Resources Seniors Should Know About

Below is a listing of helpful resources available for Montgomery County seniors.

The Commission on Aging

The group, appointed by the County Executive, is responsible for reviewing issues related to the health and welfare of senior citizens, including local, state and federal programs that impact elderly residents. Members are County residents and serve three year terms. Download a copy of their “Call to Action (PDF)".

The Vital Living Committee

This is a volunteer-led group which promotes activities which enhance the lives and support the contributions of older residents of Montgomery County. Vital living is embraced as a lifelong process that includes:

  • achieving individual potential
  • engaging with others to address the needs of all community members to enjoy healthy, fulfilling lives
  • working collaboratively with individuals and organizations to support community participation and maintain quality of life for older adults

Senior Website – One-stop Shopping for Services

Residents young and old can find out about the array of services Montgomery County offers to seniors by checking out the “Senior” website. Find out what you need to know in one easy-to-use website, www.montgomerycountymd.gov/senior.

Senior Resource Line

If you or an older family member needs information, guidance or assistance, where would you find it? In a recent resident survey, County residents said they would turn to friends, family members, County libraries and Senior Centers, phone books and the Internet.

Surprisingly, few people were aware that Montgomery County’s Senior Resource Line --240-777-3000—has trained staff who can help seniors and their caregivers with a wide range of topics and advice.

Knowledgeable County professionals are available Mondays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“Seniors Today” – Highlighting Issues and Interests on County Cable Montgomery

“Seniors Today” is a monthly show devoted to issues and interests of Montgomery County seniors and is produced by Montgomery County’s Office of Public Information and the Commission on Aging.

Hosted by Austin Heyman, “Seniors Today” is seen weekly on Sundays at 2 p.m., Tuesdays at 6 p.m.; Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on County Cable Montgomery (CCM)—channel 6 for Comcast and RCN subscribers and channel 30 for Verizon subscribers.

To watch online, go to “Seniors Today” at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/senior .

Senior Transportation Guide

Reliable transportation is crucial for keeping older residents connected to the community. The County Executive’s Senior Subcabinet Workgroup on Transportation has developed an informative online resource tool containing phone numbers of transportation options to help seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Transportation Options for Seniors and People with Disabilities, is an online comprehensive guide to public, private and non-profit transportation in the Washington metropolitan region, Maryland and beyond.

The County’s Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Transportation compiled this listing of useful transportation services to assist County residents to better coordinate their transportation needs.

The guide is divided into 19 informative sections, including Public Transportation; Escorted Transportation; Grocery Transportation; Commercial Bus, Rail, and Airport Transportation; and Travel Connections Cross County and Beyond.

Feel free to share this resource guide with friends and neighbors to assist them in their travel in and outside of Montgomery County. You can help keep this valuable resource up to date by letting us know of changes or other transportation options.

This guide is available in alternative formats such as Braille and large print by calling 240-777-1246 (voice) and at the Ride On and Montgomery County websites at the following web addresses:

County Senior Centers

Senior Centers located throughout Montgomery County offer opportunities for social connections, exercise and classes on a variety of topics.

Falls Prevention

Falls are a major threat to the health and well being of older residents. Accidental -- and usually preventable -- falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits and injury-related hospitalizations for Marylanders over age 65 and falls often cause serious injury such as brain trauma or hip fracture. The good news is that falls can prevented.

Preventing Falls: Get Educated, Get Screened, Get Fit is a brochure that provides information on falls and how to avoid them. It also lists organizations in Montgomery County that offer exercise classes, health education, screenings, medication management, or home safety checks, all of which can decrease falls risk in older adults.

The brochure is available on the County’s Senior website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/senior under the Safety section.

Safety in Our Neighborhood

If a fire occurred in your home tonight, would you know what to do?

  • People between 65 and 74 are TWICE as likely to die in a fire.
  • People between 75 and 84 are nearly FOUR times as likely to die in a fire.
  • People ages 85 and older are more than FIVE times as likely to die in a fire.

With a few simple steps older people and those who care for them, can dramatically reduce their risk of death and injury from fire.

As part of the County Fire and Rescue Service’s Safety in Our Neighborhood website, there is a helpful online section forfire safety tips for seniors, disabled residents and their caregivers.

Get “Senior News” Online

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Getting even more news about items of interest to seniors around the County is now as easy as subscribing to “Senior News,” the online newsletter published by the Aging and Disability Services within the Department of Health and Human Services. Subscribe now.

For 25 years, Wheaton-based Interages' intergenerational programs have brought children and older adults together. Thousands of children from hundreds of schools and hundreds of isolated older adults from senior facilities have benefited from participation in our programs. Over the years hundreds of dedicated and caring older adult volunteers and tutors, who are the heart of Interages, have made a significant difference in the lives of children.

The following appeal for support comes from Interages Executive Director Carol Croll.

"Dear Friends of Interages,

Interages is proud to announce that we have been selected as a semi-finalist for the inaugural Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. The winner will receive a $100,000 grant, so the stakes are high!

The Eisner Foundation has announced that one of the finalist slots will be awarded on the basis of POPULAR VOTE. Therefore, we are hoping that all our community partners and friends will not only vote, but also forward this with a cover note from you to business associates, schools, community contacts, families and friends in the state of Maryland, across the country, and internationally! Please take a moment to vote for Interages! Voting closes May 15th, 2011.

Voting is quick and easy. Just click on Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence! Then, scroll down to the bottom and click the voting button next to Interages. We need your support!

The staff, volunteers and Board of Directors of Interages thank you in advance for helping Interages in Montgomery County, Maryland, receive this well deserved recognition for 25 years of excellence in providing intergenerational programs!”

Consumer Protection Asks: Did You Know?

According to a June 2010 survey by non-profit, Investor Protection Trust, more than 7.3 million senior citizens -- roughly 20 percent of Americans aged 65 or older -- have “been taken advantage of financially in terms of an inappropriate investment, unreasonably high fees for financial services or outright fraud.”

Learn how to invest wisely by visiting http://www.sec.gov/investor/seniors.shtml.

Interages Needs Your Vote
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POSTED AT: Friday, May 06, 2011 | 2:00:00 AM |
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