Age Well JOINS MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAMS FROM

February 24, 2017  
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ACROSS THE COUNTRY in 15th ANNUAL March for Meals

Campaign will help fight senior isolation and hunger in Northwest Vermont

February 23, 2017 (Essex Junction, VT) – Age Well announced today that it will be participating in the 15th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound seniors who rely on its vital safety net.

Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the March for Meals in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need, which is widening due to increased demand, a rapidly aging population, declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs. This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs, like Age Well, will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America’s seniors all year long.

“March is a time for us all to rally around Meals on Wheels,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Our ability to meet the needs of vulnerable seniors lies in the willingness and generosity of businesses, government and concerned individuals of all ages to contribute in their own way. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”

Age Well’s 2017 March for Meals provides an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to Sponsor-A-Route; whereas meals are provided to seniors for a selected period of time in exchange for exposure and promotion of their support. Several Sponsor-A-Route supporters have already pledged to contribute, including Phoenix Feeds and Nutrition, Vermont Relay, University of Vermont Medical Center, SCHIP Inc., and Main Street Landing.

“The services that we provide in Addison, Chittenden, Grand Isle and Franklin Counties are critical to meeting the needs of Vermont’s aging population,” said Sara Wool, Age Well’s Director of Communications. “Together, we can help seniors live independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors, visit www.agewellvt.org.

About Age Well

Age Well is a nonprofit organization that serves Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties and is the largest Meals on Wheels provider in Vermont. Our mission is to provide the support and guidance that inspires our community to embrace aging with confidence. Since 1974, Age Well has delivered over 9 million meals, provided nutrition and care coordination services to over 50,000 people, and responded to over 250,000 calls through our senior helpline.

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

 

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

February 20, 2017  
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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.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the 2017 n4a Leadership Institute class this February in Washington, DC. I see this as an opportunity to learn new strategies and tools needed to forge the future of aging and to help move Age Well forward during these fast-changing times,” stated Gaylord.

Gaylord has a deep understanding of health care systems and has always been particularly passionate about care transitions to promote aging in place. She has been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience as a certified case manager, team leader and mentor to the Age Well. Over the course of her career, she has worked with Accountable Care Organizations, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and home health and hospice.

 About Age Well

Age Well is a nonprofit organization that serves Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties and is the largest Meals on Wheels provider in Vermont. Their mission is to provide the support and guidance that inspires their community to embrace aging with confidence. Since 1974, Age Well has delivered over 9 million meals, provided nutrition and care coordination services to over 50,000 people, and responded to over 250,000 calls through the helpline.

To learn more about Age Well, call their Helpline: 1-800-642-5119or visit agewellvt.org.

2017 Tax Filing Season Underway-Fraud Prevention a Focus

February 1, 2017  
Filed under Money, News

Last week, the Vermont Department of Taxes and the IRS began accepting tax returns for the 2016 tax year and there are a few changes the department would like taxpayers to know about.

 

The department continues to experience a rise in attempted tax refund fraud, an alarming trend that mirrors what is happening in other states and at the federal level. State revenue departments and the IRS are implementing procedures to help protect the taxpayer’s money. Vermont taxpayers will be asked to provide a Vermont driver’s license or state-issued identification card number when filing. If the information is not provided and the department cannot verify your identity, this may delay the processing of a refund.

 

In limited circumstances, the department will require identity confirmation before sending a refund, and will send verification letters to the physical address listed on the tax return. This letter will provide instructions on how to verify return information to complete the processing of a refund. To complete this request, taxpayers will not be asked to enter a social security number. Submitting the requested information over the phone or at www.myVTax.vermont.gov will verify the refund request and allow the department to proceed with processing the refund.

 

“One of the most concerning frauds we see is the filing of false tax returns in order to generate a refund. We have controls in place to identify suspicious refund requests and in some cases the department will need to take additional steps to ensure that the refunds we issue are going to the right person.  We ask that taxpayers work with us as we balance the goals of customer service, speedy refunds and fraud prevention.  Providing your Vermont Driver’s license number and responding to verification letters helps protect your refund and prevent fraud” says Commissioner Kaj Samsom.

 

The most efficient and secure way to file Vermont tax returns continues to be electronic filing and direct deposit to an existing bank account is the fastest way to receive a refund. Taxpayers who are eligible for free online filing will find more information about Free File, on the department’s website at www.tax.vermont.gov. Taxpayers who e-file generally receive their refunds more quickly than those who file paper returns.

 

New Online Services

The department has launched myVTax, a new IT system to modernize tax processing for all Vermonters. Taxpayers wishing to use these services may visit www.myVTax.vermont.gov.

  • New! File your Renter Rebate Claim on our website or through your software vendor
  • New! File an extension for Personal Income Tax
  • New! View your Form 1099G online
  • New! Respond to correspondence from the department
  • Check the status of your refund, including if more information is required
  • Make estimated payments and verify your payments from last year