— 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!

— 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 …

— 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 …

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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 …

—       The Vermont Senior Games invites you to join in.  The VSG  is dedicated to promoting healthy aging through sport for people over 50. With a focus on “Fun, Fitness, Fellowship” there is a place for everyone in the games. Test yourself against the best or just compete in some fun sport.  Meet others with similar interests. Tennis, golf, track, cycling, road racing, swimming, hoops and the list goes on. Qualifiers get to represent Vermont at the National …

—    Nearly one in four Vermonters age 65 and older engage in risky alcohol use – a level significantly higher than the national average of 19 percent, and Vermont health officials are working to reach out to this often-overlooked population of people who drink.   “Alcohol affects the body differently as we get older,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “Aging lowers the body’s tolerance for alcohol. Which means the amount of alcohol you used to be able to handle …

— The Community Sailing Center on Lake Champlain in Burlington is offering discount sailing lessons for AARP members. The offer is 15 percent off classes taught by expert skippers on keel boats and smaller craft. Choose from an active hands-on introduction to sailing on a two-person vessel or a more relaxed experience with several adults learning together on a larger boat. Morning, evening and weekend sessions are available thoughout the summer. To register, go to communitysailingcenter.org/sailing/adult-programs and use promo code 50Plus, …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— By: Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont State Director Legislation has consequences. The most recent Senate Bill — Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) – poses devastating repercussions for thousands of Vermonters.  It’s no better than the House proposal and certainly not “Better Care” in any way, shape or form! This bill would increase costs and risks for Vermonters, including: seniors, children and adults with disabilities, all of us with pre-existing conditions, and especially people age 50-64. But, let’s start with Vermont taxpayers …

— Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that the Attorney General’s Office will host a public forum on the cost of health care in Vermont on July 11th in Burlington. The forum will provide information on how the cost of health care is determined in Vermont and the process for the public to give comments to the Green Mountain Care Board. The Attorney General will be joined at the forum by Judy Henkin, General Counsel of the Green Mountain Care Board, Mike …