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SVCOA Names Rosemary Greene New Executive Director
Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging ( SVCOA ) is pleased to announce that it has promoted Rosemary Greene to the position of Executive Director . Greene has most recently served as SVCOA ’ s interim Executive Director and Director of Business Operations .
“ I am very fortunate to work with a dedicated team and eager to work collaboratively with community partners to bring older Vermonters ’ successes and challenges into mainstream conversations ,” said Greene . “ There is a lot to look forward to at SVCOA as we look to advance the agency ’ s mission of empowering Vermonters to age with dignity , independence , and quality of life .”
During her ten years of service with SVCOA , Greene has overseen the renovation of its administrative office in Rutland , assisted with the agency ’ s transition to a new database system , and was active in SVCOA ’ s COVID-19 response . Prior to SVCOA , she spent over eight years in operations in the trust industry .
Additionally , she has served in a range of community roles including as a board member of the Proctor School Board , and various volunteer roles with Proctor Elementary and High School , as well as the Proctor Free Library .
“ We are pleased to formally announce the promotion of Rosemary Greene as the agency ’ s new executive director ,” said George Davis , President of SVCOA ’ s Board of Directors . “ Rosemary was selected after an extensive search process and brings to this important position a strong combination of financial and operational insight , which will be an advantage in the continued development of our agency and its programs . We know she will bring a wealth of enthusiasm , professionalism and leadership in guiding SVCOA as we move forward .”
Greene will continue to collaborate with SVCOA ’ s senior leadership team of Chris Adams – Development and Communications Director , Courtney Anderson – Nutrition Director and Samantha Brennan – Aging Services Director in guiding the organization .
Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging ’ s mission is to empower Vermonters to age with dignity , independence , and quality of life . With offices in Rutland and Bennington , SVCOA offers a wide range of supports , services , and programs for older Vermonters , caregivers , and volunteers across Rutland and Bennington counties . For more information about SVCOA , visit svcoa . org
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Bills are unpaid even though the individual has the resources to pay them ; Items or services are being purchased that the older adult doesn ’ t have a use for such as gym memberships or new technology ; Items are purchased at a time when the senior wouldn ’ t be active on the account such as bank withdraws late at night ; Money or valuable items are missing from the senior ’ s home ; Sudden changes are made to power of attorney , property titles , or wills ; The senior is receiving care at a rate much lower than the quality he / she can afford ; The senior is isolated from family or is afraid to speak in front of family members , caregivers , or friends .
A home care agency and its caregivers can provide a fresh set of eyes to detect the early signs of elder financial abuse . If you ’ re an adult child who is unable to visit your senior parent as regularly as you wish , or if you live in a different city or state , having the peace of mind to not only provide the care , but to provide a set of eyes to spot elder and financial abuse can be an added peace of mind .

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