News Release — Central Vermont Council on Aging
Aug. 9, 2017
Director of Development and Communications
Central Vermont Council on Aging
Central Vermont Council on Aging Receives an Aging Achievement Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
Barre, VT August 9, 2017 Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) announces that its “Caregivers Tea” program has been honored with an Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The awards program is supported by WellCare. CVCOA’s Caregiver’s Tea program was among 52 local aging programs to receive honors at the n4a Annual Conference & Tradeshow, July 29–August 2 in Savannah, GA.
The 2017 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognizes Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI Native American aging programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. A part of the criteria for the selection of the honorees was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities.
“With the health care landscape continuing to change rapidly, our members are discovering new ways to position themselves in the long-term and health care marketplaces, as well as to strengthen long-standing services, to meet the needs of America’s rapidly growing older adult population,” said n4a’s Chief Executive Officer Sandy Markwood. “Our members work tirelessly, and with little fanfare in their communities, and this program enables us to shine a well-deserved spotlight on their critical work to support older adults’ health, safety, independence and dignity,” Ms. Markwood added.
Caregiver Teas are offered six times a year at Central Vermont Council on Aging in Barre, VT. These free events invite family caregivers to take a break from caregiving duties, enjoy the company of peers, be pampered a bit, and refresh themselves with wellness and creative activities that can also be shared at home. CVCOA Caregiver Coordinator, Barb Asen says the Caregiver Teas “provide the opportunity for community members to connect with information, resources, Central Vermont Council on Aging staff, and fellow caregivers. Brief creative activities at each Tea promote positive self-awareness and wellness.”
“CVCOA is thrilled to be recognized for this innovative program, but more importantly, we continue to explore how we can best support caregivers in our community,” says Executive Director, Beth Stern. “They play a key role in maintaining the quality of life for older Vermonters who want to remain at home.”
The 2017 n4a Aging Achievement Awards honored traditional and new strategies in a range of categories including Advocacy, Care Transitions, Caregiving, Civic Engagement, Community Planning & Livable Communities, Elder Abuse Prevention, Ethnic & Cultural Diversity, Health-Long Term Services and Supports Integration, Healthy Aging, Home & Community-Based Services, Nutrition, Technology and “You Name It!”