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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.

January, February and March 2017

Stories in this Issue:

Get CARE Act Facts From AARP

The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act makes sure family caregivers are recognized from the moment their loved ones go into the hospital to when they return home. AARP Maryland fought for the CARE Act because supporting family caregivers is a top priority for all of us. Make sure you have important information about the CARE Act when you need it by downloading a free wallet card from the AARP Maryland website.

Social Security Accounts Online

Instead of going into a local office, you and your older relative can access online services from Social Security. This online option will save you trips to an office for routine services, like:

  • getting a replacement Social Security card
  • changing an address
  • adjusting your direct deposit settings
  • obtaining a benefit verification letter
  • getting a new Medicare card

Eight Programs For Your Best Health

According to the National Council on Aging, evidence-based programs are based on rigorous study of the effects of model programs, which demonstrate reliable and consistently positive changes in important health-related outcomes. There are many evidence-based programs at the Baltimore County Department of Aging for you and your loved one. Here is a list:

  1. Enhance Fitness—a full hour of fun, focusing on dynamic cardio exercise, strength training, balance and flexibility
  2. Living Well Chronic Disease Management (CDSMP)—an extensive workshop on strategies to help regain control by managing chronic conditions
  3. Healthy Eating—an educational program to help participants in self-management of eating and activity
  4. Time Slips—creative story telling for those with cognitive deficits and need the freedom to imagine
  5. Move with Balance—a program that integrates movements, music, vision and balance exercises
  6. Walk with Ease—a program that helps reduce the pain of arthritis through the power of walking
  7. Tai Chi for better balance—a program that emphasizes therapeutic training for older adults
  8. Stepping On—a program that offers older adults ways to reduce falls

For more information about these programs, held at various Baltimore County senior centers, call Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Baltimore County at 410-887-2594.

Consider The Aging Research Study Registry

The Healthy Aging Studies Unit of Johns Hopkins Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology is seeking volunteers, 65 years or older, interested in making a difference in the life of older adults and learning more about aging research. The purpose of the Aging Research Study Registry is to identify older adults who are willing to participate in life-changing research and to be contacted about studies related to aging that take place at Johns Hopkins.

If you agree to participate, we will ask you to answer questions about physical activity, energy levels and health habits, and to participate in non-exhaustive physical tasks. The Healthy Aging Studies Unit is located at the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center, 5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle, Baltimore 21224. Contact the study coordinator by calling 410-550-2113.

Senior Support Group For Low Vision

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) offers a Senior Support Group on the first Friday of every month for older adults who are blind or have low vision. This group focuses on:

  • sharing information and resources
  • learning from guest speakers
  • enjoying activities together
  • making friends who are also seniors with low vision

What: BISM Senior Support Group
When: first Friday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: BISM Senior Dining Room, 3345 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore 21227
Participants bring their own lunch; beverages are provided.

For information about the Senior Support Group, contact Annette Gordon by emailing agordon@bism.org or by calling 410-737-2675.

Annual Caregivers Mini-Conference Date Announced

What: Baltimore County Family Caregivers Mini-Conference
When: Saturday, April 22, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Liberty Senior Center, 3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown 21133
Admission is free. Open seating.

The event agenda will include:

  • Advance Care Planning from a medical perspective by W. Anthony Riley, M.D., Hospice and Palliative Medicine practice at Gilchrist Greater Living
  • Caregiver Stress? Respite Options! by Corey Odol, Center Director at Edward N. and Della L. Thome Adult and Senior Care Center on The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus
  • Legislative updates and the CARE Act with AARP Maryland
  • Review of local resources for family caregivers and older adults by Baltimore County Department of Aging
  • Continental breakfast and beverages sponsored by AARP Maryland
  • Blood pressure screening and information on emotional health by University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
  • National Health Care Decision Making Day information table with optional forms and instructions
  • Various resource tables highlighting programs and services for older adults and people with disabilities

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 dorlove@baltimorecountymd.gov to learn more.

 
Revised December 29, 2016         

 

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