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08/19/2014

Annapolis, MD (August 19, 2014) - The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities today announced that its Making the Link program recently received recognition from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with anAging Achievement Award, an honor presented by n4a to member agencies. The awards program is sponsored by CST your Link to Life (CST-LTL). The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities was among the 45 local aging programs to receive honors during the n4a Annual Conference & Tradeshow held July 12-16, 2014, in Dallas, Texas. 

 

 

“I am so proud of all the hardworking men and women in our Department of Aging and Disabilities for enabling our county’s Making the Link program to earn this national recognition,” said County Executive Laura Neuman. “We live in a great county where help is available to everyone who needs it, and this program is an excellent resource in connecting our older residents and those with disabilities to the assistance they need.”

 

The 2014 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognizes Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI Native American aging programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. A part of the criteria for the selection of the honorees was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities. 

 

“With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act underway, our members are investigating new ways to position themselves in the long-term and health care marketplaces, as well as to strengthen longstanding services to meet the needs of America’s rapidly growing older adult population,” said n4a’s Chief Executive Officer Sandy Markwood. “Our members work tirelessly, and with little fanfare in their communities, and this program enables us to shine a well-deserved spotlight on their ground-breaking work,” Ms. Markwood added. 

 

The Making the Link program is a Maryland Access Point program and works to create awareness of the resources that the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities offers to the citizens of Anne Arundel County. A yellow resource pad, which lists department resources and contact information, is available through many area physicians and pharmacies, as well as various civic, community and religious groups.  The pads are also currently carried by other county agencies such as the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Department of Public Works and Cashier’s Office. Making the Link has also developed a Public Service Announcement, which can be seen in the Primary Care offices at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Anne Arundel TV (Verizon channel 38 and Comcast channel 98), and can be viewed on our website at www.aacounty.org/aging.

 

“The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities appreciates the national recognition for the Making the Link program,” said Pam Jordan, Director of the Department of Aging and Disabilities.  “We hope that the program is a gateway to all of the services the department offers to meet the critical needs of Anne Arundel County citizens.”

 

The 2014 n4a Aging Achievement Awards honored traditional and new strategies in a range of categories including Advocacy, Care Transitions, Caregiving, Community Planning/Livable Communities, Economic Security/Financial Assistance, Elder Abuse/Financial Exploitation Prevention, Ethnic/Cultural Diversity, Health/-Long-Term Services & Supports Integration, Healthy Aging/Nutrition, Home & Community-Based Care, Information & Referral, Technology, Transportation/Mobility Options, Volunteerism/Civic Engagement and “You Name It!”

 

All winners are showcased in an n4a publication which can be viewed at

http://www.n4a.org/pdf/N4A_report_final_lowres.pdf

 

About n4a

The mission of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is to build the capacity of its members so that they can better help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.  We work with our members to achieve the collective vision of building a society that values and supports people as they age. 

n4a is the leading voice on aging issues for Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and a champion for Title VI Native American aging programs. Through advocacy, training and technical assistance initiatives, we support the national network of 618 AAAs and 246 Title VI programs.  

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07/07/2014

Annapolis, MD (July 7, 2014) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Caregiver Workshops: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! The workshops will be held at the Arnold Senior Activity Center and the Pascal Senior Activity Center beginning September 18, 2014 and continuing through June 18, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m.They are presented free to Anne Arundel County caregivers by the National Family Caregiver Support Program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities.

 

Topics and dates of the workshop series include:

  • When Your Loved One Can No Longer Live Alone” presented by Marjorie Cotterman, RN, and Sharlene Liberto, Ombudsman Director for the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging & Disabilities.  September 18 at the Pascal Senior Activity Center.
  • Dementia Caregiving 101” presented by Jennifer FitzPatrick, MSW, LCWD-C. October 28, 2014 at the Arnold Senior Activity Center.
  • Holiday 911” presented by Jennifer FitzPatrick, MSW, LCWD-C.  October 28, 2014 at the Pascal Senior Activity Center.
  • Mapping the Final Journey” presented by Lou Lukas, MD, Hospice & Palliative Medicine.  January 15, 2015 at the Arnold Senior Activity Center.
  • The Mechanics of Caregiving” presented by Ben Ogundip, Physical Therapist. February 19, 2015 at the Pascal Senior Activity Center.
  • Behaviors as Communication? A Dementia Patient’s Attempt to Connect” presented by Jennifer FitzPatrick, MSW, LCWD-C.  March 23, 2015 at the Arnold Senior Activity Center.
  • Communicating with Health Care Professionals” presented by Ann Morrison, Ph.D., RN, CS. April 16, 2015 at the Pascal Senior Activity Center.
  • Family Estrangements in Dementia Care” presented by Jennifer FitzPatrick, MSW, LCWD-C.  May 21, 2015 at the Arnold Senior Activity Center.
  • Mental Health Issues for Family Caregivers” presented by Kimberly Burton, Director of Older Adult Programs, Maryland Coalition on Mental Health and Aging. June 18, 2015 at the Pascal Senior Activity Center.

