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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 Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP, Director, Department of Health and Human Services

With prom season upon us, it is particularly important that adults do their part to reduce youth access to alcohol and tobacco. The responsibility falls on our entire community to help ensure that our children have long, healthy lives.

The vast majority of current smokers started in their teens, and studies have shown that tobacco is a gateway to using other substances and engaging in high-risk behavior. Nicotine is highly addictive and the carcinogens cause cancer and a host of other health conditions.

Underage drinking also poses many risks, both social and health-related. The greater risks to health include higher incidence of traffic accidents, impaired judgment that can lead to illegal drug use and even death. Youth are at risk for restricted development of their brains, bones and organs when they drink alcohol. Youth who drink alcohol also are at increased risk for academic underachievement.

The best way to prevent youth from using alcohol and tobacco is to ensure that they do not have access to them.

I urge retailers to CARD everyone.

Check their ID.

Act Responsibly by actually reading the ID and verifying the birthdate. When you realize the youth is not of age, Don’t sell.

For information on quit smoking classes or substance use prevention services and resources, call 410-88-REACH (410-887-3224).

Keywords: alcohol, health, show id, tobacco

By Cindy Kaiser, Administrator Dental Services, Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services

Did you know that one in seven children age 6 – 12 has suffered a toothache in the past six months? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Baltimore County Department of Health is joining the American Dental Association (ADA) in reminding parents and caregivers that most tooth decay is easily preventable.

Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile is the theme for Children’s Dental Health Month. The goal is to teach children to begin healthy dental habits at an early age.

Here are some more ways to help promote good dental health:

Schedule regular dental visits. Twice a year is recommended. The American Dental Association says it is beneficial for a child’s first dental visit to occur before his first birthday.

Develop good brushing habits. Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily.

Monitor beverage consumption. Children should make healthy beverage choices such as water and low-fat milk.

If your children chew gum, make it sugarless. Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash away food and decay-producing acids.

Limit between-meal snacks. If your young person craves a snack, offer a variety of healthy options, including fruits and/or raw vegetables.

Talk to your dentist for more information or click here to find out more about National Children’s Dental Health Month from the American Dental Association.

Remember – your child’s teeth were meant to last for a lifetime.

Revised September 11, 2017