ESI social worker Joanne Corbett, right, and a Project Independence participant share a hug.

Elderly Services is opening a new Center for Positive Aging, located at our existing center at 112 Exchange Street. Informed by our more than 40 years of experience in aging, eldercare and dementia care, the Center for Positive Aging will be overseen by Joanne Corbett, a licensed clinical social worker who served for 33 years as Executive Director of Elderly Services. The new program is designed to help members of the local community face the issues of aging, caregiving and memory loss with loving and successful support.

Along with physical, social and often cognitive losses, older Vermonters today face the emotional challenges of change, loss, anxiety and sadness. Compounding these natural transitions are Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, projected to increase 30 percent by 2025, affecting the emotional, mental, physical and financial health of elders and family caregivers. The increasing numbers of those over 65—projected to be 24 percent of all Vermonters by 2030—presents a special need for counseling geared to elders and their family members.


  • Individual counseling; 
  • Family caregiver coaching and counseling; 
  • Dementia education and support;
  • Support groups; 
  • Needs assessment and service planning; 
  • Education on positive aging.

To Learn More

For more information about this program, contact Joanne Corbett at or call 802.388.3983.