Vermont State Women’s Golf Association

July 26, 2018  
Filed under Health & Wellness, News

Press Release – July 20, 2018

 

Parker Wins 10th Senior Women’s Golf Title

 

Defending champion Reggie Parker of Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester captured her 10th Vermont Senior Women’s Amateur golf title and the Ruth Raymond Jones memorial trophy this week at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury.

 

Parker went into the final day of play with a 3-stroke lead over Mary Brush of Burlington CC and held steady, finishing with a 2-day total 160 to Brush’s 164. Brush was awarded the Loretta Tupper Lillie Runner-up trophy. Nancy Devaux of West Bolton Golf Club, playing in her first Senior championship, finished in third place with 168.

 

Parker also won the Mary R. Emans Legend trophy for low gross score among players 70 years and older. Susie Bremner of Rocky Ridge GC won the Dolores Frenier Messier Super Senior trophy in the 65-69 age category.

 

The low Net winner was Lois Forester of Brattleboro CC. Williston GC and Burlington CC, always strong contenders, were the co-winners of the Pat Job Cup team competition. The first day featured a low-putt contest, which was won by Cathy Neff of Vermont National CC with just 26 putts.

 

The Ruth Raymond Jones Memorial Seniors’ Championship began in 1966. The event is open to women golfers 55 years and older who are Vermont residents or who belong to a Vermont real estate golf club.

Seventy women from around the state participated this year and enjoyed two perfect days of golf weather and the camaraderie of their fellow competitors.

 

Full field results and photos are available at www.vswga.org

 

 

 

New Consumer Brochure from National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association Helps Seniors Spot and Stop Financial Abuse

June 19, 2018  
Filed under Money, News

The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association is proud to participate in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today with the release of a new consumer brochure, Recognize & Report Elder Financial Abuse.  The free tri-fold brochure, available for download from NRMLA’s consumer education website athttps://www.reversemortgage.org/ReportFraud, helps seniors, and their loved ones, avoid common scams, spot signs of elder fraud and exploitation, and stop and report wrongdoing.

“As professionals who serve older homeowners, we have a special responsibility to ensure the safety and fair treatment of seniors,” said NRMLA Executive Vice President Steve Irwin. “NRMLA’s new brochure, which we encourage all members to print and share widely, is another example of our work to raise awareness about the increasing number of financial crimes perpetrated against seniors and steps we can all take to report mistreatment.”

Each year, an estimated five million, or one in ten, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, the annual financial loss by victims of elder financial exploitation was estimated to be $2.9 billion in 2009, a 12 percent increase from 2008.

Common signs highlighted in NRMLA’s Recognize & Report Elder Financial Abuse brochure include unpaid bills, eviction notices, or notices to discontinue utilities; withdrawals from bank accounts or transfers between accounts that the older person cannot explain; new “best friends;” legal documents, such as powers of attorney, which the older person didn’t understand at the time he or she signed them; and a caregiver who expresses excessive interest in the amount of money being spent on the older person.

If the situation appears threatening or dangerous, NRMLA advises readers to call 911 or the local police for immediate help.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. WEAAD aims to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

 

VT SENIOR GAMES ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES SUMMER SEASON OF EVENTS

June 19, 2018  
Filed under Health & Wellness, News

Hundreds of VT athletes over 50 get ready for major summer competitions

 

The Vermont Senior Games Association (VSGA), a program of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, announces its summer season of competitive athletic events for people over 50.

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Burlington Edible History Tour 2018 Season Opens June 14

May 31, 2018  
Filed under Food, Money, News

Burlington Edible History tours, rated five stars on Trip Advisor, begin June 14 for its fourth full season.

 

Over a 1.5-mile walk, participants discover the local history and food traditions of 11 immigrant groups that built Burlington: Abenaki, African Americans, French Canadians, Germans, Greeks, Irish, Italians, Chinese, Jews, Lebanese, and Yankees.

 

Tour groups sample food at five restaurants that serve local foods. This year we are delighted to welcome two new restaurants – The Gryphon and Deli 126. They join Penny Cluse, Sugarsnap Catering at ECHO, and Monarch and the Milkweed at Maglianero.

The Gryphon is located in the first Hotel Vermont, once Burlington’s largest and most prestigious hotel, and the Deli 126 is a New York-style deli combined with a 1920s style jazz cocktail lounge.

Deli 126 Bar General Manager Emily Morton enthuses, “We are a great match with Burlington Edible History. We’re both excited to let people experience our local food and drink history. Elise and Gail discovered the existence of the Good Templars and Vermont Anti-Saloon League offices on this block and the next, two groups that pushed to prohibit the sale of liquor.”

 

Tours run Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:15pm, through October 13. Tickets must be purchased in advance through Seven Days Tickets via their website at www.sevendaystickets.com or through the Tour’s website at www.burlingtonediblehistory.com.

