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September 01, 2023 Leanne Hoppe 14 min read

September 2023 Newsletter

  • September 18-22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Week! Check out this video from the National Council on Aging: Six Steps to Prevent a Fall. Did you know CVCOA evidence-based wellness classes can help lower your fall risk? See all the classes offered throughout Central Vermont here.
  • Need to make changes to your Medicare plan? Open enrollment begins October 15. Call our office directly at 802-479-0531 make an appointment, beginning October 1. Check out this short video with tips for protecting yourself from Medicare Fraud. We also have a great article from Michelle Kessler of Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol that you can read here
  • Home internet service can be expensive! The Affordable Connectivity Program is making it easier for households to get access. Visit to learn more and enroll.
  • Meals on Wheels delivery drivers make a huge impact on peoples' daily lives! Read the article we received from one meal recipient on our blog.
  • On September 30 at 11 a.m., North Branch Nature Center cuts the ribbon on an ADA-compliant accessible trail. Learn more and RSVP here.
  • Central VT Habitat for Humanity just started accepting applications for an affordable homeownership opportunity for income-sensitive Vermonters in Washington and Orange counties. The parcel, donated by the City of Barre, is located at 22 Hill St. in Barre City. Apply by September 18 and learn more here.

Age Outdoors With CVCOA!

Join us for our annual fundraiser on Saturday, September 9 at Northern Vermont University in Johnson.

Age Outdoors the way you like! This fundraiser celebrates healthy aging and supports opportunities for older adults in Central Vermont. Tickets include lunch from Morse Block Deli.

Purchase Tickets Here!

Photo of an older white man and woman sitting together by a lit woodstove on a hearth. The woman has a laptop open in front of her and the man has an iPad. They are smiling and looking at their screens.


Upcoming Events

  • Memorable Times Online: Wednesday, September 6 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on ZoomThey Taught Me Well! Join this Memorable Times Online featuring fun conversations and reminiscing about our favorite teachers and mentors. Contact Barb Asen at [email protected] or 802-476-2681 for more information and the Zoom link.


  • Medicare and You Workshop: Tuesday, September 19 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Zoom Medicare & You Workshops are offered regularly to help individuals who are new to the Medicare system. If you want to participate, pre-register by calling 802-479-0531 or by sending an email with your name, address, phone number, and the date of the workshop you would like to register for, to: [email protected].
  • Healthy Living for Brain and Body: Tuesday, September 26 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Aldrich Public Library, Milne Room (downstairs) & on Zoom

    Join Alzheimer's Association and Barre Office of Local Health (VT Department of Health) for tips from the latest research. Lifestyle choices impact the aging process. Learn more about important information and research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement.
    Contact Jo Cotto ([email protected]) for registration and questions.

It's Senior Center Month!

September is National Senior Center month, and this year's theme is "Discover Yours!"

13 Senior Centers operate throughout Central Vermont, each offering more than a meal---exercise programs, class series, book clubs, and more! If you're already active in your senior center community, why not check out the next town over? See what else there is to discover!


Senior Centers offer many ways  to age your way through programs, activities, and community!


Employment Opportunities

Are you looking to find the place you fit best? CVCOA and partner nutrition programs are hiring! 


Positions include:

  • Part-time Cook at Chelsea Senior Center
  • Executive Director at Twin Valley Senior Center and Waterbury Area Senior Center
  • AmeriCorps Volunteer Outreach Member at CVCOA
  • Case Management positions at CVCOA


Visit to learn more about our open positions. Reach out directly to partner locations to learn more about openings. 


Staff Highlights

We recently welcomed Jennifer to our case management team! She brings experience and education in a variety of positions including Long Term Care Ombudsman and Prior-Authorization Specialist. Jennifer has volunteered with Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska, LTC Ombudsman Program and Oregon Food Pantries to support older community members. We are excited to have Jennifer share her skillset, enthusiasm, and passion for CVCOA’s mission.

Farm to Family, 3SquaresVT & Crop Cash

Farmers market season is in full swing! In addition to benefits from 3SquaresVT and Crop Cash, the Farm to Family program can provide you with up to $48 to spend at participating farmers markets.  To learn more about these programs, call Michelle, CVCOA Nutrition Outreach Specialist, at 802-479-7524.


Many Thanks to Our Sponsors!


Shop Barre Hannaford throughout September to support CVCOA!

For the month of September 2023, Central Vermont Council on Aging will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Fight Hunger Bag at the Hannaford store located at:
456 South Barre Road, Barre VT

We provide a wide range of services to older adults and caregivers, helping people navigate options and benefits that support independent and meaningful living.


Contact our CVCOA Helpline at 1-802-477-1364 to discuss your specific situation and needs.

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