  

The Pascal Senior Activity Center is located at 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie; the Arnold Senior Activity Center is located at 44 Church Road, Arnold.

             

The workshops are sponsored by: Accredited Home Health Care, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Future Care Chesapeake, Foundations Medical Adult Care & PRP, Somerford Place Annapolis, Maryland Insurance Administration, Annapolitan Assisted Living, Home Instead Senior Care, Active Medical Adult Care, 90 for Life Longevity.

  

For more information or to register for the workshops, call 410-222-4464, Ext. 3043, or register online at http://www.aacounty.org/aging. Please see attached for more workshop information.

  

Anyone needing special accommodations must contact Mary Chaput at 410-222-4464 ext. 3045, or by e-mail atagchap01@aacounty.org at least seven days in advance of the event. TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1. All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.   

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07/02/2014

Annapolis, MD ( July 2, 2014)—The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities/Maryland Access Point (MAP) will host an informational breakfast on  July 10, 2014.  The breakfast will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Independence Conference Room, 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. 

 

The goal of this event is to inform community, civic and/or religious organizations about all of the resources and programs that are offered through the Department of Aging and Disabilities.  A light breakfast will be served.

 

If a member of your religious, community or civic organization would like to attend, please contact Jennifer Sloan at 410-222-4464, ext. 3111 or agsloa88@aacounty.org.

 

Anyone needing special accommodations must contact Jennifer Sloan at 410-222-4464 ext. 3051, or by e-mail at agsloa88@aacounty.org at least seven days in advance of the event.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.  All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.   

 

For more information on the resources and programs that the Department of Aging and Disabilities/MAP offers, please call 410-222-4464 or 410-222-4257 or visit us at www.aacounty.org/aging

 

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05/12/2014

Annapolis, MD (May 12, 2014) -- Caregivers are invited to attend the final “The Dementia Series: Living in the Land of Oz…continued,” workshops in June. The workshops are presented by the National Family Caregiver Support Program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities and are free to the public.

 

Topics of the workshop series are:

 

  • “Lions, Tigers, and Bears. Oh, My!”  In this workshop caregivers will learn about normal and not-so-normal emotions, how to effectively manage stress, understand the meaning of the “Ah Ha!” moment, and learn essential coping skills to empower them to walk through the woods bravely.
  • “If I were King of the Forest…” No one can change the fact that progressive dementias, like Alzheimer’s disease, are fatal. In this workshop, caregivers will learn the importance of an Advance Directive, how to make decisions about life sustaining treatments, the importance of palliative care, and the meaning of healthy grieving.
  •  “We want to see the Wizard.” In this workshop caregivers will learn how to mend, strengthen, and maintain their physical, emotional & spiritual selves through good nutrition, setting limits and maintaining boundaries, and nurturing spirit.

The remaining workshop is scheduled for:

         

  • June 2, 9, 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Pascal Senior Activity Center, 1215 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. Sponsored by Morningside House of Friendship.

For information or to register for the workshops, call 410-222-4464, Ext. 3043, or register online at http://www.aacounty.org/Aging/NeedingCare/compCaregiver.cfm.

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05/12/2014

Annapolis, MD ( May 12, 2014) – The Opening Night Reception of the 2014 Artists Without Limits Art Exhibit will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Arundel Center Lobby and the County Council Chambers.  The exhibit will run from May 15 to July 15, 2014 in the Arundel Center Lobby.  The show features artwork from Anne Arundel County residents of all ages with disabilities.  Twenty-six artists have pieces on display this year.  The reception will include the presentation of Executive Citations to all of the artists. 

 

This is the third annual art show and the second for County Executive Laura Neuman.  “I am delighted to have the opportunity to highlight the work of such gifted individuals and to continue to bring fresh artwork to the public at the Arundel Center,” Neuman said.

