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Marks Older Americans Month at Senior Centers in Lansdowne, Turner Station

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz celebrated Older Americans Month by spending time at two Baltimore County Department of Aging senior centers this afternoon, and announced expanded hours at three centers in the County. Kamenetz met with members, council leadership and staff members at the Fleming Senior Center in the Turner Station area of Dundalk and at the Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center, presenting Executive Proclamations in recognition of Older Americans Month.

During his visits to the two senior centers, he announced to enthusiastic applause that he has put money in the County’s operating budget to expand the hours for the Fleming, Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands and Hereford Senior Centers.

“Our senior centers are vital resources in our communities that offer a broad range of services to older adults, helping them to stay active, physically fit and to age in place in the neighborhoods where they spent their lives and raised their families,” said Kamenetz. “By offering expanded hours, we are increasing opportunities for positive programs, especially fitness and exercise classes.”

Kamenetz Announces Expansion of Hours at Three Senior Centers

During his visits, the County Executive announced to senior center members that he added funding to the FY19 budget to increase operating hours by 20 percent at the Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands and Fleming Senior Centers as a six-month pilot program to see if more access will increase attendance. The timing of the additional four hours per week will be determined in collaboration with senior center members and staff. The cost of the increased hours is $10,000.  In addition, Kamenetz is increasing Hereford Senior Center’s hours from one six-hour day per week to two six-hour days, enabling the center to expand physical fitness classes and other activities.

“We’ve been wanting these extra hours and are happy because we’ll be able to have more programs in the morning and it will relieve the cramped programming schedule,” said Tina Rodriguez, a member of the Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center Council.

Donald L. Jones, President of the Fleming Senior Center, said, “We are very glad that County Executive Kamenetz listened to our concerns and we thank him for the additional hours. We are urging our seniors to come out to the center to enjoy the opportunities for social and physical engagement.”

Photos from the County Executive's senior center visits are on the County website. 


Show Airs on Cable Channel 25 and Online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” features the County’s new College Promise program, an initiative to connect job-seekers with good jobs in growing fields, plus the Department of Aging’s array of programs and services for seniors and their families.

Baltimore County’s College Promise Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis explain how the County is making CCBC tuition-free for eligible students.

Connect to a Better Job – Let Baltimore County’s new Job Connector initiative help you get job-ready to work in a growth industry.

40 Years Serving Seniors – Baltimore County’s Department of Aging is 40 and serving today’s seniors with more programs and services than ever.

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page. In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.


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