Older Vermonters

Falls Prevention Initiative

Did you know that:

  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults?
  • Falls are the primary cause of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)-related deaths?
  • The highest percentage of TBI-related deaths were among those over the age of 65 (41%)?
  • Vermont was ranked 41st in the nation with regards to the % of adults 65 and older who had reported falling in the last 12 months? (America’s Health Rankings Senior Report)

Reframing Aging in Vermont

Most people, without even thinking of it, use common language to describe aging as a negative experience. Unfortunately, this language contributes to "ageism" in our culture, which is a stereotyping or discrimination of a person or group of people because of their age. This is a serious challenge in our culture and communities, manifesting in the unconscious thoughts we have, the actions we take, and in the social policies and systems we create.

Here is what Vermont is doing to begin the journey of "Reframing Aging" in Vermont:

Eldercare Clinician Program

Not only do many older Vermonters need physical supports to help them remain independent and at home, but many also benefit from mental health supports.

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Megan Tierney-Ward, Division Director
HC 2 South, 280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-2070
Voice: (802) 241-0294
Fax: (802) 241-0385
For Telecommunications Relay Service: Dial 711

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This is a Division of the
Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living
under the Agency of Human Services