Vermont Maturity

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.

Vermont experts say having the proper planning in place can be immensely helpful to your loved ones, ensuring they know ...
03/24/2020
The Paperwork of Caregiving - Vermont Maturity

Vermont experts say having the proper planning in place can be immensely helpful to your loved ones, ensuring they know your wishes.

When someone is in the last stages of an illness—or suffers a sudden medical crisis—families can be left facing baffling questions about medical care.

Providing care and support for an aging parent who lives far away can be very difficult and stressful. Here are some tip...
03/21/2020
Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers - Vermont Maturity

Providing care and support for an aging parent who lives far away can be very difficult and stressful. Here are some tips and resources that can help.

Providing care and support for an aging parent who lives far away can be very difficult and stressful. Here are some tips and resources that can help.

Better Living Audiology is offering a free hearing screening.
03/18/2020
Free Hearing Screening - Vermont Maturity

Better Living Audiology is offering a free hearing screening.

Better Living Audiology South Burlington and Middlebury locations will be demonstrating the most innovative advancements in the Hearing Healthcare Industry.

Unfortunately, coronavirus scams are spreading nearly as fast as the virus itself.
03/17/2020
Beware of Coronavirus Scams - Vermont Maturity

Unfortunately, coronavirus scams are spreading nearly as fast as the virus itself.

Unfortunately, coronavirus scams are spreading nearly as fast as the virus itself, and seniors are often the most vulnerable.

Vegetables can grow indoors as well as your potted plants if you give them a little extra light.
03/14/2020
Grow an Indoor Vegetable Garden - Vermont Maturity

Vegetables can grow indoors as well as your potted plants if you give them a little extra light.

Indoor Vegetables can grow as well as your potted plants if you give them a little extra light.

Preparing your home for aging doesn’t require a costly renovation. There are a number of small changes you can make to e...
03/13/2020
Simple Changes to Keep a Home Safe for Aging - Vermont Maturity

Preparing your home for aging doesn’t require a costly renovation. There are a number of small changes you can make to ensure you home is safe for yourself or for family members who choose to age at home.

Whether you’re a senior aging in place or a homeowner helping to care for an aging family member, home safety is a crucial consideration.

What It’s Like to Live Life Roaming in an RV? This article explains that and what to look for when you purchase an RV.
03/12/2020
RV Life - Vermont Maturity

What It’s Like to Live Life Roaming in an RV? This article explains that and what to look for when you purchase an RV.

Who hasn’t daydreamed about packing just the essentials and hitting the road for a few weeks, or even full time? For some, retirement or empty nests are the perfect excuses to make that dream a reality.

There are steps you can take – or at least have your spouse take – that could end the snoring and perhaps even save your...
03/11/2020
5 Tips To Help End Your Spouse’s Snoring - Vermont Maturity

There are steps you can take – or at least have your spouse take – that could end the snoring and perhaps even save your spouse’s life in the process.

There are steps you can take – or at least have your spouse take – that could end the snoring and perhaps even save your spouse’s life in the process.

Many baby boomers are now faced with helping pay off their kids’ student loan debt, and that added burden can threaten t...
03/10/2020
Helping Boomers Deal with Student Loan Debt - Vermont Maturity

Many baby boomers are now faced with helping pay off their kids’ student loan debt, and that added burden can threaten their financial security in retirement.

Many boomers are now faced with helping pay off their kids’ student loan debt.

When our bodies lose elasticity and can no longer accommodate a movement through stretching, sprains, strains, and other...
03/07/2020
Exercisers in Their 40s and 50s Should ‘Agercise’ Their Workouts - Vermont Maturity

When our bodies lose elasticity and can no longer accommodate a movement through stretching, sprains, strains, and other injuries are the result. But that’s not an excuse to give up working out.

Sprains and strains are painful, but avid exercisers often see them as little more than a nuisance. Robert Klapper, MD, calls them something else: a blessing.

Here’s what you can expect from the 2020 Census in the coming weeks, and how you can protect yourself from potential sca...
03/05/2020
Beware of Potential 2020 Census Scams - Vermont Maturity

Here’s what you can expect from the 2020 Census in the coming weeks, and how you can protect yourself from potential scams.

Here’s what you can expect from the 2020 Census in the coming weeks, and how you can protect yourself from potential scams.

In response to increased demand from clients and “snowbirds,” Silver Leaf In-Home Care is launching Accompanied Travel S...
03/04/2020
New Accompanied Travel Service - Vermont Maturity

In response to increased demand from clients and “snowbirds,” Silver Leaf In-Home Care is launching Accompanied Travel Services to assist seniors with their travel needs.

Silver Leaf In-Home Care is launching Accompanied Travel Services to assist seniors with their travel needs.

