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Caregiver Connection

A Quarterly Newsletter for Family Caregivers of Older Adults

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

April, May and June 2017

Stories in this Issue:

Five Tips to Take Care of Yourself

Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver.

  1. Ask for help when you need it
  2. Spend time with friends
  3. Join a support group, in person or online
  4. Take breaks each day
  5. Keep up with hobbies

Use these tips and other caregiving strategies from the National Institute on Aging.

Support for Memory Concerns

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has a national toll-free helpline. Contact AFA to speak with a licensed social worker by calling 866-232-8484. Access online resources related to caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease at the AFA website.

Create a Care Community

The Vision statement of Lotsa Helping Hands is “a world where everyone can give and receive help through the power of community.” This online resource assists with coordination, communication and support. On the Lotsa website, you can set up a Care Community that features a Help Calendar for you to post requests for support, things like meals for the family, rides to medical appointments or just stopping by to visit. Members of your community, your family and friends can quickly find ways to help. The web services are free.

Support After Having a Stroke

Stroke survivors, families, friends and anyone who knows someone whose life has been affected by stroke, are invited to a special presentation of the Stroke Club.
When: May 5, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Where: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Conference Room G
Topic: “Stroke-Related Medication” with a question and answer session
Presented by: Clinical Pharmacist, Mark Johnson
Register by calling 443-777-7900. Walk-ins are welcome.

Learn About Financial Abuse Prevention

Join in the annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to learn about protecting seniors and vulnerable adults from financial exploitation.
When: Thursday, June 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown 21133
Cost: Free admission and free parking

Hosted by Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST), a coalition working to educate and empower the community to identify and prevent elder abuse, neglect and exploitation in Baltimore County. For more information, contact the Ombudsman Program at 410-887-4200.

 Covering the Basics About Medicare

Join Sherry Kolbe, the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) manager at Baltimore County Department of Aging, who will answer:

  • when and how to enroll in Medicare
  • what Medicare covers
  • how it works with retiree health benefits
  • what are Medigaps versus Medicare HMOs

Presentations are at the following Baltimore County senior centers:

  1. Friday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. at Jacksonville Senior Center, Phoenix 21131
  2. Tuesday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. at Cockeysville Senior Center, Cockeysville 21030
  3. Thursday, April 27, 12:45 p.m. at Catonsville Senior Center, Catonsville 21228
  4. Wednesday, May 3, 10 a.m. at Victory Villa Senior Center, Baltimore 21220
  5. Thursday, May 11, 12:45 p.m. at Arbutus Senior Center, Arbutus 21227
  6. Monday, June 12, 10 a.m. at Bykota Senior Center, Towson 21204
  7. Tuesday, June 20, 12:45 p.m. at Pikesville Senior Center, Pikesville 21208
  8. Tuesday, July 11, 10 a.m. at Liberty Senior Center, Randallstown 21133
  9. Thursday, August 3, 12:30 p.m. at Overlea Senior Center, Baltimore 21236

For more information, contact the Department of Aging at 410-887-2040.

A Helpful Guide for Family Caregivers

Baltimore County Department of Aging has produced a guide titled “Family Caregiving: The Art of Caring for Your Older Relative”.  This informative publication is offered free of charge, through the generous sponsorship of the Elizabeth Cooney Care Network.

Reimagine Aging With Regional Resources

Community Resources 2017 is the newly published resource directory filled with valuable information for living life to the fullest. 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 or public library. Smart phone owners can take advantage of the QR code on the publication’s cover. Empower yourself, your family and friends with information which spans from adult day care to recreation and travel by reading Community Resources 2017 online.

To advertise your organization in next year's guide, call Debbie Orlove at 410-887-2012 or email dorlove@baltimorecountymd.gov to learn more.

 
Revised March 24, 2017         

 

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