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Caregiver Connection

A Quarterly Newsletter for Family Caregivers of Older Adults

July, August, September 2016

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

Stories in this Issue:

Voter Registration Deadlines

In order to vote in the Presidential General Elections, you must be a registered voter. The deadline to register is October 18.
Federal law requires a state driver’s license number or state identification card number or the last four digits of your social security number. You must be a U.S. citizen.

If you have a voter card already and your information or address has changed, complete a change of address in a timely manner to update your card. To register or to make updates, you may use Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System (OLVR).

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot by filling out an absentee ballot application for the 2016 Election. The form must be mailed or delivered in person to your local Board of Elections, to be received by them no later than November 1.

Family and Medical Leave Resources

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. 

To learn more about who and what is covered by FMLA, visit the Department of Labor’s website for an overview, general guidance, fact sheets, forms and more. Or, call the Wage and Hour Division’s toll-free help line at 1-866-487-9243.

Summer Nutrition Tips

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Make at least half your grains whole
  • Switch to skim or one percent milk
  • Vary your protein food choices
  • Cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks
  • Eat sugary desserts less often
  • Make foods that are high in solid fats occasional choices, not everyday foods
  • Limit empty calories to less than 260 per day, based on a 2,000 calorie diet
  • Be physically active, your way
  • Get two and a half hours or more a week of activity that requires moderate effort, such as brisk walking

This information is from the Choose My Plate program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. 

Foot Health Aids Fall Prevention

Each year, more than one-third of older adults fall. Studies have shown that foot pain is associated with a risk of falling in men and women. You can learn what can be done to prevent falls related to foot health at informational presentations this summer.

  • Tuesday, July 12, beginning at noon at Essex Senior Center, 600 Dorsey Road, 21221, phone number 410-887-0267.
  • Wednesday, August 31, beginning at noon at Overlea Senior Center, 4314 Fullerton Avenue, 21236, phone number 410-887-5220.
  • Monday, September 19, beginning at noon at Edgemere Senior Center, 6600 Northpoint Road, 21219, phone number 410-887-7530.
  • Thursday, September 22, beginning at noon at Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Avenue, 21222, phone number 410-887-7233.

These presentations are brought to you by Hamilton Foot Care and Baltimore County Department of Aging HealthScope program.

Seven Signs of a Scam

  1. If you are asked to send a small amount of money to win big money.
  2. If they offer to send you money and you are told to keep some for yourself and send the rest elsewhere.
  3. If you are asked to wire money to someone you do not know.
  4. If you are asked to use a Green Dot card to pay for something or someone you do not know.
  5. If you are asked to provide personal information over the phone and you did not initiate the call.
  6. If you are asked not to talk to others and or to act quickly.
  7. If they want you to donate money, but refuse to send you information in the mail first.

For more information on detecting scams targeting seniors, contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Baltimore County at 410-887-2594.

Medicare Update Meetings Coming Up

Join Sherry Kolbe, Baltimore County Department of Aging’s expert on Medicare, to learn about the changes in Medicare. Her hour-long presentation will cover:

  • Medicare costs
  • new Advantage plans
  • new eligibility levels for QMB, SLMB and Extra Help

Presentations are being offered during the months of July and August at a Baltimore County Senior Center near you! For dates, times and locations, contact 410-887-2040. Brought to you by SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program).

A Helpful Guide For Family Caregivers

Baltimore County Department of Aging has produced a booklet titled “Family Caregiving: The Art of Caring for Your Older Relative”. Paper copies are available in Baltimore County senior centers and public libraries. This informative booklet is offered free of charge, through the generous sponsorship of the Elizabeth Cooney Care Network.

Community Resource Directory Offers Local Assistance Options

Empower yourself, family and friends by reading Community Resources, the directory which guides your path to programs and services in the region. Baltimore County and Baltimore City Governments have partnered to combine resources, business listings and non-profits to create one regional publication for Baltimore communities.

Pick up your complimentary copy of the directory at your local senior center and public library. Smart phone owners can take advantage of the QR code on the publication’s cover. 

To advertise in next year's guide, call Debbie Orlove at 410-887-2012 or email to learn more.


Revised June 24, 2016        

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