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Caregiver Connection

A Quarterly Newsletter for Family Caregivers of Older Adults

April, May, June 2015

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

Stories in this Issue:

Caregivers Mini-Conference To Be Held April 11

Family caregivers of older adults are encouraged to attend the annual Baltimore County Department of Aging Caregivers Mini-Conference.
When: Saturday, April 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: BYKOTA Senior Center, 611 Central Avenue, Towson 21204
Free admission and free parking. Continental breakfast and beverages sponsored by AARP Maryland.

  • Gain knowledge about local resources and programs
  • Quick cooking demonstration and tips for healthy living
  • Stress reducing resources online and in your community
  • Resource tables with experts providing individualized guidance
  • Meet and network with other family caregivers

Mark the date and plan to attend! For event details, call 410-887-2594. There is no pre-registration for this event.

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Learn More About Behavioral Health Success Stories

What: Baltimore County Behavioral Health Fair and Town Hall Meeting
When: Thursday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville 21030

If you care for someone with mental health or substance abuse issues, this event offers the opportunity to enjoy:

  • A presentation on wellness and recovery
  • Question and answer period
  • Free box lunch
  • Information from service provider agencies

This is a free event, with no pre-registration required. Call 410-235-1178 for more information.

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May is Older Americans Month - Join a Senior Center

From Lansdowne, Hereford, Edgemere and all points in between, Baltimore County’s 20 senior centers offer exciting opportunities:

  • Fitness classes and team sports
  • Health and wellness enhancement
  • Crafts like crochet and woodworking
  • Games like billiards and cards
  • Travel and sight-seeing excursions
  • Entertainment and holiday celebrations
  • Educational presentations and classes

Minimum membership age to join is 60 years old. Consider senior center membership for yourself or your loved one. Call Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Baltimore County at 410-887-2594 to identify the center in your neighborhood and to learn about upcoming events.

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Be Aware of Financial Exploitation

Financial exploitation is the misuse of someone else’s money, without their consent. Many people are swindled by people they know like caretakers, neighbors or even relatives. Examples of financial exploitation include:

  • threatening someone into giving away money
  • tricking a person with a memory problem into turning over money
  • forging signatures on checks or withdrawal slips
  • making unauthorized withdrawals from bank accounts
  • charging excessive fees for rent or caretaker services
  • committing person-to-person, mail or telephone fraud scams

To report suspected financial exploitation, call the Maryland Department of Human Resources toll free at 800-917-7383, TTY 800-735-2258, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This information is from “Consumer Guide for Seniors” published by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. Visit http://www.oag.state.md.us/ to learn more.

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Join The Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum

When: Monday, June 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Boulevard, Perry Hall 21128
Hosted by BC-REST (Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today) Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition and sponsored by AARP Maryland.

This year’s annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum features guest speakers from the Attorney General’s Office focusing on:

  • identifying signs of elder abuse
  • reporting and prosecution options for suspected elder abuse
  • preventing elder abuse

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a free gift and exhibits. No pre-registration; walk-ins only. For more information, visit www.bcpl.info/stopelderabuse or call 410-887-4200.

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Gaining More Assistance From Your Siblings

Having siblings that don’t pitch in as much as you do in the care of your aging parents can be frustrating. Perhaps because you do so much, they feel they are “off the hook.” Suggest having a family meeting to sit down together to review the care that your aging parents need and create a task list. Then divide that list among you. For example, your brother could agree to pick up medications and groceries weekly. Your sister could agree to provide transportation for your parent’s medical appointments. By dividing up the caregiving task list, your siblings become more involved. In the end, all of you are ensuring your aging parents have the support and care they need.

For information about resources for family caregivers, contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Baltimore County by sending an email to aginginfo@baltimorecountymd.gov or by calling 410-887-2594.

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“Home Team” Provides Companionship For Seniors

Is your loved one homebound or do they live alone? The Home Team is a community-based volunteer program in Baltimore County that provides friendly visits to Baltimore County seniors age 60 years and older who are at a greater risk of living in isolation. Volunteer “friendly visitors” help seniors:

  • maintain a connection to other people and the community
  • foster new relationships and interests
  • improve emotional well-being
  • reduce feelings of loneliness
  • maintain a higher quality of life
  • remain independent in their homes longer

The program is offered free of charge to senior Baltimore County residents and eligibility is not income-based. To receive friendly visits, contact Home Team by sending an email to hometeam@baltimorecountymd.gov or by calling 410-887-4141.

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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 March 23, 2015

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