Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living
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Contact your local Area Agency on Aging office by visiting http://www.eldercare.gov/ or calling 1-800- 677-1116 to find ongoing opportunities to celebrate and support older Americans.
Older Americans Month 2015: “Get into the Act”
Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. This year’s theme “Get into the Act,” invites all of us to take charge of our aging and to engage in our communities, and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
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.
Next week, on May 6th at 10:15 a.m. Governor Shumlin will sign a proclamation to celebrate May as Older Americans Month in Vermont. Please join us in the ceremonial office at the Statehouse in Montpelier if you can.
By promoting and engaging in activity, wellness, and inclusivity, more Americans than ever before can “Get into the Act.” Throughout the month, DAIL will be joining in the activities planned by the Area Agencies on Aging and other organizations. The Commissioner will also be posting links to key topics of interest throughout the month. Please visit our site weekly.
According 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.”
Welcome from the Commissioner Susan Wehry
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.
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.
The individual will be at the core of all plans and services.
Individuals, families, providers and staff are treated with respect.
The individual's personal and economic independence will be promoted.
Individuals will have options for services and supports.
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.
Individual needs will guide our actions.
- Effective and Efficient
Individuals' needs will be met in a timely and cost effective way.
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
Waterbury, VT 05671-1601