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Diabetes Workshops


Annapolis, MD (December 20, 2013) – Diabetes Education Workshops will be held at Anne Arundel Medical Center beginning in February, 2014.  The workshops are free and open to the public.  The workshops are being facilitated by Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, which is also offering a free Diabetes Education Workshop at the South County Senior Center beginning  February 3, 2014.  “Living Well with Diabetes” is a 6 week workshop. 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 the workshops.  The Anne Arundel Medical Center workshops will be held in the Belcher Pavilion, 2000 Medical Parkway.  The morning session of “Living Well with Diabetes” will be held Tuesdaymornings beginning February 4.  Classes will be held February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4 & March 11 from 9:30 am to 12 noon.  The evening session of “Living Well with Diabetes” will be held "Wednesday evenings beginning February 5. Classes will be held February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5 & March 12 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.


The South County Senior Activity Center classes will be held Tuesday mornings beginning February 3 at the South County Senior Center located at 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater, MD.  Classes will be held  February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17 from 9:30 am to 12 noon.  No class will be held on Monday, February 17 because of President’s Day.


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


Chronic Conditions Class


Living Well with Chronic Conditions” a free, six week class sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, will be held from 1 – 3:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, February 6  at the Baltimore-Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, MD.


This self-management workshop is for adults with any chronic condition.  A chronic condition can be defined by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, fibromyalgia, arthritis or any other medical condition that can cause suffering and loss over an extended period of time.  Workshops will teach coping methods for stress and anxiety as well as appropriate exercise methods, nutrition, medication usage, and how to communicate with physicians. 


Class size is limited to 20 individuals.  A free, 380 page textbook is included.  Participants are expected to attend all six sessions (February 6, 13, 20, 27,  March 6,  March 13).


For more information, call the Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4366 ext. 3081 or register online at  Scroll down to the Living Well Series.


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Anne Arundel County Senior Activity Centers will be closed for the holidays  December 23rd- January 1st, reopening on January 2nd. The Department of Aging and Disabilities wishes all of our friends a happy holiday season!


Annapolis, MD (December 10, 2013) – Volunteers are needed to assist with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, which helps seniors and low-income adults complete their 2013 tax returns.

Volunteers will be trained by the Internal Revenue Service and the Maryland Comptroller’s Office. Volunteers only help prepare simple 2013 income tax returns, which will be filed electronically. Volunteers do not prepare 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 those with financial training are encouraged to volunteer. Volunteers will be stationed at one of Anne Arundel County’s seven Senior Activity Centers and will be available by appointment between  February 3 and April 7.

VITA is part of the Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. Please call RSVP at 410-222-6717 for more information.


Due to inclement weather, Anne Arundel County Senior Activity Centers are closed.  Senior Center Plus and all Nutrition Sites are closed as well.  All Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities Transportation services, with the exception of dialysis appointments, are cancelled.

Annapolis, MD (December 4, 2013)- The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as voting members of the Commission. For Immediate Release


“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 April, 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) takes place during October, which 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 and 17 ex-officio members, 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 issue.  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, ADA Coordinator, in advance of Commission meetings at 410-222-4383 or via e-mail at 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, ADA Coordinator, 2666 Riva Road, Fourth Floor, Annapolis, MD 21401 by December 20, 2013.  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.

Due to inclement weather, Senior Activity Centers will open at  10:00 a.m.  Transportation to the Centers and lunch are cancelled, as is Senior Center Plus.  Classes beginning at  10:00 a.m. or later will be held as scheduled. 


Transportation will still be available for medical and dialysis appointments only.


All Anne Arundel County Senior Activity Centers will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th.  The Centers will also be closed over the holidays, beginning Monday, December 23rd through Wednesday, January 1st, reopening on Thursday, January 2nd. 


Annapolis, MD ( Nov. 14, 2013) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities recognized over 125 years of combined leadership experience among its seven Senior Activity Center Directors.  These directors make a positive impact on the communities they serve each day, engaging older adults in life-changing activities.


