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Caregiver Connection

A Quarterly Newsletter for Family Caregivers of Older Adults

July, August, September 2014

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

Stories in this Issue:

3 “Bs” of Older Driver Safety

  1. Be Aware: Aging may be associated with medical problems that affect safe driving.
  2. Be Knowledgeable: Learn about available programs and tools for adaptations to continue driving safely longer.
  3. Be Responsible: Start tough conversations with family members to plan ahead for transportation.

The Motor Vehicle Administration Driver Wellness and Safety program has more resources for the older driver. Reach them by calling 410-768-7511. Baltimore County Department of Aging encourages and rewards good driving practices through its Be Mobile Drive Safe Initiative. Take the pledge today!

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Be Informed About Home Improvement Scams and Telemarketing Fraud

Bob Monahan, a volunteer with the Baltimore County Police Department, offers the latest information on home improvement scams and telemarketing fraud targeting older adults.

Wednesday, August 13 at 11 a.m. at Overlea Senior Center, 4314 Fullerton Avenue 21236
Wednesday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Avenue 21204
Tuesday, September 23 at 11 a.m. at Jacksonville Senior Center, 3605A Sweet Air Road 21131
Thursday, September 25 at 11 a.m. at Lansdowne Senior Center, 424 Third Avenue 21227
Tuesday, September 30 at 11:15 a.m. at Liberty Senior Center, 3525 Resource Drive 21133
Tuesday, October 14 at 10 a.m. at Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts Drive 21236

For more information on this health education program, contact 410-887-2040.

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Recipes for Disaster: A Web Series on Food Safety

Did you know that one in six Americans could get sick from food poisoning this year alone? Food poisoning not only sends more than 100,000 Americans to the hospital each year, it can also have long term health consequences. But following four simple steps can help keep your family safe from food poisoning at home:

  1. Clean
  2. Separate
  3. Cook
  4. Chill

Learn the risks and consequences of food poisoning in the fun new web series, Recipes for Disaster, a fictional cooking show where the host, Maria, unintentionally makes common food safety mistakes when preparing her dishes. Learn the right steps as Maria does everything wrong.

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Steps for Reporting Food Poisoning

Keep your family safe from food poisoning:

  • Wash hands and surfaces often.
  • Separate raw meats from other foods.
  • Cook to the right temperature.
  • Refrigerate food promptly.

Despite your best efforts, you may suspect you have a foodborne illness. Foodborne illness often presents itself with flu-like symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever.

If you suspect that you could have a foodborne illness:

  • Consult your physician or health care provider or seek medical treatment as appropriate.
  • Preserve the food by wrapping it securely with a label that says “Danger” and then freeze it.
  • Save all the packing materials, such as cans or cartons.
  • Write down the food type, the date and time consumed, and when the onset of symptoms occurred.
  • Write down as many foods and beverages you can recall consuming in the past week.
  • Save any identical unopened products.

If the suspected food is a USDA-inspected meat, poultry or egg product, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854. For all other foods, call the FDA Office of Emergency Operations at 1-866-300-4374 or 301-796-8240.

Call your local health department if you believe you became ill from food you ate in a restaurant or other food establishment. The health department staff will be able to assist you in determining whether any further investigation is warranted. In Baltimore County, call 410-887-2243.

From the booklet Food Safety for Older Adults, A need to know guide for those 65 year of age and older by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Drug Administration Food Safety and Inspection Service. September 2011.

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Receive Veterans Support via Telephone

The Veterans Administration (VA) offers a toll-free National Caregiver Support Line at 855-260-3274. The support line is staffed by licensed independent social workers. It is available as a resource and referral center for caregivers and veterans from all eras, for professionals and the general public. The toll-free line provides:

  • Referrals to local VA Medical Center Caregiver Support Coordinators 
  • VA and community resources
  • Emotional support

The support line is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time by calling 855-260-3274.

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Raise Funds for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Support

The Greater Baltimore Walk to End Alzheimer’s
When: Saturday, October 25

  • Registration begins at 8 a.m.
  • A Ceremony begins at 9 a.m.
  • The 2 mile walk starts at 9:30.

Location: Rash Field, 201 Key Highway, Baltimore 21230
Contact the coordinator Kisha James at 410-561-9099 for more information. Learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association and register or make a donation.

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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

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 to learn more.

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Revised July 3, 2014

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