorial candidates so that you may have the opportunity to learn more about each candidate and what they stand …

—   For more than 20 years AARP Vermont has been representing the interests of ratepayers in utility cases before the Vermont Public Utility Commission. It has been a long, expensive and frustrating battle. Over those two decades AARP Vermont has stood up for consumers in a number of high profile cases: we opposed rate designs that shifted costs to residential ratepayers; fought to lower unfairly high rate increases; opposed sweetheart deals to lower electric rates for large industrial companies like …

— Walk Audit Report The growing population over 50 represents both a transformative force by itself and a net asset to the city of Burlington. In 2006, AARP Vermont launched the Burlington Livable Community Project, a collaborative approach to planning for the demands an aging population will place on Burlington as a city, its residents, and its resources while recognizing how older adults will continue to fuel economic activity far longer than past generations have. Today, AARP Vermont’s efforts for a …

— 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 …