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November is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month – a time to celebrate the contributions of caregivers, provide them with tools that they need, and continue to advocate for individuals with mental illness. Mental Health Amercia provides these tools and supports for family members that provide round-the-clock care to their loved ones In Montgomery County, these providers offer support and resources for Caregivers

Senior Nutrition Resources during Covid 19 Outbreak

Senior Resources

  • Grocery Delivery Options: Peapod, Wegmans
  • Senior Connection Shoppers Program: Grocery assistance for senior residents
  • Meal Delivery Options:
    • Villages: The Villages Programs are found at various locations throughout the County, and are offering grocery assistance and other volunteer support to our senior community.
    • Medical Reserve Core: This volunteer-led organization is comprised of healthcare professionals and community members that can offer grocery assistance, meal delivery, etc. to seniors during this emergency.
    • Prepared Meals are also available for grab-and-go at Senior Congregate Meal Sites for enrolled participants (Damascus, Holiday Park, Schweinhaut, and White Oak) each Wednesday
    • Meals on Wheels is continuing to conduct home deliveries to seniors throughout the County.

Senior Call Check Program Recommended During COVID-19 Outbreak

Senior Call Check Program Recommended During COVID-19 Outbreak
The Maryland Department of Aging is issuing additional information on the Senior Call Check program as a free resource to MD residents over 65+ and recommending all seniors use the program as a resource during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Senior Call Check phone lines are open M-F 8 am-5 pm and Saturday 9 am-3 pm. During these hours, seniors can call toll-free 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-0560) and register. Registration is also available online at aging.maryland.gov.
  • The verification and enrollment process can be completed within 24 hours Monday – Saturday.
• This service will provide free daily calls to Marylander’s 65 and over who register. We will provide messages and updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak where to find support if you need it.
• Finally, regarding our emergency preparedness for handling possible disruption from COVID-19, we can provide you information at this time of need.
  This program is the first-in-the-nation, statewide, free program designed to help keep older adults safe while aging in their homes. All Maryland residents, 65 and older, are invited to sign up for a daily call at a time convenient to their lifestyle.
 
The Senior Call Check participants receive an automated call every day. These calls will take place within a time frame chosen by the participant. If the participant does not answer their first call, they will be called two additional times in the same day. If those calls go unanswered, an alternate person, selected by the participant, will be notified. This alternate could be an adult child, a neighbor, or anyone designated as a reliable contact. The alternate will then be asked to check on the participant. For those who do not have an alternate or whose alternate is unresponsive, the state will call local law enforcement to conduct a wellness check.  
For more information on this program and to register, call 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-4325) or visit aging.maryland.gov. Please help spread the word to seniors living alone at home.
 

Free farmer’s market “checks” for low-income seniors in Montgomery County

Free farmer’s market “checks” worth $30 will be distributed by lottery to low-income seniors in Montgomery County on July 9 at 10:00 a.m. The checks are available to Montgomery County residents age 60 years and older whose income is less than $23,107 (family of one).

The checks may be used at farmer’s markets in Montgomery County and participating markets in the District of Columbia until November 1, 2019.

The lottery for the checks will be held at the following locations:

• Elizabeth House, 1400 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring

  • • Bemjamin Gaither Senior Center, 80A Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg
  • • Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton
  • • Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring
  • • Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville
  • • Waverly House, 4521 East West Highway, Bethesda
  • • White Oak Community Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring
  • For more information, call 240-777-3810.

  • 2018-2019 Seasonal Flu Vaccination Campaign


    Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services will offer the following Flu Vaccine Clinics in 2018.

    October 15  th

    4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


    Universities at Shady Grove
    Building II 
    9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville

    • FREE.
    • For anyone 6 months of age and older.
    • By appointment only.
    • Flu shots only; No FluMist available.
    • There is now a parking fee. Visitors can park in the Traville Gateway Garage or Shady Grove Garage on weekdays (Mon – Fri; 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.) for $2/hr (Maximum $10/day).  
      See parking map ( pdf).

    October 24 th

    4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


    Universities at Shady Grove
    Building II
    9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville

    • For anyone 6 months of age and older.
    • By appointment only; schedule appointments on the County’s website or call 311.  There is no charge for vaccinations.
    • Flu shots only;  No FluMist available.
    • There is now a parking fee. Visitors can park in the Traville Gateway Garage or Shady Grove Garage on weekdays (Mon – Fri; 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.) for $2/hr (Maximum $10/day).  
      See parking map ( pdf).

    November 13  th

    1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN, ONLY
    (ages 3 to 18 years).


    Three Locations:

    • Must be accompanied by an adult.
    • FREE.
    • By appointment; schedule appointments on the County’s website or call 311.
    • Flu shots only; No FluMist available.


    Free and Low-cost Fitness Options for Older Adults

    Free and Low-cost Fitness Options for Older Adults

    There are many reasons why regular exercise and physical activity are important to everyone, including older adults. Regular physical activity and exercise can produce long-term health benefits and that is one reason health experts recommend that older adults are active every day to maintain their health. Even moderate exercise can improve the health of people who are frail or have diseases that accompany aging.

    This updated factsheet describes free and low-cost fitness classes, weight rooms and other options available for older adults in Montgomery County.  Visit the senior website for more information.

    Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

    Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. Join Lindsey Vajpeyi, Programs & Services Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association’s National Capital Area Chapter and Penny Gladhill, Director of the Volunteer Helping Hands program at Hospice Caring, for this workshop to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. 

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 7 to 8:30 pm  Hospice Caring, Inc. | 518 South Frederick Avenue | Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Space is limited! Registration is required.  

    November is National Family Caregivers Month

    Lottery for Farmer’s Market Coupons for Low-Income Seniors

    Montgomery County will  Hold a Lottery for Farmer’s  Market Coupons for Low-Income Seniors

    A limited number of free farmer’s market coupon books worth $30 will be distributed by lottery to low-income seniors in Montgomery County on Tuesday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. The coupon books are available to Montgomery County residents age 60 years and older whose income is less than $22,311 (family of one).
    The coupons may be used at farmer’s markets in Montgomery County and participating markets in the District of Columbia until November 1, 2017.
    The lottery for the coupon books will be held at the following locations:
    • Elizabeth House, 1400 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    • Benjamin Gaither Senior Center, 80A Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
    • Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, MD 20901
    • Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
    • Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
    • Waverly House, 4521 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814

    For more information, call 240-777-3810.
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