Below you will find announcements and events for the month of April 2017.
1. Montgomery County Google Group:
During the villages meeting back in February, village leaders informed us that they wanted a more efficient method of communication. As a result, we now have a Google group which you will need to opt in. This is a place to post events that you would like to invite others to join, find a partner for a specific project, share a local resource that you have found or simply post a question to other local villages and much more.
When you sign up, you can email the group using a single email address. Everyone will receive the email and will be able to respond (either to the sender specifically or to the entire group).
2. Miriam Kelty wins the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award
Each year, the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award honors two county residents 60 years old or better; whose accomplishments, enthusiasm, and lifelong commitment to volunteer service make them outstanding role models for young and old alike. Miriam has been the president of Bannockburn NAN and WAVE but this is but two of her many volunteer endeavors. You are welcome to join this event to show your support!
The award ceremony will take place on Monday April 24, 2017, at 6:30 pm at Imagination Stage. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.
3. Insurance cost:
As most of you probably know by now, insurance cost poses a significant burden for most villages. We have been researching ways to reduce this cost. The memo in the link below, developed by Todd and Connie (thank you!) summarizes their findings. It was also shared via the Google group. The most important insight from this quest was that in order to maximize the potential benefits of our numbers, we need to establish an umbrella nonprofit. Food for thought.
4 .Toll Free number for people struggling with debt:
NCOA is working with our partner GreenPath Financial Wellness to offer customized debt management, money management, budgeting and financial counseling services—specifically for older adults. Share this number with your clients, whom you know could benefit from speaking with a certified counselor: 1-866-217-0543. All calls are free and confidential. The toolkit below contains ads, flyers, and online posts that you can use to spread the word to other seniors in your community.
1. 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.
2. 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 with our statewide leaders to discuss our special learning topic for this event:
-How leaders can support others in navigating through transitional phases 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.
3. Friday April 7th, 9:30-12:30. Senior Forum with Councilmember Katz
Attend a senior forum sponsored by Montgomery County Councilmember Sidney Katz on spotting elder abuse, avoiding senior scams and living life to the fullest. Speakers include John McCarthy Montgomery County State's Attorney, Eric Friedman Director of Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection and Gretchen Zekiel Montgomery County Volunteer Center RSVP Program Manager. Friday, April 7, 9:30am - 12:30pm Rockville Senior Center: 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville MD 20850. Questions? Call 240-777-7817. Free.
4. Thursday, April 13, 11:00-2:00 pm, Advance Directive Day
Take your life into your own hands and decide in advance how you wish to be treated at the end of that journey.
Paul Ballard J.D.Counsel for Health Decisions Policy at the Office of the Maryland Attorney General andTricia Tomsko Nay M.D. Medical Director at the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality will discuss the Maryland Health Care Decisions Act and Advanced Directives in detail. We will have Five Wishes booklets available free of charge (in English and Spanish) for persons to express how they wish to be treated if they are unable to speak for themselves. A Notary Public will be available to notarize completed advanced directives at no charge.
Come and make your voice heard!
5. Sunday, April 23, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m Genetics & AMD: What are the children to do?
Dr. Emily Chew will review recent studies that have given us clues as to how age-related macular degeneration develops and how we can treat and prevent AMD! This free event is sponsored by the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington and Sibley Senior Association. Free light refreshments. Validated parking garage adjacent to the medical building. For more information and to register, call the Sibley Senior Association at 202-364-7602.
WHERE: Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 2, 5215 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, DC 20016
Very happy spring,
Aging and Disability Services
401 Hungerford Drive, 4th floor.
Rockville, MD 20850