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Department of Aging and Disabilities Grateful for the Partnership
Annapolis, MD (December 17, 2014) - On December 15, 2014, Tim Aland of Chesapeake Hearing Centers generously donated a new television to James Groves, a resident at Genesis HealthCare in Brooklyn Park. The gift is part of an initiative from the Anne Arundel Senior Services Provider Group, Inc. (SPG) to provide participants in the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities Adult Public Guardianship Program with much needed items this holiday season. “As a long term member of the community, we appreciate the Guardianship Program at the Department of Aging and Disabilities for giving us the ability to help a neighbor with a Santa wish,” said Mr. Aland.
SPG members, including Sunrise of Severna Park, Jo's Angels, Options for Seniors, Timely Transitions, Sommerford Place, Regent Healthcare, and Visiting Angels, in addition to Chesapeake Hearing Centers, provided gifts to the eight adults in the Guardianship Program. “These members of the Anne Arundel County deserve a special thank you for their generosity during this Holiday Season,” said Sue Weber, Senior Provider Group Chairman. The SPG is a non profit membership organization comprised of businesses and individuals who provide services to older adults, their caregivers and families. Please visit www.seniorprovidergroup.org to learn more about SPG monthly meetings and events.
The Guardianship Program manages some of the most vulnerable older adults in Anne Arundel County. These adults have been declared incapable of making decisions that are in their best interest by a court of law. The Department of Aging and Disabilities has been appointed as the guardian of last resort. “These are folks who do not have family or friends who are available, capable or willing to assist them with decision-making, and have arrived at a point in their lives where they need help,” said Sylvana Tucker, Adult Public Guardianship Director.” “It is preferable to have the natural support of family members and friends who best know a person’s history and to plan ahead in these matters.”
The Department of Aging and Disabilities Guardianship Program provides education and information to citizens and professionals about the importance of medical advance directives, alternatives to guardianship, and the guardianship process; assists to identify capable relatives, friends, interested parties or organizations to assume medical decision-making responsibilities; serves as the court-appointed public guardian of person for Anne Arundel County residents who are 65 years or older, and manages and coordinates decision-making, as ordered by the court, regarding medical and personal care, including participation in the end-of-life decisions. For more information, please contact the Adult Public Guardianship Program at 410-222-4464.
“I wish to thank Chesapeake Hearing Centers and Genesis HealthCare for helping to make life better for Mr. Groves and Anne Arundel County residents,” said Pam Jordan, Director of the Department of Aging and Disabilities. “In addition, I am so grateful for the contributions from all of the participating SPG members. I value our long-standing partnership and look forward to our good work together.”
Photo Caption: Tim Aland, President of Chesapeake Hearing Centers is seen presenting a new 32 inch flat screen TV, to James Groves (center) as members of Genesis Healthcare, in Brooklyn Park, and the Anne Arundel County Office of Aging and Disabilities look
Annapolis, MD (November 21, 2014) – On November 13, 2014, the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center and the Coordinators of Volunteers of Anne Arundel County (COVAAC) held a Volunteer Project Hall of Fame Celebration Luncheon at the Blue Dolphin Seafood Bar and Grill in Gambrills, MD. Pamela Jordan, Director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, served as the keynote speaker.
The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues received a Legacy Award for Disability Awareness Day (DAD). The Commission on Disability Issues has held DAD annually since 1995. DAD showcases disability-related services with many exhibitors, empowers individuals with disabilities through education, and celebrates through performances by disability-related groups such as the Opportunity Builders Bell Choir, Hands of Harmony and Canine Companions for Independence. DAD has evolved into one of the county’s largest events, and celebrates all abilities in Anne Arundel County. “I am so proud of each of the members, past and present, who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of Disability Awareness Day,” said Ms. Jordan. “I was honored to share this day with the Commission on Disability Issues for a well-deserved recognition.”
“This was the 10th year we have recognized outstanding volunteer partnerships, and Disability Awareness Day is a collaborative project that makes such a difference in the lives of Anne Arundel County residents,” said Fay Mauro, Executive Director of the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center. “We were delighted that Keynote Speaker Pam Jordan drew on her years working with so many county agencies and nonprofits to express the spirit of giving back that she has seen everywhere she goes in Anne Arundel County.”
Ginger Palmer, Disability Awareness Day Co-Chairperson, accepted the award on behalf of the Commission. “The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues was honored to be one of the recipients of the Legacy Award for our Annual Disability Awareness Day Event,” said Joelle Ridgeway, Chair of the Commission on Disability Issues. “Volunteerism is a core element of a strong community and the Volunteer Center does such a fantastic job at ensuring that our community has the resources to build upon this strength that brings people together to make our community the best it can be. On behalf of the Commission on Disability Issues, we are extremely grateful for the work the Volunteer Center does and are honored to be recognized as one of the county’s great resources in improving the lives of our citizens.”
