Bill Toomey has been a volunteer with the Vet-to-Vet program since it was launched over four years ago. After a 30-year career as the Grafton Inn’s Assistant Innkeeper where he met many people, Bill wanted to stay engaged with people. He also liked the idea of helping them. Once he became a volunteer, Bill was […]
Everyone Eats, Good Neighbor Services Team up for Cavendish Meals on Wheels!
In a unique pilot program that could potentially be implemented elsewhere in the state, Vermont Everyone Eats has teamed up with Black River Good Neighbor Services to provide Meals on Wheels to residents in the Town of Cavendish.
Is Shared Housing Right for You?
From the time we are born, most of us have lived with others for a great part of our lives. But today, 29% of our Vermont seniors live alone – and according to a 2019 study by U Mass, “Living Below the Line,” nearly half of them do not have enough income to cover basic needs. One approach to remedying financial security, as well as to foster increased social interaction, is the concept of shared housing.
Memory Cafés Provide Respite for Caregivers
Since last spring, Senior Solutions has held Memory Cafes every month in Springfield at the Congregational Church and at the American Legion Post #5 in Brattleboro. These gatherings give caregivers the opportunity to take a break and attend a social gathering with their loved ones with debilitating conditions who cannot be left at home alone. […]
Directors’ Note: We are planning for our 50th anniversary
2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of what is now known as Senior Solutions the Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont. To celebrate, we are planning several events to highlight our journey over the past 50 years. Here’s a brief history.
VIDEO: Shared Housing Programs for Seniors
Joann Erenhouse and Jim Collins of Senior Solutions talk with Annamarie Pluhar about sharing housing programs for seniors.
Your Donation is Matched Until December 31st!
Join your friends and neighbors in helping us match a $75,000 donation to make sure older Vermonters in Southeastern Vermont don’t go without meals this winter.
Executive Director’s Holiday Message
Snow flurries swirl around the bird feeder outside my dining room window. Chickadees and blue jays challenge each other for who gets to eat first. It’s a pleasure to provide birdseed throughout the winter and to watch this ongoing contest from the warmth of my house. It’s also a pleasure to know that at Senior […]
Open House at the Wilmington Old Firehouse December 17, 2022
The public is invited to a Holiday Open House at the Old Firehouse, 18 Beaver Street, Wilmington. Food, beverages, and snacks will be provided by four organizations now sharing the space.
Volunteer Spotlight: Betsy Judson
Many of the seniors we work with are isolated, live alone, and have little contact with family or friends. This is where our volunteers have become an indispensable and integral part of our programs.
HIV is now a Senior Issue…
December 1 was World AIDS Day, designed to raise awareness of the efforts towards eradicating, as well as living with, HIV. In 2020, the CDC reported that the majority of those carrying the HIV virus are now aged 50 or over.
VIDEO: Suzanne Colvin, Memory Café Participant, shares her story
Senior Solutions Joann Erenhouse, and Jim Collins are joined by Victoria Alleman, the Volunteer Manager at Senior Solutions, and Suzanne Colvin, a Memory Café participant, to discuss coping with Alzheimer’s. Senior Solutions is the Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont.