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Caregiver Connection

A Quarterly Newsletter for Family Caregivers of Older Adults

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

January, February and March 2020

Stories in This Issue:

Caregiver Challenge for the New Year

Take a minute each day to write down your wins. Maybe you went to the store, had a nice lunch with a friend or took a nap, whatever brought you peace and joy, write it down. Similarly, write down at least one goal for yourself. It can be short-term or long-term, but think of something attainable. Perhaps you would like to go for a long weekend away with family, but can’t take your loved one along. Start researching options to arrange care for your loved one so you can take some time to refresh and refocus.

BCDA’s Annual Family Caregiver Conference Details

When: Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Avenue, Baltimore Maryland 21222
Cost: Free
What: An informative and enlightening day of resources, guidance and support for family caregivers of older adults. Morning snacks, day-long beverage service and light lunch provided.
Featured Keynote presenter is Dr. Nicole Rochester. As a physician, former caregiver and professional health advocate, Dr. Rochester uses her experiences to transform audiences. She has been featured in numerous online publications, podcasts, and radio shows, and has appeared on television. Dr. Rochester’s core belief is that patients and their family caregivers belong at the center of every healthcare team.
Pre-registration: Send an email to caregivers@baltimorecountymd.gov to be added to the headcount, for planning purposes.

Discover the Baltimore County Family Caregivers Program

BCDA has a designated program specifically for family caregivers of older adults, who are assisting their loved ones to remain safe, healthy and independent in the community. Services include:

  • Personalized Consultations
  • Resource Sessions
  • Dealing with Dementia Workshops
  • Limited stipends for respite
  • Annual Conference
  • And more

Event dates, eligibility criteria and more detail are on the Baltimore County, Caregivers web page designed especially for family caregivers.

Tips for Facing Caregiving Criticism

Often, people have the best intention and believe they are helping you by offering their advice or opinions about your caregiving efforts. Examples may be claiming that your loved one should be in a nursing facility or that you should do this rather than that. Here are some ways to engage advice-givers:

  • Thank them for being concerned about the care you are providing to your loved one.
  • Ask if they are interested in learning about the specific tasks your loved one needs help with.
  • Invite them to become more involved.
  • State that you are doing the best you can.
  • Ask if they have any additional resources that may help you in your caregiving.
  • Give the advice-giver a designated role.
  • Even those living far away can assist with financials, make phone calls or gather resources.

Remember that you are doing the best you can to provide care to your loved one. Face criticism with an open-mind and offer the advice-givers roles to assist you.

How to Find Quality Healthcare Options

Searching for reputable, quality healthcare services can be challenging. The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) offers information on quality and costs of healthcare services in hospitals, long-term care, surgery centers and more.

The MHCC is an independent regulatory agency whose mission is to plan for health system needs, promote informed decision-making, increase accountability and improve access in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

In Census 2020, Everyone Counts

The Census determines how many Congressional seats a state will have and how federal funding is distributed to states and communities.

Baltimore County’s population is projected to be 847,000 people in 2020, with 25 percent of County residents age 60 or older. The community loses $1,800 per person who goes uncounted. If 20 percent of our population goes uncounted in the 2020 Census, Baltimore County will lose $305 million per year in funding.

Between March 12 and 20, your invitation to participate in the 2020 Census will be mailed to your home address. Respond by mail, telephone or online to be counted in the census.

Expanded Resource Guide Always Available

Community Resources 2019 is a directory filled with programs and services for older adults and people with disabilities. It is a collaboration between BCDA, the Baltimore City Health Department's Division of Aging and the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities.

Pick up your free copy of the directory at your local senior center or public library. Smart phone owners can use the QR code on the publication’s cover.

To advertise your organization in next year's guide, call Debbie Orlove at 410-887-2012 or email dorlove@baltimorecountymd.gov to learn more.

 
Revised January 22, 2020         

 

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