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Organizations may register with the Commission on Disability Issues to rent display tables for the annual Disability Awareness Day.  The event will take place on Saturday, October 26th at Westfield Annapolis Mall from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  The cost is $45 for a 6 ft table and 2 chairs, or $55 if electricity is needed.  The Commission is also accepting award nominations for businesses or organizations that provide employment or other opportunities to individuals with disabilities.  Citations from County Executive Laura Neuman will be presented during the event.  The deadline for both exhibitor registration and award nominations is August 20, 2013. 
Both forms can be found online at

Please return the forms to:

Vickie Martin

Assistant, Bureau of Disability and Community Services

Department of Aging and Disabilities

Commission on Disability Issues

2666 Riva Road, Suite 400

Annapolis, MD 21401


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 35 exhibitors who provide services to individuals with disabilities will have free information.  The Opportunity Builders, Inc. (OBI) Bell Choir and Hands of Harmony will provide entertainment, and Canine Companions for Independence will perform a demonstration.


For more information, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act office at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4383.

Due to extreme heat conditions, Anne Arundel County will open Cooling Centers July 18th and 19th.
Locations include: Senior Activity Centers, libraries, and police district stations. Transportation is available each day until 4:30pm by calling 410-222-4826.

Cooling centers provide air conditioned facilities with chairs, water and restrooms.

Please stay safe during this heat wave!

Annapolis, MD (July 16, 2013) - If you are a grandparent/kin, 55 years of age or older, and the primary caregiver for a child 18 years of age or younger, you may eligible for a grant program offered by the National Family Caregiver Support Program.  Grants are currently available to assist with respite care, clothing, and school supplies and activities.


Contact the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging & Disabilities for information on how the National Family Caregiver Support Program can assist you.  Call 410-222-4464 ext 3043.


Annapolis, MD (July 16, 2013) - Caregivers are invited to attend two Special Topic Caregiver Workshops to be held at the Arnold Senior Activity Center in September from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The workshops are presented free by the National Family Caregiver Support Program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities.


On September 5th, Mary Fridley, RN, BSN, BC, will present on Nutrition, Hydration & Medication Management. Most people are aware that dehydration is a common problem in older frail adults, but most people are unaware that malnutrition is also a problem.  Many people are also unaware that medication error is the most common reason for hospital readmissions.  In this workshop caregivers will learn how to manage older loved ones’ nutritional and hydration needs and how to successfully manage medication to prevent errors.


On September 19th, Ms. Fridley will discuss Discharge Planning & Palliative Care.  Hospitalizations happen and caregivers need to know how to prevent the “revolving door” syndrome of frequent readmissions and emergency department visits.  This workshop will teach caregivers how to successfully plan for a loved one’s safe discharge. Attendees will also learn about how palliative care can improve quality of life.


For information or to register for the workshops, call 410-222-4464, Ext. 3043, or register online at


Annapolis, MD (June 19, 2013) - The 2013-2014 Services for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities, and Caregivers guide is now available online at  The guide is published annually through a partnership with Friends of Arundel Seniors, Inc.; the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities; the Anne Arundel Senior Services Provider Group, Inc.; and What’s Up? Media.  The guide serves to connect Anne Arundel County residents with service providers and is a glimpse into the wide array of programs at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities.  Hard copies are now available at many locations throughout Anne Arundel County, including County offices and local stores.


Annapolis, MD (June 20,2013) – Two free workshops, “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” and “Living Well with Diabetes,” will be offered in June and July by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland.  Adults 18 and older are welcome to attend.     


According to Pam Toomey, Living Well Coordinator at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, “a chronic disease is a medical condition that can cause suffering and loss of physical abilities over many years.”  A chronic condition can be anything from high blood pressure to arthritis, COPD, heart disease, obesity and/or chronic pain.  The “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” workshop teaches participants how to manage the symptoms that go along with a chronic disease such as stress, anxiety, fatigue and pain.  This workshop also focuses on appropriate exercise techniques, as well as nutrition, medication usage and how to communicate more effectively with physicians.


“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, appropriate exercise, and 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 the Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Health Sciences Pavilion, 2000 Medical Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.


The “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” workshop will take place on Thursday afternoons beginning July 11.  Classes will be held on July 11, 18 and 25, and August 1, 8 and 15.  All classes will be held from 1:00–3:30 PM.


The “Living Well with Diabetes” workshop will be held Tuesday mornings beginning July 9.  Classes will be held on July 9, 16, 23 and 30, and August 6 and 13 from 9:30–12 noon.


Workshop space is limited.  To register, contact Pam Toomey, Living Well Coordinator, at 410-222-4366, Ext. 3057, e-mail her at or go online to and scroll down to the workshop series information.

Annapolis, MD (July 8, 2013) – "Senior Centers in Action" will premiere tomorrow, July 9, at noon on AACTV (Comcast Channel 98/Verizon Channel 38).  The show will feature Anne Arundel County's 7 Senior Activity Centers, highlighting new events and activities each month.  Events featured this month include a 4th of July Crab Feast, the Not-so-Newlywed Game, a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, and an SPCA Day with a special presentation from Canine Companions for Independence.  "Senior Centers in Action" will air at noon each day, and at 7:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday. 

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