All Wellness specializes in using Pilates to help seniors improve balance and overall strength.
03/02/2020
Pilates Classes to Improve Balance & Strength - Vermont Maturity

All Wellness specializes in using Pilates to help seniors improve balance and overall strength.

All Wellness specializes in using Pilates to help seniors improve balance and overall strength. Beginners can start with 3 private lessons for $180. For more information call 802-863-9900 or visit AllWellnessVT.com. Related Articles 10 Benefits of Weightlifting for Age-Related Muscle Loss for Senior...

Use these garden planning tips to get a great return on your investment.
02/29/2020
9 Garden Planning Tips - Vermont Maturity

Use these garden planning tips to get a great return on your investment.

We’ve all overplanted or planted the wrong varieties for our tastes and needs. Use these garden planning tips to get a great return on your investment.

There’s a low-income subsidy program called Extra Help that can assist seniors on a tight budget with paying for their p...
02/27/2020
‘Extra Help’ Program Helps Seniors With Their Medication Costs - Vermont Maturity

There’s a low-income subsidy program called Extra Help that can assist seniors on a tight budget with paying for their premiums, deductible and co-payments in their Medicare (Part D) prescription drug plan.

There’s a low-income subsidy program called Extra Help that can assist seniors on a tight budget with their medicare expenses.

Better Living Audiology’s South Burlington and Middlebury locations will be offering a free hearing screening & open hou...
02/26/2020
Free Hearing Screening & Open House - Vermont Maturity

Better Living Audiology’s South Burlington and Middlebury locations will be offering a free hearing screening & open house.

Better Living Audiology’s South Burlington and Middlebury locations will be demonstrating the latest and most innovative advancements in the Hearing Healthcare Industry.

For retirees who own their home and want to stay living there, but could use some extra cash, a reverse mortgage is a vi...
02/25/2020
What You Need to Know About Reverse Mortgages - Vermont Maturity

For retirees who own their home and want to stay living there, but could use some extra cash, a reverse mortgage is a viable financial tool, but there’s a lot to know and consider to be sure it’s a good option for you.

For retirees who own their home and want to stay living there, but could use some extra cash, a reverse mortgage is a possible financial tool.

Nobody can obtain Medicare benefits before age 65, unless eligible at a younger age because of disability. With that sai...
02/24/2020
Health Coverage Options for Pre-Medicare-Age Spouses - Vermont Maturity

Nobody can obtain Medicare benefits before age 65, unless eligible at a younger age because of disability. With that said, here are some coverage options to consider.

Medicare, unfortunately, does not offer family coverage to younger spouses or dependent children when you qualify for Medicare.

After the kids move out on their own, many adults consider downsizing to a new home, possibly moving to the city or to a...
02/21/2020
Rightsizing is Different than Downsizing - Vermont Maturity

After the kids move out on their own, many adults consider downsizing to a new home, possibly moving to the city or to a beach town away from it all. Why downsize, though, when the better option is to rightsize?

Rightsizing is different from downsizing, which seems inherently negative and focuses on space.

Your financial goals and objectives have likely changed dramatically since you started a retirement account like a 401(k...
02/20/2020
A 3-Point Check-Up for Your Retirement Plan - Vermont Maturity

Your financial goals and objectives have likely changed dramatically since you started a retirement account like a 401(k) or IRA. Now is a good time to put your retirement plan through a 3-point checkup to see if it still makes sense.

Put your retirement plan through a 3-point checkup to see if it still makes sense.

Estate sale operators are largely unregulated, with no licensing or standard educational requirements. That leaves the d...
02/19/2020
Choosing a Good Estate Sale Company - Vermont Maturity

Estate sale operators are largely unregulated, with no licensing or standard educational requirements. That leaves the door open for inexperienced, unethical or even illegal operators. Therefore, it’s up to you to decipher a good reputable company from a bad one. Here are some tips to help you choose.

Unlike appraisal, auction and real estate companies, estate sale operators are largely unregulated, with no licensing or standard educational requirements.

Poor posture strains muscles and joints, and is linked to back and neck pain, as well as overall stress and even depress...
02/18/2020
10 Tips to ACE Your Posture - Vermont Maturity

Poor posture strains muscles and joints, and is linked to back and neck pain, as well as overall stress and even depression.

Poor posture strains muscles and joints, and is linked to back and neck pain, as well as overall stress and even depression.

Deteriorating motor skills as a result of aging is a serious concern for seniors who live with hoarders, clutter prone i...
02/17/2020
Hoarding and Clutter Solutions for the Elderly - Vermont Maturity

Deteriorating motor skills as a result of aging is a serious concern for seniors who live with hoarders, clutter prone individuals or are hoarders themselves.

Hoarders suffer from difficulty in letting go of possessions and an insatiable urge to acquire and save items.

