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Mission & Vision

Our Mission

To provide the support and guidance that inspires our community to embrace aging with confidence.

In 1974, the State of Vermont designated Age Well as the Area Agency on Aging for Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties in Northwestern Vermont. We carry out programs authorized by the Older Americans Act—federal legislation that calls for local organizations to take the lead in creating a coordinated system of services for older persons across the country. In 2017, we changed our name from Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA) to Age Well to better reflect all the work we do. 

0:00 hello everyone
0:01 my name is Jane Catten and I’m the CEO
0:04 of Age Well i’m delighted to welcome you
0:06 to our agency as one of our many
0:08 volunteers supporting our mission on
0:10 behalf of our clients
0:12 you’re joining a team of volunteers over
0:14 1300 strong and i’m proud to say the
0:17 largest volunteer group in the entire
0:19 state of Vermont
0:20 as you spend time today in your
0:22 orientation you’ll meet many people who
0:24 are leading our various departments and
0:27 you’ll learn more about the supports and
0:28 services we offer to over ten thousand
0:31 clients each year
0:33 I can’t tell you how proud I am of the
0:35 work our entire team does each day as we
0:37 serve in our four counties, Franklin,
0:40 Grand Isle, Chittenden and Addison.
0:43 We are making a difference in the lives
0:45 of those who need us most.
0:47 I’d like to start with a little bit of
0:48 background about myself. I have over 30
0:51 years of experience in healthcare as a
0:53 registered nurse and healthcare
0:55 executive.
0:56 My main focus has been on the hospital
0:58 side of healthcare operations in
1:00 community-based and academic medical
1:02 centers.
1:03 Throughout this experience caring for
1:05 vulnerable older populations has been
1:07 front and center and as I assumed the
1:10 role of CEO at Age Well my passion for
1:12 this work shifted from hospitals to the
1:14 community-based service arena.
1:16 Our mission at Age Well is simple
1:19 to provide the support and guidance that
1:21 inspires our community to embrace aging
1:23 with confidence
1:25 and our vision Age Well aspires to use
1:27 our Vermont experience to be nationally
1:29 recognized and collaborative leader in
1:32 the aging network promoting healthy
1:34 aging independence dignity and
1:37 personalized choice for older adults.
1:40 Today you’re starting your volunteer
1:41 journey at Age Well and I can guarantee
1:44 you that the work you’ll do with the
1:46 clients you’ll meet will be some of the
1:48 most gratifying you’ve ever experienced.
1:51 I know getting out into the field and
1:53 seeing first hand the important work
1:55 that happens every day is so inspiring
1:57 for me I’m certain you’ll feel the same way.
2:01 Let me take this time to welcome you all
2:03 on board and wish you the very best as
2:06 you join an amazing team of volunteers
2:08 at Age Well. You are truly at the center
2:11 of all we do and we could not serve our
2:13 clients as we do without you.
2:15 Congratulations
2:17 and welcome to our team!

Our Impact

Committed to helping individuals age well, we reduce barriers by providing access to healthy meals, in-home care, and community resources. Delivered by staff members and over 1,000 incredible volunteers, our sought-after services are designed to meet the diverse needs of our clients, their families, and caregivers. We do not charge for services provided. As a nonprofit, we rely on donations and encourage clients to contribute if they are able to do so.

Individuals Served
Calls Received by the Helpline
Hours of Care & Service Coordination Provided
Meals on Wheels delivered

Age Well’s Diversity Statement

At Age Well, we are committed to serving all older Vermonters, their families and caregivers regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, race, religion, education, or financial status. We believe that demonstrating inclusiveness creates a healthy, positive, and collaborative community.

Age Well stands with communities across Vermont who are impacted by discriminatory social biases. Age Well’s mission emphasizes diversity, inclusion and equity as critical components to ensure the well-being of our staff, clients, volunteers and those we serve.

Age Well Awards & Honors

  • 2022 Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (VAND) Karen Newman Award received by Nutrition Director, Chris Moldovan. Read more about the award.
  • 2021 Aging Achievement Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) received by our Respite Squad Volunteer Program. Read more about the award.
  • 2021 Age Well awarded with the keys to the city by Burlington’s Mayor for service to Burlingtonians during the COVID-19 emergency.

Age Well’s Vision

Age Well aspires to use our Vermont experience to be a nationally recognized and collaborative leader in the aging network; promoting healthy aging, independence, dignity, and personalized choice for older adults.

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Join Age Well

Would you like to help Vermonters age well? Cover letters identifying the position you’re pursuing along with your resume can be sent to: [email protected] or faxed to 802-865-0363.  Join our team of dedicated, experts today!

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