This month, we have several important meetings, interesting updates, and an advocacy alert for you all.
As always, I ask that you share this information with your network. If you have items to share with this group, please email them to me by the third week of the month.
1. Monday, March 13th 1-3 pm workshop: Volunteer Drivers: Finding them and Keeping them
Please join us in this lively conversation on Monday, March 13 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Share your ideas and get inspired by others! Anyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend. The event will take place at the Rockville Swim Center: Community Room A, 355 Martins Lane Rockville MD 20850.
Please R.S.V.P. to Shawn Brennan by March 10 at 240-777-1350 or click here to contact via email.
2. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm “Age-Friendly” Montgomery County: What Does It Mean for You?
Silver Spring Civic Building: One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Join us to discuss the county's plans for housing, transportation, communication and home & community based services.
3. Monday, April 3, 2017 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm JCA 50+ Employment Expo: Retool, Recharge, Reinvent
Sponsored by the Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) and Montgomery County Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center: 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, Maryland 20852. FREE admission and parking
* All jobseekers register on site
Over 50 and looking for a new job? Connect with recruiters from dozens of employers, including nonprofits, government, healthcare, retail, technology and more.
Seminars * Resume Help * Internet Searches * Community Resources.
Keynote Speaker: Jim Handly, News4 anchor.
4. Thursday, April 6th SPRING GATHERING WITH THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CoP)
FOR LEADERS OF VILLAGES AND AGING IN COMMUNITY
LOCATION: 2666 Riva Road Annapolis MD 21401
Independence Room (Enter through the 2666 entrance, show ID and follow signs to the Independence Room).
Or call Carol Cober at 240-418-5603
Join our statewide leaders to discuss special learning topics for this event:
-How leaders can support others in navigating through transitional phases by using innovative strategies to deepen community connection among neighbors to handle losses and changes.
-Leadership exchange to explore creative ways to prepare for times of increased vulnerability based on unique life experiences.
-Opportunities to try out models that can foster mindful connections: Reminiscence, Vision Boards, perhaps photos, creative writing and collage.
1. UC Berkeley and Mather Lifeways report on villages 2016
Thank you to Steve Lorberbaum for alerting me to this report that had just come out in February.
2. Silver Spring Village’s New Diversity Guide
Silver Spring Village has kindly agreed to share an excellent document that their consultant, Marcy Frosh had worked so hard to create. Although it is tailored to the downtown Silver Spring community, you may find some good ideas and insights to implement in your own village. Do not forget to give them credit when using their material. Thank you!
3. Montgomery County Village Capacity Building:
This group continues to look for the best deals in insurance. Our next goal is to figure out ways to reduce the cost of accounting. If you are interested in learning more about this group, please contact me. My information is at the bottom of the page.
4. Suburban Village Ambassador Alliance
A group of over 20 village leaders met with Suburban's staff to continue developing the collaborative relationship. As a result, many excellent ideas have sprung up. We hope to have a good pilot to demonstrate how this will work (considering villages capacities and the need for privacy) and expand this model to all area hospitals. Anyone can join in this process. Contact me for more detail.
5. Marica Pruzan, Montgomery County’s new Age Friendly Senior Fellow
Marcia Pruzan had recently joined the County as a Senior Fellow for Age-Friendly Montgomery. This AARP-sponsored program is dedicated to making the County a wonderfully diverse Community for generations - a place where all residents can age, thrive to their full potential and contribute as a powerful resource in making our county a better, stronger and overall a more inclusive community for everyone.
6. Parks & Recreation of the Future: Voice Your Vision
Montgomery Parks is asking for input from people about what they want in their parks. Three separate but related projects are seeking input: 2017 PROS update, the Energized Public Spaces Function Master Plan, and Capital Improvements Plan. Be a part of the future of parks in the County.
Oppose the Repeal of the ACA and Changes to Medicaid!
Congress is planning to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and causing major changes to Medicaid. Inform your members of Congress by saying NO!
The ACA didn’t just expand coverage for millions of Americans, it was the first law in many years to address the quality of care in nursing homes that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding. The ACA provides more accountability, improves training and makes prevention of elder abuse a national priority.
The ACA also improves access to home care services, enabling people to live at home and help nursing home residents move back into their communities.
Repealing the ACA could eliminate these protections, improvements and services.
At the same time, current proposals to replace the ACA demand significant changes to Medicaid. These plans would either impose spending caps per enrollee or convert Medicaid into block grants - resulting in Medicaid cuts. In addition, federal nursing home quality standards could be eliminated because states would receive federal monies with relatively few requirements. These changes to Medicaid will put long-term care consumers at risk.
Please contact your members of Congress now and urge them to vote and keep Medicaid as it is AND to vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act without adequate replacement! Click here to send your message.
Thank you for taking action!
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