A Quality Potting Leads to Gardening Success. Improve your indoor and outdoor container gardening success by starting wi...
02/15/2020
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A Quality Potting Leads to Gardening Success. Improve your indoor and outdoor container gardening success by starting with a quality potting mix.

Although Medicare’s coverage of dental services is limited, there are other ways you can get coverage and care affordabl...
02/14/2020
Does Medicare Cover Dental Care? - Vermont Maturity

Although Medicare’s coverage of dental services is limited, there are other ways you can get coverage and care affordably.

Medicare’s coverage of dental care is extremely limited. It will not cover routine dental care including checkups, cleanings, fillings or dentures.

A health savings account is a fantastic financial tool that can help you build up a tax-free stash of money for medical ...
02/12/2020
The Retirement Benefits of a Health Savings Account - Vermont Maturity

A health savings account is a fantastic financial tool that can help you build up a tax-free stash of money for medical expenses now and after you retire.

A health savings account is a fantastic financial tool that can help you build up a tax-free stash of money for medical expenses now and after you retire.

Are you reading this on your phone, computer or another mobile device? Are you looking down, shoulders hunched, while do...
02/11/2020
Mobile Devices and Neck Pain: How to Avoid ‘Tech Neck’ - Vermont Maturity

Are you reading this on your phone, computer or another mobile device? Are you looking down, shoulders hunched, while doing so? If so, your posture may be contributing to neck pain, headaches and other symptoms consistent with “tech neck.”

Tech neck is a growing phenomenon that’s due to the ubiquitous presence of screens – such as cell phones and tablets – in our daily lives.

You love them both – your pets and houseplants – but it can be challenging to safely raise them together in the same hou...
02/10/2020
Keep Houseplants Healthy and Pets Safe - Vermont Maturity

You love them both – your pets and houseplants – but it can be challenging to safely raise them together in the same house. Reduce the risk by selecting pet-safe plants and safely managing houseplant pest problems.

You love them both – your pets and houseplants – but it can be challenging to safely raise them together in the same house.

Mistakes in the Social Security earnings record are actually fairly common. Your Social Security benefits are based on y...
02/07/2020
Have You Checked Your Social Security Statement for Errors? - Vermont Maturity

Mistakes in the Social Security earnings record are actually fairly common. Your Social Security benefits are based on your highest 35 years of earnings history. So, if your earnings for any particular year are underreported, it will reduce your benefits.

Mistakes in the Social Security earnings record are actually fairly common. Your Social Security benefits are based on your highest 35 years of earnings history. So, if your earnings for any particular year are underreported, it will reduce your benefits. These errors typically occur because your em...

Don’t let a lack of space or poor soil stop you from growing blueberries. Simply plant a few blueberries in containers a...
02/06/2020
Growing Blueberries in Containers and the Garden - Vermont Maturity

Don’t let a lack of space or poor soil stop you from growing blueberries. Simply plant a few blueberries in containers and enjoy their spring blooms, fall color and tasty and nutritious fruit for snacking, baking and including in healthful meals.

Don’t let a lack of space or poor soil stop you from growing blueberries.

No matter the season, size of your garden or climate, you can inject homegrown flavor into your meals. Just clear a shel...
02/05/2020
Expand Your Edible Garden Indoors - Vermont Maturity

No matter the season, size of your garden or climate, you can inject homegrown flavor into your meals. Just clear a shelf, countertop or windowsill and get busy planting herbs, greens and even tomatoes to enjoy year-round.

Ineject homegrown flavor into your meals. Just clear a shelf, countertop or windowsill and plant herbs, greens and even tomatoes to enjoy year-round.

Baby Boomers must take the possibility of hearing loss seriously. Why? Well, hearing loss may be linked to more than you...
02/04/2020
Is Hearing Loss a Sign of Dementia? - Vermont Maturity

Baby Boomers must take the possibility of hearing loss seriously. Why? Well, hearing loss may be linked to more than your ability to hear. It may be connected to your ability to think.

Most Baby Boomers address their hearing with a series of simple questions. Can I hear my children when they call me on the phone? Yes. Can I hear the television? Check. Are my ears causing me discomfort (i.e. ringing, pain)? Nope. And that’s the “test” for many Americans aged 60 and older. No ...

The Vermont 50 Plus and Baby Boomers Expo will be held on Saturday, February 15th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Univer...
02/03/2020
50 Plus Expo - Vermont Maturity

The Vermont 50 Plus and Baby Boomers Expo will be held on Saturday, February 15th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the University Mall in South Burlington.

The Vermont 50 Plus and Baby Boomers Expo will be held on Saturday, February 15th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the University Mall in South Burlington. The show will include a heart walk, seminars, a senior talent show and dozens of exhibitors. For more information 802-872-9000 xt 118 or visit Vermon...

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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 !