Aging & Elder Issues

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Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living

Agency of Human Services
280 State Drive, HC 2 South
Waterbury, VT 05671-2020
(802) 241-2401
dail.vermont.gov/

The Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living helps older persons and disabled adults live independently, find meaningful employment, receive quality health care services, and live free from abuse and neglect.  The agency also provides updates for local events and opportunities for older persons/adults with disabilities to take advantage of, such as clubs, community programs, etc.
 

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

AARP Vermont
199 Main Street, Suite 225
Burlington, VT 05401
(866) 227-7451
vtaarp@aarp.org

National Office
601 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20049
(888) 687-2277 / (877) 434-7598 (TTY)
aarp.org

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provides information and programs to protect the rights of retired people and enhance their quality of life.
 

Adult Day Centers

dail.vermont.gov/dail-programs/dail-programs-providers/dail-providers-list-adc/dail-adc-providers-default-page

Adult Day Centers provide an array of services to help older adults and adults with disabilities to remain as independent as possible in their own homes. Adult day services provide programs during the daytime. Programs include activities, social interaction, nutritious meals, health screening and monitoring, personal care, and transportation. Respite for family caregivers is also available.
 

Adult Protective Services (APS)

The Division of Licensing and Protection
HC 2 South, 280 State Drive
Waterbury, Vermont 05671
(802) 241-0512
Call 1-800-564-1612 or 802 871-3317 to report abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult
dlp.vermont.gov
 

Adult Protective Services (APS) is a public safety program within the Division of Licensing and Protection (DLP) of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living. APS is tasked with receiving and investigating allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable elderly and disabled adults in Vermont. Investigations are conducted to determine the validity of allegations and when warranted, include the coordination of protective services to address critical safety concerns. The APS Program maintains a registry of substantiated perpetrators of abuse and performs checks of that registry for employers that provide care and services to vulnerable adults. APS is also involved in community education programs to raise public awareness of abuse issues, stimulate prevention efforts, and educate personal care staff members about their mandatory reporting responsibilities.
 

AREA AGENCIES ON AGING

Statewide Senior HelpLine:
800-642-5119 (voice / TDD)

Local Area Agencies on Aging offer information and referral on issues relating to aging. They provide help with personal care services, assisted living, case management, home health care and medication assistance. There are 5 area agencies:

Age Well (Formerly CVAA)

76 Pearl Street, Suite 201
Essex Junction, VT 05452
(802) 865-0360 / (800) 639-2084
agewellvt.org

Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont

56 Main Street, Suite 202
Springfield, VT 05156
(802) 885-2655
http://www.seniorsolutionsvt.org/

Central Vermont Council on Aging

59 N. Main Street, Suite 200
Barre VT 05641-4121
(802) 479-0531
cvcoa.org

Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging

St. Johnsbury Office
481 Summer Street, Suite 101
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-5182

Newport Office
Derby Time Square
5452 US Route 5, Suite A
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-2190

Hardwick Office
Merchant’s Bank Building
84 Vermont Route 15 West
Hardwick, VT 05843
(802) 472-6525 (Wednesdays & by appointment)

Island Pond Office
32 Main Street
Island Pond, VT 05846
(802) 723-3013 (Wednesdays & by appointment)
http://nekcouncil.org/

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging

Rutland Office
1085 US Route 4 East, Unit 2B
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802)-786-5990

Bennington Office
160 Benmont Avenue, Suite 90
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-5436
svcoa.org

 

Community of Vermont Elders (COVE)

P.O. Box 1276
73 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602-2944
(802) 229-4731
COVE@vermontelders.org
vermontelders.org

COVE is a group of organizations, individual senior citizens, and young people who believe that Vermont Elders deserve to live healthy, satisfying lives, and make their own choices about aging successfully. Since 1981, COVE’s team of volunteers, policy specialists and staff have worked to improve Vermont’s elder policy and programs.
 

