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05/21/2015

Annapolis, MD (May 21, 2015)- The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as voting members of the Commission. 

 

 

“This is an exciting opportunity for those who are passionate about increasing awareness and access for people with disabilities in Anne Arundel County,” says Joelle Ridgeway, Commission Chairman.

 

Much of the Commission’s work centers on accessibility, transportation, housing, legislation, and children’s issues.  Additionally, each year, the Commission holds two events.  Each spring, the Commission gives Anne Arundel County artists with various disabilities the opportunity to showcase their talents through the Artists Without Limits Art Show, an exhibit at the Arundel Center.  Disability Awareness Day (DAD) will take place on Saturday, October 25th at Westfield Annapolis Mall.  The time will be announced at a later date.  October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  DAD highlights vital services, programs and achievements regarding disability issues, and also features interactive exhibits and live entertainment.  

 

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues is comprised of 21 voting members from the community and 17 ex-officio members representing various government agencies, all of whom are appointed by the County Executive.

 

Applicants may include individuals with a disability, those with family members with a disability, individuals who serve within the disability community, or have an interest in disability issues.  All applicants must live in Anne Arundel County.

 

Commission meetings are open to the public and are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Independence Room, 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis, within the Heritage Office Complex.  Individuals needing accommodations should contact Jill Bezek in advance of Commission meetings at 410-222-4383 or via e-mail at agbeze83@aacounty.org at least 7 days prior to the event.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.

 

Anyone who wishes to be considered for the Commission should submit a letter of interest and resume addressed to Jill Bezek, Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator and Community Services Manager, Bureau of Disability and Community Services, 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401 by June 19, 2015.  For more information, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act office at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4464 or Jill Bezek at ext. 3025.  TTY users should call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.

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05/15/2015

Brooklyn Park Center Announces Open House

For Older Americans Month

 

Brooklyn Park, MD (May 14, 2015) – The Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center has announced an open house event scheduled for May 20th, 2015 at 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park.  The center is one of seven operated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. The event will run from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

 

“I am excited to spotlight Brooklyn Park Senior Center’s open house for Older Americans Month,” stated the Brooklyn Park Senior Center Director, Carolyn Scurry-Boyd. “Situated in historic, northern Anne Arundel County, our center is unique because of its cultural diversity.  Our center serves largest Korean American community, and is in an area of the county where the greatest number of older adults to reside.  We are happy to celebrate our open house event with all.”    

 

·         Chef’s On The Go will conduct a cooking demonstration of different soups.  You may taste the dishes made and take a copy of the recipes.

·         Jackie Churches, MST, Licensed Massage Therapist will be teaching breathing techniques.  Learn how to keep your airways open, how to inhale, and be ready to brighten your day from the inside out.

·         Sikhye, which is a Korean rice dessert drink, will be available for sampling.  It is the most popular traditional holiday drink made with barley, malt powder and rice.

·         The Taste Sweet Dreams’ cupcake company will be there to take orders of your favorite flavor.

·         Brooklyn Park’s Senior Dance Team will be performing their dance routines.

 

Anne Arundel County Senior Activity Centers offer free memberships for individuals 55 or older who are active and able to function independently.  For more information, visit your local senior center to obtain orientation materials and take a tour.  Adults 55 or older who need assistance with daily living activities, or their caregivers, should contact Information and Assistance at 410-222-4257 to learn more about alternatives to Senior Activity Centers.

 

Anyone needing special accommodations, must contact 410-222-6847.  For more information, please go to our website http://www.aacounty.org/aging.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.  All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.   

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05/15/2015

 

Annapolis, MD (May 15, 2015) – The Pascal Senior Activity Center and the Annapolis Senior Activity Center have announced a “Meet the Artist” Reception to be held on May 17th, 2015 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at 333 Dubois Road, Annapolis. The center is one of seven operated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities

 

This event stems from the Gallery 333 “Senior Moments” art show that opened on May 3rd, 2015 and will run through June 28th, 2015 at the same gallery in Annapolis.  The gallery is open to the public for self-tours Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   

 

The following members are involved in the art show: John Asaka, Pat Ditch, Evelyn Kaczmar, Steve Kent, Pat Lerner, Lilian Malkus, Phyllis Miller, Virginia Neri, Orsola Sprouse, Parie Willis

 

Anne Arundel County Senior Activity Centers offer free memberships for individuals 55 or older who are active and able to function independently.  For more information, visit your local senior center to obtain orientation materials and take a tour.  Adults 55 or older who need assistance with daily living activities, or their caregivers, should contact Information and Assistance at 410-222-4257 to learn more about alternatives to Senior Activity Centers.

