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Avoiding risky corrections

In Vermont, caring for our seniors is a non-negotiable priority.

Today, there are proven strategies to promote wellness and independence for older Vermonters strategies to prevent chronic diseases, disabilities, and injuries among our seniors strategies to ensure that seniors remain active and involved in their communities, and continue to enjoy a good quality of life.

Principals like these are good for seniors, good for our state as a whole, and good for the bottom line.

We need to encourage one another to take individual responsibility for our own wellness earlier in life and throughout our lives, and to educate and encourage one another to exercise, to eat well, to manage medications, to stay socially connected, to volunteer, and to serve.

In the coming weeks, I will be listening to Vermont seniors in a series of get-togethers designed to help us learn what seniors are most concerned about today, and what they see as priorities for our state. Health care, housing and homeowners concerns, transportation, taxes, financial security and personal safety are just a few of the subjects we hope to hear about from you. We hope to turn what we hear into legislative proposals for the legislature to consider when it reconvenes in January. These events will be open to all, and I hope you will join me when Im in your area. We will share dates and locations as soon as we know them.

If you are unable to make it to an event, then please write or email me with your thoughts to the addresses below.

As chairman of the Vermont Governors Commission on Healthy Aging, I look forward to recommending ways to help all older Vermonters todays and tomorrows -- enjoy a good quality of life, better financial security, healthier living and more affordable health care, with the blessing of independence, and the comfort of community.

As a state if we continue to take action now, our corrections can be minor. Wait, and they will become major.

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