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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.

July, August and September 2017

Stories in this Issue:

Four Tips for Summertime Relaxation

Consider this quote attributed to Sam Keen, “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” Here are four suggestions to try this summer:

  1. Pour a cold beverage and sit outdoors to enjoy the sunshine
  2. Slow down the pace of life by going for a leisurely stroll
  3. Sit in an air-conditioned spot reading a good book
  4. Enjoy an abundance of fresh in-season fruits and vegetables

Finding Reliable Caregiving Websites

When seeking online resource material, keep in mind that websites ending in .org, .gov or .edu are the most reliable sources.

Suggestions by Samantha Nicolas, Towson University, student intern with Baltimore County Department of Aging.

Building Confidence and Reducing Falls

The “Stepping On” Fall Prevention Workshop, a seven-week series, will be held this summer at Rosedale Senior Center, 1208 Neighbors Avenue, Rosedale 21237. It will meet Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon beginning July 10, through August 21.

The “Stepping On” Workshop focuses on:

  • strength and balancing exercises
  • medication management
  • home safety
  • pedestrian safety
  • vision and mobility in preventing falls

To register or for more information, contact Rosedale Senior Center by calling 410-887-0233.

Stress Less This Summer

Learn how stress affects your whole body, physically and emotionally, at summer presentations in your local Baltimore County senior center. Share ideas on ways to counteract stress, relax and find some inner peace. Presented by PEERS: Seniors in Partnership, a program of the Mental Health Association of Maryland.

  • Wednesday, July 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Rosedale Senior Center, 1208 Neighbors Avenue 21237
  • Monday, July 10, at 12:45 p.m. at Arbutus Senior Center, 855A Sulphur Spring Road 21227
  • Wednesday, July 19, at 1 p.m. at Fleming Senior Center, 641 Main Street 21222
  • Friday, July 21, at 1 p.m. at Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road 21208
  • Monday, July 24, at 10 a.m. at Catonsville Senior Center, 501 North Rolling Road 21228
  • Wednesday, July 26, at 10:30 a.m. at Overlea Senior Center, 4313 Fullerton Avenue 21236
  • Friday, July 28, at 11 a.m. at Cockeysville Senior Center, 10535 York Road 21030
  • Monday, August 7, at 12:45 p.m. at Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Avenue 21204
  • Tuesday, August 22, at 11 a.m. at Jacksonville Senior Center, 3605A Sweet Air Road 21131
  • Thursday, August 24, at 11 a.m. at Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road 21234
  • Wednesday, August 30, at 11 a.m. at Victory Villa Senior Center, 403 Compass Road 21220

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

Upcoming Social Opportunity for Deaf Seniors

The Metro Baltimore Deaf Seniors meet the first Thursday of each month. This is a senior adult social group for the deaf and hearing-impaired. Communication is generally in ASL American Sign Language. Many events and guest speakers addressing the interests and concerns of the Deaf Community are scheduled each year. Meetings are held at Stembridge Community Center, Activity Room, 99 Stemmers Run Road, Essex 21221. The 2017 Schedule includes:

  • September 7, a picnic and meeting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • October 5, a meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • November 2, Thanksgiving Luncheon meeting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • December 7, Christmas Luncheon meeting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, send an email to Metro Baltimore Deaf Seniors or use Video Phone with Leonard Brazier by calling 443-219-0540.

Dates for the 2017 Walks to End Alzheimer’s

Raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease support and research by participating in a local Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Participants who raise $100 will receive a t-shirt. Statewide dates include:

  • Saturday, September 23, Howard County Walk at Centennial Park in Columbia
  • Saturday, October 7, Harford County Walk at Ironbird Stadium in Aberdeen
  • Sunday, October 15, Western Maryland Walk at Frederick Fairgrounds in Frederick
  • Sunday, October 22, Anne Arundel County Walk at Susan Campbell Park in downtown historic Annapolis
  • Saturday, October 28, Greater Baltimore Walk at Canton Waterfront Park in Baltimore City
  • Saturday, November 4, Eastern Shore Walk at MAC Center at Wicomico County Senior Services in Salisbury

Learn more at the Alzheimer’s Association website or by phoning 800-272-3900.

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 June 21, 2017         

 

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