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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 …

—   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 …