Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Attorney General T.J. Donovan Reaches Out to Older Vermonters

April 10, 2018

Contact: Natalie Silver, 802-595-8679

Elder Protection Staff to Visit All 14 Counties, AG to Address Concerns of Older Vermonters

Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that his Office will be undertaking a statewide listening tour to engage older Vermonters about their most pressing concerns.

Currently, over one-third of Vermonters are 55 and older. Many older Vermonters are thriving. Others suffer from financial insecurity, isolation, lack of access to needed care and services, and memory loss, among other challenges. Some suffer from neglect, exploitation, and abuse.

To better understand and respond to the most urgent concerns of older Vermonters, General Donovan has asked representatives from his Human Service, Public Protection, and Criminal Divisions to visit each of Vermont’s fourteen counties this April and May to explore the same two questions:

  • What are older Vermonter’s greatest vulnerabilities and needs?
  • How can Vermont’s systems for elder support and protection be improved?

Throughout their listening tour, AGO staff will meet with older Vermonters at senior centers, senior meal sites, and elderly housing facilities. Additionally, they will meet with individuals and organizations that provide services to older Vermonters: case managers and social workers from Area Agencies on Aging, Support and Services at Home (SASH), home health agencies and hospitals, and elder advocates, among others.

“Our goal is simple,” says General Donovan. “We want to understand the most pressing challenges of our state’s aging population, particularly those who are most vulnerable. It’s our responsibility to protect and support older Vermonters. Based on what we learn and the relationships we form and strengthen in the process, our Office will seek to refresh and refine its elder protection efforts.”

AGO listening tour counties and dates*

County Date
Franklin 11-Apr
Orange 13-Apr
Addison 16-Apr
Rutland 16-Apr
Windham 20-Apr
Orleans 27-Apr
Lamoille 2-May
Caledonia 7-May
Chittenden 8-May
Windsor 9-May
Washington 10-May
Bennington 10-May
Essex 15-May
Grand Isle  16-May

 

*Locations and times of public events to be announced to local communities as they are scheduled.

Last modified: April 10, 2018