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Baltimore County Department of Aging’s Call to Action to Combat Social Isolation

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) today announced the first ever No Senior Eats Alone Day to be held on September 12, 2019. The initiative aims to encourage County residents to connect with seniors in their communities in order to combat social isolation in older adults.

“Our seniors are treasures in our communities, and as they age, we all have an obligation to help protect them from the detrimental effects of social isolation, which is regrettably all too common among older adults,” Olszewski said. “I look forward to sharing a meal with seniors on No Senior Eats Alone Day, and I hope all county residents will look for opportunities to do so as well.”

What is No Senior Eats Alone Day?

Photo of Nusrat and a group of people standing outside"The meal allows people to eat together and improve their
lives and health."
- Nusrat, 72, Islamic Society of Baltimore

No Senior Eats Alone Day is part of the BCDA’s 2019 Living Connected initiative, which has provided resources and activities to combat social isolation in older adults. Many life events that occur later in life—retirement, loss of a friend or spouse, moving, changes in health—happen as one ages. This can cause one’s social network to become very small, leading to feelings of loneliness and social isolation. Further, research has proven that isolation has detrimental effects on one’s physical and mental health. The effects are wide-ranging. In fact, it is said that loneliness and social isolation has the same effect as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

“Each of us is aware of someone in our communities that may be feeling isolated and alone. On No Senior Eats Alone Day, everyone is asked to reach out to someone in the community that would benefit from feeling more connected and valued by inviting them to share a meal or to join a group of peers to break bread,” said BCDA Director Laura Riley. 

On September 12, 2019, Baltimore County’s 20 senior centers will host lunches where all older adults are welcome to join our Eating Together Program for a special meal. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit a center, meet the members and discover the diverse activities offered at the site. If you know a friend or family member that may be interested in experiencing a senior center, you may encourage them to call their local center to register at 410-887-3052 before September 3, 2019. Additionally, many centers are offering day-long opportunities to share a meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Partners Needed

Photo of Dorothy"Knowing a meal is available is such an asset."
- Dorothy, 80, Rosedale

Religious institutions, restaurants, community associations, housing buildings and individuals throughout the County can join this day to reach out to older adults and make them feel valued and appreciated. In fact, BCDA is looking for partners in the community to register and host events or participate in other ways. There are many ways to participate:

  • Host a meal for seniors at your church, synagogue or community organization.
  • Provide a discount or free dessert to anyone bringing a senior in to eat that day.
  • Ask your members to reach out to someone they think is isolated to go out for a meal or bring the meal to them to share.
  • Deliver a meal to a lonely neighbor and visit with them.
  • Assist older adults in getting to one of the County’s 20 senior centers for a meal.

Partners may register to have an event in support of No Senior Eats Alone Day. If you have questions about being a partner, contact BCDA’s Communication Office at 410-887-2002.

Learn More

Photo of Fred"Coming to the center for activities and meals
saved my life. I was very lonely after my wife passed."
- Fred, 84, Rosedale

No Senior Eats Alone Day is just one effort on behalf of BCDA to keep older adults connected. If you know of an older adult that would benefit from getting connected to the Department of Aging’s resources and programs, contact MAP or the Maryland Access Point of Baltimore County at 410-887-2594 or email aginginfo@baltimorecountymd.gov

The mission of the Baltimore County Department of Aging is to strengthen lives by providing services, programs and connections to resources. For more information on the various programs provided by BCDA, visit the Department of Aging website.

Watch a video to learn more about social isolation.


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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017