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Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) August 2022 Newsletter

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Join CVCOA for Age Outdoors: Bike & Walk for a Healthy Future!

Graphic for Age Outdoors: Bike and Walk for a Healthy Future on September 10th. Graphic includes two older adults on bikes in the bottom right corner with a green, red, and blue background.

Curious about e-bikes? Looking for ways to get outdoors and enjoy the fleeting Vermont summer? Interested in learning how to screen print? Or maybe you just need a new t-shirt . . .

Join CVCOA on September 10th and support healthy aging programs and services in Central Vermont for our Age Outdoors event!

This fundraising event on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail will feature a biking route and a walking route, both starting from our registration table at Oxbow Park in Morrisville, VT. The biking route will head West from Oxbow Park/Morrisville, with stops in Hyde Park, Johnson, and Jeffersonville. The walking route will head East from Oxbow Park/Morrisville and will include artwork and stories over the 3-mile round trip. 
View Event Details, Register, & Give Today!

 

Sign Up for a free, in-person Senior Planet Class or Lecture!

CVCOA is excited to continue offering free in-person courses, workshops, and lectures from Senior Planet. Led by our Community Engaged Tech Specialist, Meredith Holch, these opportunities are a great way to build your technology skills while connecting with others. Registration is required!


iPad Essentials: 5-Week Course (meets 2 days per week) 
This 5-week course will cover the essentials of how to use the Apple iPad, how to navigate the internet and how to send and receive e-mail. By the end of the course, you’ll have a foundation for using an iPad and the internet to enrich your life.

This course is designed for people with little or no iPad experience who want a solid introduction.

Dates: Aug 10th - Sept 14th
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays (no class Labor Day)
Time: 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Location: Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County
21 Munson Ave, Morristown, VT 05661 

Dates: Aug 9th - Sept 13th
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays (no class Aug 16th)
Time: 1:00 - 2:15 PM
Location: South Royalton Senior Center, Royalton Academy Building
4266 VT Rte 14 Royalton, VT 05068


Click here to sign up for Senior Planet opportunities!
If you have questions or need assistance signing up, please contact Meredith Holch at 802-476-0116 or [email protected].

 

More Upcoming CVCOA Events!

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Memorable Times Online, "Stick Around!"
Wednesday, September 7th
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM on Zoom

Memorable Times Online, Central Vermont's homegrown memory café, teams with friends in Scotland on Wednesday, September 7th to present "Stick Around!"

We'll have a transatlantic look at sports that involve a bat or stick (and often a ball!). Join us to enjoy stories and memories of baseball, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, golf, cricket and shinty, with some film clips and a bit of musical accompaniment. Take Me Out To The Cricket Pitch, anyone?

For more information about Memorable Times Online and to register, please contact Barb Asen at 802-476-2681 or [email protected].

 

Photo of two white, older adults riding bicycles in a fall setting. They are shot from below, and the trees behind them have golden leaves. Age Outdoors! Bike and Walk for a Healthy Future CVCOA Fundraiser
Saturday, September 10th
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This fundraising event on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail will feature a biking route and a walking route, both starting from our registration table at Oxbow Park in Morrisville, VT.

The biking route will head West from Oxbow Park/Morrisville, with stops in Hyde Park, Johnson, and Jeffersonville.

The walking route will head East from Oxbow Park/Morrisville and will include artwork and stories over the 3 mile round trip. Bikers and walkers can turn around at any point to return to Oxbow Park. Register or Donate Here!

 

Photo of a form with pen resting on top. Top of page reads "Medicare Enrollment Form" Medicare and You Workshop
Tuesday, September 20th
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM on Zoom

Medicare & You Workshops are offered regularly to help individuals who are new to the Medicare system.

If you want to participate, pre-register by calling 802-479-0531 or by sending an email with your name, address, phone number, and the date of the workshop you would like to register for, to: [email protected]. We will then email you information on how to join in the workshop session on Zoom.

Fun, New Programming from GetSetUp!

GetSetUp graphic shows older woman with short brown hair and brown eyes smiling at the camera on the right. She is wearing a navy polo with the GetSetUp logo on the left side. Text in white to the left of her reads: Explore August Programs. Background is blurry but resembles a classroom setting. If you haven't already gotten started with GetSetUp, a free online platform with over 3,000 classes taught by older adults for older adults, now is the time! 

This month's featured class series include:

  • Diabetes Management
  • Spanish Language (¡EstamosListos!)
  • Take Your Salad to the Next Level
  • Planning The Perfect Trip To A National Park
  • How To Get The Medical Care You Want & Need
     

Learn more about GetSetUp and enroll in your classes, visit https://www.getsetup.io/partner/vermont.

 

 

Graphic featuring shades of pink and red. Volunteers needed: help create a world where aging is honored. Contact Anne Greshin at 802-241-4840 to get started We need volunteers in several locations, including Waterbury, Lamoille County, Twin Valley Senior Center, Barre, and Montpelier area. If you have an hour per week (or even less) to spare, please reach out!
Complete Your Volunteer Application Today!

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Give Back Where It Counts Through Shaw's!

Shaw’s Bag: Garden bed with a rocky background and purple flowers (flocks) in the foreground. A reusable plastic Shaw's bag is pictured at center, which reads "I Give Back where it Counts Locally." A trowel has been stuck in the ground to the left of the bag, and a white hat with green garden gloves lie in front of the bag. Sunlight hits the top right corner of the photo. For the month of September, CVCOA's Meals on Wheels program will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $3 reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag at the Shaw's store located at 2 Main St., Montpelier, VT.

After September, you can use the scratch-off code on the tag attached to each bag to redirect the donation for our organization! 

Join us in this easy way to give: "Accidentally" forget your reusable shopping bags in September!

