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Vermont Maturity The premier source of news and events for Vermonters age 50 and older.

Vermont Maturity Magazine, locally owned and operated since its creation in 1993, is mailed to Vermonters age 50 and older in Chittenden County, with additional rack distribution at key outlets in Chittenden County, Stowe, Barre/Montpelier and St. Albans. Vermont Maturity is committed to honoring the ideas and interests of Vermonters age 50 and older.

Led by the Vermont Curators Group—a network of museums, galleries, and cultural centers specializing in art, history, sc...
01/31/2020
Vermont Curators Group Launches Statewide Exhibition Series - Vermont Maturity

Led by the Vermont Curators Group—a network of museums, galleries, and cultural centers specializing in art, history, science, and craft—this project will push the boundaries of what it means to have conversations about technology, innovation, and culture in Vermont.

In 2020, 36 museums and galleries in Vermont will collaborate on a state-wide series of exhibitions.

Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a fresh bouquet of flowers.  Make sure your gift provides many days of enjoyment...
01/30/2020
Keep Valentine Flowers Looking Their Best - Vermont Maturity

Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a fresh bouquet of flowers. Make sure your gift provides many days of enjoyment by selecting the freshest flowers and providing the best possible care.

Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a fresh bouquet of flowers.

Current technology offers not only the tools people need to age in place independently, but can offer expanded confidenc...
01/29/2020
Technology for Aging in Place - Vermont Maturity

Current technology offers not only the tools people need to age in place independently, but can offer expanded confidence and connectedness family and friends.

How to Stay Connected While Keeping Independent

Staying active and keeping up your energy levels is a key way to deal with the long winter months.
01/28/2020
6 Ways To Stay Energized During the Winter Months - Vermont Maturity

Staying active and keeping up your energy levels is a key way to deal with the long winter months.

When it’s cold outside, and the weather is frightful, it can be truly delightful once in a while to hole up with a good book, a blanket and a cup of tea. But equally important is keeping up your energy, staying active and maintaining your mental well being through the shorter days of winter. One ....

The rising cost of prescription drugs is a problem that stings millions of Americans. While there’s no one solution, the...
01/24/2020
How to Save Money on Your Medication - Vermont Maturity

The rising cost of prescription drugs is a problem that stings millions of Americans. While there’s no one solution, there are some different strategies and resources that can help reduce your drug costs, so you can afford what you need. Here are several to consider.

Dear Savvy Senior, I take several medications for multiple health conditions and the prices keep going up, even with insurance. Can you recommend any tips that can help me save? Price-Gouged Patty Dear Patty, The rising cost of prescription drugs is a problem that stings millions of Americans. While...

Loss of muscle mass and frailty has long been thought to be an inevitable consequence of aging. However seniors can take...
01/23/2020
Power up With Protein - Vermont Maturity

Loss of muscle mass and frailty has long been thought to be an inevitable consequence of aging. However seniors can take steps to minimize the effect of sarcopenia, including getting the right amount of protein in their diets and maintaining an active lifestyle.

All older adults strive to maintain their independence and quality of life. But one threat can stand in their way: the progressive loss of muscle mass, strength, and function that occur with aging, known as sarcopenia. Loss of muscle mass and frailty has long been thought to be an inevitable consequ...

It’s actually known as the “Social Security imposter scam” and it’s becoming a widespread problem in the U.S.  The Feder...
01/22/2020
How to Protect Yourself from the Social Security Imposter Scam - Vermont Maturity

It’s actually known as the “Social Security imposter scam” and it’s becoming a widespread problem in the U.S. The Federal Trade Commission has received more than 76,000 reports about this growing scam in the past 12 months alone.

Dear Savvy Senior, I recently received a strange call from a Social Security employee. He told me my Social Security number had been suspended because it was involved in a crime, and that I needed to reactivate it and secure my bank funds by withdrawing them and putting them on gift cards. Is this a...

Short or tall, big or small, ornamental alliums are a treat for flower gardeners and for butterflies, bees and other pol...
01/21/2020
Bold and Beautiful Alliums for Every Garden - Vermont Maturity

Short or tall, big or small, ornamental alliums are a treat for flower gardeners and for butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

Short or tall, big or small, ornamental alliums are a treat for flower gardeners and for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Plant the bulbs in fall and enjoy months of colorful spring and summer blooms for years to come. Just like their relatives, onions and chives, ornamental alliums are easy...

