Director: Federal funding for Older Americans Act

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Today, all of us, and in particular, older Vermonters, are facing many unexpected challenges – significant increases in inflationary costs for food, heat, transportation, and housing – fuel oil rationing – a catastrophic shortage of direct care workers – and, for the most vulnerable members of our communities, increased nutritional insecurity…

Fuel Assistance Campaign Makes an Impact, and so do local “Wood Angels!”

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In September, Senior Solutions began a well-publicized campaign to help seniors sign up for seasonal heating assistance.  With the rising cost of heating fuel, as well as food and other needs, taking part in this program could be critical for many households.  To date, more than 300 seniors in our service area have been helped with fuel assistance applications through our outreach program.

Protect Yourself Against Fraud

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Pete Begin, Vice President Senior Security Fraud Prevention Officer for Mascoma Bank, informed us that “in the first 10 months of 2022, we have seen three times as many fraud incidents as in the entire previous year. We often think that ‘rural’ means ‘safer, but when it comes to fraud, it’s not.”

Volunteers Needed to Gather Signatures

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We are seeking volunteers to help collect petition signatures over the next few weeks at local events or shopping areas in any of these communities: Vernon, Woodstock, Bridgewater, Hartford, White River Junction, Quechee, and Wilder.  We will provide you with training and support.  

Director’s Note: Nine States Collaborate on Master Plan on Aging

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by Mark Boutwell, Executive Director I had the honor on September 20th to represent Vermont at the California For All, Day of Action in Sacramento, as a team member of a nine-state Master Plan on Aging Learning Collaborative. The event was centered around California’s Master Plan on Aging (MPA) enacted by the Governor two years […]

Senior Poverty Rates: Meeting the Challenge of Bad News

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On September 13, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual reports on income and poverty in the U.S. While the overall poverty rate was approximately the same as 2020, people aged 65 and older were the one age group to see a statistically significant rise in poverty at 10.3% in 2021, up from 8.9% in 2020. Senior Solutions has been in the forefront of tackling senior poverty in southeastern Vermont for nearly 50 years, and our efforts are paying off. 

“Deerfield Valley 100%” Campaign launches in October!

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Senior Solutions is launching its largest “100%” campaign ever, reaching seven towns in the Deerfield Valley region, with the goal of ensuring that every household is food and fuel secure.  By the first week in October, every household in Dover, Halifax, Marlboro, Readsboro, Searsburg, Wardsboro, Whitingham, and Wilmington will receive a letter briefly describing on-going programs providing help with food and fuel resources available.

The 2022 Annual Meeting is October 26th

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Please join us for Senior Solutions’ Annual Meeting and 25th Annual Successful Aging Awards on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, from 10:00 AM to noon. Prior to the meeting there will be a coffee hour with light breakfast fare at 9:00 AM.