Community Affairs – February 2021

The moment we now find ourselves in calls to mind a quote from Winston Churchill. In the fall of 1942, he gave a famous speech marking a military victory that he believed would be a turning point in World War II, “This is not the end,” he warned. “It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

When it comes to COVID-19, we are optimistic that the end of the beginning is near. It has been a trying time for all of us, but especially for seniors, many of whom live alone. A recent poll shows a lack of social interaction or companionship is more common among seniors, especially those with health issues, but good neighbors and community services can help.

Here are some of the area resources serving our senior population:

Vermont CDC has been working hard in providing sites throughout the region for Seniors to get the First COVID Vaccine. To mention some of the locations, Springfield Hospital, Brattleboro Hospital Clinic, Burr and Burton, Grace Cottage, Rutland Hospital, Walker Farm.

Senior Solutions

Senior Solutions, located in Springfield, VT is the Area Agency on Aging designated to serve older adults in the southeastern region of Vermont. This Agency provides a wide variety of services to older adults within our 46-town service area, giving priority to those with the greatest social and economic needs. This is attained through a comprehensive and coordinated system of information and referral, home-based assistance, case management, nutrition services and many community partners like Meals on Wheels. Visit their website, or call (800) 642-5119.

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA)

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) has launched a new grocery and supply shopping service to support older Vermonters, age 60 and over, in Bennington and Rutland counties during COVID-19. If you or someone you know is interested in accessing the shopping service, or if you’re interested in volunteering, please call SVCOA at 802-786-5990.