HomeShare Vermont

Northwestern Vermont Office
412 Farrel Street
South Burlington, VT 05403
(802) 863-5625
home@sover.net
homesharevermont.org

Central Vermont Office
455 North Main Street, No. 1114
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 479-8544
info@homesharenow.org
homesharecvt.org

HomeShare Vermont helps elders and people with disabilities to remain at home by bringing them together with people seeking housing and/or caregiving opportunities. Applicants and participants are all carefully screened to ensure that the process is safe and that housemates are best-suited to one another.
 

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

(800) 889-2047
vtlegalaid.org/our-projects/vermont-long-term-care-ombudsman/

The Vermont Ombudsman Project (VOP) protects the health, welfare and rights of people who live in long term care facilities, including nursing homes, residential care homes and assisted living residences. It also helps people who receive long term care services in their homes through Choices for Care (CFC).The project improves Vermont’s long term care system through individual complaint resolution, education and administrative and legislative advocacy.
 

Older Women's League (OWL)

1627 Eye Street, NW Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 567-2606
info@owl-national.org
owl-national.org/

As the only national grassroots membership organization to focus solely on issues unique to women as they age, OWL strives to improve the status and quality of life of midlife and older women. OWL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that accomplishes its work through research, education, and advocacy activities conducted through a chapter network.
 

Social Security Administration (SSA)

800-772-1213 (statewide)
800-325-0778 (TDD / statewide)
ssa.gov

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides information, answers questions, and informs elder Americans about their social security rights and benefits.

Burlington Office
58 Pearl Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(877) 840-5776 / (800) 325-0778 (TTY)

Montpelier Office
33 School Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(877) 505-4542 / (802)-223-0586 (TTY)

Rutland Office
330 Asa Bloomer Office Building
Rutland, VT 05701
(866) 690-1944 / (802) 773-3202 (TTY)

 

The Vermont Assembly of Home Health and Hospice Agencies

137 Elm St
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-0579 / (855) 484-3862

vnavt@comcast.net
vnavt.com/

The Vermont Assembly of Home Health and Hospice Agencies is the professional association for the not-for-profit home health and hospice agencies and Visiting Nurse Associations in Vermont. This organization is dedicated to providing universal access to medical/hospice services throughout the state.
 

Vermont Associates for Training and Development

Main Office
PO Box 107
3 Champlain Commons, Suite 2
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-3200 / (800) 439-3307
info@vermontassociates.org
vermontassociates.org   

Help with self-assessments, skills training, placement, and job searches for income-eligible mature workers. There are seven offices across Vermont:

Bennington Office
VDOL Office
Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Suite 2
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 447-2877

Brattleboro Office
28 Vernon Street, Suite 431
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-9398

Burlington Office
VDOL Office
63 Pearl Street
Burlington, VT 05401-4331
(802) 651-1687

Montpelier Office
27 Main Street, Suite #5
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 828-0036

Rutland Office
VDOL Office
200 Asa Bloomer Building
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 282-4423

St. Johnsbury Office
459 Portland Street, Suite 104
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-8635

 

Vermont Center for Independent Living

Main Office
11 East Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-0501 / (800) 639-1522 (voice / TTY)
vcil.org

The Vermont Center for Independent Living provides peer advocacy counseling which includes one-on-one support. By working with peer counselors, individuals with disabilities learn how to do their own problem solving and enhance their ability to advocate themselves. Through the Center, programs and resources such as Meals on Wheels, The Ed Roberts Library, and the Home Access Program are available by contacting any office for information.

Bennington Office
P.O. Box 82
601 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 447-0574 (voice / TTY) / (802) 681-9096 (Videophone)

Brattleboro Office
28 Vernon St., Suite 317
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-6851 / (802) 264-0328 (TTY) / (802)275-0099 (Videophone)

Burlington Office
7 Kilburn St., Suite 312
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 861-2896 / (802) 881-0138 (Videophone)

Morrisville Office
85 Portland St.
Morrisville, VT 05661
(802) 888-2180

 

Vermont Kin as Parents

33 Blair Park Rd 100B
Williston, Vermont 05495
(802) 871-5104
vermontkinasparents.org/

Vermont Kin as Parents offers information about resources available to kinship families and makes referrals to agencies as needed, helps families navigate the different systems in which they may be involved, and is in the process of developing a respite program so that caregivers can have break from parenting, and collaborates with state and private agencies to provide the best services to older persons in Vermont. The organization also hosts events, such as an annual kinship conference for caregivers and those who work with them and an annual picnic for kinship caregivers and the children they are raising.  Through national and state connections, the organization is aware of changing legislation impacting kinship families, offers the kin perspective whenever possible, and informs caregivers of the changes.
 

