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 www.aacounty.org/aging 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).
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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.
“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org at least 7 days prior to the event. TTY users, please 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.