— 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 …

—   Are you a musician…or just into music?  There’s a non-profit in Burlington that could use your help on some projects. Big Heavy World has been preserving and promoting Vermont-made music since 1996. It’s a volunteer-staffed music office that provides technical support, mentoring and promotion for every kind of music and creates resources for all to share. They bring Vermont musicians together. Volunteer!  Big Heavy operates 105.9FM The Radiator, a truly local community radio station.  AARP members are welcome to …

—   Enjoy a free cup of coffee and participate in a discussion of new approaches to community health care delivery.   This month’s speaker is Jane Alsofrom from Imaging the World. ITW is changing global medicine through a revolutionary concept integrating technology, training and community to bring medical expertise and high quality health care to remote and under-served areas worldwide.  It is a Burlington based organization. A Q&A and discussion will follow. AARP VT’s monthly coffee hour focuses on discussions about …

— Over the past six years, Vermont has dramatically improved services that help people continue to live at home as they age. A 2017 scorecard measuring state performance in providing such services ranked Vermont third overall—up from 20th in 2011. The Green Mountain State has shown more improvement than any other state in making services affordable and accessible for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers. Recognizing this achievement, the SCAN Foundation awarded the inaugural Pacesetter Prize for Affordability and …

— 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 …

— Flynn Shows — 15% Ticket Discount for AARP members! Take advantage of a special 15% discount offer for two great fall shows at the Flynn Center. John Cleese & Monty Python and the Holy Grail appear on September 21. On October 6, Wynton Marsalis & the Lincoln Center Orchestra perform. Go to the website  to buy tickets. Use code “AARP”. John Cleese & Monty Python and the Holy Grail September 21, 2017 7:30 PM Location: Flynn Center 153 Main Steet …

— Change always starts with a good idea and energy…and sometimes a little jump start! As a way to encourage and support grassroots action to make Burlington more livable, AARP Vermont is once again offering Community Action Grants to provide modest funding and technical support to community groups or individuals. The initiative is part of the Livable BTV, an AARP Vermont initiative aimed at preparing Burlington for the rapidly aging demographic shift – particularly in the areas of housing, mobility and …

— Vermont’s population is aging rapidly and cities and towns need to begin to make accommodations for a changing demographic across the state. That was one of the many issues addressed at the Smart Growth Summit held on June 16 at Champlain College and hosted by AARP Vermont and the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC). About 160 local officials, planners, policy makers, developers, advocates, and business people from across Vermont came together to share their insights and learn more during a …

—  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 …