January 2020
News & Updates
Central Vermont Council on Aging
A World Where Aging Is Honored

Artist Judy Greenwald Featured in
CVCOA Art of Creative Aging Exhibit
" His Royal HIghness" By Judy Greenwald
Judy Greenwald, 85, is an award-winning pastel artist. She moved to Montpelier from Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2003 after retiring from a successful career in the women’s clothing industry. Having spent many summers in Vermont and drawn to its natural beauty and character, Judy chose to retire here and develop her second career as a pastel artist.

Central Vermont Council on Aging's "Art of Creative Aging" exhibit program celebrates the importance of creativity in our lives. while honoring the contributions of older Vermonters to the culture of Vermont. “I work fearlessly with vibrantly pigmented colors that clash, resonate, and converse in a contemporary expressionistic style. I translate color and light directly from their sources to my work. My love of animals and the spirituality of the natural landscape weave together to give me direction and enjoyment in my art.” --Judy Greenwald
Please stop in to visit the Judy Greenwald Exhibit, 9am-4pm, Monday - Friday in the lobby of our Main Offices, 59 N. Main Street, 2nd Floor, Barre
Central Vermont Council on Aging Wins 2020 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness – GOLD Level Award!

CVCOA's Employee Wellness & Celebrations Committee (Chris Shaw, Diane Leuschner, Marie MacDougall, Megan Thomas, Rheneé Placey and Sarah Mason) is proud to receive a Gold Level 2020 Governor’s Council Award for Worksite Wellness!
CVCOA’s philosophy is that work/life balance and overall wellness for employees is valued and an important part of having a positive work culture and high level of staff retention. Health benefits, flexible work schedules, generous time off policies, a discount at a local gym, ergonomic accommodations for staff office equipment and an employer contribution to employee retirement plans are some of the many ways we demonstrate this value and commitment to our staff. Members of CVCOA's Employee Wellness and Celebration Committee will receive the 2020 Governor's Council Award at the Worksite Wellness Awards Conference on March 25 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Burlington, VT. Read Article
Central Vermont Council on Aging Honored at Washington County Mental
Health Services Annual Meeting

CVCOA Executive Director, Beth Stern and staff were honored by Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS) Annual Board of Directors meeting in December. CVCOA was recognized with community partners who have been "wonderful collaborators in the work to improve the well-being of our communities. Each of these groups and individuals exemplifies the spirit of collaboration in community care, and we are so appreciative of your partnership and support." In 2000, Beth Stern worked in partnership with WCMHS when the "Eldercare Clinician Program" was created to better serve the unique mental health needs of older Vermonters.
Medicare Part D Prescription Enrollment
As many of you know, Central Vermont Council on Aging provides in-person and phone appointments for "Medicare Part D Open Enrollment" clients each year from October 15 – December 7. Typically, you sign up for Medicare Part D when you first sign up for Medicare. Each year during Open Enrollment you can make changes to your Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug coverage for the following year. During the 2019 Open Enrollment period, CVCOA staff assisted 615 clients from our main office in Barre and all of our satellite offices in Morrisville, Randolph, Rochester and Royalton, more than we have ever served. As the older population increases, CVCOA expects these numbers to continue to grow.
At CVCOA, we are committed to excellence in serving our Part D enrollees, including meeting in person with most clients, which takes more staff time. We are exploring ways to meet this challenge as we go forward, including exploring new online tools as older Vermonters grow more tech savvy. For more information about Medicare and Medicare Part D enrollment, visit Medicare.Gov or call our Helpline at (800) 642-5119.
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Upcoming Events at Central VT Council on Aging
  • Medicare and You
  • Caregiver Teas
  • Memorable Times Café

Eye Health During a North Country Winter
by Dr. Sam Shippee, O.D.
"With our holiday season upon us, our thoughts turn to cozy fireplaces, friendly gatherings in winter sweaters and long cold snowy nights. The winter season creates new opportunities to try winter sports, start a new indoor hobby or simply slow down to a contemplative pace and enjoy your reading list. The winter months also create a perfect storm for environments that can create reduced visual acuity and visual comfort related to dry eyes." Read Whole Article

Dr. Sam Shippee, O.D

You may have noticed our new logo designed to honor Central Vermont Council on Aging's 40th year of service to the aging community. We are thrilled to ask you to SAVE THE DATE for our 40th Gala Banquet Event on Saturday, September 12 at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, VT. You can buy your tickets early online . If you are a business or individual interested in sponsoring this event, or buying ad space, you may visit sponsor CVCOA or call our Development Director at (802) 476-2739.
It's not too late to donate to Central VT Council on Aging! Donations to Central Vermont Council on Aging pay for direct services for older Central Vermonters such as home visits to coordinate care, caregiver supports, information and assistance through our Helpline, funds for 12 Meals on Wheels sites, assistance with transportation, housing, legal and mental health services. We can also arrange for your recurring monthly or quarterly donations. Donate easily online by using the "donate now" button. Thank you to all our supporters!
  Central Vermont Council on Aging toll free (877) 379-2600 or CVCOA Helpline
(800) 642-5119