Although legalese, in its best light, is intended to provide a uniform interpretation of certain terms or phrases, it of...
01/20/2020
Dissecting Legalese - Vermont Maturity

Although legalese, in its best light, is intended to provide a uniform interpretation of certain terms or phrases, it often complicates dialog and documents.

Whereas the party of the first part shall prescribe, provide, formulate, and otherwise execute the means, method, and product for the tertiary daily repast for the mutual benefit of the parties; whereas the party of the second part shall evaluate, conduct, and otherwise execute in a timely manner th...

Champlain Tours is offering an inexpensive day trip to the Boston Flower & Garden Show
01/17/2020
Affordable Day Trip to Boston Flower & Garden Show - Vermont Maturity

Champlain Tours is offering an inexpensive day trip to the Boston Flower & Garden Show

If winter is getting you down, join Champlain Tours’ day-trip to Boston on March 14th for a dose of spring. The Boston Flower & Garden Show is about inspiring, educating and motivating the region’s gardeners. Whether for curb appeal, backyard, kitchen, indoor, rooftop or community gardens, this ...

A good home stair lift is an excellent solution for those with mobility challenges who have trouble with steps. A stair ...
01/16/2020
How to Choose a Good Home Stair Lift - Vermont Maturity

A good home stair lift is an excellent solution for those with mobility challenges who have trouble with steps. A stair lift will carry you up and down the stairs in a safe seated position, providing easy access to the second story or basement level of your home. #stairlift #retirement

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good stair lift companies? I have a difficult time getting up and down the stairs anymore and am interested in purchasing a stair lift for my house but could use some help choosing one. Arthritic Ann Dear Ann, A good home stair lift is an excellent solution....

A pension can affect your social security benefits. This article explains why.
01/15/2020
How a Government Pension Might Reduce Your Social Security Benefits - Vermont Maturity

A pension can affect your social security benefits. This article explains why.

Dear Savvy Senior, As a teacher for 20 years, I receive a pension from a school system that did not withhold Social Security taxes from my pay. After teaching, I’ve been working for a small company where I do pay Social Security taxes. Now, approaching age 65, I would like to retire and apply for ...

If it’s obvious that there will be money in your estate — in the form of savings, insurance, cashable stocks or bonds, o...
01/14/2020
Understanding Pre-Financed Funeral Arrangements - Vermont Maturity

If it’s obvious that there will be money in your estate — in the form of savings, insurance, cashable stocks or bonds, or other liquid assets — that’s probably all the protection your survivors need.

by James Meunier If you wish, you may choose not to do anything at all about pre-financing your funeral expenses. Let the money come out of your estate’s assets when you die. If it’s obvious that there will be money in your estate — in the form of savings, insurance, cashable stocks or bonds, ...

Whether or not you are required to file a federal income tax return this year actually depends on several factors: how m...
01/10/2020
Do I Need to File a Tax Return This Year? - Vermont Maturity

Whether or not you are required to file a federal income tax return this year actually depends on several factors: how much you earned last year; the source of that income; your age; and your filing status.

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? My income dropped way down when I had to retire last year, so I’m wondering if I need to file a tax return this year. Retired Ron Dear Ron, Whether or not you are required to file a federal …

It’s probably safe to say that many of us are concerned about having enough money to cover our retirement years. In fact...
01/09/2020
How to Make Your Money Last During Retirement - Vermont Maturity

It’s probably safe to say that many of us are concerned about having enough money to cover our retirement years. In fact, some surveys have shown that we are more frightened of running out of money than we are of dying. Here's what you can do to help alleviate some of those fears.

It’s probably safe to say that many of us are concerned about having enough money to cover our retirement years. In fact, some surveys have shown that we are more frightened of running out of money than we are of dying. What can you do to help alleviate these fears? Your first move is to …

The good news is that medicare covers a lot of vision services but the bad news is that it doesn't cover everything. Her...
01/08/2020
Does Medicare Cover Vision Services? - Vermont Maturity

The good news is that medicare covers a lot of vision services but the bad news is that it doesn't cover everything. Here’s a breakdown of what is and isn't covered.

Dear Savvy Senior, I will be enrolling in Medicare in a few months, and would like to know how Medicare covers vision services? I currently have vision insurance through my employer but will lose it when I retire. Looking Ahead Dear Looking, Many people approaching 65 are unclear on what Medicare do...

First and foremost, you’ll want a dog who fits your lifestyle. These are some of the best dog breeds for seniors.
01/07/2020
The Best Dogs for Seniors - Vermont Maturity

First and foremost, you’ll want a dog who fits your lifestyle. These are some of the best dog breeds for seniors.

