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October 3-4 Event Highlights Health and Well-Being

by Ethel Rasmussen, Baltimore County Department of Aging

Everyone is searching for the secrets to living longer and living well. Research has proven that one key tool to a better quality of life is empowering yourself with resources to enhance your living: mind-stimulating activities, fitness opportunities, community supports, engagement, and good nutrition. But where do you find these tools?

Baltimore County Department of Aging has simplified your search with a two-day event, the Power of Age Expo, October 3 and 4, 2018, at the Timonium Fairgrounds. In its 31st year, the Expo offers resources and enjoyment for older adults, caregivers, veterans, persons with disabilities and professionals.

Upon entry, the world of possibilities is opened to guests. Whether you are an active 80 year old looking for travel or health screenings, a caregiver caring in need of community resources to make your mother safer, a World War II veteran with questions about service benefits, or a professional looking to find tools to serve your clients better, Expo is the place to be.

The main stage will move and groove both days with amazing entertainment including Nashville recording star Josh Christina, Wednesday from 4-6 p.m., and the locally acclaimed band Appaloosa, Thursday from 1-4 p.m.  (Dancing is great exercise!)

You can visit feature areas including:

  • GBMC will offer games to discover their health services.
  • Giant will educate on nutrition and medication management.
  • Advanced Hearing will test your hearing and provide advice.
  • Baltimore County Department of Aging Senior Centers will spotlight classes and programs.
  • The Baltimore County Public Library will outline technology for library patrons.
  • A Veterans Muster will display programs helping veterans.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services will screen, educate and inform about their programs.
  • AARP will host a pledge to vote exhibit.

There are so many things to do that it could take two days to appreciate the many activities and features at the show. Plan to visit the following areas:

  • The Pamper Yourself Area, where Baltimore County Public School students will paint your nails at no cost.
  • The Power of Age Art Show, showcasing 70 artworks from around the County, competing to be named “Best in Category.”
  • The Flu and Pneumonia Shot Clinic to get a vaccine for prevention.
  • The Health and Wellness Corner, where local university and college students will provide free education and health screenings.
  • The Cuddle Shuttle, a pet-adoption van where you can adopt a fur-ever friend from Baltimore County Animal Services.

Expo guests will leave better prepared to live longer and live well, empowered by resources, entertainment and fun!

The Baltimore County Department of Aging’s Power of Age Expo is Wednesday, October 3, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Thursday, October 4, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Timonium Fairgrounds. Admission is a donation or two non-perishable food items.  


By Donna Bilz, Baltimore County Department of Aging

The benefits of exercise go beyond just physical wellbeing. Exercise helps support emotional and mental health, according to the National Institute on Aging. So next time you’re feeling down, anxious, or stressed,  get up and start moving!

Physical activity can help:

  • Reduce feelings of depression and stress, while improving your mood and overall emotional well-being.
  • Increase your energy level.
  • Improve sleep.
  • Empower you to feel more in control.

Exercise and physical activity could also improve or maintain some aspects of cognitive function, such as your ability to shift quickly between tasks, plan an activity, and ignore irrelevant information.

Exercise ideas to help you lift your mood

  • Dancing, walking, bicycling, or dancing. Endurance activities increase your breathing, get your heart pumping, and also boost chemicals in your body that may improve mood.
  • Yoga. A mind and body practice that typically combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation.
  • Tai Chi. A “moving meditation” that involves shifting the body slowly, gently and precisely, while breathing deeply.
  • Activities you enjoy. Whether it’s gardening, dancing, playing tennis, or kicking around a soccer ball with your grandchildren, choose an activity you want to do, not have to do.

70s Dance Party at Oregon Ridge May 22

Feel great -- get up and dance! The Baltimore County Department of Aging is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, so we’re throwing it back to the 70s.

Come celebrate with BCDA at the Concert in the Park at the Oregon Ridge Park Concert Pavilion on May 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Come dressed in your best 70’s gear. Bring a plain white t-shirt to take part in our free tie-dye station. Rock out to the headlining band the Grand Jury, back by popular demand with a tribute to the 70s. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with door prizes, trivia, raffles, classic cars from the 70s, and more.

Bring picnic food, lawn chairs, blankets, and your beverages of choice. Cruiser’s Pit Beef food truck will be on-site vending fresh pit beef, pit ham, burgers and beverages.

Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are available at all Baltimore County Department of Aging Senior Centers for $4.00 prior to the event, $5.00 at the gate. Call your local senior center or Maryland Access Point of Baltimore County for details.

We can’t wait to see you there!

May is Older Americans’ Month. The Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) offers everyone a chance to “Engage At Every Age,” this month and every month.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


By Ingrid Beardsley, RD, LDN, Nutrition Program Manager, Baltimore County Department of Aging

How can a meal program do more than just serve a meal? The Baltimore County Eating Together Program is on the frontlines to improve older adults’ overall well-being and reduce isolation and malnutrition.

After leaving our meal program, appetites are not the only thing satisfied. Participants walk away with full hearts from socializing, full minds from health/nutrition education, and full bodies from nutrient-packed meals.

Increased socialization is one of the additional benefits of meal programs like Eating Together, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. Eighty-three percent of individuals reported they have more friends now than before they started visiting the meal program. Participants like attending so they can speak with their friends, meet new friends, and leave their homes for a little while each day.

Each meal provides one third of the daily nutrition requirements and is approved by a Registered Dietitian.

The survey found that 70% of participants said their knowledge of good nutrition has increased and more than half said their health improved since they started attending the program.

More Reasons to Join

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Learn about healthy eating.
  • Obtain a break from cooking and doing dishes.
  • Save on grocery bills.
  • Delight in the meals.
  • Discover what is happening in the senior center/community.
  • It’s easier than cooking for one person.

How to Join Eating Together

Residents ages 60 and over and their spouses of any age are eligible to participate, and are asked to make a voluntary, confidential donation. The suggested donation is $2.50 per meal.

Seniors looking for healthy food, nutrition education and social interaction can learn more about Baltimore County’s Eating Together Program at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/eatingtogether or call 410-887-3052.

Eating Together -- a one-stop way to meet nutritional needs and make some new friends along the way.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017