As more Vermonters age, at-home care grows

If you don't think America is aging-and aging rapidly-all you have to do is look at recent U.S. government data.

Next year, 2011, more than 8,000 Americans will turn 65 every day. And by the end of 2011, the senior population of the U.S., over age 55, will reach 49 million. And in just 14 years, it will swell to 72 million.

The U.S. Census projects that men and women over the age of 85 will expand from 5.3 million now to 21 million by 2050.

Vermont is not immune from national aging trends. Before the 2050s, seniors will likely make up the majority of the Green Mountain State's grey population.

To meet the growing needs of senior care, organizations such as At Home Senior Care of Addison County have been founded to provide dependable, responsive non-medical care so that seniors can maintain their quality of life and independence.

With its home caregivers rigidly supervised and background tested, At Home Senior Care is a member of the National Private Duty Association, a national organization that is strongly committed to supporting member agencies that provide professional, non-medical care to seniors.

Mary Lou Morissette, president and founder of At Home Senior Care, started her business in 2006 to first help Rutland County seniors. In a short time, her service expanded south into Bennington County.

In 2008, seeing a need to the north, Morissette opened an Addison County office at 173 Court St. in Middlebury. He rlkong time management team member, Diane Bryant, is the manager of the Addison County office.

"We love our seniors," said Morrissette. "That's why At Home Senior Care nurtures a highly motivated team of caregivers to assist with a variety of daily activities."

Whether it's helping a senior to bathe, prepare lmeals, or offer companionship, At Home's caregivers don't find their work to be the least bit mundane.

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