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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. 

We are the second or third oldest aging state in the whole country. So what is more important than providing these community services more than just Meals on Wheels? Older Vermonters who have diabetes are much more likely to have additional problems like cognitive decline. Weakness falls, fractures, and most importantly, they’re much more likely to suffer from a problem called polypharmacy.

Polypharmacy is defined by a minimum of being on five drugs a day. How do you compete with that? You compete with that with a concept of food as medicine, not just what’s that comes out of a pill bottle. The food that you put into your system becomes an actual medicine, a way to control things like diabetes. So if we can keep even a few diabetics under that threshold on fewer medications, the quality of their life is going to be better.

The way you improve health care in this state is invest more in primary care, mental health and community based services like age. Well. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of older Vermonters as they age. When people start feeling better, feeling stronger, taking less medications, they’re going to stick with it.

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

  • Named one of the 2023 Best Places to Work in Vermont
  • 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.

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!