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Date: May 3, 2018

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. 

Revised September 11, 2017