During the course of the listening tour, the AGO’s staff visited with dozens of older Vermonters at senior centers, senior meal sites and senior housing units, and approximately 230 representatives of 65 different organizations, including Area Agencies on Aging, Support and Services at Home, Meals on Wheels, home health agencies, hospitals, Veterans Affairs, the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the University of Vermont Center on Aging, AARP-VT, COVE and Vermont Legal Aid.
Throughout these meetings, Vermonters repeatedly expressed questions or concerns about the following issues. The AGO’s Elder Protection Initiative will consider these themes as it undertakes its work. To be clear, the AGO has not independently verified these questions or concerns. The purpose of this summary is simply to report concerns of Vermonters. The following were some of the most commonly-expressed concerns among those we spoke with.