Joann Erenhouse: Senior Solutions remains open to help you through this

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Senior Solutions' HelpLine and email are open and working. Only our doors are closed.

HelpLine: 802-885-2669

Email: info@seniorsolutionsvt.org.

Everyone at Senior Solutions is dedicated to providing help to Vermonters over 60 with:

A.) Benefits applications for social services such as Medicaid, Fuel Assistance, 3SquaresVT, VPharm, and other programs.

B.) Medicare Information.

C.) Taking applications for Meals on Wheels with relaxed criteria for those who are over 60.

D.) Providing information and connecting you to resources for health and wellness issues.

E.) Case Managers are checking on their clients

by phone.

F.) Volunteer Visitor Recipients are being contacted and checked on.

Also, new volunteers are receiving phone calls to confirm their interest and orientation packets are being sent out in the mail. Thank you to the amazing number of people who have responded to our call for volunteers!

It is such an inspiration to know how many community members care about our aging population. There are grass roots organizations popping up from Brattleboro to White River Junction.

They are helping their neighbors much as the organized Cares groups have been doing in their neighborhoods. Also, our Vermont Senior Centers are working overtime to create ways to serve their communities. While group meals are closed — delivered meals are uninterrupted. How do they do it?!!

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We have been busy finding new ways to connect, shop and deliver to those in need.

A huge "thanks" to all of you who are doing the same! By working with partners like the Lions Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, Public Access TV, senior centers, Rotary Clubs, police and fire departments, Community Care and Neighborhood Connection groups, banks, RSVP, The Vermont State Health Department, and so many more organizations and government agencies. We have discovered a deep reservoir of good will and amazing resources!

Technology has been fantastic! So many zoom meetings, teleconferences, team meetings and ring central platforms that enable us to function as a group while working at home.

Our Advisory Council met remotely. Our guest was from the Vermont

Department of Health which was very informative.

We have been following those guidelines as well as the ones from the CDC and encourage all of you to do the same. Our ECHO-D Tri-State monthly meeting was held through ringcentral.com.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Echo (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) program, it is in collaboration with Maine and New Hampshire.

It provides us with leaders and care experts in dementia with whom we discuss case studies and solutions to better serve individuals who are suffering from various forms of dementia.

Learning how to provide quality care and understanding is our goal. The program is of six months duration. It is a truly person-centered, interactive videoconferencing experience.

As I write this on March 27, my son reported in that he went jogging along with his 3-year-old son on his scooter. It has been a beautiful day and we can still enjoy life with our families!

Please remember to visit our website for information and resources: www.seniorsolutionsvt.org

And if you have questions call: 802-885-2669 or email us at: info@seniorsolutionsvt.org.

Thank you and stay well.

Joann Erenhouse, Esq., is the community relations director for Senior Solutions, the federally-designated Area Agency on Aging serving Southeastern Vermont since 1973. Senior Solutions provides information and assistance and administers a variety of programs for older adults and people with disabilities. Call 802-885-2669 or visit www.SeniorSolutionsVT.org.


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