June 24, 2015  
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Converse Home Recognized for Resident Satisfaction
The Converse Home in Burlington recently received the Excellence in Action award from My InnerView by National Research Corporation. This honor recognizes long term care and senior living communities that achieve the highest levels of satisfaction excellence, as demonstrated by overall resident and family satisfaction scores that fall within the top 10 percent of the My InnerView product database. This is the second year that the Converse Home has received this award.
The Converse Home has been a part of the Burlington community for over 128 years and provides assisted living and memory care services for older adults.

Maple Leaf Treatment Center Expands Efforts to Help Opiate Addicts in Chittenden County
William Young, executive director of the recently re-named Maple Leaf Treatment Center, has announced that Maple Leaf has completed a two-year effort to restructure and strengthen programming to address and meet the changing needs of people struggling with addiction. Last year, 345 people from Chittenden County were served by Maple Leaf.
“People with opiate addiction now make up nearly 80 percent of people seeking admission at Maple Leaf, an increase of approximately 60 percent in the last three years, while those addicted to alcohol continue to turn to us for treatment.”
“Our primary goal is to offer effective treatment,” said Dr. Iacuzzi, clinical director at Maple Leaf. “Our new programs reflect current research and address the often crippling impact of trauma in our patient’s lives. They provide more gender-specific treatment and offer more individualized care with evidence-based best practices to all of our clients, including large numbers of people addicted to opiates, many with both addiction and mental health disorders.”
To emphasize these programming changes while honoring its past, the Board has updated the facility’s name to Maple Leaf Treatment Center. “We’ve served more than 32,000 Vermonters since 1956,” said Young. But for those who don’t know us, the name was confusing. Our new name better reflects what we do.”
People struggling with addiction may call Maple Leaf admissions at 802-899-2911 (toll free 800-254-5659) or access the web site

How to Avoid Online Dating Scams
With romance scammers using the Internet to rob Americans of an estimated $82 million in the last half of 2014, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network has called on the online dating industry to institute new safeguards to better protect their users. AARP is also inviting its members and the general public to become involved in the campaign by signing an online petition.
“Individual scammers and highly organized groups attempt to steal hearts and wallets from online dating site users every day,” said Doug Shadel, a Fraud Watch Network expert who also serves as AARP Washington state director. “The sites don’t yet do enough to protect their members from known scammers. Our petition asks the companies to take commonsense steps to help put a stop to the scammers’ abilities to prey on the unsuspecting.”
Specific anti-fraud measures the Fraud Watch Network urges the online dating sites to implement include:
Employ algorithms to detect suspicious language patterns used by scammers
Search for fake profiles across multiple dating websites
Issue alerts to any member who has been in contact with someone using a fraudulent profile
Educate members with tips on how to avoid romance scammers
As part of its current campaign, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has posted tips to advise dating site members how to avoid online scams.
One handy tip: Before you engage with anyone on a dating site, use Google’s “search by image” feature to see if that person’s image shows up in other places using a different name. If an email from a potential suitor seems suspicious, cut and paste it into Google and see if the words pop up on any romance scam sites. Consumers can learn more by visiting


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