Center Connection: A Good Place to Start
Do you care about an older adult who has a condition that limits some activities? Are they independent in caring for basic physical needs, but lack opportunities to participate in enjoyable activities? Would they like to meet people and participate in a senior center but need some special support and encouragement? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, the Baltimore County Department of Aging Center Connection Program may be the answer.
Center Connection is designed for individuals who need supportive services to participate in Senior Center programs, but do not need physical assistance or close supervision. An individual needs to be 60 years or older to participate in this program.
Center Connection members receive individual assistance to meet new people, choose activities and register for classes. The Center Connection Specialist provides assistance with the Eating Together Nutrition program, monitors member activities, offers support and encouragement, and refers members and caregivers (as appropriate) to community services, including CountyRide. Center Connection members enjoy activities, socialization, and having fun.
A Center Connection member who was depressed and struggling with changes stated: "Center Connection has given me friends, laughter and support." A son whose mother was socially withdrawn said, "The program has provided opportunities for my mother to socialize and participate in activities that have helped her physically and have been educational."
Center Connection is offered in the following Senior Centers:
If you would like more information, or would like to refer an individual, call one of the centers listed above and ask to speak with the Center Connection Specialist.
Revised September 3, 2013