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May 2022 Newsletter

Older Americans Month: Age My Way! 

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Older adults play vital, positive roles in our communities – as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce, and more. Just as every person is unique, so too is how they age and how they choose to do it – and there is no “right” way.

That’s why the theme for Older Americans Month (OAM) 2022 is Age My Way. 

Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the celebration of OAM. This year’s theme focuses on how older adults can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose. 

While Age My Way will look different for each person, here are common things everyone can consider: 

Planning: Think about what you will need and want in the future, from home and community-based services to community activities that interest you. 

Engagement: Remain involved and contribute to your community through work, volunteer, and/or civic participation opportunities. 

Access: Make home improvements and modifications, use assistive technologies, and customize supports to help you better age in place. 

Connection: Maintain social activities and relationships to combat social isolation and stay connected to your community. 

We are excited to celebrate OAM with our partners in the aging community. Follow along throughout the month to find resources on aging in place through wellness, creative aging, technology, and caregiving. 

Diverse communities are strong communities. Ensuring that older adults remain involved and included in our communities for as long as possible benefits everyone. Please join CVCOA in strengthening our community: follow our posts throughout the month and comment on what “Age My Way” means to you!    

Creative Aging Celebration!

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This free community event, held at the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) during Montpelier's ArtWalk, will feature an exhibit of creative work by participants from the CVCOA Creative Care Kit project, artwork by older artists in the community, and fun creative aging activities.

Food and drink will be available for sale during the event through Cafe Anna. Masks will be encouraged for all attendees and required for those who are not fully vaccinated, including a first booster shot.

Following this kick-off event, CVCOA will be hosting Creative Aging Celebration events throughout June at our local partner nutrition programs. Full schedule and details can be found at Find More Info Here!

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EnVision Vermont: Age-Friendly State Survey 

AARP, Community of Vermont Elders, Vermont Dept. of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and Vermont Area Associations on Aging have teamed up to create a 10-year action plan for aging well in the state. Share your input and have your voice heard by taking the EnVision survey!

Take the survey today!

 

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Welcome Kim Lipinski, CVCOA Director of Nutrition and Wellness

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Kimberly Lipinski of Hyde Park, VT joined CVCOA April 4th as our new Director of Nutrition and Wellness. 

Most recently, she was the founder and CEO of Elder Nourish, LLC in Washington, DC, which developed medically appropriate menus, prepared meals with a kitchen staff of multiple chefs and delivered these meals to older adults with complex dietary challenges. Elder Nourish continues to flourish and was selected in 2019 as the Start-up of the Year by the D.C. Women’s Business Center and won the Greatest Potential Impact Award in 2018 by the Seed Spot Business Accelerator Program in Washington, DC.

In addition, for eight years Kim provided individualized elder care and private chef service for Lamoille Home Health and Hospice as well as for private clients throughout Lamoille County.

Kim shared with us some of what she's bringing to CVCOA and her goals for nutrition programs: 

"My experience at Lamoille Home Health and Hospice helped to shape my understanding of the challenges facing older adults around nutrition. I saw the need to provide therapeutic meals specially tailored to support specific medical conditions. When I moved to Washington D.C. I formed the company, Elder Nourish, to address this. From this work I have learned firsthand the benefits of older adults having a nutrition plan that supports their medical needs. I’ve observed the clients’ improved health outcomes and greater enjoyment of life. Now, at CVCOA, it is my intention to bring all this experience to play to improve the nutrition and wellness of older adults in Vermont.

A meal for an older adult should be nutritious and comforting and can bring joy when it’s a treasured family recipe. I would like for our clients at CVCOA to look forward to each meal delivered as a favorite part of their day: when they have a positive interaction with their delivery person and can enjoy a delicious meal, which they know is supporting them to live their best life."

Welcome, Kim!

 

Medicare and You Workshops

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Are you new to Medicare and looking for some help?

Join us Tuesday, May 17 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM on Zoom for our next Medicare & You Workshop. 

CVCOA offers this workshop regularly to help individuals who are new to the Medicare system. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CVCOA is offering Medicare & You sessions remotely using Zoom.

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.

 

Memorable Times Online

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Wednesday, June 1, 10:30 - 11:30 AM 

Getting Summer in Gear -- ways to play and be outside!  

Come enjoy sharing of stories, memories, music and community at the next Memorable Times Online -- Wednesday, June 1 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM on Zoom.  

Contact Barb Asen at [email protected] or 802-476-2681 for the Zoom link or more information.

Memorable Times Online is the virtual memory café partnership between Central Vermont Council on Aging and the ABLE Library of the Vermont Department of Libraries. It meets the first Wednesday of each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Zoom.  This dementia-friendly program is free and part of the memory café movement growing all around the world.  Registration is required.  Get in touch with CVCOA to find out more!  

