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Age Well Highlights Limited-Time Opportunity For Equitable Relief to Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries

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April 10, 2017 (Essex Junction, VT) – Age Well’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program highlights a limited-time opportunity for eligible Medicare Beneficiaries. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently offering equitable relief to individuals who did not receive the necessary information about Medicare and Vermont Health Connect. This relief would allow beneficiaries to reinstate Medicare Part B medical coverage or relieve their Medicare Part B late penalty in certain circumstances.

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VTDIGGER: Sara Wool - Providing More Than A Meal

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As the largest provider of Meals on Wheels in Vermont, Age Well would like to shed light on the recent media around federal funding for this essential program. Meals on Wheels services are provided directly to seniors by a nationwide network of 5,000 local community-run programs that, in the aggregate, receive 35 percent of their funding from the federal government.

Some media outlets have incorrectly reported this number to be 3 percent, confusing it with the federal funding received by Meals on Wheels America, the national membership organization that does not provide direct services (e.g., meals). This miscommunication dramatically understates the significant impact of any federal budget cuts that may affect Meals on Wheels. 

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Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition Donates $10,000 to Kickoff Age Well's 2017 March for Meals

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 February 23, 2017 (Essex Junction, VT) — Representatives from Langrock, Sperry & Wool (Burlington & Middlebury, VT) and Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition, Inc. (New Haven, VT) presented Age Well with a $10,000 check to help kick off their 2017 March for Meals. As the largest provider of Meals on Wheels in Vermont, Age Well participates in this month-long campaign that raises awareness and funds for seniors experiencing hunger, isolation and loss of independence. 

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BURLINGTON FREE PRESS: Giving from the Heart Baskets Filled with Donated Goods

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More than 30 senior female clients of Age Well from Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties who live alone on fixed incomes will receive a special treat for Valentine’s Day.

The Women United Council of United Way of Northwest Vermont made this happen through a volunteer effort, Giving from the Heart. The Women United Council Volunteer Committee spearheaded by Melinda Moulton decided to focus on a shared project of donating baskets filled with things that women living alone on fixed income would need and items they could use to lighten their lives and brighten their days.

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FOX 44: More VT Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

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Every other Friday, Jessica Groeling packs up her car and visits 64-year-old Ralph Maietta at his home in Milton, as part of her meals on wheels route.

The two have become close.

"I realized you have the same birthday as my daughter!" Jessica said.

Jessica has been volunteering for Meals on Wheels for two years now.

"It's very, very humbling when you first start volunteering because you realize how much you do take for granted when you make your own meals," she said.

Ralph says the time he spend with Jessica is special. He has trouble getting around and lives by himself now.

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BURLINGTON FREE PRESS: Age Well Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

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March 29, 2017 (Essex Junction, VT) — Age Well, the leading experts and advocates for the aging population Northwestern Vermont, welcomed five new members to their Board of Directors.

New board members include: David Carter (Senior Vice President and Senior Banker at People’s United Bank), Dr. Kim Halladay (previous CEO of West Michigan’s Community Mental Health organization), Jim LeFerve (CEO of LeFevre & Associates), Dr. Allan Ramsay (People’s Health & Wellness Clinic), and Sarah Tischler (Partner at Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP).

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VTDIGGER: March Recognized as Senior Nutrition Month

Age Well serves as the Area Agency on Aging for Northwestern Vermont, overseeing Meals on Wheels for Chittenden, Addison, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.

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March 23, 2017 (Montpelier, VT) – The Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging (V4A) is very pleased to announce that Governor Phil Scott has recognized March as Senior Nutrition Month. Governor Scott’s official signing of the proclamation will occur on March 28, 2017 in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at the statehouse. If you are interested in attending, please contact Janet Hunt by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 802-578-7094.

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VTDIGGER: Age Well’s Director of Case Management Accepted into the National Association on Aging’s Leadership Institute

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February 15, 2017 (Essex Junction, VT) – The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) represents America’s network of 622 organizations, helping to serve older adults and people with disabilities. Ten years ago, they developed the Leadership Institute, an acclaimed program that provides skill-building and guidance to professionals in the field of aging.

For the first time in the history of Age Well, the agency on aging serving Northwestern Vermont, an individual has been accepted into this prestigious institute. Age Well’s Director of Case Management, Debra Gaylord will be attending this year’s institute.  

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SEVEN DAYS: Helping HANDS on Christmas

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12/25/16: For 12 years the non-profit, HANDS - Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors, has been delivering meals and gifts to more than 300 seniors in Chittenden County on Christmas Day. Founded by Megan Humphrey and run by hundreds of volunteers, HANDS teams up with Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Temple Sinai and partners with the Burlington Elks Lodge to provide a sit-down meal on Christmas afternoon.

On Christmas morning, we followed Megan and her volunteers around as they prepared meals and filled gift bags at Burlington High School. Eva spent the afternoon with retired schoolteacher Carolyn Wilson as she awaited her holiday feast.

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WCAX: "Vt. Senior Agency Changes Name"

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"BURLINGTON, Vt. -An organization that has been serving seniors in our region for decades is celebrating a new name.

The Champlain Valley Agency on Agency is now called Age Well. The organization says it needed to evolve as the needs of seniors in Vermont have changed.

"The people who we serve, the seniors, and the world in which they live and the expectations they have are not the same as they were 40 years ago," said John Michael Hall, executive director.

The organization says it is committed to helping older folks thrive, not just survive. Leaders say they will remain committed to providing healthy meals, in-home care and community resources."

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