 

Anyone needing special accommodations, must contact class="apple-converted-space" 410-222-6680.  For more information, please go to our website http://www.aacounty.org/aging.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.  All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.   

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05/15/2015

 

 

Annapolis, MD (May 14, 2015) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, in partnership with the Senior Services Provider Group, Inc., and the Friends of Arundel Seniors, Inc. have published the 2015-2016 edition of the “Services for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities, and Caregivers.”  The free directory is released each year during May, which is Older Americans Month.

 

Production for this directory is handled by What’s Up? Media with net proceeds from advertising sales donated to Friends of Arundel Seniors, Inc. for their home safety projects for older adults and people with disabilities.  Veronica Tovey, President and Publisher for What’s Up? Media commented, “We have been especially proud to publish Services for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities, and Caregivers.  This is a readable, accessible, and convenient place to find the solutions to many of the issues faced by Anne Arundel County’s disabled adults, senior citizens, and those who care for them.  Our local communities mean a lot to us at What’s Up? Media—They are where we work, where we live, and what we write about.  Simply, they are the reason we are here.”

 

Pam Jordan, Director of the Department of Aging and Disabilities stated, “As always, this publication is an exciting opportunity to feature the vast array of services and opportunities in this community.  Our mission is to promote choice, independence and dignity for our older adults, adults with disabilities, and their families and caregivers.  The Department of Aging and Disabilities, as well as our partners, have worked very hard to give our community this resource to help achieve this mission.”

 

The public can find the following information in this directory:

  • Rental housing details for independent seniors and adults with disabilities
  • How to apply for housing and rental assistance
  • The variety of care available for seniors at various life stages
  • Details on partnership and sponsorship opportunities
  • Caring for caregivers

 

Copies of this publication can be obtained at the Department’s headquarters at the Heritage Office Complex, 2666 Riva road, Annapolis, and at the Department’s seven senior activity centers, and county public libraries.  For more information, please contact the Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4464 or refer to the website http://www.aacounty.org/aging and click on the links for Services for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities and Caregivers 2015 or use the link http://www.aacounty.org/Aging/Resources/ServiceSeniors.pdf.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.  A sign language interpreter will be present.  All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.   

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05/14/2015

Annapolis, MD (May 14, 2015) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities Ombudsman Program held its annual Caregiver Awards Ceremony Friday, May 8th, 2015 in the Independence Room at 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis. Caregivers from assisted living facilities across Anne Arundel County were recognized for their talents, compassion and going the extra mile for their clients. Pamela Jordan, Director of the Department of Aging and Disabilities, started out the ceremony and five caregivers were presented with awards.  The caregivers were nominated by managers and owners of their affiliated assisted living facilities.  The Ombudsman Program chose each winner amongst the nominees to show appreciation for the work caregivers provide.  The caregivers were recognized for providing good-quality, direct care to residents and respecting residents' rights and dignity.
 

Honoree Awards were presented to:  (Left to right)
Anthoney Carter (Annapolitan), Ruby Sackar (FernBrook Manor), Kayvonne Boone (Regency Park), Renee Beck (St. Michael’s Living), and Robin Phipps (LaCasa Homes)


 

Caregivers receiving Honorable Mention Awards:

Danielle Jilck (Assisted Living Well), Vanessa Munoz (Assisted Living Well), Michelle Hopkins (Sunrise of Annapolis), Trina McDonald (Sunrise of Annapolis), Tamike Williams (Regency Park), Bilan Bruce (LaCasa Homes)

 

For more information, please contact the Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4464 or refer to the Department of Aging and Disabilities website.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.  A sign language interpreter will be present.  All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.   

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05/08/2015

Annapolis, MD (May 5, 2015) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities will host a Town Hall Meeting as part of a planning initiative, and consistent with the County Executive’s vision for making Anne Arundel County the best place to live, work and start a business in Maryland.  The meeting will be held at the Pascal Senior Activity Center on Monday, May 11th at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  A panel consisting of representatives from the Department of Aging and Disabilities and the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council will be available to take questions at this time.  All senior centers within Anne Arundel County will have access to the meeting via simulcasting.  Questions and comments will also be taken via chat during simulcasting from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

 

Discussions at the Town Hall Meeting will include:

  • What is, or what do you foresee as your greatest barrier to living at your own home?
  • What programs and services are working and help you the most?
  • What programs and services would you like to see in the future?
     