 

Featured Nutrition Program: Twin Valley Senior Center

TVSC Director Gene Troia sent us this update on all things Twin Valley:

Twin Valley Senior Center continues to be open to all, even through COVID. Our primary mission is to provide nutritious food to older adults in our rural communities. Most of our meals are sent out through the Meals on Wheels program. Our dedicated drivers have made deliveries through snow, rain, ice, and, this season, especially through mud. We are so proud that our volunteer drivers have delivered all our meals this year regardless of conditions. In addition to providing meals, the drivers are a great source of human social contact to people in very remote areas who may meet very few other people in the course of any given week.

In addition to Meals on Wheels, we also serve congregate meals to folks who can make it into the Center. Our meals are currently provided by Taste Solutions Catering, which we purchase, and bread donated by Red Hen Baking. We continue to seek a kitchen manager / chef so that we can bring the entire meal program back under our own roof.

At the Center we have yoga, chair yoga, tai chi, and multiple bone builders classes that are available in person or online. We also have in-person art classes and a mystery book club. In addition, SASH sponsors Bingo every other Monday and Blood Pressure Clinics every other Wednesday. Central Vermont Home Health Hospice provides foot clinics on a regular monthly basis.

We at Twin Valley are so fortunate to have a committed group of volunteers that keep our meals program running."

The new website for TVSC will be live soon: https://www.twinvalleyseniors.org/

Free, Live Technology Classes in Barre

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We have begun offering live, in-person technology classes at our Barre office.

Open spots remain in these upcoming workshops and series:

Video Chat with Zoom Workshop: Wednesday May 11 at 3 PM

iPad Essentials 5-Week Course: Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 17 – June 16, at 3 PM

Sign up here!

Vew all the upcoming opportunities on the Events page of our website: https://www.cvcoa.org/events/.

 

Dance for Parkinson's Disease

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The Flynn Center in Burlington is hosting a free event for the community of people with Parkinson’s as well as their families, friends, and care partners on May 18th from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

This event will be led by David Leventhal, founding teacher and program director of Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD program. This class is offered free of charge. No experience necessary. All levels of ability and mobility are welcome.

To register for class, please use the following link or go to flynnvt.org and follow the Calendar of Events tab to this community offering: https://www.flynnvt.org/Events/2022/5/dance-for-pd

 

Volunteer Driver Opportunities

It's not that we forgot to update this part of the newsletter---we still need volunteers!

CVCOA recruits and coordinates Meals on Wheels drivers and nutrition program volunteer needs throughout Central Vermont.

We need drivers in several locations, including East Montpelier, Waterbury, Montpelier, Lamoille County, and Barre.

And, this month we're putting out a special call for volunteer drivers to help with Tri-Valley Transit, Green Mountain Transit, and Rural Community Transportation. These services provide essential rides for older adults and are integral to supporting people to age in place.

If you are interested in getting involved or want to learn more, please contact Anne Greshin, RSVP Program Coordinator, at [email protected] or 802-241-4840. 

Direct Service volunteer opportunities are also available including companionship, transportation, grocery shopping, friendly calling, organizing, and more! Learn more and apply online at www.cvcoa.org/volunteering.html

 

Get Set Up: Our Minds Matter Series

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More than ever, it's important to take care of our minds in the same way we take care of our bodies. Join GetSetUp for a series of free, live, online classes designed to give your mind the attention and care it needs.

And if this topic isn't of interest to you, but online learning is---click the button below to explore the over 3000 virtual classes now available for free to adults age 60 and over in Vermont!

Book a class here!

Age Your Way by Giving Back: AmeriCorps Seniors

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AmeriCorps Seniors programs are open specifically to Americans age 55 and older. Help an older adult live independently when you join Senior Companions. Serve as a friend and companion by providing assistance and friendship to seniors who have difficulty with daily living tasks. The program aims to keep older adults independent longer, and provide respite to family caregivers.

To learn more about joining AmeriCorps Senior as a Senior Companion, contact: Sarah Semler, Director of Volunteer Services, at 802-476-0151 or [email protected].

 

Brave Little State Asks: "How Can Older Vermonters Age in Place?"

The latest episode from Brave Little State addresses challenges to aging in place. The host interviews people who are wondering how long they might be able to stay in a home they've loved for many years, exploring challenges and strategies for remaining in one's home. 

We at CVCOA navigate this experience with community members daily. If you have a question, concern, or strategy, let us know!

Listen to the episode here!

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Been Outside Today? Don't Forget a Tick Check!

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Central Vermont Council on Aging does not charge central Vermonters for the services we provide. Change the lives of older adults in your community. Donate to CVCOA today!

 

Make an Impact: Join Our Team!

CVCOA has wonderful openings for people looking to contribute to our mission. Visit https://www.cvcoa.org/employment.html to learn more!