Offered by the community:
V4A and GetSetUp offering Technology Classes
The Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging (V4A), serving the more than 132,000 older adults aged 60+ in Vermont, and GetSetUp, the largest and fastest-growing virtual social learning platform designed specifically for older adults, have partnered to help bridge the digital divide and combat social isolation for residents of Vermont. The partnership provides live interactive classes on GetSetUp by older adults for older adults from the comfort of their own homes. Older adults can join at no cost for one year.
Through GetSetUp’s custom-built video learning interface the experience has been tailored to older adults of all tech levels. The platform offers support via phone and in all classes to assist learners with technology and includes a booking system complete with regular reminders and after-class notes. Vermont’s older adults can easily connect with a safe community of over 4.4 million peers globally. Learners can choose from a catalog of over 3,000 classes that shift weekly and are available around the clock for the next year. Classes promote digital literacy, socialization, health and wellness, and new learning experiences. Plus, classes are available in multiple languages including Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi.
To learn more about GetSetUp and enroll in classes, visit https://www.getsetup.io/partner/vermont
Community of Vermont Elders Spring 2022 Newsletter
Click here to read all the news from COVE, including items related to Medicare, Scams, Hearing Loss, Staying Active & Engaged, V4A News, SASH News, and more!
How senior center patrons, admins are connecting after — and because of — pandemic isolation
Click here to hear a recent VPR story that features friends and colleagues from the VASCAMP
Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging announces partnership with GetSetUp to bridge the digital divide and combat social isolation
Vermont residents 60+ now have free access to GetSetUp’s live interactive classes taught by older adults for older adults to make digital learning, connection, and exploration a reality. The Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging (V4A), serving the more than 132,000 older adults aged 60+ in Vermont, and GetSetUp, the largest and fastest-growing virtual social learning platform designed specifically for older adults, have partnered to help bridge the digital divide and combat social isolation for residents of Vermont. The partnership provides live interactive classes on GetSetUp by older adults for older adults from the comfort of their own homes. To read the entire press release published last week in VT Digger, click here.
Central VT Council on Aging is Hiring
Learn more about several available positions and how to apply here!
Learn about “GetSetup,” a free online portal for virtual classes
Tues. March 15, 11 AM | online | Free | Join CVCOA for an information session about the new GetSetup online class portal and digital community being offered to older adults in Vermont. This is a joint effort with the other Area Agencies on Aging in Vermont and V4A. Participation will be free and available to all adults age 60+. GetSetup has over 500 live virtual classes in their catalog in the categories of digital literacy, social health, physical health, mental health, and vocational health. This will be a great option for folks to interact online while also learning new skills. While anyone can benefit from this opportunity, it is particularly great for homebound older adults and those seeking to learn and practice tech skills. Learn more on March 15th at this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83138800014?pwd=Yko4OTB1Z2g4Wjd3SkdIOFoxUU5DUT09
Technology for Tomorrow (T4T) Presents Free online Classes
Wed. March 9: Older Adults Guide to Zoom
Thurs. March 17: Instagram 101 for Older Adults
Thurs. March 24: Instagram 102 for Older Adults
Pre-registration with T4T required. To find times, partners, information and registration links to attend these free, online events, visit T4T’s website.
Kellogg-Hubbard Library Presents: Book Group Discussion of The Book of Lost Friends
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Training for Instructors
Memorable Times Online: Wed. April 6
Low Income & Need Home Repairs?
Rural Development has a 504 Single Family Home Repair Program for property owners looking for help with covering costs of necessary home repairs (furnace, roof, windows, insulation, floor, accessibility, ramps, etc.). They offer resources for income-eligible homeowners to make health or safety repairs to their homes. For those who qualify, they can offer loans, and grants of up to $7,500 for folks aged 62 years or older. Learn more at 802-828-6006 or www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-repair-loans-grants/vt
Memorable Times Online: Wed. April 6
VHFA’s Homeowner Assistance Program launched to help Vermonters facing pandemic hardships
Vermont Housing Finance Agency has launched our Homeowner Assistance Program, which offers grants for missed payments on mortgages, utilities (water/sewer, electricity, home heating), property taxes, and homeowner's or condominium association fees. Vermont homeowners can apply here: www.vhfa.org/news/HAP.
New FCC Broadband Accessibility Program
Food for Older Adults: The Commodity Supplemental Food Program
Medicare & You Workshops with CVCOA, Online & Free
VT Legal Aid Presents: A FREE Virtual Legal Advice Clinic for VT Seniors (age 60+)
Kellogg-Hubbard Library offering Concierge Service now!
There are many convenient options for getting your materials, even if you're quarantining! Call or email your librarian, then pick up your items without going in. Click here to visit the KHL website.
Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio offers daytime classes for Adults via Zoom or in-person for $5
MyRide Makes Winter Travel Easier! ~ Column by Sustainable Montpelier Coalition
Older Driver Safety Awareness
Resources for Family Caregivers
If you are a caregiver, you may be interested in the Caregiver Action Network's Family Caregiver Toolbox, which includes resources, videos, and information, including community groups and agencies, for caregivers. For more information about opportunities for caregivers and people with memory loss, please contact Barb Asen, Director of Family Caregiver Support at CVCOA, at email@example.com or visit https://www.cvcoa.org/for-caregivers/ for more information.
Join AmeriCorps Seniors today!
