1.June is Alzheimer's awareness month! The Alzheimer's; Association robust calendar of groups and events can be accessed here. Click on this link.

2. The last Maryland villages meeting featured a few interesting speakers on the topic of housing. I would like to share a couple of resources:

  • The Golden Girls Network:  a website that helps women who wish to either share their home or find a home share with other people who are over 40 years of age (men too) : goldengirlsnetwork.com.

  • This very risky way of dealing with financial challenges can be detrimental. There are few "third party" consultants who could offer people a good advice on this issue. The National Council on Aging has partnered with a nonprofit that can help people make the best decision. Click on this link.

3. People over 65 get a property tax deferral
Bill 10-16 will enable seniors of at least 65 years of age and individual or combined gross incomes of $80,000 or less to defer increases on property taxes on their principal residence for up to as long as they sell their homes. Interest on the deferred taxes would accrue at a 0 percent interest rate. Under the income threshold of $80,000—which is the senior median income in the County—the eligibility criteria would capture roughly half of senior households in Montgomery County.

4. Know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older?
Show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2016 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP’s most prestigious Maryland volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. Only one individual or couple from Maryland may be selected each year.

The nomination deadline is Friday, June 3. Nominate someone online today!

If you have questions about the eligibility information and award rules, visit our website or call Maryland at 1-866-542-8163.

5. National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is pleased to announce the availability of Community Impact grants for the 2017 year.

All grants must address at least one of the following areas:

  • Chronic disease management

  • Navigating and accessing health care and social services

  • Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss

  • Social isolation

  • Poverty and financial insecurity

Non-clinical services, such as providing access to healthy food or offering exercise programs, may help in the management of chronic diseases. Caregivers, particularly family members, seek support as well as temporary respite from their daily responsibilities. Seniors desire companionship and interaction with the broader community, including younger generations. Providing these kinds of services at reduced or no cost can help address financial needs.

Information regarding the submission of grant proposals, including the application form, timeline, recipient eligibility and grant reporting requirements, can be found at www.nationallutheran.org/impactgrants. Proposals will be accepted June 1, 2016–August 15, 2016.

Questions? Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-354-2703 and ask for Community Impact.

Happy summer!

 

Pazit Aviv
Village Coordinator
Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County Health and Human Services
401 Hungerford Dr. 4th floor
Rockville MD 20850
phone: 240-777-1231

 

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