Senior Notes

September 11, 2002

Senior group plans symposium on aging for Saturday

Artist and illustrator Deidre Scherer will be the keynote speaker for the Anne Arundel Senior Services Provider Group's 21st annual Health Symposium.

The educational conference, Forever Young: A Woman's Journey in Aging, is for all ages and will include professionals speaking on traditional and holistic health care and wellness issues for women.

The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Anne Arundel Community College. The cost is $60 and will include a full day of presentations, exhibits, health provider information and lunch.

Proceeds will benefit charitable programs for seniors. Information: 410-777-2912.

Safe-driving course set at South County center

A "55 Alive" safe-driving course, sponsored by AARP, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 at South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater.

This course is designed to help the older adult improve their driving skills.

Many insurance companies offer reduced premiums for drivers who complete this course. The cost is $10.

Information: 410-222-1927 or 410-798-4802.

Anne Arundel offers volunteer opportunities

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging is seeking volunteers to work on custom-designed, outcome-based assignments addressing needs in education, literacy, human services, the environment and community safety.

RSVP participants receive orientation and on-the-job training. They are covered for excess auto and liability insurance.

The program is seeking volunteers to work in the following fields:

Citizens Emergency Preparedness Training: Volunteers will be trained to present information on emergency preparedness to community organizations. Training will be held the week of Sept. 23. Volunteers must be willing to accept at least two training opportunities in the next six months.

Department of Aging: Volunteers will provide clerical support three to four hours a day, one or two days a week. Computer experience is helpful but not required.

County public schools: RSVP offers reading tutors in elementary and middle schools, under the guidance of teachers.

Conference center at YMCA Camp Letts: Volunteers participate in shore erosion projects, work in the gift shop, provide clerical assistance and do landscaping and groundskeeping work.

Visitors' Center at Baltimore-Washington International Airport: Volunteers staff the information booth. Training will be provided and parking is free.

Senior Nutrition Sites: The Department of Aging has 21 sites around the county. Jobs include clerical work, food service and cleanup.

Food Link Drivers: A once-a-week assignment to transport day-old bakery goods and surplus food from local stores to a food rescue site. Volunteers will use a personal vehicle.

Telephone Reassurance Volunteers: Volunteers will make early-morning calls to elderly clients who live alone. The time commitment is 2 1/2 hours each month. Information: 410-222- 4464.

South County center offers computer workshops

South County Senior Center in Edgewood will offer a series of computer workshops next month. Center membership is required (participants may join at registration). The free classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes include:

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to noon, beginning computer; 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., word processing.

Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, beginning computer.

Sept. 19 and Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Internet and e-mail.

Sept. 23, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., word processing.

Sept. 25 and 26, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Internet and e-mail.

Information: 410-222-1927.

Classes on computers, 20th century offered

O'Malley Senior Center will offer new courses for the fall. The classes include a new level II computer class, "Personal Computing." The course will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will cover Microsoft Word, graphics, photo processing, the Internet and e-mail attachments. Owning a personal computer is a prerequisite.

A survey course, "Critical Issues of the 20th Century," will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays. The class will present a view of the development of the United States from 1900 to 1970.

An course on the Internet will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The class will cover Internet providers, copying and pasting, e-mail, attachments, Web addresses, search engines, viruses and firewalls.

Registration for classes has begun. Information: 410-222- 6227.


Bereavement support: South County Senior Center offers "Bereavement: Working Through It," a free, informal discussion group with Norma Crane for age 55 and older. The group meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Bazaar workshops: Holiday Bazaar workshops will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Annapolis Senior Center. The workshops are in preparation for the center's annual Holiday Bazaar. 410-222- 1818.

Diet and labels: Pascal Senior Center and North Arundel Hospital will offer a program on understanding food labels at 12:30 p.m. today at the center. 410- 222-6680.

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