Make giving back your second act! AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers bring their unique skillsets and experiences to help people and communities thrive. AmeriCorps Seniors programs are open specifically to Americans age 55 and older. Help an older adult live independently when you join Senior Companions. Serve as a friend and companion by providing assistance and friendship to seniors who have difficulty with daily living tasks. The program aims to keep older adults independent longer, and provide respite to family caregivers. To learn more about joining AmeriCorps Senior as a Senior Companion, contact: Sarah Semler, Director of Volunteer Services, at 802-476-0151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MyRide: Safety and How-To
Despite launching during the peak of COVID, MyRide by GMT has not been identified as a location for spread of the virus. Why? The health and safety regulations for public transit are regulated federally. Strict guidelines have been and continue to be in place to prevent the spread of the virus. There is space on the vehicles to socially distance, and masks are required. Indeed, at this point, masks will continue to be required through January. It is important to understand that MyRide is no more risky than going to the supermarket, a restaurant, or even the doctor’s or dentist. What can you expect when you take MyRide? For those with Smart Phones, you can download the app – search for MyRide by GMT at the Apple or Google Play stores. Registration is quick. Make sure to write down your password in a safe place, although you can sign-up for a new password at any time. And voila, you are ready to schedule a trip.
No smart phone? The GMT Call Center is there for you from 7am to 6pm, M-F, and 8am to 6pm on Saturday. Call (802) 223-7287 and select option 2. You will be connected with a representative who will take your details and schedule your rides. Remember to book roundtrip when possible. There is also an online option for booking rides from a computer. Visit myridebygmt.app.ridewithvia.com to book your trip online. You can also find this link on the ridegmt.com/myride website.
You can book up to one month in advance, or on the day you want to travel. Because MyRide is a pre-booking service, passengers who have pre-booked have priority. You may have to adjust your trip to fit in between existing, pre-booked trips. However, most of the time, one gets a ride within ten to fifteen minutes and off you go! Please take a minute to complete the New or Non-Rider Survey. This survey is important to help determine the transportation needs of our community and how MyRide can be tailored to better suit your needs. ~ Column by Sustainable Montpelier Coalition
Vermont Associates for Training and Development (A4TD) offers training positions to adults age 55+, including at MSAC
Vermont Associates for Training and Development (A4TD) is an organization devoted to workforce development for adults 55+. Through their innovative programming, workers are placed with organizations who need the help, and who will help develop the necessary skills for each individual on their life-long learning goals and career development strategies. If you or someone you know is looking to learn new skills, develop skills you already have a foundation in, or want to support your local economy, or help in MSAC’s FEAST Kitchen, please reach out to Danielle Clark at: 802-752-7073
New website for older adults navigating COVID-19 vaccination
Together with Vermont's Area Agencies on Aging, the Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging (V4A) has released a new website to help older adults navigate COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more at: www.vaccine4vermont.com
Scammers are Using Cryptocurrency to Steal Your Money
Recently, three Vermonters reported losing just under $1 million in total to cryptocurrency scams. As a peer-to-peer spending source, every type of scam could at any point use cryptocurrency as the preferred form of payment. Cryptocurrency is a peer-to-peer spending source commonly referred to as “Bitcoin.” Scammers like cryptocurrency, because there is no third-party banking institution involved in the transfer of funds and most transactions cannot be reversed. If you have been impacted by this scam, please contact the State of Vermont Consumer Assistance Program right away. You can report scams using our online scam reporting form or call the Consumer Assistance Program at 800-649-2424. To Update your VT-Alert Profile - Click Here. For info on VT-Alert go to WWW.VTALERT.GOV . If you want to unsubscribe from receiving email notifications, please contact the VT-ALERT Admin at [[email@example.com]]
Vermont Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Program
Vermont Public Transportation Association (VPTA) is proud to provide Medicaid transportation services through the public transportation providers for the entire state of Vermont. If you, a family member or a patient you are working with needs either local or long-distance transportation to a Medicaid covered medical appointment, VPTA can help. Vermont’s NEMT services are provided by the membership of VPTA. We work closely with the public transportation providers throughout the state to offer local coordinated transportation to Medicaid members who qualify and need to get to and from Medicaid billable appointments with no access to other transportation. How Do I Know If I Qualify? Medicaid will provide rides to Medicaid-billable or Blueprint-sponsored appointments for eligible members when it is determined that you have no other means of transportation available in your household. It must be proven by the member that no other transportation options exist. Call us toll-free if you have questions or need support at 833-387-7200.
Take the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Walking Tour - Map now available!
Thanks to MSAC member Page Guertain for sharing this great resource with us - full brochure is here and we are getting some hard copies for distribution at MSAC! Along this tour you will visit and learn about a variety of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) practices and required maintenance. You will see bioretention basins/rain gardens, curb cuts, permeable pavement, and vegetated buffers. These GSI practices provide stormwater management and co-benefits such as wildlife habitat, urban heat island mitigation, and pollinator foraging sites. You will also see evidence of historic flooding in Montpelier and learn about the connection between land use here and water quality in Lake Champlain. All sites on this map are visible from a road or public right of way. Please use caution as you make your way from site to site. Consider bringing a trash bag to help maintain the sites.
What’s new with the Capital Area Neighborhoods (CAN)?
Sustainable Montpelier Coalition (SMC) continues to support the Capital Area Neighborhoods network. SMC shares communications from the City’s Departments, partners and COVID-related updates with City residents through the CAN Network to ensure that everyone has the best information. Additionally, SMC works with CAN Coordinators to help identify neighborhood specific projects that will better the neighborhood and bring people together.
CAN is rolling out Neighborhood Information Kiosks (NIKs) in 6 different neighborhoods. The NIKs are a helpful and fun way to share information with neighbors. If you see a NIK, look for important notices, and if you have something to share with your community, feel free to post a flyer in the space provided!
CAN is still looking for more volunteer coordinators. To get involved with CAN: email MontpelierCAN@gmail.com or call 802-272-1195.