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Monday, July 13th from 10:00 to 3:00


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What is The White House Conference on Aging?

This year’s White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) is Monday, July 13, 2015 from 10:00-3:00. This year, 2015, marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. This conference is an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs, to look ahead to the next decade and to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans in the upcoming years.

The entire event will be presented live webcast, and organizations and individuals are encouraged to hold watch parties and to participate via Twitter or Facebook. There are several ways you can participate, including watching the live stream, sharing your story about why the issues discussed at the conference are important to you.

Please visit the official site to see other ways you can participate in this important event.

To watch the conference on Monday, go here:,


National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) Celebrates:  50 Fabulous Older People, from 50 States, Celebrating 50 Years

Maria Contro-Vermont's Fabulous Older VermonterIn 2015, the Older Americans Act is celebrating its 50th year – a Golden Jubilee for seniors and communities across the country. For this occasion, NASUAD and the Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, to highlight the myriad ways that seniors make the U.S. a great place to live and work in, and to grow old, invited each State Unit on Aging to nominate an outstanding older adult to represent their state for placement in a special Golden Jubilee booklet to put a human face on the wonderful people who benefit from the essential services that are authorized and funded under the law, and highlight its reach and importance in every state across the country.

Vermont’s Fabulous Older Vermonter is Maria Contro. Tireless! Energetic! Fundraiser extraordinaire! are words used to describe Maria, a pioneer of the Springfield, VT Meals on Wheels program. Maria’s tenure has seen her delivering meals (for 16 years!), acting as hostess at the congregate meal site and serving as both Board Treasurer and Advisory Board Chairman. Maria spread the joy by recruiting over 30 volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program, coordinated regular meetings with local businesses getting their support and educating the community on the program’s impact on other local older Vermonters. She raises hundreds of dollars annually selling poinsettias in December, Easter lilies in the spring, and ads for a place mat campaign, often writing up to 100 hand-written thank you notes after a fund raiser. Vermonters can be proud of, and grateful to Maria for helping find ways to sustain and grow the Meals on Wheels Program. We are very honored to have submitted Maria to NASUAD for their Golden Jubilee booklet.


2015 Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in July 1965. Since that time, the Act has provided a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice. These services include home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, community-based assistance, preventive health services, elder abuse prevention, and much more.

DAIL’s mission – “To make Vermont the best place in which to grow old- or to live with a disability – with dignity, respect and independence” reflects the best spirit of the Act.


Vermont Red Hat Queen's

Susan LeavittDAIL Staff Deb Currier took her Mom to the Vermont Red Hat Queen's meeting in Chester, VT. What will YOU do to Get in the ACT?


Natl Foundation-To End Senior HungerAccording to a recently released report, as many as 22,000 older Vermonters faced the threat of hunger in 2013. One program in Newport, VT is doing something about it. “Cornucopia”, a program of Umbrella, prepares meals for seniors.

As their website says: “At Cornucopia, we’re growing social and economic justice for women while feeding our community elders fresh, nutritious meals and supporting local farms. Modeled after the successful FRESH Food initiative created by Vermont Works for Women, Cornucopia provides a supportive vocational training program for women in transition. Participants will receive instruction in basic culinary arts and hospitality, while cooking meals for community meal sites and other programs.”



Special Reports

To view and download copies of DAIL Special Reports please visit our Special Reports Section under our Publications and Reports Section.


Welcome from the Commissioner Monica Hutt

Welcome to the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living's web site. The Department is part of the Agency of Human Services and provides a variety of services to Vermonters who are over the age of 60 or who have a disability.

Within the Department, there are four divisions, each responsible for different areas of service:

In addition, since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Department has played a leading role in ensuring that the State of Vermont achieves compliance with the Act, providing technical assistance, training, and written materials to assist state government and private sector in understanding and meeting the goals of the law.

We look forward to continuing to serve you and welcome your comments and suggestions for the services we provide.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living is to make Vermont the best state in which to grow old or to live with a disability ~ with dignity, respect and independence.


Core Principles

  • Person-Centered
    The individual will be at the core of all plans and services.
  • Respect
    Individuals, families, providers and staff are treated with respect.
  • Independence
    The individual's personal and economic independence will be promoted.
  • Choice
    Individuals will have options for services and supports.
  • Self-Determination
    Individuals will direct their own lives.
  • Living Well
    The individual's services and supports will promote health and well-being.
  • Contributing to the Community
    Individuals are able to work, volunteer, and participate in local communities.
  • Flexibility
    Individual needs will guide our actions.
  • Effective and Efficient
    Individuals' needs will be met in a timely and cost effective way.
  • Collaboration
    Individuals will benefit from our partnerships with families, communities, providers, and other federal, state and local organizations.



Please use the Department's address and phone number listed below to contact us with any questions you may have.

Agency of Human Services
Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living
103 South Main Street
Weeks Building
Waterbury, VT 05671-1601
(802) 241-2401


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