Local Seniors to Receive Blizzard Bags

November 13, 2014  
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Local Seniors to Receive Blizzard Bags 

CVAA Combats Senior Hunger in the Champlain Valley


Essex Jct., VT –   Over 80 volunteers will gather at the Coca Cola plant on Hercules Drive in Colchester on Sunday, November 16 from 8:45-10:00 a.m. to assemble

920 Blizzard Bags to help seniors make it through the long winter months. Each year CVAA delivers Blizzard Bags to seniors receiving Meals on Wheels.

According to Zoe Hardy, CVAA Nutrition Director “Every Meals on Wheels client CVAA serves receives a Blizzard Bag in November containing four shelf stable meals.  These bags are intended to provide shelf stable food for our clients to have for upcoming winter snowstorms or some other emergency they may have and cannot access food. ” CVAA staff and volunteers will deliver Blizzard Bags in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties.

Many seniors rely on CVAA’s Meals on Wheels to provide hot nutritious meals that can help them maintain their independence and health in their own homes. Last year alone over 206,000 Meals on Wheels were served to seniors in the Champlain Valley. Hundreds of CVAA volunteers each day deliver meals to seniors in every community, no matter how remote.

According to Hardy, she has “known a volunteer to trudge through knee deep snow to bring a meal. Blizzard Bags alleviate some of our worries about the most isolated seniors we serve.” Blizzard Bags contain food that is easy to prepare, is shelf stable, and provides the protein and nutrition seniors need.  “We look for high protein such as tuna and soups.” Hardy explains “we make sure that each of the meals meets the Older American’s Act food guidelines for protein, fruit, vegetables, whole grain, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.” Blizzard Bags is just one more way that CVAA works to make sure that no senior goes hungry in the Champlain Valley.

CVAA is a non-profit organization that empowers seniors to live well. CVAA works with seniors and caregivers, offering guidance and providing the support and services they need, when they need them. With the help of community partners and volunteers, CVAA serves over 10,000 seniors. Established in 1974, CVAA is known as the resource for seniors in the Champlain Valley (Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties). For more information call 1-800-642-5119 or click on cvaa.org.


WCAX-TV Hires Two Reporters

November 11, 2014  
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For immediate release

WCAX News has hired two reporters to cover Vermont and New York for our TV and digital platforms.

Eliza Larson will become the Rutland Bureau Chief covering Southern Vermont for WCAX. Larson has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Larson received her undergraduate degree from Colby College in Maine. Larson is no stranger to Vermont. She has hiked the region’s mountains and has played many soccer matches in Vermont as a goalie for Colby College.

Rose Spillman will head up the station’s coverage of New York. Spillman is a former anchor and reporter for YCN News in Claremont, New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Spillman also has experience working in the media department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Larson and Spillman will begin their new positions soon.

WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in South Burlington, VT and is owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc.

TLC Nursing Associates offers training for families coping with Alzheimer’s

November 10, 2014  
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TLC Nursing Associates in South Burlington has implemented the use of the CARES Dementia Training Program, which is accredited by the National Alzheimer’s Association.  TLC provides this training for its caregivers, as well as offering it at no charge to families and friends of its clients in order to assist them in better understanding the disease and how to cope with the changes in their loved ones.

TLC also announced that company Vice President/Community Liaison Tim Fortune will be serving as an ambassador for the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy’s office.