Technology for Tomorrow

476 Shunpike Road
Williston, Vermont 05495
(802) 448-0595
info@tech4tomorrow.org
www.tech4tomorrow.org

Technology for Tomorrow is a nonprofit out of Williston that connects high schoolers with communities across Vermont to provide free technology workshops.  Their goal is to bring communities together through technology  by teaching individuals how to engage and participate more effectively with the community around them with the use of technology.  These workshops rely on small group learning and one-on-one teaching lead by high school students.   They host workshops on topics ranging from internet safety and smartphones, to word processing and email.  If you are interested in attending a workshop please visit  Technology for Tomorrow’s  calendar of events at www.tech4tomorrow.org/calendar-of-events. They rely on high school student volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring at workshops. They work with young women who are passionate about making an impact in someone’s life through education and technology training.  If you are a student interested in starting a chapter at a high school please link to the site, www.tech4tomorrow.org and contact the Program Manager.
 

VETERANS

The Center for Women Veterans

va.gov/womenvet/

The Center for Women Veterans serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation (both within VA and in the general public) in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and in raising awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.  The organization provides resources for women veterans to take advantage of in terms of economic opportunities, health care, business, etc.
 

Women Veterans Health Care

(855) 829-6636
publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth/

The Women Veterans Health Care program is designed to cater to the medical and health-based needs of women veterans, providing comprehensive and accessible health care services to raise the standards for all women. The program is available at VA providers across the country, which can be located using the map on the website, and any concerns can be addressed by contacting the Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) using the number listed above.
 

Women Veterans Health Program

Veterans Administration Medical Center
163 Veterans Drive
White River Junction, Vermont 05009
(802) 291-6230 / (866) 687-8387 x5743
http://www.whiteriver.va.gov/services/women/index.asp

The Women Veterans Health Program at White River Junction provides services including gynecology, mental health (including issues surrounding post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, depression, drug and alcohol dependence), medical social work, nutrition, pharmacy, osteoporosis evaluation through DEXA scans, mammography and maternity care. Every clinic has a Women’s Program Liaison supporting the coordination and delivery of quality healthcare for all women Veterans. Veterans Administration has community-based outpatient clinics in Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Keene NH, Littleton NH, Newport, and Rutland.
 

Women Veterans Health Care

publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth/
 

Links to helpful websites for women veterans
va.gov/womenvet/docs/CWVHelpfulWebsiteLinksDec09.pdf
 

NATIONAL RESOURCES

The New England Pension Assistance Project

Gerontology Institute
University of Massachusetts
(617) 287-7307 / (888) 425-6067
umb.edu/pensionaction/nepap

The New England Pension Assistance Project offers individual counseling and assistance, helps negotiate layers of bureaucracy, helps locate pension funds, explains the benefits and rights under pension plans, and supplies referrals to attorneys and financial advisers to individuals in each of the six New England states, at no cost.
 

Pension Rights Center

1140 19th Street
Northwest, Suite 602
Washington, D.C. 20036-6608
(202) 296-3776
pensionrights.org

The Pension Rights Center provides assistance nationwide to workers, retirees and their families by providing them with pension information and self-help publications. Millions of retirees, widows and divorced women are receiving pensions as a result of center activities.
 

US.gov Family Caregivers Kit

medicare.gov/campaigns/caregiver/caregiver-resource-kit.html

This website provides a collection of fourteen publications that help families who are caring for elderly relatives to fully understand their duties and perform them confidently. The kit has information on how to manage both the finances and health care of one’s older relative.
 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Administration on Aging
(202) 401-4634 / (800) 677-1116
www.aoa.gov/
The mission of the Agency on Aging (AoA) is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.
 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information
longtermcare.gov/
This website to provides information and resources to help plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs. It helps the user understand what long-term care is, how and where to get information and services - now or in the future, and how to pay for those services.