Baltimore County News
Resources empower Baltimore area residents
The March/April edition of The Time of Your Life TV show features Reimagine Aging, an initiative of the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA); the Community Resources 2017 guide; and valuable information for caregivers.
Reimagine Aging - Joanne Williams, director of the BCDA, shares information about the agency’s 2017 initiative called Reimagine Aging. Learn about the many facets of BCDA’s initiative, why this topic was selected and how the BCDA plans to challenge stereotypes and perceptions of getting older.
Community Resources 2017 - Debbie Orlove, BCDA community business liaison, talks about how this complimentary resource serves Baltimore County and City residents. To pick up your complimentary copy of Community Resources 2017, please visit your local senior center, Baltimore County Public Libraries, or call MAP at 410-887-2594.
Caregivers Program - Michelle Marseilles Bruns, manager of the NFCSP Caregivers Program at the BCDA, will discuss the agency’s upcoming Family Caregivers Annual Mini Conference at the Liberty Senior Center on April 22, 2017, from 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This is a free opportunity to learn about about advance care planning, caregiver stress, legislative updates, the National Health Care Decision Making Day and other resources. For additional information about the conference, please visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/agencies/aging; click on the caregivers information link, or call 410-887-4724.
Upcoming Opportunities - Debbie Orlove shares information about special events, health promotion opportunities and programs at Baltimore County’s 20 senior centers and Senior Box Office, options for lifelong learning, travel, health promotion planning, evidence-based programs, and special events and travel.
To view streaming video of the full show, go to the Time of Your Life page at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Videos/timeofyourlife.html.
In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:
Sunday - 1 p.m., 5 p.m., 9 p.m.
Monday - 9 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday - 2:30 p.m., 7 p.m.
Wednesday - 12 p.m.
Thursday - 11 a.m., 9 p.m.
Friday - 12 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
Saturday - 1 p.m., 5 p.m., 9 p.m.
County agencies win 2016 National Association of Counties Achievement Awards
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that four Baltimore County agencies have been awarded 2016 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo).
“Baltimore Countians are lucky to have very dedicated and capable employees who are focused on improving County services and the overall quality of life in Baltimore County,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I congratulate these employees on developing award-winning programs that benefit our residents and will be looked to as national models by other jurisdictions,” he said.
The Baltimore County agencies that merited national recognition include:
- Department of Aging for their Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and Community Resources Publication
- Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Baltimore County Public Schools and the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Schools for the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge
- Department of Aging for the Food for Thought Initiative
“These programs are truly exceptional and they exemplify good government and innovative thinking,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Vicki Almond.
Libraries and other locations offer relief from the heat
If you are looking for a cool environment with access to water and bathrooms, then Baltimore County has several “cooling centers” available where you can get relief from the heat.
During the months of May through September, Baltimore County Public Library has 19 convenient branches that are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents can cool off while reading a book or enjoying scheduled events at a branch in their community. Visit the Baltimore County Public Library website to get more information on the library branch nearest you or call 410-887-6100.
Baltimore County senior centers are also open to the general public, regardless of age. Most locations are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who visit these locations to get relief from the heat can watch TV, read a book or sit and relax. Visit the Department of Aging website for information on their 20 senior centers or call the Maryland Access Point of Baltimore County phone line at 410-887-2594.
There are also other places you can go to cool off in Baltimore County:
- Community Centers
- Movie Theaters
- Neighbor's home with air conditioning
“Residents need to know that the County has plenty of resources available where they can go to get cool,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “From libraries and senior centers to churches, movie theaters and malls, there is a place in every community where you can get relief from the heat, and I urge you to use them if you do not have air conditioning.”
To keep you and your family healthy and safe in the summer heat, use these hot weather tips:
- NEVER leave a child or pet in an unattended car!
- Check on elderly or chronically ill family members, friends and neighbors.
- Stay hydrated with water or fruit juices. Also provide your pet with plenty of water and sheltering.
- Limit outdoor activity when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high.
- Use sunscreen and reapply often when spending time outdoors.