Libraries offer classes, community for seniors

Libraries around Addison County have a lot more than books to offer. For local seniors, those offerings include opportunities to socialize, be active and learn new skills. From TED Talks to Tai Chi classes, local libraries host a variety of programs each week that older residents in the county enjoy … for free.  

Aging in Addison County: A large and vibrant aging population

I remember as a child, when I would imagine my future, all I wanted was an apartment of my own, a VW Bug, and a German shepherd, its head hanging out the window as we cruised down the highway.

Ageism affects everybody

Gov. Phil Scott proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 7, as Ageism Awareness Day in Vermont.

Meet a superlative senior: Ripton’s Erik Eriksen

We caught up with Erik Eriksen last week while he was sitting by Otter Creek in Middlebury thinking about fly fishing.

Let’s make Vermont strong for our seniors

In Vermont, the population of older people is growing. According to the U.S. Census, 28.4% of Vermonters are over the age of 60.

Senior profile: Porter volunteers Fred and Mary Anne Hoff

Married couple Fred and Mary Anne Hoff of Bristol retired in the early 2000s — Mary Anne, now 84, from a career as a special education teacher and Fred, 81, as a mechanical designer.

Bone Builders classes boost strength, community

When the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Addison County started hosting Bone Builders classes 22 years ago, the organization was simply hoping to offer a way for local seniors to stay active and build strength.

Elder law project helps seniors

Vermont Legal Aid’s Elder Law Project focuses on the legal needs and problems of Vermonters older than 60.

‘We’re Alz in this together’: Meeting brings together those isolated by Alzheimer’s

“My experience is every single time I go out in public and ask people ‘Do you know anybody? Have you experienced this anywhere in your life? So many hands go up,’” Meg Polyte said at a meeting in Middlebury last week.

Seniors see changes to routine during, after COVID

The pandemic has undoubtedly changed the lives of every single person — for some drastically so. But for older adults, greater negative outcomes have stretched far and wide for what seems like a longer time. Nevertheless, seniors have found ways to cope w … (read more)

Kettlebell class thrives even through pandemic

When the pandemic closed their Vergennes fitness center, the 17 faithful attendees of a senior kettlebell workout class pivoted.

Staying active, good-fitting shoes will help prevent falls

As we age, we begin to learn — sometimes firsthand — how devastating a fall can be. It isn’t quite as easy as it once was to hop back up and continue on our way.

Be aware of sensory losses in the elderly

83% of older adults live with at least one form of sensory loss, according to a survey by Home Instead Inc.

How to stay active at 75? Build a barn!

MIDDLEBURY — We sometimes associate people’s golden years with the relaxed life.Book clubs. Matinée showings of Judi Dench movies. Stamp collections.Middlebury resident Bob Horne, 75, has a different idea. He is building a barn next to his home on Hallada … (read more)

Being elders: Generational stories can create community

ADDISON COUNTY— When Christopher Shaw was in his twenties, he had a wizened, old, long-distance sailor for a friend. A relentless chain smoker of Camel cigarettes, this man was one of a few elders in Shaw’s life at the time, and Shaw remembers his wily st … (read more)