—       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 …

— AARP Vermont held this live, interactive teletown hall call with guest speaker Congressman Peter Welch and hundreds of Vermonters on June 19. The topics of conversation were Medicare and the healthcare system in general. Congressman Welch explained why he voted no on the new proposed American Health Care Act bill. AARP strongly opposes the bill as well. Congressman Welch has a history of working against the rising costs of prescription drugs and spoke to this on the call. He explained …

—  Have a Cup of Coffee on AARP Vermont          Coffee Hour: June 14th  from 9AM – 10AM:  Enjoy a free cup of coffee and get the latest scoop on Medicare.   AARP VT’s monthly coffee hour will host a guest speaker each month to lead discussions about relevant, timely topics that give you a chance to visit with neighbors and AARP Volunteers. June 14 Guest Speaker: Dana Reed, from Age Well Vermont, will provide an overview of Medicare …

— If you were to ask a typical Vermonter how to fix health care in America, you can be sure [he/she] would not suggest that Washington allow insurance companies to price people out of affordable coverage. Yet Congress is now considering the American Health Care Act — a bill that would do just that. The bill would impose an “age tax” on older Americans.  That means people in their 50s and 60s who are buying health insurance on their own might …

— In a statement today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond announced AARP’s opposition to the House plan that would make changes to our current health care system, such as shortening the life of Medicare, hiking costs for those who can least afford higher insurance premiums, risking seniors’ ability to live independently, and giving tax breaks to big drug companies and health insurance companies: “AARP opposes this legislation, as introduced, that would weaken Medicare, leaving the door open to a voucher …