Beginning with Respect for You

to age at home, remain healthy, and stay active and connected to the community you know and love.

Our Mission

Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) is the leading expert and advocate in healthy aging for Central Vermonters. At CVCOA, we respect the wishes of aging persons to age at home, remain healthy, and stay active and connected to the communities they know and love. We offer programs and services for people age 60+, caregivers, and their families. Our mission is to support Central Vermonters to age with dignity and choice. We're grateful to all sponsors and donors who support this mission. 

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Medicare and You

Medicare & You Workshops are offered monthly to help individuals who are new to the Medicare system. Click here to learn about health insurance counseling options.

For Caregivers

From social activities, community resources, respite grants, and caregiver courses, CVCOA is here to support the challenges and joys of caring for loved ones. Click here to learn more.

In-Person Tech Classes

CVCOA offers free, in-person technology training classes through Senior Planet. Join the iPad Essentials class in Montpelier or join us for our Digital Technology for Older Adults workshop series at Aldrich Public Library in Barre. Click here for more details and registration info.

CVCOA Events

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04/23 9am
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04/23 9am to 3pm Mitzvah Fund Mobile Veterinary Clinics @Orange East Senior Center

Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) is sponsoring free veterinary services through the Mitzvah Fund Mobile Clinic at the Orange East Senior Center.

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04/24 10:30am
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CVCOA Event 04/24 10:30am to 11:15am Memorable Times Online Presents: Weekly Jukebox Series @Online: Zoom - email [email protected] to request the join link.

Join us for Memorable Times Online Presents: Winter Jukebox with Friends in Scotland. We share tunes, adding stories and laughter. This dementia-friendly gathering takes place on Zoom weekly.

04/27 10am
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CVCOA Event 04/27 10am to 12pm World Tai Chi Day @Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, VT

On April 27 at 10:00 am, people are invited to join in Tai Chi and Qigong gatherings - held in over 70 nations.

This educational and community-building event brings people together across ethnic, racial, religious and geopolitical borders in a celebration of personal and global health and healing. The motto of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is "One World . . . One Breath."

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Mitzvah Fund Mobile Veterinary Clinics

@Orange East Senior Center
Is your animal companion feeling unwell or in need of an exam?  
Are you putting off caring for your animal companion because of financial constraints or struggling to provide care due to cost? 
Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) is sponsoring free veterinary services through the Mitzvah Fund Mobile Clinic at the Orange East Senior Center.
Eligibility: This service is open to adults age 60+ who meet the income qualifications OR express special financial need. 
Available Services: Exams, vaccinations, nail trimming, flea/tick products, heartworm products, blood and lab tests, dental care, small surgeries, and medications.  
Please note that spots are limited and a waitlist will be started after the first 8 sign-ups. CVCOA will allow one animal per household. If another animal needs service, they will be put on the waitlist. Services will be determined during the phone consultation and review of the pet's medical records. The veterinarian will prioritize appointments and will add technician appointments for additional pets that only need nail trims, ear cleanings, or gland expressions. 
On the day of the clinic, each animal who sees the veterinarian will receive an exam and any appropriate vaccines. They may also receive a blood test if they need a Heartworm/Lyme test or if they need a future anesthetic event. 
Any follow-up care will be done directly through the Mitzvah Fund. If the animal does need a dental or surgery the owner can fill out a Mitzvah Fund Application. Depending on income the cost could be completely subsidized. The Mitzvah Fund does NOT provide chronic ongoing care, emergency care, or most orthopedic procedures. 
Contact Michelle Mahikoa, CVCOA’s Nutrition Outreach Specialist at 802-479-7524 to sign up or for more information! 
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Memorable Times Online Presents: Weekly Jukebox Series

@Online: Zoom - email [email protected] to request the join link. Join us for Memorable Times Online Presents: Winter Jukebox with Friends in Scotland. We share tunes, adding stories and laughter. This dementia-friendly gathering takes place on Zoom weekly.
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World Tai Chi Day

@Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, VT

On April 27 at 10:00 am, people are invited to join in Tai Chi and Qigong gatherings - held in over 70 nations.

This educational and community-building event brings people together across ethnic, racial, religious and geopolitical borders in a celebration of personal and global health and healing. The motto of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is "One World . . . One Breath."

Local Contact: Ellie Hayes [email protected] or (802) 456-1983

Tai Chi/Qigong practitioners and interested onlookers are all welcome.

Live music and refreshments!

Sponsored by Central Vermont Council on Aging, AmeriCorps Seniors, and Tai Chi Vermont

CVCOA News & Announcements

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April 10, 2024

Get On Board!

4 minute read

One major way that folks lend a hand to CVCOA is by being a member of the Board of Directors. I had the chance to speak with several board members about why they became involved and what they like best about being on the board. 
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March 20, 2024

Changing Lives

1.5 minute read

Bill, who has Lewy Body Dementia and other medical issues, and his primary caregiver, Donna, have been receiving Case Management Services from Andrew at CVCOA since May 2023.
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March 12, 2024

Upcoming Exercise Class Leader Training Opportunities

1.5 minute read

If you have enjoyed taking fitness classes, feel comfortable demonstrating moves others can copy and would like to help others grow, learn, and socialize together, this new adventure might be for you.
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February 21, 2024

Sharing Music and Memories with Friends in Scotland

3.5 minute read

Barb Asen, Director of Family Caregiver Support at Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA), along with Vermont Department of Libraries’ ABLE Library, has led a team of staff and volunteers to build a partnership with a memory cafe in Scotland. ...
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February 13, 2024

A Trip to the Coast

0.5 minute read

CVCOA connects people. This summer, one of our case managers was able to connect a donor and a client in an unconventional but impactful way. 
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February 06, 2024

Making the World a Better Place

2 minute read

In 2020, at the height of COVID, CVCOA started a Creative Care Kit project to bring arts activities to homebound older adults, helping to enhance social connection through arts and technology.
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Brenda, you did a fantastic job with S.B. Your approach was person centered and despite all the difficult twists and turns of this case you stayed true to S.B. Her last years were better in no small measure because of your efforts. I am so proud to serve with you. Thank you so much! Praise for our Care Team staff from Anonymous
One person at a time, you have made the lives of older Vermonters better with support and companionship. The services you provide are part of being in a caring network to support Central Vermonters. Every single day our volunteers make a significant difference in the lives of others. Sarah Semler, CVCOA Volunteer Services Director
You are truly a life-saving ‘warrior.’ Please continue to do what you do so well. Praise for our Care Team staff from Anonymous
This is a difficult case and her work has made this Vermonter’s life so much better. Praise for our Care Team staff from Anonymous
To Karen and Rhenee, Thank you both for your valuable time and patience with me. You eased my discomfort with the ‘system’ and made it fun. It looks like you solved my dilemma within one hour. Praise for our Care Team staff from Anonymous

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