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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


Annual Years of Service Recognition Annapolis, MD (October 3, 2013) –


The 2013 Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) Annual Years of Service Recognition took place on October 18th at Woods Memorial Church in Severna Park.  Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman, 59 FGP volunteers, FGP Advisory Council members, and Anne Arundel County Department of Aging & Disabilities staff were in attendance.  The FGP volunteers were honored for their time and commitment to making a difference in the lives of children in Anne Arundel County.



FGP volunteers are older adults age 55(+) who mentor children with exceptional needs.  FGP volunteers serve at various government and non-profit locations (Head Start, Public Schools, Special Education Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Department of Social Services Family Support Center).  The program has been operating inAnne Arundel County for more than 28 years.


The annual luncheon honors volunteers for their years of service in the program.


2 volunteers received Presidential Citations for 25 (+) years of service, 3 volunteers received Governor’s citations for 15 (+) years of service, and 9 volunteers received County citations for 10 (+) years of service; the remaining volunteers received program citations.  This year’s theme was a Halloween bash.


County Executive Laura Neuman greeted the volunteers and expressed her gratitude for the exceptional years of service that the Foster Grandparent Program has devoted to the County.  County Executive Neuman recognized the effort and energy that each volunteer devotes to children in need, stating that with everything that they bring each day to the County, “I'm not going to call you Seniors, I'm going to say you're experienced.”

Photo Descriptions:

FGP Volunteers

(from left to right) FGP Volunteers Leonia Burley and Annie Wilkerson.

from left to right) FGP Volunteer Essie Brown and County Executive Laura Neuman.


Media Advisory

Disability Awareness Day

This Saturday, October 26, 2013


What: The public is invited to attend Disability Awareness Day.  This annual event combines interactive exhibits, information on disability issues, and live entertainment.  More than 35 exhibitors who provide services to individuals with disabilities will have free information.  This year’s event will honor Michelle Bathras, Chief Operating Officer of Bello Machre, which provides services for people with developmental disabilities.  Awards will be given to businesses or organizations that provide employment or other opportunities to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities.  The Opportunity Builders, Inc. (OBI) Bell Choir and Hands of Harmony will provide entertainment, and Canine Companions for Independence will perform a demonstration.


When: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m.


Where: Westfield Annapolis Mall, 2002 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis, MD 21401.


Who: Anne Arundel County employees, members of the Commission on Disability Issues, local elected officials, exhibitors, awardees and other visitors. 



Annapolis, MD (October 3, 2013) – Caregivers, sign up now for the 12th annual Caregivers’ Wellness Day.  Attend informational sessions, perhaps win an alternative therapy session, enjoy entertainment and lunch, or just sit quietly in a pleasant courtyard.

This free event is presented by the National Family Caregiver Support Program at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401.

“Take a break from the everyday stress of caregiving,” offers Mary Chaput, Program Director of the Respite Care Referral Program and National Family Caregiver Support Program at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities.  “Anyone who cares for a family member, neighbor, or friend is invited to register.”

A caregiver is defined as a person who assists a sick or disabled person, or a person who attends to the needs of a child or dependent adult.  “Many people don’t define themselves as caregivers, but if they are a lending a hand to a loved one who is becoming frail or disabled, they meet the criteria and can benefit from this event,” says Ms. Chaput.  

The day begins with a light breakfast and a chance to visit with exhibitors who have information to benefit caregivers. Kicking off the day’s educational events is Ann Morrison, PhD, RN.  Dr. Morrison will discuss the many stages of caregiving.

Mini-sessions will follow, and participants can take part in just one or all of them.  Sessions include “Moments in Time,” a scrapbooking exercise with Jennifer Mermod to which participants should bring a photo or photographs for the program; “Strike A Pose: Yoga for Relaxation” with Anne Shums Contee, a health and wellness instructor; “Tai Chi” with Young Lee, an instructor with Anne Arundel Community College; and “Let’s Dance! Line Dancing Comes to Wellness Day” with Kathy McIntyre, a dance instructor at regional senior activity centers.

Jerry Roman, pianist, will perform from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch and additional entertainment.  To reenergize caregivers after lunch, Heather Wandell will have participants laughing in the aisles with her presentation, “Laughter and Other Monkey Business.”  Mary Fridley, founder of Gero-Resources LLC, will present the closing session, “We Cannot direct the Wind, but We Can Adjust Our Sails,” showing attendees how to accept and make peace with life as caregivers.

All attendees will have the opportunity to win an alternative therapy session.  Volunteer alternative therapists will provide acupuncture, healing touch, and reflexology.  FREE in-home or out-of-home respite care will be provided by Active Day.  To reserve a slot, call 410-573-9100 no later than November 8th.  In addition to the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, the event is supported by AARP, Annapolitan Assisted Living, BayWoods of Annapolis, Chrohn’s & Colitis Information, Heritage Harbour Health & Rehabilitation, Kitchen Saver, and Westat.  The 12th annual Caregivers’ Wellness Day is open to caregivers who reside in Anne Arundel County or who are caring for a resident of Anne Arundel County.  No one under age 18 can attend.  Space is limited.  For more information or to register by November 8th, call 410-222-4464, Ext. 3043, visit or stop by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities located on the 4th floor of 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401 for a registration form.



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