Elderly Services classes start next month

MIDDLBEURY — Elderly Services will be hosting a Community Education Series of four informative presentations this fall on topics of importance to both area elders and their families. The series will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 26, and run until Tuesday, Nov. 7. All programs will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Middlebury and are free and open to our entire community. Session 1, on Sept. 26, will be “Aging in Addison County—services and help” and will be led by Eileen Lawson, a ger … (read more)

Elderly Services announces spring class offerings

Elderly Services has planned five classes for its ESI College April-June 2023 term, including several that will meet in person for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘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)

Watch for warning signs in elderly drivers

Having a discussion with an elderly parent about whether they should still be driving may be the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do.

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.

Living on her own terms; Homeshare Vermont helps Brandon woman stay in her home

BRANDON — Years ago, Thelma Miner, who is now a feisty 91-year-old, made her daughter Marie Perry promise that she would remain in her Brandon home for as long as possible. A nursing facility was off the table. But when Thelma began suffering memory loss, … (read more)

Senior Lifestyles: Winter adds new pandemic challenges

MIDDLEBURY — If there was one silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was that arrived at the beginning of spring, when people of all ages could at least congregate outdoors with appropriate face attire and social distancing. But a Vermont winter is ni … (read more)

Senior Lifestyles: FBI specialists offer advice to area seniors

MIDDLEBURY — Seniors at the Residence at Otter Creek in Middlebury and others around the state listened to and took part in an Oct. 8 conference that raised awareness of financial abuse that older Vermonters can encounter when they head into cyberspace. T … (read more)

Senior Lifestyles: SASH teams help keep area seniors safe

VERGENNES — Larry has always been a proud and independent man. But when health issues made it too risky for him to enjoy simple pleasures, such as cooking meals and cheering on local sports teams, finding support was essential. Larry’s diabetes and strugg … (read more)

Food assistance is available to Vt. senior citizens

Beginning Oct. 1 Vermont seniors applying for 3SquaresVT are able to use a simple application and benefit renewal process as part of the new 3SquaresVT IN A SNAP program. The easy-to-use application is available to individuals and households age 60 or old … (read more)

Retired counselor offers thoughts on isolation

MIDDLEBURY — The isolation of this pandemic can feel at times unmanageable. That can especially be the case for seniors who cannot leave their homes or visit with loved ones. Elise Blair, a friendly face in the Middlebury community (and beyond) shares som … (read more)

Staying cool in quarantine

While social distancing best practices may limit some of the ways you might typically cool down when it’s warm, there are still many ways you can keep your cool.  Older Vermonters and people with disabilities and chronic conditions are at greater risk for … (read more)