Ahead of National Pet Day on April 11, which was founded to celebrate the joy pets bring to human’s lives and create public awareness about animals awaiting a forever home in shelters and rescues, Furbo Dog Camera has set out to educate the public about the best breeds for every lifestyle to encou...

About 60 percent of people who suffer from dementia wander at some point, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. For ...
01/06/2020
Monitoring Solutions for Loved Ones with Dementia - Vermont Maturity

About 60 percent of people who suffer from dementia wander at some point, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. For caregivers, this can be frightening because many of those who wander off end up confused and lost, even in their own neighborhood, and are unable to communicate who they are or where they live. Here are some product and service solutions that may help.

About 60 percent of people who suffer from dementia wander at some point, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. For caregivers, this can be frightening because many of those who wander off end up confused and lost, even in their own neighborhood, and are unable to communicate who they are or w...

Kidney disease causes middle-aged people to be as susceptible to falling as older adults, say researchers from Ball Stat...
01/03/2020
Study: Kidney Disease Linked to Increased Risk of Falling - Vermont Maturity

Kidney disease causes middle-aged people to be as susceptible to falling as older adults, say researchers from Ball State University.

Kidney disease causes middle-aged people to be as susceptible to falling as older adults, say researchers from Ball State University. “Epidemiology of falls and fall-related injuries among middle-aged adults with kidney disease” recently published by the journal International Urology and Nephrol...

The Arbors at Shelburne is a senior living community dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of individuals with Alzh...
01/02/2020
Vermont Maturity Cover Story - The Arbors at Shelburne - Vermont Maturity

The Arbors at Shelburne is a senior living community dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and related memory impairments.

The Arbors at Shelburne is a dually licensed senior living community providing residential and nursing home level of care in Shelburne, VT. It is a senior living community dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and related memory impairments.  The Arbor...

Give your Christmas Tree and second or even third life in the landscape.
12/24/2019
Give Your Christmas Tree a Second Life in the Landscape - Vermont Maturity

Give your Christmas Tree and second or even third life in the landscape.

Once your holiday celebrations have passed and the decorations go back into storage, it is time to deal with your real Christmas tree. Don’t drag it to the curb to be hauled away by the trash collectors. Give it a second, even third life, in your landscape. Start recycling all those needles that l...

How a Government Pension Might Reduce Your Social Security Benefits.
12/23/2019
How a Government Pension Might Reduce Your Social Security Benefits - Vermont Maturity

How a Government Pension Might Reduce Your Social Security Benefits.

Dear Savvy Senior, As a teacher for 20 years, I receive a pension from a school system that did not withhold Social Security taxes from my pay. After teaching, I’ve been working for a small company where I do pay Social Security taxes. Now, approaching age 65, I would like to retire and apply for ...

Age Well is offering 4 upcoming New to Medicare classes at their offices in Essex Junction, Vermont.
12/20/2019
Free Classes for New Medicare Enrollees - Vermont Maturity

Age Well is offering 4 upcoming New to Medicare classes at their offices in Essex Junction, Vermont.

Age Well is offering 4 upcoming New to Medicare classes at their offices in Essex Junction, Vermont. Our State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) offers free and confidential health insurance counseling for people who are 60+ years of age and Medicare beneficiaries. Age Well helps bridge the gap betwee...

AARP is urging Congress to stop a tax increase on 4.4 million Americans with high healthcare costs.
12/19/2019
AARP Urges Congress to Extend and Make Permanent the Medical Expense Deduction - Vermont Maturity

AARP is urging Congress to stop a tax increase on 4.4 million Americans with high healthcare costs.

AARP is urging Congress to stop a tax increase on 4.4 million Americans with high healthcare costs. If Congress fails to act, Americans with high out-of-pocket medical costs will be hit with an unexpected tax increase when they go to file their 2019 taxes. According to AARP, the medical expense dedu...

Grab a pruner and basket then wander through your landscape gathering a few evergreen branches, berry-laden stems and co...
12/18/2019
Create a Festive Centerpiece from Your Indoor and Outdoor Garden - Vermont Maturity

Grab a pruner and basket then wander through your landscape gathering a few evergreen branches, berry-laden stems and cones to create a holiday centerpiece.

Take a break from the holiday rush for a bit of gardening relief.  Grab a pruner and basket then wander through your landscape gathering a few evergreen branches, berry-laden stems and cones to create a holiday centerpiece.  Most gardeners are used to walking into their summer garden collecting bl...