Photo Description: Disability Awareness Day Co-Chairperson Ginger Palmer accepts a Legacy Award on behalf of the Commission. From left to right: Ginger Palmer, Disability Awareness Day Co-Chairperson; Bruce Morgenstern, Board President of the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center; Sean Looney, Vice President of Comcast Government Affairs;Pam Jordan, Director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities.
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Annapolis, MD (October 30, 2014) – 2014 Disability Awareness Day (DAD) on October 25 at Westfield Annapolis Mall featured information on disability issues, interactive exhibits and live entertainment. Businesses or organizations that provide employment or other accommodations for individuals with disabilities were honored with Executive Citations.
The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues recognized Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB), an organization that has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, with the top honor, the 2014 DAD Award. CRAB also received a citation from County Executive Laura Neuman, and was congratulated by Mayor Mike Pantelides and County Councilman Chris Trumbauer. CRAB is a non-profit organization founded by the late Donald E. Backe in 1991. CRAB is dedicated to making the recreational, educational, and therapeutic benefits of sailing and the freedom it provides, a reality for physically and/or developmentally challenged individuals and their families regardless of their financial circumstances. CRAB strives to foster a lifelong love of sailing among its program participants.
“I congratulate CRAB and all the individuals and organizations that make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities,” said Pam Jordan, Director, Department of Aging and Disabilities. Disability Awareness Day has evolved into one of the Department’s largest events that celebrates the abilities in our community—an event made possible by the dedicated members of the Commission on Disability Issues.”
The public also visited with over 25 exhibitors who provide services to individuals with disabilities. Garland Cox and students from the Harbour School provided entertainment, and Fidos For Freedom performed a demonstration.
For information on the Commission, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act office at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4464 ext. 3066. TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.
1: Disability Awareness Day Chairpersons Ginger Palmer and Iris Littig
2: Pam Jordan, Director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, honors CRAB with Brian Jamieson, President of the Board of Directors, in the background.
3: Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides honors CRAB with Brian Jamieson, President of the Board of Directors, in the background.
4: Councilman Chris Trumbauer honors CRAB with Brian Jamieson, President of the Board of Directors, in the background.
5: Pam Jordan, Director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities and Councilman Chris Trumbauer present an Executive Citation toBrian Jamieson, President of the Board of Directors of CRAB.
Annapolis, MD (October 15, 2014) – Free diabetes workshops will be offered this November and December by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. The classes are free to adults with diabetes and will be taught in several locations throughout Anne Arundel County in partnership with Anne Arundel Medical Center and the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Any adult over 18 is welcome.
“Living Well with Diabetes” is appropriate for participants with pre-diabetes, Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes. The program teaches participants how to manage their blood sugar level and provides information about reading nutrition labels, counting carbohydrates, engaging in appropriate exercise, and managing symptoms associated with both high and low blood sugar levels.
The interactive and educational classes will run for six weeks beginning November 5 at Anne Arundel Medical Center and November 6 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Both sessions are evening classes, which run from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Workshop space is limited. To register, contact Pam Toomey at 410-222-4366 ext. 3081 or email@example.com, or go online to www.aacounty.org/agingand scroll down to the workshop series information.
Anyone needing special accommodations must contact Pam Toomey at 410-222-4366 ext. 3081 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
Volunteers Needed for Tax Season
Annapolis, MD (October 15, 2014) – Volunteers are needed to assist with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to help seniors and low-income adults with their 2014 tax returns.
Volunteers will be trained by the Internal Revenue Service and the Maryland Comptroller’s Office. They help only with simple 2014 income tax returns, which will be filed electronically. Volunteers do not do tax returns involving partnerships or corporations, self-employed persons, or rental properties.
Volunteers are not required to have a financial background in order to help with the tax returns, but CPAs, attorneys, bookkeepers and people with financial training are encouraged to volunteer. Volunteers will be stationed at one of the county’s senior activity centers and will be available by appointment between class="aBn" class="aQJ"Feb. 2 and April 10.
VITA is part of the Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. For more information, call 410-222-6717.
Caregiver Workshop Offered
Annapolis, MD (October 15, 2014) – The Department of Aging and Disabilities is pleased to present an educational workshop for family caregivers. The October workshop, “Dementia Caregiving 101” presented by Jennifer FitzPatrick, MSW, LCWD-C, will be held on October 28 at the Arnold Senior Activity Center. The workshop is presented at no cost to the public by the National Family Caregiver Support Program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities.
The Arnold Senior Activity Center is located at 44 Church Road, Arnold, MD.
