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Everyday Hero: River Rescue Video

CATEGORIES: Public Safety
POSTED: Thursday, May 19, 2011 | 4:23:00 PM |

Older Americans Month

Welcome to this special edition of the Paperless Airplane marking May – not only across the United States but here in Montgomery County -- as “Older Americans Month.” The theme this year is “Older Americans: Connecting the Community,” paying homage to the many ways in which seniors bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of Montgomery County. We are a community of more than 170,000 residents aged 60 and above, myself included!

Later this month, I will officially proclaim May as Older Americans Month, and we have several special activities planned this month to commemorate and recognize our fellow residents.

I have long realized the value that older residents bring to their communities. That is why, in November 2008, I convened a Senior Summit, bringing together nearly 200 interested residents, County government staff and other professionals working with seniors. The Summit focused our efforts on planning for the future, when we’ll see a dramatic increase in the number of seniors who call Montgomery County home. Several subcommittees have been working since then to bring attention to issues affecting seniors and their families.

Please read on to learn more about programs and services we offer to seniors and their families here in Montgomery County.

Isiah Leggett

Montgomery County Executive

CATEGORIES: Senior , County Executive
POSTED: Friday, May 06, 2011 | 6:00:00 AM |

50 Plus Employment Expo

The Jewish Council for the Aging’s (JCA) 50+ Employment Expo will be held Tuesday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd.

Attendees can visit more than 50 recruiters from non-profit, government, health care, retail and technology industries and attend workshops on changing careers and completing online applications, as well as receive resume assistance and critique and learn more about local resources for seniors. WJLA’s meteorologist Bob Ryan will be the keynote speaker.

The expo and parking are free. The Conference Center is accessible by public transportation, via Metro’s White Flint Station (Red Line).

The expo is co-sponsored by Montgomery County; Comcast; the Beacon Newspapers; Senior Service America, Inc.; Montgomery Works; Senior Community Service Employment Program; and Rockville Economic Development.

For more information, go to www.accessjca.org and click on Upcoming Events.

CATEGORIES: Senior , Community Forum
POSTED: Friday, May 06, 2011 | 5:00:00 AM |

Vital Living Navigator

The County is pleased to offer a new resource guide for residents over 50 -- the Montgomery County Navigator: Vital Living After 50 -- that includes information and resources to support a challenging, rewarding and vital lifestyle.

Created by volunteer members of the Vital Living Committee of Montgomery County, the Navigator describes how to find support during transitions; resources for keeping physically fit; ways to explore new interests, meet people and share talents; and organizations that can help with employment and/or volunteer goals.

Download Navigator; vital living after 50 (PDF)

To request a copy, call 240-777-3000.

POSTED: Friday, May 06, 2011 | 4:00:00 AM |

Villages Blueprint How to Start a Senior Village

Montgomery County’s “Village Blueprint,” a step-by-step guide created to support communities within the County and throughout the region that want to start a Senior Village organization in their neighborhood, is now available at all branches of Montgomery County Public Libraries. Senior “Villages” provide grassroots services to combat social isolation, improve mobility and enhance access to services for seniors.

The Village Blueprint is a “how-to” manual on starting, organizing, administering and sustaining a Village. In addition to public libraries, copies of the Blueprint are available at the County’s five regional services centers. Download Village Blue Print: Building a Community For All Ages (PDF). 

Villages are a national movement that began in Beacon Hill, MA. A Senior Village is a grass roots organization created to provide older adults with lifestyle choices that include continuing to live in their own homes.

According to an AARP study, nearly 90 percent of adults 50 and older want to stay in their current home and community as they age. The Village movement supports “aging in place.” County Executive Ike Leggett has been actively engaged in and committed to supporting the growth of Villages in Montgomery County.

First released in September 2010, the Blueprint was produced in partnership with Family & Nursing Care, a local resource for private duty home care since 1968.

CATEGORIES: Senior , News
POSTED: Friday, May 06, 2011 | 3:00:00 AM |


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

senior news

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
CATEGORIES: Worth Noting
POSTED: Friday, May 06, 2011 | 2:00:00 AM |


Sunday, June 12 -- WHARFF (Wellness, Aging, Retirement, Financial Freedom) Interactive Seminar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd., Rockville. Free. Co-sponsored by Montgomery County, WHARFF focuses on getting the most out of life. Visit the WHARFF website and register for a one-on-one session with a financial, legal or health issue counselor; sign up for a quick massage or blood press screening; donate blood and help share life; or just walk around and visit the many vendors on hand with interesting and useful products and services. http://bethami.org/wharff/wharff2011/

Wednesday, June 15 -- World Elder Abuse Day, Asbury Methodist Village, 201 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. 1:30 p.m. Free. The Montgomery County Elder/Vulnerable Adult Abuse Task Force will host an event to honor World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. County Councilmember Phil Andrews will present a proclamation and members of the multi-agency Task Force will be on hand to share resources and information. Montgomery County agencies participating include the Montgomery County Police Department, Family Crimes Unit; Department of Health and Human Services, Adult Protective Services and the State’s Attorney’s Office. Other co-sponsors are the Maryland Office of Healthcare Quality and Asbury Methodist Village.

For more information, call 240-777-3350.

POSTED: Friday, May 06, 2011 | 1:00:00 AM |
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