Our Inaugural Monthly Newsletter
Keeping you connected with news and events for older adults and their caregivers in Southeastern Vermont
January 2022
NEWSLETTER
Welcome to all our friends, community partners, volunteers, and staff as we look forward to a happy and healthy New Year. At Senior Solutions, 2022 is starting off with a delivery of 1,400 antigen COVID-19 tests to meal sites, senior centers and adult day centers in Southeastern Vermont. In response to advocacy from meal sites, adult day centers and area agencies on aging throughout the state, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) earmarked approximately 7,000 test kits statewide for senior centers and meal sites. It has been challenging for these sites to easily access off-site testing on a regular basis for both consumers and staff. Having these tests on hand will enable sites to monitor participants and staff on a regular basis for COVID so they can manage their services accordingly. We are grateful to the folks at VDH for responding to this need.

In response to the recent surge in COVID-19/Omicron cases, we have instructed our case managers to refrain from making home visits unless absolutely necessary. We are highly aware of the health risks to our clients and staff, and believe it is our responsibility to take these precautions. This is a temporary restriction that we are reviewing weekly. Our expectation is that we will resume regular home visits by the end of the month. Read more
January Updates
 Senior Solutions supports and oversees 13 home-delivered Meals on Wheels Programs and 29 community meals sites provided by local community partners. During this past year, more than 4,700 area seniors relied on these programs – programs which involve a large network of cooks, packagers, delivery drivers, and others. Read more
In spite of the recent spike in the pandemic and cautionary restrictions on face-to-face meetings, our volunteer program continues to grow. With three new volunteers enrolling in December, our volunteer count has now reached 70 individuals who are reaching out to our most senior population…and they have been busy! Read more
 On December 16, over a dozen people attended a hybrid in-person and video broadcast program hosted at Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry on the topic of recognizing and working with persons experiencing different stages of dementia. The program was introduced by Senior Solutions Executive Director Mark Boutwell, and featured AD Partnership founder Mick Byers, as well as Tamasin Kekic of Equipoise Occupational Therapy and Sue Pollard of Springfield Area Adult Day Services. Read more and watch the video

Senior Solutions, the Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont
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Senior Solutions is a non-profit agency that has served as the Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont since 1973. Our mission is to promote the dignity and well-being of older adults and our vision is that every person will age in the place of their choice, with the support they need and the opportunity for meaningful relationships and active engagement in their community.