The workshop is sponsored by Accredited Home Health Care, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Future Care Chesapeake, Maryland Insurance Administration, Annapolitan Assisted Living, Home Instead Senior Care, Active Medical Adult Care and 90 for Life Longevity.
Anyone needing special accommodations must contact Mary Chaput at 410-222-4464 ext. 3045, or by email at email@example.com 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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Annapolis, MD (October 14, 2014) – The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues will host its annual Disability Awareness Day on Saturday, October 25th at Westfield Annapolis Mall from 1:00-4:00 p.m. This year’s event will honor Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB), an organization that has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
CRAB is a nonprofit organization founded by the late Donald E. Backe in 1991. CRAB is dedicated to making the recreational, educational and therapeutic benefits of sailing and the freedom it provides realities for physically and/or developmentally challenged individuals and their families regardless of their financial circumstances. CRAB strives to foster a lifelong love of sailing among its program participants.
“CRAB’s ability to make the thrill of sailing a reality for citizens with disabilities of Anne Arundel County is commendable,” said Ginger Palmer, co-chairperson of Disability Awareness Day. “The Commission is pleased to honor them for their service.”
Disability Awareness Day combines interactive exhibits, information on disability issues within the community and live entertainment. The public is invited to attend, and more than 25 exhibitors who provide services to individuals with disabilities will have free information. Garland Cox and students from the Harbour School will provide entertainment, and Fidos For Freedom will perform a demonstration. Additional awards will be given to businesses that employ people with disabilities as well as other groups that have made contributions to the disabled community.
For more information, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act office at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4383. Anyone needing special accommodations must contact Vickie Martin at , or by email at 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.
Annapolis, MD (October 14, 2014) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities Assisted Living/Housing Program recently took second place in the America’s Top BAC (bacteria) Fighter Video Contest, sponsored by the Partnership for Food Safety Education. Health and food safety educators from across the nation created videos depicting their work to educate American consumers about safe food handling and hygiene.
The Assisted Living/Housing Program’s entry, “Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill,” can be viewed at Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill - Food Safety PSA. The video shows Assisted Living/Housing Program staff educating assisted living facility staff about food safety.
The Assisted Living/Housing Program at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities oversees the care and services provided to residents in small, community-based assisted living homes in Anne Arundel County. Staff routinely monitors the assisted living facilities, investigates complaints, produces a monthly electronic newsletter and assists the public with housing options. In addition to monitoring assisted living homes, Assisted Living/Housing Program staff also provides technical assistance and free monthly training classes for assisted living facility staff.
Assisted Living/Housing Program staff will perform interactive demonstrations found in their award-winning video at the Make Health Happen Fair on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Staff will also answer questions about why food safety is important. The event will take place form 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road, Millersville, MD 21108. Organized by the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition, the event is free to the public and will provide an opportunity for individuals and families to learn and receive information about healthy programs, activities, events and organizations that are available throughout Anne Arundel County.
For more information regarding the Assisted Living/Housing Program, please call Susan Shelton, Program Director at 410-222-4464 ext. 3093.
“This week presents an excellent opportunity to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the hardworking folks who make assisted living facilities in Anne Arundel County great places to live,” said County Executive Neuman. “I would like to thank each and every caregiver across our county for serving our older citizens and those with disabilities.”
Assisted Living is an increasingly important service for our older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Anne Arundel County. It not only provides a long-term care service, but also fosters choice, dignity, independence and autonomy for our county residents. Established by the National Center for Assisted Living, we celebrate National Assisted Living Week to demonstrate how much we care for our residents and appreciate the staff members who deliver care every day.
“The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the 104 assisted living facilities in Anne Arundel County, and thank them for their dedication and commitment to older adults and individuals with disabilities,” said Pam Jordan, Director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. “We hope that you enjoy National Assisted Living Week with your residents, families and staff.”
The Assisted Living/Housing Program within the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities oversees the care and services provided to residents in small, community-based assisted living homes in Anne Arundel County. Staff members routinely monitor the assisted living facilities, investigate complaints, provide free staff training classes, produce a monthly electronic newsletter, and assist the public with housing options. For more information regarding the Assisted Living/Housing Program, please call Susan Shelton, Program Director at 410-222-4464 ext. 3093
Annapolis, MD (September 2, 2014) - The Annapolis Senior Activity Center took home first place in the National Council on Aging Falls Free® Photo Contest. The winning photo (attached) will be used to promote Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 23, 2014.
The photo depicts Tai Chi students at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center as they perform the “Golden Rooster” pose. Many of the center’s members have found that Tai Chi is a senior-friendly exercise program that makes a positive impact on their balance, flexibility, and breathing.