Office on Aging to mark SPRING's anniversary

March 21, 1996|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Office on Aging will mark today the 10th anniversary of Senior Peer Resources: Individuals Networks & Groups an organization that offers support groups serving the county's senior citizens.

The SPRING event, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Florence Bain Senior Center in Columbia's Village of Harper's Choice, will feature a harpist and a high school string trio. Tickets are $10 each.

Begun in October 1985 with a grant of about $2,000 from the Columbia Foundation, SPRING has grown to include 10 peer support groups serving 150 and 200 seniors, said Dorothy "Dot" Keczmerski, SPRING's coordinator.

The groups, which meet weekly at Florence Bain, have covered such topics as hearing loss and recovery from stroke, and offer discussion groups on current events. They also provide a social function for many seniors, Ms. Keczmerski said.

"Howard County is a very transient community with people moving in and moving out," she said. "Since the Florence Bain Center can be intimidating, it can be a good way to get involved."

Pub Date: 3/21/96

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