Anne Arundel County’s Senior Activity Centers offer a wide range of educational programs, recreational activities, health screenings, nutritious noontime meals, and access to information about services for residents age 55 and older.


“Senior Activity Centers play a vital role in enhancing opportunities and services for residents of Anne Arundel County,” said Pam Jordan, Director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities.  “Our ability to effectively deliver those services and resources depends on caring and compassionate staff; how fortunate we are to have those attributes combined with more than 125 years of total leadership experience.” 

Senior Activity Centers are open weekdays from  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays.  All centers provide educational, recreational, and professional services.  Monthly schedules vary with each center.  To find out more about upcoming events and programs at any of Anne Arundel County’s seven Senior Activity Centers, call your local center directly or the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4464


    Senior Center Directors

From left to right: Nancy Allred, Director of Pascal Senior Activity Center; Cheryl Heinold, Director of Pasadena Senior Activity Center; Sharon Poet, Director of South County Senior Activity Center; Becky Batta, Director of Annapolis Senior Center; Edie Cratty, Director of O’Malley Senior Activity Center. Not pictured: Suzie Antkowiak, Director of Arnold Senior Activity Center; Carolyn Scurry Boyd, Director of Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center.

Annapolis, MD (Oct. 31, 2013) – 2013 Disability Awareness Day (DAD) on Oct. 26 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.  “These organizations play a vital role in enhancing opportunities and services for residents of Anne Arundel County with disabilities,” said County Executive Laura Neuman.  “And while we have set aside this day to recognize these individuals, we appreciate and value our residents with disabilities every day.” 



The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues recognized Michelle Bathras with the top honor, the 2013 DAD Award.  Ms. Bathras also received awards from County Executive Laura Neuman, the City ofAnnapolis, the Annapolis City Council and the Anne Arundel County Council, presented by Councilman Chris Trumbauer.  Ms. Bathras is the Chief Operating Officer of Bello Machre, an organization providing services for people with developmental disabilities.  Ms. Bathras began working at Bello Machre more than twenty-five years ago as an administrative assistant and has also been a live-in house counselor.  She led the creation of one of only two Developmental Disabilities Certified Nursing Assistant Certification programs in the state of Maryland.


The public also visited with over 35 exhibitors who provide services to individuals with disabilities.  The Opportunity Builders, Inc. (OBI) Bell Choir and Hands of Harmony provided entertainment, and Canine Companions for Independence 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.


Photo Descriptions:

Department of Aging Disability Awareness Day


Honoree Michelle Bathras addresses the crowd at the 2013 Disability Awareness Day.


2013 Disability Awareness Day


Hands of Harmony performs at the 2013 Disability Awareness Day.


Annapolis, MD (October 30, 2013) -- Caregivers are invited to attend the three Fall Caregiver Workshops, “The Dementia Series: Living in the Land of Oz,” to be held in November and December. They are presented free by the National Family Caregiver Support Program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities.


Workshop Topics:


I’ve feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore! Like a tornado, a progressive dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease is a life-changing event. Learn about the different types of dementias, how they progress, current research and treatments, and how to prepare for the future.


Follow the yellow brick road… Dementia-impaired people are lost in their own worlds. The disease impairs perceptions of reality resulting in confusion and disorientation. This workshop will teach participants how to effectively communicate and create a pathway to successful behavior management.


There’s no place like home…there’s no place like home… Requesting to go home when already home, repeating, wandering, and resistance to bathing are typical dementia behaviors. Caregivers are conflicted about what to do and feel inadequately prepared to manage them. This workshop will teach essential behavior management skills to use in everyday life.


Workshop Schedule:



• November 4, 18, Dec. 9 from 1-3 p.m., Pasadena Senior Activity Center, 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena.

• December 4, 11, 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road, Arnold.

• December 5, 12, 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Pascal Senior Activity Center, 1215 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.


The workshops are sponsored by the Annapolitan Assisted Living, Genesis Health Care, and Somerford Place Annapolis. For more information or to register for the workshops, call 410-222-4464, Ext. 3043, or register online at


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