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Date: Mar 13, 2014

photo of caregiver and elderly gentlemanMichelle Bruns
Caregiver Connection Manager, Department of Aging

Frustration, fear and feelings of being overwhelmed are a large part of caregiving for a loved one.  Sometimes you feel like you are isolated and there is no relief in sight.  Baltimore County Department of Aging understands your feelings and seeks to provide resources and tools to empower and care for yourself.

Plan ahead for your loved one’s safety and security by attending this year’s BCDA Caregivers Mini-Conference.  Doors will open at 8:45 a.m. and close around 12 noon on Saturday, April 5 at the Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville 21228. There is no admission charge. A light breakfast and beverages will be served. Guest speakers will inform the audience about basic legal considerations, safe driving tips and transportation alternatives, and proper hands-on care techniques. Resource tables highlighting BCDA will be available throughout the morning, staffed by specialists in the field of aging and disabilities.

Here are some comments we heard from last year’s conference:

“I attended the Annual Caregivers Mini-Conference with my mother because she is the primary caregiver for my father, her husband of 56 years. She and I had been overwhelmed with his stubbornness to accept additional care and help for his increasing medical needs,” stated a family caregiver after last year’s BCDA Caregivers Mini-Conference.

photo of woman and her mother“The conference was very helpful in the way we learned about new resources and tips to bolster his acceptance of care. To see my mother more positive about her caregiving was priceless to me, as her only daughter. We went in to the conference feeling burned out and came out with new suggestions and a brighter attitude about our situation.”

If you are a family member caring for an older adult in the Baltimore area, you owe it to yourself to come out for half a day to refresh yourself in your role as caregiver. All are welcome. No pre-registration; just come that day! For more information, contact 410-887-4724.


St. Patricks day emblemDave Goldman, Chief
Bureau of Behavioral Health
Baltimore County Department of Health

On St. Patrick’s Day, it is customary to wear green clothing and honor Irish traditions. On the college scene, wearing green is optional, but drinking green beer – now that’s another story.  The Urban Dictionary calls St. Patrick's Day the most important “alcoholiday” of the year. The trend to use March 17th as an excuse to drink excessively has gained popularity over the years and for some, has become an accepted norm. 

The availability of drinking games, inexpensive drink specials, and failure to check IDs on St. Patrick’s Day  promotes underage and high-risk drinking among patrons of all ages.  Local bars, taverns and restaurants, however, can be a part of the solution to this phenomenon - not just on St. Patrick’s Day, but all year long by exhibiting responsible practices in their sales and service of alcohol. Our County Liquor Board works actively with bar and liquor store owners to offer training and ensure compliance with all applicable laws. 

The list of potential problems caused by underage and high-risk drinking should be the impetus for communities to work together to curb underage and high-risk alcohol consumption.  It is well known that alcohol diminishes inhibitions and affects judgment, which can lead to a variety of poor choices, including unplanned sexual activity, aggressive behavior, academic problems, etc.

So please don’t let this St. Patrick’s Day be another time you “look the other way” when you see festively dressed minors congregating outside of a bar. Do our County a favor and support the efforts of the Baltimore County Combating Underage Drinking Coalition. The Coalition is working to reduce youth access to alcohol, increase community recognition of the associated problems, and pursue policy change regarding underage and high-risk drinking. The Coalition meets monthly and community members are welcome.  For more information about the Coalition, call the Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-887-3828.


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