If you have a passion for history and get as excited about spending the day deciphering historical documents as some peo...
12/17/2019
Turn Your Genealogy Hobby Into a Side Business - Vermont Maturity

If you have a passion for history and get as excited about spending the day deciphering historical documents as some people do summiting a mountain, you may be just the person to start a genealogy business.

If you have a passion for history and get as excited about spending the day deciphering historical documents as some people do summiting a mountain, you may be just the person to start a genealogy business. This guide to starting a home-based genealogy business will focus on four main areas: Validat...

Seniors who rely on mobile personal emergency response devices could be at risk for hackers listening-in on their daily ...
12/16/2019
Seniors' Health Faces Risks From Vulnerable Technology - Vermont Maturity

Seniors who rely on mobile personal emergency response devices could be at risk for hackers listening-in on their daily lives.

by Chris Holbert People worry about smart devices like Alexa, Google Home and connected televisions listening to everything they do. But seniors who rely on mobile personal emergency response devices (mPERS), like the buttons that can be pressed to call for help in the event of a fall or another med...

5 ways to become a leader at a company without holding a leadership-type position.
12/15/2019
So You’re Not The Boss? Here’s How You Can Still Be A Leader - Vermont Maturity

5 ways to become a leader at a company without holding a leadership-type position.

Are leaders born or are they developed? It’s a subject that’s long been debated. And in the workplace, can an employee who holds no supervisory job title be an effective leader — before being entrusted with managing people? Grant Parr, a mental sports performance coach, says yes — and adds t...

A new analysis of 12 frequently prescribed drugs illustrates that Medicare recipients frequently overpay for their medic...
12/14/2019
Big Variation In Part D Costs Means Most Medicare Beneficiaries Overpay for Prescriptions - Vermont Maturity

A new analysis of 12 frequently prescribed drugs illustrates that Medicare recipients frequently overpay for their medications.

A new analysis from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) of 12 frequently – prescribed drugs illustrates that Medicare recipients frequently overpay for their medications. “Because Medicare doesn’t negotiate drug prices there are wild swings in prices between Part D drug plans,” says Mary Johns...

It's important to invest for retirement, but you can also benefit by investing in your family and your community.https:/...
12/13/2019
Invest in Your Family and Community - Vermont Maturity

It's important to invest for retirement, but you can also benefit by investing in your family and your community.
https://vermontmaturity.com/finance/invest-in-your-family-and-community/

by Aaron Glosser Why do you invest? For many people, here’s the answer: “I invest because I want to enjoy a comfortable retirement.” And that’s certainly a great reason, because all of us should regularly put money away for when we’re retired. But you can also benefit by investing in your ...

Skiing is an integral part of Vermont’s identity, and rich history and eccentric characters are as much a part of the sp...
12/12/2019
Skiing in Vermont: Big Ideas and Quirky Characters - Vermont Maturity

Skiing is an integral part of Vermont’s identity, and rich history and eccentric characters are as much a part of the sport as the mountains and snow.

by Clover Whitham Skiing is an integral part of Vermont’s identity, and rich history and eccentric characters are as much a part of the sport as the mountains and snow. Sixty years ago, some form of a ski tow could be found in about two out of every three towns. A skier’s experience ranged from ...

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SUNDAY August 26 in the Westford Music Series Hi everyone, as I did for Joe Moore Band on July 15, I'll be glad to open the last show for STEVE HARTMAN - a solo acoustic performer from Jericho. I have prepared some beautiful Songs, and will be ready at the Gazebo from 5 pm till HARTMAN's presentation at 7 pm. This will be another community building activity, and a way to support local musicians. Hope to see you all. Thanks !
SUNDAY August 26 in the Westford Music Series Hi everyone, as I did for Joe Moore Band on July 15, I'll be glad to open the last show for STEVE HARTMAN - a solo acoustic performer from Jericho. I have prepared some beautiful Songs, and will be ready at the Gazebo from 5 pm till HARTMAN's presentation at 7 pm. This will be another community building activity, and a way to support local musicians. Hope to see you all. Thanks !
SUNDAY August 26 in the Westford Music Series Hi everyone @ VM, as I did for Joe Moore Band on July 15, I'll be glad to open the last show for STEVE HARTMAN - a solo acoustic performer from Jericho. I have prepared some beautiful Songs, and will be ready at the Gazebo from 5 pm till HARTMAN's presentation at 7 pm. This will be another community building activity, and a way to support local musicians. Hope to see you all. Thanks !