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Caregiver Connection

A Quarterly Newsletter for Family Caregivers of Older Adults

April, May, June 2016

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

Stories in this Issue:

 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” (PDF). 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.

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“Brain Matters” Initiative Program Offered

In 2016, the Baltimore County Department of Aging’s initiative, “Brain Matters”, will educate older adults about successful aging and brain health. Throughout the year, resources and activities will be offered to:

  • enhance brain function
  • provide strategies to care for those facing dementia or mental illness
  • identify possible risk factors
  • improve the quality of life for older adults

The public is invited to the following presentation:

Topic: Nutrition related to brain, mind, mood and memory
Speaker: Comprehensive Holistic Physician Dr. Barbara Downes, DC, CCSP, FIAMA
When: Thursday, June 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Senior Box Office, 1801 Glen Keith Boulevard, Parkville 21234
RSVP by calling 410-887-2002.

Learn why in 2016…Your Brain Matters! Contact MAP of Baltimore County for a full schedule of events, by calling 410-887-2594.

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Safeguard Your Older Relative From Abuse

What: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum
When: Wednesday, June 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center, 320 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk 21222
Hosted by Baltimore County – Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST)
Sponsored by AARP.
Open to the public, free of charge, with no pre-registration.
Come learn the red flags of elder abuse and how to safeguard your older relative. Enjoy a continental breakfast, receive a free gift and gain new resources from vendors. For more BC-REST information, call 410-887-4200.

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Telephone Support Only A Phone Call Away

The Maryland Caregiver Teleconnection offers a variety of group telelearning sessions that allows individuals to hear from and talk with trusted experts. These one-hour interactive telephone learning sessions, accessed from home or anywhere via a toll-free phone number, feature a variety of topics and special guest speakers related to family caregiving.

Participate by registering 24 hours in advance of a scheduled session by calling 866-707-6051 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the “Called to Care” program of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

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Consider A Research Study

Caregivers SHAring Meaningful PrIOrities for PatieNtS (CHAMPIONS) is a study that engages adult caregivers to learn what types of treatments and outcomes are most important to you in making health care decisions for the person in your care.

You can join if you are an adult who is the primary caregiver (or surrogate) of a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia (ADRD) and have legal authority over health care decisions for this person.

In the study, you will complete a one to two hour interview or a focus group in a private location like a library with the research staff, or, complete a survey online or in a private office or library that will take 30 minutes.

Contact the Project Coordinator Tabassum Majid, Ph.D. by calling 410-706-0871 or emailing tmajid@rx.umaryland.edu at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy. This research study is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R24 HS22135-01).

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Seven Fall Prevention Safety Tips

  1. Keep hallways and stairs well-lit.
  2. Remove scatter rugs or attach a nonskid backing to secure the rugs.
  3. Ensure uncarpeted floors are not slippery. Do not use high-gloss polish.
  4. Use night lights, particularly in the bedroom, hallways and bathroom.
  5. Avoid tripping hazards by placing electrical cords out of paths for walking.
  6. Use non-skid mats or slip-resistant decals inside the tub or shower.
  7. Install grab bars in the tub and by the toilet, directly into the wall studs.

From Home Safety: Chapter 8 of the Family Caregiving: The Art of Caring for Your Older Relative (PDF) published by Baltimore County Department of Aging, 2015.

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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.

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Revised April 8, 2016        

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