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December 4, 2018

Council on aging serves 208,000 meals in 2018

RUTLAND—The Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging has announced its 2018 service results in conjunction with the release of its 2018 annual report.

“Our fiscal year wrapped up earlier this fall and we’re now able and excited to share some of the key results of our various programs and services from the past year,” said Chris Adams, development and communications director with SVCOA. “These results illustrate not only the impact that SVCOA has on the communities it serves in southwestern Vermont, but also the tremendous efforts of our dedicated staff and supporting community partners to make it all happen.”

The results show:

1,351 older Vermonters served by case managers and options counselors

5,746 calls processed by SVCOA’s HelpLine

208,834 meals served to 2,875 older Vermonters

21,903 hours of companionship provided to 80 older Vermonters

69 State Health Insurance Program classes or workshops conducted

38,976 volunteer hours benefiting older Vermonters through the GMRSVP program (Bennington, Windsor and Windham Counties)

147 clients served by the Money Management Program

29,930 rides for older Vermonters supported or coordinated by SVCOA

200 Tai Chi for Falls Prevention participants

Additionally, SVCOA staff and leadership participated in a range of working groups, advisory committees, and legislative advocacy efforts during 2018, all aimed at supporting the needs of older Vermonters and caregivers throughout the state.

“We’re so thankful for all those who support our work – whether it be donors, meals providers, transportation agencies, municipalities, medical care providers, sponsoring agencies, volunteers, senior resource partners or the generous residents of our region, among others – none of these outcomes would have been possible without their backing,” said Adams. “We’re proud of our efforts in 2018, but even more grateful to continue to have the opportunity to deliver essential services and supports to older Vermonters and caregivers in Bennington and Rutland counties.”

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