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10/30/2014

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.

 

Photo Descriptions:

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.

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10/17/2014

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 agtoom88@aacounty.org, 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 agtoom88@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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10/15/2014

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.

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10/15/2014

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.

 

For more information or to register for the workshop, call 410-222-4464, ext. 3043, or register online athttp://www.aacounty.org/aging.

 

Anyone needing special accommodations must contact Mary Chaput at 410-222-4464 ext. 3045, or by email at agchap01@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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10/14/2014

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.   

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10/14/2014

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.

 
 

 

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09/10/2014
Annapolis, MD (September 10, 2014) - Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and the Department of Aging and Disabilities are highlighting National Assisted Living Week, which this year takes place September 7- class="aBn" class="aQJ"13. The celebration recognizes the bonds among residents, staff, family members, volunteers and friends that make the assisted living community a home for many Anne Arundel County residents. The theme this year is “The Magic of Music.” Music brings pleasure to all generations and plays an important role in the daily lives of assisted living residents.

 

“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

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09/02/2014

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. 

 

Tai Chi

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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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