Former Governor Madeleine Kunin Guest Speaker at Aging in Vermont Conference Oct. 26

October 4, 2018  
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In just over a decade from now, one in 4 people who live in Vermont will be turning 65. That means that we all have to re-think and re-frame aging in ways that we may not have considered prior to now. We all have to come together to think about healthy living and successful aging in more wholistic ways.


One way we are going about this exciting challenge is through our upcoming Aging in Vermont: Healthy Living Conference to be held on Oct. 26, 2018 in Killington. The conference features 10 presentations led by nearly two dozen experts, 30 exhibitors and over 300 attendees. We will all learn from keynote speaker, Sandy Markwood, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging about the shift from medical-based clinical care to a recognition of the value of home and community-based services and supports. We will find out together – what the aging network have known all along – that new and exciting opportunities are emerging for us to partner with the health care system to promote healthy aging.


The Aging in Vermont: Healthy Living Conference will provide a variety of opportunities for all of us to celebrate aging by learning:

  • how to talk about aging through reframing our conversations
  • how Tai-Chi has a direct impact on falls prevention and overall healthy aging and that we can have access Tai-Chi activities in several areas throughout Vermont
  • that you can age in place without isolation
  • that we can all make a difference by getting involved with policy-making.

There are several more topics to be presented; something for everyone.


On top of what has been organized for the conference, special guest, former Governor Madeleine Kunin will share her new book, Coming of Age. The timing is perfect for this book to be launched and that she can share this with the attendees during the Aging in Vermont Conference. Madeleine Kunin writes, “My memoir takes the scattered events and thoughts of my life and sorts them within the covers of a book. It creates the happy illusion that life is an organized whole.”


State Representative Theresa A.M. Wood who is one of the conference’s presenters says, “Former Governor Madeleine Kunin embodies successful aging.  Throughout her life, including in later years, she has remained a vibrant leader and mentor.  I am delighted she will share her most recent work Coming of Age at the upcoming Aging in Vermont conference.”


Janet Hunt, Executive Director for the Vermont Association of Area Agencies and main organizer for the Aging in Vermont Conference says, “I am thrilled that so many dedicated individuals representing our aging network throughout Vermont are coming together for our conference to celebrate what we care about so deeply; older Vermonters. To have such expert presenters from throughout the state, plus, Sandy Markwood, a nationally known leader, and to host special guest, former Governor Madeleine Kunin as she launches her new book, Coming of Age promises to be a monumental day!”


Coming of Age by Madeleine Kunin will be available for sale at the conference through Phoenix Books.


For information about the conference, please visit


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