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Annapolis, MD (May 12, 2014) -- Caregivers are invited to attend the final “The Dementia Series: Living in the Land of Oz…continued,” workshops in June. The workshops are presented by the National Family Caregiver Support Program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities and are free to the public.


Topics of the workshop series are:


  • “Lions, Tigers, and Bears. Oh, My!”  In this workshop caregivers will learn about normal and not-so-normal emotions, how to effectively manage stress, understand the meaning of the “Ah Ha!” moment, and learn essential coping skills to empower them to walk through the woods bravely.
  • “If I were King of the Forest…” No one can change the fact that progressive dementias, like Alzheimer’s disease, are fatal. In this workshop, caregivers will learn the importance of an Advance Directive, how to make decisions about life sustaining treatments, the importance of palliative care, and the meaning of healthy grieving.
  •  “We want to see the Wizard.” In this workshop caregivers will learn how to mend, strengthen, and maintain their physical, emotional & spiritual selves through good nutrition, setting limits and maintaining boundaries, and nurturing spirit.

The remaining workshop is scheduled for:


  • June 2, 9, 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Pascal Senior Activity Center, 1215 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. Sponsored by Morningside House of Friendship.

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


Annapolis, MD ( May 12, 2014) – The Opening Night Reception of the 2014 Artists Without Limits Art Exhibit will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Arundel Center Lobby and the County Council Chambers.  The exhibit will run from May 15 to July 15, 2014 in the Arundel Center Lobby.  The show features artwork from Anne Arundel County residents of all ages with disabilities.  Twenty-six artists have pieces on display this year.  The reception will include the presentation of Executive Citations to all of the artists. 


This is the third annual art show and the second for County Executive Laura Neuman.  “I am delighted to have the opportunity to highlight the work of such gifted individuals and to continue to bring fresh artwork to the public at the Arundel Center,” Neuman said.


The exhibit is presented by the Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.  “The opening night reception is a really exciting night for the artists and their families,” explains Joelle Ridgeway, Chair of the Commission on Disability Issues.  “This art exhibit gives individuals with disabilities a way to showcase their work in a highly visible, respected way.  It helps to change perceptions about people who have disabilities.”  “This is the third year we have had the opportunity to partner with the Commission on Disability Issues on this exciting art exhibit,” said April Nyman, Executive Director of The Arts Council.  “As jurors for the exhibit, we were so impressed with the quality of the artwork submitted.  It is great that we can give this kind of exposure to artists with disabilities.”


About The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues advises the County Executive and the County Council on the coordination and development of government policies, programs and services for people with disabilities. For more information, contact the Commission at 410-222-4464 voice, or via TTY using Maryland Relay 7-1-1. Please visit the Commission’s website at


About The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County


The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, a.k.a. the Cultural Arts Foundation, works to create a strong financial support system for the entire spectrum of arts groups in the County. Through a partnership of public and private interests, it provides funding for music, dance, drama, and the visual arts. Please visit the Arts Council website at


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Annapolis, MD (May 8, 2014) – May is Older Americans Month, a tradition dating back to 1963.  Once called Senior Citizens Month, it honors the legacies and ongoing contributions of older Americans and supports them as they enter the next stage in life.  The national theme this year is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”

County Executive Laura Neuman and the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities are honoring Older Americans Month with a Senior Week celebration, May 2-9.  “Senior Week is an opportunity to recognize the legacies and contributions of Anne Arundel County's experienced Americans,” said County Executive Neuman.  “We can all benefit from the knowledge and wisdom of our seniors, and what they bring to younger generations.”

The week will conclude tomorrow with the Pascal Senior Activity Center Garden Party featuring County Executive Laura Neuman.  There will be a range of garden-themed exhibitors and lectures, a ranger-led nature walk, bird identification, and entertainment provided by Gerry Swarbrick and Charlie Birney.  Food will be provided by Doughy Dog and a Pascal Seniors, Inc. bake sale.  There will be free samples and informational seminars for gardeners of all ages and abilities.  County Executive Neuman will present flowers to women attending the Garden Party in celebration of Mother’s Day.

The Department of Aging and Disabilities held its annual Older Americans Month Kickoff on Friday, May 2 in the Heritage Office Complex courtyard located at 2666 Riva Road in Annapolis, MD.  Tim Amann and 1430 WNAV provided entertainment, the Arundel Alarmers provided participants with lunch, and for dessert, Bruster’s and Rita’s served samples of ice cream and Italian ice.  Participants played games with Senior Olympians as well as viewed displays from County departments and partners, including the Fire Department, Department of Health, Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The O’Malley Senior Activity Center hosted an Open House and Evening of the Arts on Wednesday, May 7 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Artwork from senior center members was featured and light refreshments were served.  The event offered participants the opportunity to tour a local senior center.  Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities staff were on hand for those who wished to learn more about our services.  Anne Arundel County staff also visited senior service providers throughout the week to thank them for all they do for the community.

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Annapolis, MD (May 5, 2014) – Two additional Diabetes Education Workshops have been scheduled this summer at Anne Arundel Medical Center.  The workshops are free and open to the public.  The workshops will be facilitated by Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities.  “Living Well with Diabetes” is a six-week workshop offered in the morning and evening.   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 both six-week workshops.  Each workshop will be held in Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Belcher Pavilion, 2000 Medical Parkway.

The first workshop of “Living Well with Diabetes” will be held  Wednesday evenings beginning  May 14, 2014.  Classes will be held  May 14, 21, 28,  June 4, 11 and 18 from  6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

The morning session of “Living Well with Diabetes” will be held  Tuesday mornings beginning  August 5.  Classes will be held  August 5, 12, 19, 26,  September 2 and September 16 from  6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. No class will be held on  September 9.

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.


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