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Caregiver Connection

A Quarterly Newsletter for Family Caregivers of Older Adults

October, November, December 2014

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

Stories in this Issue:

Part D Research is Key to Saving Money

Between October 15 and December 7 search for the best and least expensive Prescription Drug Plan through Medicare. The State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) has trained counselors to assist you and your loved one with evaluating Medicare Part D plan choices. In Baltimore County, numerous assistance dates are available at all 20 senior centers by calling 410-887-2059 or emailing medicareinformation@baltimorecountymd.gov for an appointment.

Bring the following to the appointment:

  • a list of prescription dosages and frequency
  • Medicare and other healthcare insurance cards
  • knowledge of gross income and assets

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Baby Boomer Senior Expo October 22 and 23

Discover the power of age by mapping your journey at Baltimore County Department of Aging's premier annual event.

When: Wednesday October 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday October 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Timonium Fairgrounds
Admission: $2 per person or two cans of non-perishable food
Special performance: The Original Drifters on October 22 from 4 to 6 p.m.

  • Over 300 exhibitors with information and specialty products
  • Continuous entertainment on the Main Stage
  • Preventative health screenings and flu shots
  • “RSVP” Volunteer Fair
  • Veteran Resource Muster
  • Employment Fair and vocational counseling
  • Free fitness demonstrations
  • Silent Auction to benefit “Seniors In Need” fund
  • Art Show and Exhibit by local artists
  • Resources for older adults and people with disabilities

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Enjoy a Good Book, Despite Physical Limitations

Free talking books, players and a download service are now available to people unable to read or handle regular print books. Digital talking book players provide high-quality sound, offer variable speed controls and have built in audio instructions. The advanced player also enables bookmarking and navigation, allowing readers to skip to different parts of a book. A single talking book cartridge may contain up to 90 hours of reading time. Materials are loaned free through a cooperating library in your area. This program is through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in the Library of Congress. Learn more by visiting www.loc.gov/nls or calling 1-888-657-7323.

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National Family Caregivers Month Presentation in Edgemere

With recognition for all that family caregivers do caring for their loved ones, and for the time, talent and love that is devoted to them, let’s all say “thank you." National Family Caregivers Month is celebrated each November.

Family caregivers can learn about local resources on Friday November 7 beginning at 11 a.m. at Edgemere Senior Center, 6600 North Point Road, Baltimore 21219.

This presentation will focus on a variety of resources and services for older adults. Learn more about how family caregivers can better handle the challenges of caregiving. A question and answer period will follow to address individual specific concerns.

Presented by Michelle Marseilles Bruns, manager of the Baltimore County Department of Aging Caregivers Program. For more information, email mbruns@baltimorecountymd.gov.

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Epilepsy and Seizures Helpline

One in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. The Epilepsy Foundation and the “epilepsy therapy project” can provide help, hope and support to people with epilepsy and seizures and their families nationwide. By calling the Helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-332-1000 or going online to http://www.epilepsy.com/, you can be helped in several ways. The organization will:

  • Answer your questions about epilepsy, seizures, first aid and treatments
  • Assist you with finding an epilepsy specialist or a local support group
  • Provide referrals to national and local resources
  • Send you a free packet of educational materials
  • Be a caring and compassionate listener
  • And much more!

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Enjoy Increased Access to the Arts and Theater

Maryland Arts Access provides Audio Description for persons with visual impairments. A describer transmits the action on the stage to the patron’s headset providing that additional information needed to fully enjoy a theater experience. Such helpful information as the set, costumes, and actor’s appearance are described prior to the performance. This service can be provided at no additional expense to the patron at most theaters and other events. Contact Maryland Arts Access by calling 443-840-2424 or emailing mdartsaccess@comcast.net for more information. Their courtesy residence is on the campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex Office of Performing Arts.

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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 subscribers' 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

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 Community Resources, call Debbie Orlove at 410-887-2012 or email dorlove@baltimorecountymd.gov to learn more.

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Revised October 8, 2014

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