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.
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.
Honoree Michelle Bathras addresses the crowd at the 2013 Disability Awareness Day.
Hands of Harmony performs at the 2013 Disability Awareness Day.