In honor of Older Americans Month, Central Vermont is shedding light on seniors and self-neglect.
The Central Vermont Council on Aging says self-neglect among seniors is a growing issue among Vermont’s aging population.
Case managers say the problems can be paying attention to their health, personal hygiene and housekeeping.
The agency worked on about 60 cases over the last year.
“We want to find out a little bit about their lives and their needs and then finally figure out what the issue is that they’re ready to address and the changes they’re ready to put in place,” says Tom Bright, Case Management Supervisor for Central Vermont Council on Aging. “We don’t go in and do for, we need to do with; it needs to be a collaborative process.”
There are five agencies on aging in the state. If you need to send someone out to talk to a loved one, you can call this number anywhere in Central Vermont, 1-800-642-5119 or from outside the service area,