 

The tour donates 10% of profits to New Farms for New Americans to help new immigrants and refugees stay connected to their culinary traditions. Burlington Edible History Tour is the only Vermont destination in the tourism blog Roaming the Americas on “How to Support Immigrants and Refugees Through Travel in the United States.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Tips to ACE Your Posture

May 29, 2018  
Filed under Health & Wellness, News

 

Stand Taller

Mom was right, posture is important, especially as we spend our days hunched over phones and computers.  Poor posture strains muscles and joints, and is linked to back and neck pain, as well as overall stress and even depression.  Plus slumping makes you look older.

 

HEre are 10 tips to ACE your posture  from PostureMonth.org to build new habits and retrain posture by improving your body Awareness; taking Control of how you sit, stand and move; and designing the postural Environment right for you.

 

10 Tips to ACE Your Posture

 

“A” is for AWARENESS

 

1. Take a picture:  Seeing how you really look is a great incentive to improving posture.  Check your alignment compared to a line through the middle of your head, shoulders, hips and ankles.  Any camera works for front and side pics, or use the free PostureZone app for any mobile device to visualize and track exactly how your body stacks up.

 

2. Get moving:  Take posture breaks throughout the day.  Set a reminder to get up and stretch, or try a postural exercise like the ones below.  Moving your body every 90 minutes or so will make a big difference in how you feel at the end of the day.

 

“C” is for CONTROL

 

3. Ground your feet: Lift your heels and come up on your toes, then lift your toes to come up on heels and spread toes. Roll onto the outside edge and then the inside edge of each foot.  Press down on all four corners of both feet to connect with the ground.

 

4. Center your pelvis:  Core exercise is not just for the gym.  Lengthen your spine with a gentle low back arch and tuck.  Repeat for 5 cycles to wake up and reset neglected muscles during your day.

 

5. Open your chest:  Lift your shoulders all the way up, then roll them back, and then release them down.  Repeat 5 times to open your chest and relax your spine.

 

6. Level your head:  Imagine a balloon gently lifting the top of your head toward the sky.  Keep your head level and focus on a spot directly in front of you to retrain the deep muscles that align your neck.

 

7. Take 5 Breaths: Belly breathing with your diaphragm is key to strengthening posture.  Lengthen your body and spine with 5 slow, aware breaths to let your shoulders relax and clear your mind.

 

“E” is for ENVIRONMENT

 

8. Adjust it: There’s no one single perfect posture position, and your body is designed to move.  So change it up.  Consider a desk that lets you stand up or sit down to keep moving throughout the day. Instead of an office chair, try sitting on a ball or a pelvic for a couple of hours. When taking long trips, adjust your car seat each time you stop. When texting, lift your phone up to eye-level instead of folding your head down.

 

9. Sit strong: Adjust the rear-view mirror in your car so you have to sit tall with upright posture to see. Change the angle of your computer monitor or lift it a bit higher to reduce stress on neck muscles.

 

10. Stand taller: Head up, shoulders down and pelvis engaged gives you more height and less girth.  Plus people with strong posture often feel less pain, look younger and feel more confident!

 

Recheck your posture (Tip 1) a few times a year to keep track of your improvement.  VisitPostureMonth.org for more ideas to ACE Your Posture.

 

 

Keene Medical Products Commits to Continued Partnership with Vermont Medicaid

May 29, 2018  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness, News

The Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) and Keene Medical Products announced today that the medical equipment provider will remain a full member of the Vermont Medicaid provider network. Keene will continue to fulfill all categories of service to Vermonters, erasing a late April decision by the company to withdraw from the market effective June 1st.

 

Keene is an important source of medical equipment for the state’s health care providers and Medicaid members. Today’s announcement means that Vermont health care providers and members who use Keene products – including hospital beds, walkers, commodes, ostomy and enteral nutrition – can continue to count on those products and do not have to switch to a new equipment provider.

 

“On behalf of our more than 160,000 members, and especially the 4,000 that use Keene products, I thank Keene for their continued collaboration,” said DVHA Commissioner Cory Gustafson. “We are grateful that our members can focus on getting the care they need and avoid changes and disruptions.”

 

“We are committed to our Vermont customers, including those who receive coverage through Medicaid and Dr. Dynasaur,” said Keene CEO Kurt Filiault. “Our dialogue with DVHA over the last few weeks has been positive and given us confidence that our business model can continue to succeed.”

 

At issue was a recent change in Medicaid reimbursement rates made to align with changes in federal law. DVHA consulted with the Home Medical Equipment and Services Association of New England (HOMES) and its members prior to the change and has been in frequent communication with the association and its network to address implementation concerns. DVHA continues to make adjustments to ensure the new fee schedule balances the State’s commitment to its Medicaid members and Vermont taxpayers. DME companies can use the State’s Global Commitment Register (http://dvha.vermont.gov/global-commitment-to-health/global-commitment-register) to track additional changes.

