Bureau of Aging honors 6 advisers

December 20, 1992|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The Carroll County Bureau of Aging honored outgoing members of its volunteer advisory board, the Commission on Aging, at a brunch Friday morning in Westminster.

Bureau Chief Janet B. Flora said that the brunch was the bureau's main opportunity to thank outgoing board members for their service.

Donald I. Dell, president of the Carroll County Commission, presented plaques to the members who were stepping down "in appreciation for outstanding service to the seniors of Carroll County."

Outgoing Commission on Aging members are Geoffrey Black, Glenna Boller, Marcea Cotter, Richard Gardner, Clyde Kritzer and Larry Leitch.

The Carroll County Bureau of Aging provides social, educational and recreational activities for county residents ages 60 and older.

About 60 bureau employees and guests attended the brunch. Rosalie Abrams, director of the state Office on Aging, was scheduled to speak but was unable to attend.

All three county commissioners were present.

Elmer Lippy, vice president of the county commission, praised the efforts of the Commission on Aging and other county volunteers.

"We have the best volunteer effort in the state," he said, "and if you don't believe so, ask Governor [William Donald] Schaefer."

Ms. Flora congratulated Elizabeth Passman, coordinator of the Bureau's Senior Information and Assistance Program, on her approaching retirement, saying, "It's very difficult to say goodbye to someone who's been with the agency more than 10 years, who began the Senior Information and Assistance Program with little money, very little direction from the state, and a lot of chutzpah."

Richard Warehime, chairman of the Commission on Aging, spoke about how growing health care costs are hurting seniors.

Citing the experience of his own parents, who are in their 90s and live in a nursing home, Mr. Warehime said that red tape and federal mandates make nursing home care unnecessarily expensive.

Jolene G. Sullivan, director of citizen services for the county, said that 12,000 county residents -- about 10 percent of the population -- have no health insurance at all.

She said the county should come up with some strategies for medical cost containment that could be presented to the state.

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