Senior News and Notes

Brattleboro Senior Center schedule

BRATTLEBORO >> Monday: 9 a.m., pickleball in the park; 10 a.m., weekly movie showing - call for a listing; 1 p.m., Sing-Along with Tina. Tuesday: 9 a.m., tennis in the park; 9:30 a.m., senior softball at the park; 9:30 a.m., mixed fiber craft group; 9:30 a.m., painting and sequencing with Marilyn; 9:30 a.m., strength training with Cyndy Gray; 12:45 p.m., grocery shopping at Hannaford; 1:15 a.m., beginning bridge with Dennis. Wednesday: 9 a.m., Foot Care Clinic with George, by appt.; 9 a.m., pickleball at the park; 9:15 a.m., writers group; 9:30 a.m., mixed media art group; 10:45 a.m., line dancing lessons with Richard; 11:45 a.m., Classic Country Music with Wayne; 12:30 p.m., Bridge Playing/Duplicate Boards; 12:45 p.m., "Let's Talk" Conversation Group. Thursday: 9 a.m., tennis in the park; 9 a.m., senior bowling; 9:30 a.m., knitting group; 9:30 a.m., strength training with Cyndy Gray; 10:30 a.m., Words and Music Take Wing; 11:30 a.m., bridge playing; Noon, Picnic in the Park; 1 p.m., Game Time; 1 to 2:30 p.m., bocce. Friday: 9:30 a.m., Pilates Plus for Seniors with Cyndy Gray; 10 a.m., beginning bridge with Dennis; 10:30 a.m., Windham Walkers – Pisgah State Park; 10:30 a.m., table tennis; 10:30 a.m., practice bridge playing with Anne; 12:45 p.m., van trip to Price Chopper; 1:20 p.m., pickleball in the gym.

Upcoming trips include sailing on Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware, which will be docked in Provincetown. On July 24, experience what life would have been like on board this regal 17th century ship. Enjoy a box lunch while aboard. The price is only $149 per person.

The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad Train travels from Meredith, N.H., along the Meredith Bay clinging to a shelf dug out over 100 years ago; this trip will chug out of the station on Oct. 1 and passengers will enjoy a full hot Turkey Dinner with all the fixings. After the train ride there will be a stop at Kellerhouse Candies; don't miss this opportunity to see some foliage on the way home for the price of $109.

For more information, call Jessy Cudworth at 802-257-7570 or visit

Words and music take wing

BRATTLEBORO >> "Words and Music Take Wing," a special event that will take place on July 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., features Gudrun Weeks, violinist, and Lynn Martin, poet, joining forces with words and music for a poetry reading with violin interludes. The two met in the West Brattleboro Quaker Worship Group. All are welcome; free to the public.

State grant funds more legal services for Vermont seniors

MONTPELIER >> Vermont received an Administration for Community Living grant that will provide $178,500 each year for three years to expand legal services for at-risk older adults.

The Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems demonstration grant is a cooperative grant between the Vermont Agency of Human Services' Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and Vermont Legal Aid. The grants are designed to help states respond effectively to legal issues affecting seniors with significant social or economic needs.

In Vermont, the funding will be used to develop services specifically for seniors at the statewide legal hotline, Vermont Law Help, as well as to provide legal training, to do outreach, and to build and strengthen partnerships throughout the state with the court system, Adult Protective Services, the Office of Public Guardian, the Area Agencies on Aging, and others.

"As the number of older adults living in Vermont continues to grow, more and more seniors are calling to find help," said Michael Benvenuto, Elder Law Project Director at Vermont Legal Aid. "Housing, health care, consumer, and financial issues along with elder abuse are critical areas of need that, if unresolved, can threaten the well-being of older adults as well as their ability to stay in their homes and communities. This grant will allow Vermont Legal Aid to expand our services and develop an integrated system for helping seniors statewide."

"The importance of access to quality legal assistance and supports cannot be understated for Vermont's older adults," said DAIL Commissioner Monica Caserta. :This grant provides us with the opportunity to support that growing need and to enhance our collaborations with community partners on behalf of Vermonters."

Vermont Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm that provides legal advice and services to individuals and families throughout Vermont who are facing a civil legal problem that threatens their rights, shelter, job, health or well-being. VLA began serving clients in 1968 and has partnered with DAIL for more than 30 years.

Vernon Homes' executive director receives leadership award

VERNON >> Bradford Ellis, Executive Director of senior living community Vernon Homes, was awarded the 2016 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award by the American College of Heath Care Administrators. This is the second year in a row that he has received the award for his leadership of Vernon Homes' nursing facility Vernon Green.

The award recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved a level of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach. Ellis was one of only 280 nursing home administrators nationwide who received the award and one of just 247 recipients whose award included virtual recognition, meaning that he provided leadership throughout the entire award year.

The ACHCA believes that nursing home excellence is a reflection of leadership excellence, and selects winners based on: high scores on three years of skilled nursing facility survey data, including health, fire and complaint surveys; top-quartile performance on designated quality measures; 80 percent or greater facility occupancy; and zero citations for "Special Focus Facility" status (a government term applied to under-performing care facilities).

"It takes every player to make a winning team, and it is clear from this award that the excellence-minded players on the Vernon Homes team provide care for our residents at a high level," said Ellis. "I'd add, that's because they care about our residents. Residents' families can consider it more proof that compassionately serving their loved ones really matters here."

Senior Meals hosts gubernatorial candidate

BRATTLEBORO >> During the senior meal at the Gibson Aiken Center on 207 Main St. on July 22 starting at noon, Sue Minter, Vermont's former Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Irene Recovery Officer, and state representative, will be on hand. She is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor in the upcoming Aug. 9 primary election. Lunch will be available for $6 for anyone under 60 years of age and for a suggested donation of $3.50 for anyone over 60. RSVP to or 518-505-9031.


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