 

DVHA and Keene are also collaborating on an outreach plan, notifying members by phone and mail that Keene’s services will continue, that they can disregard the company’s previous letter, and that they will not be required to switch to a different DME provider in the Vermont Medicaid network.

Today’s announcement was welcomed by Vermont’s hospitals and medical providers. “We are pleased that DVHA and Keene reached this agreement,” North Country Hospital Interim CEO Tom Frank said. “High quality rural health care relies on access to durable medical equipment, and a robust provider network is the key to providing that access. Keene is an important member of that network, so we’re relieved that this collaboration will continue.”

 

About DVHA and Keene

The Department of Vermont Health Access is Vermont’s Medicaid agency and is charged with improving the health and well-being of Vermonters by providing access to quality healthcare, cost effectively.

 

Keene Medical Products is a family-owned company with over 150 staff who focus on northern New England, providing outstanding customer service and the highest quality products at competitive prices.

 

 

 

Age Well and Lindley Food Service Partner to Deliver Meals on Wheels to Northwestern Vermont

May 17, 2018  
Filed under Aging Parents, Food, News

Age Well (formerly the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging), Vermont’s largest Meals on Wheels provider, has entered into a partnership with Lindley Food Service to support the growing demand and changing environment of Meals on Wheels.  Under the current model, Age Well oversees fourteen different food vendors across Northwestern Vermont.  “With this many unique vendors, it’s difficult to provide consistent quality control and food variety for the nearly 1,500 people we serve,” stated Age Well Nutrition Director, Chris Moldovan. “Achieving the highest quality of care for aging Vermonters requires we find a way to improve our nutrition program and food production model.”

 

With 25 years of experience providing quality meals for programs throughout the northeast, Lindley has been a vendor for Age Well’s Addison County meal programs for over two decades.  This transition emerged from a three-year process that involved a consultant, focus groups, social service providers, food program coordinators, and other community members. The goals for all stakeholders in this process were the same: expand options and improve quality for home-delivered meals, ensure food safety, provide consistent training and background checks forvolunteers, and meet the dietary, religious and cultural needs of those served.

 

Lindley will begin preparing chilled meals for Age Well’s entire four county region (Addison, Chittenden, Grand Isle and Franklin County), beginning in early July. Meals will continue to be delivered by the nearly 400 dedicated volunteers who provide a meal, safety check and friendly visit to seniors who struggle with hunger and may be isolated and living alone. “Chilled meals will be prepared by Lindley and delivered in place of the old-style heated meals,” said Moldovan.  “This change will provide a number of benefits for our clients; the flexibility to reheat or freeze their meals and eat them at a time that best suits them.  Another reason for changing from heated meals to a chilled meals model was our need to enhance food safety, nutritional benefits, and level the playing field in terms of food quality” explained Moldovan.

 

Lindley will assist with menu planning, customized delivery schedules, and create special menus overseen by a Registered Dietitian.  This will enable Age Well to provide therapeutic, medically tailored and culturally appropriate meals and ensure that we are meeting the needs of those with chronic conditions and our increasingly diverse population.  With the chilled meals also comes brand new packaging, which will be clearly labelled and specifically designed to reheat easily and safely.  The use of chilled meals is now considered best practice for Meals on Wheels programs across the country.  By moving to this model and partnering with one vendor, Age Well is taking the necessary steps to ensure consistent quality of our meals, meet a broader range of nutritional needs, and continue to combat the three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence.

 

For more informationwww.agewellvt.org

Vermont House Passes Water Funding Bill that Includes Revenue Sources 

May 7, 2018  
Filed under News

 

The Vermont House of Representatives has voted to move forward legislation (S.260) to fund clean water.  The House version of S.260 includes revenue for clean water that will go into effect as early as 2020 if alternate sources of funding are not enacted.

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 90 Percent of Adults Age 50+ Use  Personal Technology To Stay Connected

March 6, 2018  
Filed under News, Savvy Senior

Ninety-one percent of tech owners 50 plus say they use personal technology to keep in touch with family and friends, according to a new AARP survey aimed at measuring and identifying technology use and attitudes among adults 50-plus. The research found that mobile and computing devices are the primary technology for Americans 50-plus with subtle differences between age groups. Adults in their 50s and 60s are texting more than emailing on smartphones, while people 70-plus are more likely to use desktop computers and cellphones to keep in touch. Among people who own computers, tablets and smartphones, each device has different uses: computers are used for more practical tasks, tablets for entertainment and smartphones for social and on the go activities. Read more

My Relatives Fell For This New Scam: Be On the Lookout!

February 13, 2018  
Filed under Money, News

By Ismat Mangla

 

I recently learned about a nasty new scam making the rounds while visiting older relatives in Michigan during the holidays. Read more

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