Community Notes

September 18, 2001

Help center for those who care for elderly to open next month

The Caregiver Resource Center of Howard County - for caregivers of the elderly - will open late next month. It will be the first devoted to assisting caregivers in Howard County.

Plans include expanding its services to caregivers of those with disabilities and chronic or terminal illnesses.

The center, a nonsectarian program of Jewish Family Services, will be funded in part through grants from Horizon Foundation and United Way.

It is the brainchild of the Caregiver's Resource Coalition, a group of Howard County agencies.

The center, at 8950 Route 108 in Columbia, will operate on a schedule designed to accommodate working caregivers.

A library, consultations, information and referral services and educational and support groups are planned.

Information: 410-715-5057.

Aging Parents Seminar offered by Winter Growth

Winter Growth, a Columbia assisted-living and day care facility for the elderly, will offer its three-part, two-hour Aging Parents Seminar from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 9, 16 and 23 at Ruth Keeton House, 5466 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Admission is free.

The program will offer practical tools for parents and adult children to use in preparing for the future.

Legal and financial considerations, housing, distance care-giving, government programs and family relationships will be discussed.

Information: 410-964-9616.

Red Cross is accepting donations for disaster fund

The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund is accepting donations to help support its relief efforts.

Contributions may be sent to the Central Maryland Chapter Red Cross, P.O. Box DISASTER RELIEF, Baltimore 21263-0020, by calling 800-737-0265 or online at www.redcross-cmd.org.

Free forum to examine public transportation

The Howard County League of Women Voters will sponsor a public forum on "The Transportation Process: Why Does It Take So Long?" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

Discussion will focus on the structure of area governments; who makes transportation decisions; who owns the roads; and how local, regional and state governments work together. Admission is free.

Information: 410-730-0142.

Spiritual center to sponsor workshop on grieving

Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will sponsor a workshop, "Grief: On the Edge of Despair," from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29. Pastoral counselors will lead the workshop about the spiritual work of grieving.

The cost is $45, including lunch. Registration is due by Friday.

Information: 410-442-1320.

Services help seniors, disabled stay independent

The Howard County Office on Aging provides services to help senior citizens and those with disabilities remain independent in their homes. Several services, including home modification and repair are available.

Information: 410-313-6029.

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