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Caregiver Connection

A Quarterly Newsletter for Family Caregivers of Older Adults

April, May, June 2014

The Caregiver Connection Newsletter is a free publication of the Baltimore County Department of Aging.

Stories in this Issue:

Family Caregivers 2014 Annual Mini-Conference

When: Saturday, April 5
Location: Catonsville Senior Center, 501 North Rolling Road, Catonsville 21228
Time: Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Program concludes at 12.
No pre-registration, just show up!

Focusing on family caregivers of older adults, featuring:

  • informative guest speakers
  • resource options and literature
  • guidance for family caregivers
  • beverages and light breakfast

Offered free of charge to the public by Baltimore County Department of Aging Caregivers Program.

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Inclusion, Freedom and Respect For All

Did you know that people with disabilities constitute our nation’s largest minority group (one in five Americans has a disability)? Words are powerful. Old, inaccurate descriptors and the inappropriate use of medical diagnoses perpetuate negative stereotypes and reinforce a significant and incredibly powerful attitudinal barrier.

People First Language was created by individuals who said, “We are not our disabilities; we are people, first.” It’s not “political correctness,” but good manners and respect. It’s time to care about how our words impact the people we’re talking about, and to be mindful of the attitudes and actions generated by the words we use.

For examples of People First Language, www.disabilityisnatural.com offers new ways of thinking!

Used with permission. Copyright 2001-14 Kathie Snow, All Rights Reserved.

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Your Opinion is Requested

The Maryland Health Care Commission maintains an online resource for seniors called the Maryland Consumer Guide to Long Term Care.  If you are willing to help provide feedback on specific features and the ease of navigating the website, staff from Maryland Health Care Commission will arrange to meet you at your choice of senior centers located in Baltimore County. To schedule a session, contact Carol Christmyer at 410-764-3575 or Julie Deppe at 410-764-3563. Please note, there is no compensation for participating.      

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Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Beginning Soon

This program is designed to help people over the age of 18 manage their chronic condition(s) by providing participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take an active part in their health care and manage their condition(s). Family caregivers can also benefit from this program.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) education is based on a Stanford University research initiative to reduce the impact of chronic conditions on people’s lives and encourage a positive approach to self-managing illnesses. 

Participants will learn:

  • techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • exercise for improving strength, flexibility and endurance
  • appropriate use of medications
  • communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • nutrition
  • decision making
  • how to evaluate new treatments

The next CDSMP series will be held at Essex Senior Center, 600 Dorsey Avenue, Essex 21221. Beginning April 17 through May 22, the series meets Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12. For more information, contact the center at 410-887-0267.

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13 Ways to Enjoy The Warmer Weather

  1. Take a walk
  2. Plant a garden
  3. Sweep the sidewalk
  4. Pluck some weeds
  5. Enjoy a local park
  6. Take a picnic lunch
  7. Ride your bicycle
  8. Sit outdoors and read
  9. Nap in the sun
  10. Grow flowers
  11. Visit neighbors
  12. Attend a ball game
  13. Breathe deep

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Rally

When: Friday, June 13
Location: Owings Mills Library, 10302 Grand Central Avenue, Owings Mills 21117
Time: 10 a.m. to 12

Learn about ways to prevent elder abuse at this event , hosted by Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST)
and sponsored by AARP Maryland. For rally information, call 410-887-4200.

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Expand Your Knowledge Of Community News

The Baltimore County Department of Aging has published the award-winning Senior Digest since April 1977. Produced eight times a year and mailed to subscriber’s homes every six weeks, Senior Digest includes articles that are relevant to the lives of older adults in and around the county.

Regular features in Senior Digest include:

  • Medicare Matters, including articles from the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Travel, Volunteer and Employment Opportunities
  • A Community Billboard, highlighting activities at Senior Centers and throughout the county, columns from the County Executive, County Council President and the Baltimore County Police Department on current events and senior issues
  • A Food page complete with recipes and nutrition tips
  • Book reviews, an environmental column and a crossword puzzle
  • Employment information and tips

To subscribe, call: 410-887-3050.

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Community Resource Directory Offers Local Assistance Options

For the second year, Baltimore County and Baltimore City Governments have partnered to combine resources, business listings and non-profits to create one regional publication for Baltimore communities. This revised publication has been expanded in distribution and scope with the most current resources for older adults, baby boomers, caregivers, families, persons with disabilities and professionals.  Learn about the latest programs and services available in both Baltimore County and City.

Pick up your complimentary copy of the directory at your local senior center and public library. View Community Resources online. Smart phone owners can take advantage of the QR code on the publication’s cover. Empower yourself, family and friends by reading Community Resources, the directory which guides your path to resources in the region. To advertise in next year's Community Resources 2015, call Debbie Orlove at 410-887-2012 or email dorlove@baltimorecountymd.gov to learn more.

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Revised June 25, 2014

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