Montgomery Councilmember Berliner to Host Free Forum for Seniors on Friday, June 19
Housing Choices Will Be Major Theme at B-CC Rescue Squad as
Councilmember Is Joined By Guest Speakers, Services Providers
ROCKVILLE, Md., June 10, 2009—Montgomery County District 1 Councilmember Roger Berliner is inviting area senior citizens and those interested in senior issues to join him from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, June 19, at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad for a free forum especially geared to senior residents of Montgomery County. The forum’s theme is “Housing Choices for Seniors: The Right Option for You.”
Councilmember Berliner, whose district includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Garrett Park, Glen Echo, Friendship Heights, North Bethesda, Potomac and Somerset, will be joined by guest speakers and representatives of organizations that provide services to seniors.
The forum will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Anastasi Room of the Rescue Squad, which is located at 5020 Battery Lane (corner of Old Georgetown Road and Battery Lane) in Bethesda. Attendees can take an elevator to the second floor. Parking will be available at the B-CC Rescue Squad, at the Glenbrook Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church next door and at Beth El Synagogue a block north on Old Georgetown Road.
“More and more senior citizens are choosing to retire right here in Montgomery County where they have always enjoyed living,” said Councilmember Berliner. “We are excited by this trend that allows seniors to remain close to their families and friends and age in place. My hope is that this forum will provide useful advice on making informed housing choices - one of the most important decisions seniors face as their lifestyles change. Our forum will also include informational tables hosted by several agencies and non-profits who provide services to seniors, and representatives from these organizations will be available before and after the forum to answer questions on an individual basis.”
Councilmember Berliner will provide an overview of the Montgomery County Office of Legislative Oversight report, Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities and Neighborhood Villages, which will be released to the public on June 16. Other speakers include Beth Shapiro from Community Partners; Leslie Kessler from Burning Tree Village; Ken Hartman, Director of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center; Renee Groban from the Jewish Commission for the Aging; and Matthew Kelleher from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services.
In addition, information will be available about property tax credits available to Montgomery County senior homeowners.
Organizations and government agencies providing information will include: AARP, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, Family and Nursing Care Inc., G.R.O.W.S, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Jewish Council for the Aging, Jewish Social Service Agency, Meals on Wheels, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Department of Recreation, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services, Montgomery County Office of Aging and Disability, Montgomery County Office of Consumer Affairs, Montgomery County Police Department, OASIS, Senior Connection, Senior Health Insurance Program, Strategies for Independent Living, Suburban Hospital, The Beacon Newspaper and Top Banana Home-Delivered Groceries.
More information about the forum is available by calling 240-777-7828.