A Quarterly Newsletter for Family Caregivers of Older Adults
April, May, June 2013
The Caregiver Connection Newsletter is a free publication of the Baltimore County Department of Aging.
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Stories in this Issue:
- Caregivers Mini-Conference To Be Held April 13
- All Day, Every Day Support for Caregivers
- Expansions to Social Security "Fast-tracked Disability Process"
- Benefit From a Local Support Group
- Behavioral Health and Wellness Event on May 29
- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Rally and Seminar
- Updated Resource Directory Is Available Now
Family caregivers of older adults are invited to a half day event focusing on education and resources.
When: Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road, Parkville, Maryland 21234
Admission is free. Complimentary lunch served at noon.
Gain practical knowledge to better handle:
- Challenging behaviors
- Difficult emotional issues
- Discussion of sensitive subjects
- Keeping your sense of humor through it all
- Accessing available resources and services
Education provided in partnership with The Center for the Study of Aging, McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland.
Hosted by the Caregivers Program of Baltimore County Department of Aging.
For more information, call 410-887-4724. Pre-registration not needed.
Caregiving is never easy, but it’s easier when you feel healthy and have support. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. The mission is to:
- eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research
- provide and enhance care and support for all affected
- reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health
For reliable information and support all day, every day, visit the Alzheimer's Association website or call 1-800-272-3900.
With the addition of 35 new Compassionate Allowances conditions involving cancers and rare diseases, there are now a total of 200 disabling conditions that qualify for Social Security’s expedited disability process. The Compassionate Allowances initiative fast-tracks disability decisions to ensure that Americans with the most serious disabilities receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years.
Compassionate Allowances information, including a full list of qualifying conditions, can be found at www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.
Shared by Vicki Deruggiero, Social Security Assistant District Manager in Towson, Maryland.
A new bi-weekly support group has started at Saint Agnes Hospital, designed for you to:
- discuss the challenges of caregiving
- meet fellow caregivers like yourself
- explore ways to manage stress
The group meets every other Monday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The New Saint Agnes Cancer Institute, 3407 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21229. Parking is available in Lot F.
Upcoming group dates are:
- April 15 and 29
- May 13 and 27
- June 10 and 24
Contact Will Bundesen, LGSW at 410-368-2587 for more information.
Hear from individuals who have dealt with behavioral health issues and have succeeded in improving their health and sustaining wellness. A panel of consumers will share their personal paths to recovery, the resources they have used, and the ways they have found to flourish and thrive.
What: Baltimore County Behavioral Health Fair and Town Meeting
When: Wednesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, Maryland
Lunch will be provided.
For more information, contact Susan Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-235-1178.
Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) is a coalition working to educate and empower the community to identify and prevent elder abuse in the County through education, advocacy, and resource development.
In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, BC-REST is planning an event open and free of charge to the public, with particular focus to family caregivers.
When: Friday, June 14 Rally from noon to 1 p.m. and Seminar from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
Where: Towson Public Library, 320 York Road, Towson, Maryland
The event will:
- educate the public on the problem of elder abuse
- highlight the efforts of the coalition
- generate a “call to action” by participants
- identify steps to keep vulnerable adults safe from abuse, neglect and exploitation
Immediately following the rally, a seminar for professionals will be offered to address the trauma that abuse victims experience and how professionals can help them heal.
For rally information, or to register for the professional seminar, call 410-887-4200.
Community Resources serves baby boomers, caregivers, families, older adults, persons with disabilities and professionals in the field of aging. The diverse content of the 2013 directory includes:
- Baltimore County Government services
- Financial resources
- Fitness centers
- Home health services
- Travel and more
Community Resources 2013 has been expanded to include more resources for persons with disabilities since the Department of Aging is now an Adult and Disability Resource Center known as Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Baltimore County.
Community Resources is online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/communityresources.
Further, Community Resources in paper version is available at all Baltimore County senior centers and public libraries. The Department of Aging is pleased to continue to provide this resource free of charge.
Revised June 26, 2013