Baltimore County News
Free resources to help you take care of yourself too!
Being a caregiver for a family member can take a toll. You might be caring for an ailing spouse, for your aging parents or in-laws, or for an elderly neighbor. For family caregivers of older relatives, challenges come in all forms — financial, physical, emotional and social.
Whether you live in the same house or across town from your loved one, you devote your time, your resources and your heart to ensuring the health and safety of the place they call home. In order to reduce the stress of these challenges, you are invited to the annual Caregivers Mini-Conference presented by Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA).
- Gather information about resources and programs that can aid you in your caregiving.
- Get a broader understanding about making advance health care decisions from a guest speaker with the Office of the Attorney General.
- Relax and unwind with a mindfulness session presented by a local meditation teacher.
- Receive a free Health Screening provided by University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.
- Network with other caregivers while you enjoy a continental breakfast and beverages sponsored by AARP.
Caregivers Mini-Conference for family caregivers of older relatives
Saturday, April 16, 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Edgemere Senior Center, 6600 North Point Road, Sparrows Point 21219
Free admission; plenty of open seats, no advance registration will be taken. To receive an event flier and copy of the agenda, please contact the BCDA Caregivers Program at 410-887-4724.
Michelle Marseilles Bruns
Manager, Caregivers Program
Baltimore County Department of Aging
School Bus Safety Week is October 19 to 23
It’s up to all of us to make sure our children are safe getting on and off the school bus.
October is School Bus Safety month. From October 19 to 23, public safety officials focus on the importance of laws and regulations designed to keep kids who ride buses safe.
The theme of this year’s campaign “Be smart, be seen, I wait in a safe place” addresses the children’s role in staying safe while stressing that the drivers must be vigilant.
Traffic laws require drivers to come to a full stop when a school bus stops with lights flashing and the stop arm extended. Drivers can’t pull ahead until the bus gives the “okay” by cancelling the lights and pulling back the stop arm.
Although motorists may be on the other side of the street from the bus, they must stop unless there is a physical barrier between the two lanes. Children will cross the street after getting off the bus. The same holds true when children are boarding buses. Children are not paying attention to motorists. They are worried about getting to and on the bus in time. It is the motorist’s responsibility to stop and yield to bus riders.
There are penalties for the drivers who disregard the law and put children at risk. Drivers who pass a school bus while the lights are flashing and the stop arm extended could receive a $570 fine and three points. For motorists who stop and proceed before the bus lights have stopped, the fine is $570 and two points. Drivers who fail to stop and cause an accident may face additional charges.
Observe School Bus Safety Week by stopping when bus lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended. Our children depend on us for their safety.
Public Safety Office of Media and Communications
Department of Health Seeks People Who May Have Been Exposed
The Baltimore County Department of Health was notified on June 2 about a fox that has since tested positive for rabies. The rabid fox was recovered from the 2300 block of Sugarcone Road in Pikesville 21209, on Friday, May 29.
If you, anyone you know or your pet have had any direct exposure (bites, scratches or licks) to a fox between May 15 to 29, 2015, please contact the Baltimore County Department of Health immediately at 410-887-6011. If calling after 4:30 p.m., call 410-832-7182. Additionally, contact your medical provider for treatment.
The Baltimore County Department of Health reminds citizens of the potential dangers of feeding or handling any wildlife and provides the following rabies prevention tips:
Everyone should consider the risk of rabies and other diseases before taking in or interacting with any animal, especially if their home contains children, persons with certain illnesses, elderly or other pets.
Since rabies remains uncontrolled in the wild, avoid contact with wildlife as well as stray or feral animals, especially if they appear to be sick. There is no risk-free contact with these animals with regard to physical injury, rabies and other diseases.
Do not provide food, water or shelter to wildlife or strays. For pets that are fed outdoors, do not leave food or water bowls out for extended periods, especially overnight. Contain garbage in tightly-covered containers.
Persons considering adopting stray or feral cats should speak with a veterinarian for guidance. Contact your doctor and the local health department if you are bitten or scratched by a stray or feral cat.
Keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up-to-date. Do not allow pets (even cats) to freely roam the neighborhood
Baltimore County Animal Services provides low-cost rabies vaccinations and spay/neutering. For information on getting your pet spayed-neutered, micro-chipped, licensed or vaccinated against rabies, visit Animal Services or call 410-887-PAWS (7297).
Revised April 6, 2016