 

State and Federal News

Senate Bill 74 Updates End-of-Life Choices
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“My daughter, Karen Oelschlaeger would be pleased to know that by speaking about her experience with medical aid in dying she had a positive influence that will benefit future patients. Thank you to the Vermont legislature for passing S.74.” - Linda Oelschlaeger

This spring, Senate Bill 74 was signed by the Governor, marking an important milestone for Vermonters who value end-of-life choice. This bill, passed with strong tri-partisan support, updates and improves the state’s Patient Choice at End of Life Law, Act 39.

With the passage of Senate Bill 74, a patient can now make the required requests for medical aid in dying by video telemedicine when their doctor determines that this approach is appropriate. The bill also eliminates the additional 48-hour delay at the end of the process before a patient can receive the prescription and corrects what was a technical deficiency in the immunity clause of Act 39.

Learn more about the changes to the law and about aid in dying and end-of-life care on the Patient Choices of Vermont website: https://www.patientchoices.org/

Bill of Rights for LGBTQI+ Older Adults


An Executive Order signed by President Biden in June, during Pride Month, "strengthens supports for LGBTQI+ older adults.

"Older LGBTQI+ people face significant rates of discrimination, isolation, and poverty. The President’s Executive Order directs HHS to publish a “Bill of Rights for LGBTQI+ Older Adults” and new guidance on the non-discrimination protections for older adults in long-term care settings.

"It also charges HHS with exploring new rulemaking to establish that LGBTQI+ individuals are included in the definition of populations of “greatest social need” under the Older Americans Act."

Click here to read more!

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VA Health Care and Benefit Expansion

The PACT Act is perhaps the largest health care and benefit expansion in VA history. The full name of the law is The Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act.

The PACT Act will bring these changes:

  • Expands and extends eligibility for VA health care for Veterans with toxic exposures and Veterans of the Vietnam, Gulf War, and post-9/11 eras
  • Adds more than 20 new presumptive conditions for burn pits and other toxic exposures
  • Adds more presumptive-exposure locations for Agent Orange and radiation
  • Requires VA to provide a toxic exposure screening to every Veteran enrolled in VA health care
  • Helps us improve research, staff education, and treatment related to toxic exposures

If you’re a Veteran or survivor, you can file claims now to apply for PACT Act-related benefits. Visit https://www.va.gov/resources/the-pact-act-and-your-va-benefits/#getting-benefits.

 

Featured Nutrition Program: Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County

Photo collage of employees of Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County pictured as a group in various outdoor settings on a farm location

Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County is fully open and busier than ever. Their director Nicole Fournier-Grisgraber tells us: "We serve over 200 active recipients home-delivered meals Monday through Friday with additional frozen meals for the weekend. 

"Our new community dining room, “The Hub,” is open and busy. The Hub is open for lunch on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11-12. We have received a Vermonters feeding Vermonters grant, allowing us to add a salad bar for our in-house dining stocked with locally sourced produce."

They are hosting an open house and pottery event on October 1st, starting at noon, at the 21 Munson Street location. Look out for details on their annual meat pie fundraiser in November, right before Thanksgiving.

As always, the nutrition program is looking for volunteer drivers. Each week they rely on a minimum of 45 volunteer drivers.

Please get in touch with Nicole with any questions you may have at 802-888-5011, ext.1 and check out the website www.mowlc.org.

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Flyer in purple and yellow with images of food preparation. Free cooking demo at Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County August 24 at 10 AM.

 

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline graphic. Features an older white woman's face resting against the lower half of an older black man's face.


988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be: thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotion distress.

People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.

This resource is not the same as calling 911. If the counselor believes a call to 911 is appropriate, they will make the call on speakerphone with the caller, after consent to do so has been granted.

Learn more by listening to this recent episode of Vermont Edition.


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Join Our Amazing Team!

Group of employees wearing colorful summer outfits, standing together in an office setting. Has the last year made you think about what you are doing with your life and what step to take next? Are you looking for a career opportunity that makes a difference? We are looking for new team members who work well with others and can empathize with their needs, are comfortable with computers, are strong communicators and are enthusiastic to learn and grow as professionals. Does this sound like you?

You may be the person we are looking to hire! Click here to explore our open positions and apply today!

 

Women's Arts Group through SafeArt

Safe Art Logo. Line drawing of the left side of a heart with an "A" overlaid and a flourish.Building Resiliency through Creative Expression

Thursdays in September
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM on Zoom
Free to all Participants

In this healing arts program we will be inviting engagement in creative expression and community connection to support you in these stressful times.

This group is for women identifying individuals who have suffered from trauma or that feel they could use extra support in their lives.  We will connect and support each other through the use of visual arts, nature exploration, journaling, music, movement practices and building resiliency practices to facilitate healing.

This group is open to women, femme identified, and trans folks who have been impacted by trauma, stress or the challenges of life.

To register, email [email protected] or call 802-685-3138.

For more info about SafeArt visit www.safeart.org.

 

V4A 2022 Virtual Conference: Creating Age-Positive Workplaces

Four photos arranged in a block. Top left shows a conference room with people at computers, top right shows two older black men in business attire looking at each other on a couch, bottom left shows an older white man smiling at the camera in his tool shop, and bottom right shows an older Latina woman smiling at another woman pictured from behind. This photo suggests a store or shop setting. September 16, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Cost: $59

What strategies will help employers and older workers come together?

To help tackle this question, the V4A “Creating Age Positive Workplaces” conference will bring together experts to explore strategies for creating workplaces which are welcoming to our mature workers. We will explore best practices in recruitment, hiring, onboarding, and retention of mature workers as well as policies and “tips” for supporting older workers and their employers. Register here!

 

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