For more information about the simulcast, contact your local senior center. If you can not attend the meeting, a survey will be available at your local senior center or use this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/arundelseniors.  The survey will need to be completed by Monday, May 11th at 5 p.m. 
 

Anyone needing accommodations, please contact the Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4464 or refer to the website http://www.aacounty.org/aging.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.  A sign language interpreter will be present.  All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.   

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05/06/2015

National Speaker Shares Perspective at Chesapeake Arts Center
 

Brooklyn Park, MD (May 5, 2015) – Today, the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities and the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council continued the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act at the Chesapeake Arts Center.  The feature guest speakers were The Honorable Rona Kramer, Secretary, Maryland Department of Aging and Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.  Each speaker talked about the importance of the Older Americans Act and the impact it has had on our older citizen population that continues to grow each day.

 

The Older Americans Act was signed into law in 1965 by Lyndon B. Johnson.  This Act has provided housing, nutrition, and transportation for older adults, among other services and resources.  The Department of Aging and Disabilities was created as a result of this Act and continues to provide 21 services in 24 different locations throughout Anne Arundel County.  This year’s national theme is “Get Into The Act”. 

 

Yesterday, County Executive Steven R. Schuh, in partnership with the Department of Aging and Disabilities and the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, opened the Maryland Access Point Customer Service Center and kiosk.

 

Anyone needing assistance may contact 410-222-4464 or go to our website www.aacounty.org/Aging.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.  All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.


Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

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05/05/2015
Annapolis, MD (May 4, 2015) – The Department of Aging and Disabilities is pleased to present an educational workshop for family caregivers.  The May workshop, “Family Estrangements in Dementia Care,” presented by Jennifer FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C., will be held on May 21st 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. 
 
This workshop is sponsored by: Accredited Home Health Care, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Future Care Chesapeake, Annapolitan Assisted Living Community, and Active Day Medical Adult Day Care.
 
For information or to register for the workshops, call 410-222-4464, Ext. 3043, or register online.
 
For information or to register for the workshops, call 410-222-4464, Ext. 3043, or register online.  Anyone needing special accommodations must contact Mary Chaput at 410-222-4464 ext. 3045, or by e-mail 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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05/05/2015

50th Anniversary of Older Americans Month Kicked Off

 
Annapolis, MD (May 4, 2015) – County Executive Steven R. Schuh, in partnership with the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities and the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, unveiled the new Maryland Access Point (MAP) Customer Service Center at Anne Arundel County Aging and Disabilities, 2666 Riva Road, 2nd Floor, Annapolis.  
 
The new Customer Service Center features a kiosk to assist caregivers, seniors, adults with disabilities and anyone with wishes to plan their future.  The Customer Service Center is a gateway to services in partnership with the Department of Social Services and the Department of Health.  Community members can meet with Information and Assistance Specialists and program counselors to simply learn about what resources are available or to learn how to navigate a 
 
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony was the kick-off of the 50th Anniversary of Older Americans Month. This celebration included food, games and entertainment.  Many of the county agencies were on hand with information and resources for all who attended.  
 
Anyone who needs assistance should contact 410-222-4464 or go to our website 
www.aacounty.org/Aging.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.  All materials are available in alternative formats upon request.
 

 

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04/27/2015

Anne Arundel County Responds to the Civil Unrest in Baltimore

Annapolis, MD (April 27, 2015) – Due to the Governor’s declared State of Emergency in Baltimore City, County Executive Steve Schuh tonight announced a cancellation of all county sponsored activities and transportation into Baltimore City.
 

This includes the Department of Aging and Disabilities Transportation Program, which provides medical trips into Baltimore City. All clients are being contacted for the purpose of notifying them of this change in the schedule.   
 

For further information or any questions on transportation, please contact the Aging Department’s Transportation Program at410-222-0022 or refer to the website http://www.aacounty.org/Aging.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.
 

To assist in the Baltimore City Police Department’s response to civil unrest, the Anne Arundel County Police Department has also deployed 65 of its officers, including Police Chief Tim Altomare, along with equipment and vehicles.
 
 

The cancellation of county sponsored activities and transportation will be effect until the further notice.

 

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