 

The exhibit is presented by the Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.  “The opening night reception is a really exciting night for the artists and their families,” explains Joelle Ridgeway, Chair of the Commission on Disability Issues.  “This art exhibit gives individuals with disabilities a way to showcase their work in a highly visible, respected way.  It helps to change perceptions about people who have disabilities.”  “This is the third year we have had the opportunity to partner with the Commission on Disability Issues on this exciting art exhibit,” said April Nyman, Executive Director of The Arts Council.  “As jurors for the exhibit, we were so impressed with the quality of the artwork submitted.  It is great that we can give this kind of exposure to artists with disabilities.”

 

About The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues advises the County Executive and the County Council on the coordination and development of government policies, programs and services for people with disabilities. For more information, contact the Commission at 410-222-4464 voice, or via TTY using Maryland Relay 7-1-1. Please visit the Commission’s website at www.aacounty.org/Aging/disabledAdults/CommDis.cfm.

 

About The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County

 

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, a.k.a. the Cultural Arts Foundation, works to create a strong financial support system for the entire spectrum of arts groups in the County. Through a partnership of public and private interests, it provides funding for music, dance, drama, and the visual arts. Please visit the Arts Council website at www.annearundelartscouncil.org.

 

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05/09/2014

Annapolis, MD (May 8, 2014) – May is Older Americans Month, a tradition dating back to 1963.  Once called Senior Citizens Month, it honors the legacies and ongoing contributions of older Americans and supports them as they enter the next stage in life.  The national theme this year is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”
  

County Executive Laura Neuman and the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities are honoring Older Americans Month with a Senior Week celebration, May 2-9.  “Senior Week is an opportunity to recognize the legacies and contributions of Anne Arundel County's experienced Americans,” said County Executive Neuman.  “We can all benefit from the knowledge and wisdom of our seniors, and what they bring to younger generations.”
 

The week will conclude tomorrow with the Pascal Senior Activity Center Garden Party featuring County Executive Laura Neuman.  There will be a range of garden-themed exhibitors and lectures, a ranger-led nature walk, bird identification, and entertainment provided by Gerry Swarbrick and Charlie Birney.  Food will be provided by Doughy Dog and a Pascal Seniors, Inc. bake sale.  There will be free samples and informational seminars for gardeners of all ages and abilities.  County Executive Neuman will present flowers to women attending the Garden Party in celebration of Mother’s Day.
  

The Department of Aging and Disabilities held its annual Older Americans Month Kickoff on Friday, May 2 in the Heritage Office Complex courtyard located at 2666 Riva Road in Annapolis, MD.  Tim Amann and 1430 WNAV provided entertainment, the Arundel Alarmers provided participants with lunch, and for dessert, Bruster’s and Rita’s served samples of ice cream and Italian ice.  Participants played games with Senior Olympians as well as viewed displays from County departments and partners, including the Fire Department, Department of Health, Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office.
  

The O’Malley Senior Activity Center hosted an Open House and Evening of the Arts on Wednesday, May 7 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Artwork from senior center members was featured and light refreshments were served.  The event offered participants the opportunity to tour a local senior center.  Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities staff were on hand for those who wished to learn more about our services.  Anne Arundel County staff also visited senior service providers throughout the week to thank them for all they do for the community.
   

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05/05/2014

Annapolis, MD (May 5, 2014) – Two additional Diabetes Education Workshops have been scheduled this summer at Anne Arundel Medical Center.  The workshops are free and open to the public.  The workshops will be facilitated by Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities.  “Living Well with Diabetes” is a six-week workshop offered in the morning and evening.   Adults 18 and older are welcome to attend.        
  

“Living Well with Diabetes” is appropriate for participants with pre-diabetes, Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes.  This program teaches participants how to manage their blood sugar levels as well as provides information about reading nutrition labels, counting carbohydrates, performing appropriate exercise, and how to manage symptoms associated with both high and low blood sugar levels.
  

Registration is underway now for both six-week workshops.  Each workshop will be held in Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Belcher Pavilion, 2000 Medical Parkway.
 

The first workshop of “Living Well with Diabetes” will be held  Wednesday evenings beginning  May 14, 2014.  Classes will be held  May 14, 21, 28,  June 4, 11 and 18 from  6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
  

The morning session of “Living Well with Diabetes” will be held  Tuesday mornings beginning  August 5.  Classes will be held  August 5, 12, 19, 26,  September 2 and September 16 from  6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. No class will be held on  September 9.
 

Workshop space is limited.  To register, contact the Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4366, Ext. 3081, or go online to www.aacounty.org/aging and scroll down to the Living Well workshop series information.

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04/23/2014

Annapolis, MD (April 23, 2014)—The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, a Maryland Access Point (MAP) agency, is pleased to release a new Public Service Announcement to highlight the services and resources available to Anne Arundel County residents.

