Senior adult day care can improve lifeAs a medical...

Letters

October 13, 1997

Senior adult day care can improve life

As a medical professional (and a daughter) I found Sunday's feature on Ina Savage and the ''Morning Out'' club (Oct. 5) very touching, and extremely accurate in depicting the progression of Alzheimer's-type dementia and its impact, not only on the sufferer and his family, but on the community.

''I wish every day was Wednesday,'' Ina said, referring to the day she attends her ''club.'' For those enrolled in senior adult medical day care, every day is ''Wednesday''! This fairly recent concept offers senior citizens with medical and/or cognitive and/or emotional problems a safe, secure environment in which to spend the day in age-appropriate, socially stimulating activities and to be attended to by trained staff with medical supervision.

For more information, contact your county department of aging or health department for a list of state-licensed medical adult day care facilities in your area and visit them.

The center should be bright, airy, and decorated in an age-appropriate style. Some offer transportation for wheelchair-bound as well as ambulatory folks, and also bathing and escort services. Ask to see a calendar of events and a menu of meals served and check for diversity and imagination in activities and meals. Medical senior adult day care is the perfect way for dual-income families to keep Mom and Dad at home, and offers respite for those caring for an afflicted spouse or family member. Senior day are can significantly improve the quality of life for seniors and their caregivers.

Lida Morgenroth-Jersild

Westminster

The writer is health director of Deerfield Senior Day Centers.

Ehrlich's reasons for opposing group home

In your Oct. 2 editorial, you state I am opposed to a plan to locate two group homes in Loch Raven Village because I believe that ''such people [don't] belong in townhouses.'' I am not sure where your newspaper got this stuff, but I have never said or written anything remotely resembling that comment.

In September, I contacted Andrew M. Cuomo, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, to express my opposition to an application filed under HUD's Section 811 federal grant program. The application, filed by Dulaney Station Inc., seeks taxpayer funds for the purchase of three townhouses in Baltimore County (including two in Loch Raven Village) for use as group housing for low-income persons with chronic mental illness.

I oppose Dulaney Station's application for two reasons. First, Dulaney Station specifically promised these homes would be ''scattered'' throughout Baltimore County. We have since learned this statement is false, and that the prospective sites in Loch Raven Village are located on neighboring streets.

Second, Dulaney Station asserts residents will receive adequate supervision. In reality, there will be no on-site or live-in counselors at these homes. ''Supervision'' wil consist solely of drop-by visits by Dulaney Station personnel. Such a lack of oversight is neither appropriate nor beneficial for the folks who might live in these homes or for the community at large. Furthermore, I am disappointed your newspaper, by singling out Councilman Douglas B. Riley and myself for criticism, is implying that opposition to the Dulaney Station proposal is a partisan matter among Republicans. In fact, U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin has also contacted HUD to express his opposition to the Dulaney Station application.

As a member of Congress, it is my responsibility to act when I believe federal funds have been or will be spend in a wasteful or inappropriate manner. The Dulaney Station application to HUD falls in such a category. Opposing it is in the best interests of Loch Raven Village, prospective group home residents, and taxpayers.

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Washington

The writer represents Maryland's 2nd District in the U.S. Congress.

Reader disgusted by wave of teen crimes

As much as I look forward to reading the newspapers, I have become disgusted with the numerous headlines which read ''Teen charged in Miss. rampage fatal to 3,'' ''Teen found guilty in slaying of best friend's mother,'' ''Teen charged with killing door-to-door fund-raiser'' and ''Teen accused of shooting sister for talking too long.''

I am appalled by this behavior of teen-agers. How long will it take for parents to start taking responsibility for their children?

When teen-agers do violent crimes, it is my opinion that they will grow up to do adult violent crimes. I would hope that when parents read these articles, they take a good, hard look at their own teen-agers and assess each individual circumstance.

I plan to continue to read the newspaper. But I hope I see fewer and fewer of these violent crimes committed by children.

Christine Schene

Baltimore

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Multiracial census category makes sense

Thank you for your editorials in support of a dialogue on race.

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