Legislative forum to tackle elder issues

MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Retired Teachers Association (ACRTA), the Community of Vermont Elders (COVE) and the Lodge at Otter Creek will host an Addison County legislative forum on elder issues on Monday, Oct. 28, from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury.
This event, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, AARP Vermont, Addison County Community Trust, Addison County Home Health and Hospice, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity and its Addison County offices, John Graham Shelter and Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. Light refreshments will be provided.
Addison County state senators and several state representatives will be at the forum to listen and discuss issues of interest to their elder constituents. While people of any age are welcome, the focus will be on elder concerns. Some of COVE’s priority issues for the 2014 session are funding for fuel assistance, transportation and other programs that meet the needs of vulnerable adults; getting the savings in the “Choices for Care” Medicaid long-term care waiver program reinvested into enhanced long-term care services; ensuring that the Adult Protective Services program provides all the protections required by law; and monitoring health care reform and how it will affect people on Medicare.
COVE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to promote and protect a higher quality of life for Vermont’s elders, through education and advocacy.
The event is free but participants must RSVP at 802-458-3200.

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