 

This PSA, which showcases the Department’s “Making the Link” philosophy, is being launched at Anne Arundel Medical Center Primary Care offices, as well as Anne Arundel TV (Verizon channel 38, and Comcast channel 98).  The video is also available for viewing on our website at www.aacounty.org/aging.  The PSA is closed captioned and reinforces the importance of connecting Anne Arundel County residents with Department of Aging and Disabilities services.  The PSA is being used by the Fire and Police Departments, in addition to the medical community.

 

“This is a great example of how important it is to have strong partnerships with our business community, like Anne Arundel Medical Center, and how it can benefit and serve members of our community," said County Executive Laura Neuman.  I would like to thank Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Department of Aging and Disabilities for collaborating on this project in an effort to assist individuals with getting connected with essential services.”

 

“The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities is very excited about this partnership with the Anne Arundel Medical Center,” said Pam Jordan, Director, Department of Aging and Disabilities.  “Making the Link” is an important initiative to help us share vital services and information with older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers.”

 

The Department is continuing to roll this PSA out to other outlets.  If your business is interested in partnering with the Department to show this video or to share program information through “Making the Link,” please contact Jennifer Sloan at 410-222-4464, ext. 3111

 

For more information on the resources and programs that the Department of Aging and Disabilities/MAP offers, please visit us at www.aacounty.org/aging or call 410-222-4257.  

 

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04/10/2014

Annapolis, MD (April 10, 2014) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, in partnership with Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC) and Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), seeks volunteers to instruct the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.  This six week (2.5 hours per week) workshop, developed by Stanford University, will be taught at various places throughout Anne Arundel County, including BWMC, AAMC, senior activity centers, community centers, churches and libraries.  The program teaches participants how to manage their chronic disease(s) through healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction and other self-management skills. 

 

The Department of Aging and Disabilities will train volunteers to lead this community based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program over a 4-day training period.  No medical background is needed, but volunteers must be comfortable speaking in front of an audience.  Volunteers must be able to attend all 4 days of training to become a certified program instructor.  Training will be held at the Department of Aging and Disabilities, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD on the following days from  9:30 am to 4:30 pm:
  

Thursday, June 5

Friday,  June 6

Thursday,  June 12

Friday,  June 13
  

To register for the training or to get more information, please contact Pam Toomey, Living Well Coordinator, at the Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4366 ext. 3081 or agtoom88@aacounty.org.

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03/25/2014

Annapolis, MD ( March 25, 2014) -- Caregivers are invited to attend the three Spring Caregiver Workshops, “The Dementia Series: Living in the Land of Oz…continued,” to be held at 6 of Anne Arundel County’s senior activity centers beginning in March and continuing through June. They are presented free by the National Family Caregiver Support Program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities.
  

Topics of the workshop series are:

 

  • "Lions, Tigers, and Bears. Oh, My!”  In this workshop caregivers will learn about normal and not-so-normal emotions, how to effectively manage stress, understand the meaning of the “Ah Ha!” moment, and learn essential coping skills to empower them to walk through the woods bravely.
  • "If I were King of the Forest…” No one can change the fact that progressive dementias, like Alzheimer’s disease, are fatal. In this workshop, caregivers will learn the importance of an Advance Directive, how to make decisions about life sustaining treatments, the importance of palliative care, and the meaning of healthy grieving.
  • "We want to see the Wizard.” In this workshop caregivers will learn how to mend, strengthen, and maintain their physical, emotional & spiritual selves through good nutrition, setting limits and maintaining boundaries, and nurturing spirit.

 

The workshop schedule is:

  

  • March 10, 31, and April 7, from  2:00-4:00 p.m., Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 South Villa Avenue, Annapolis.
  • April 3, 10, and 17, from  6:30-8:30 p.m., Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road, Arnold.
  • April 7, 14, and 21, from  5:30-7:30 p.m., O’Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton.
  • May 1, 8, and 22, from  6:30-8:30 p.m., South County Senior Activity Center, 27 Stepneys Lane Edgewater.
  • June 2, 9, and 16, from  6:30-8:30 p.m., Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.

The workshops are sponsored by: Annapolitan Assisted Living, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Heartlands at Severna Park, Heritage Harbour Health & Rehabilitation Center, Morningside House of Friendship, and Somerford Place Annapolis. For information or to register for the workshops, call 410-222-4464, Ext. 3043, or register online at http://www.aacounty.org/Aging/NeedingCare/compCaregiver.cfm.


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