Senior Notes

February 26, 2003

Caregivers Conference set for May 16 at college

The 11th annual Caregivers Conference will be held May 16 in the Florestano Building at Anne Arundel Community College. This year's theme is "Caregiving for the Caregiver." Co-sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging, the Alzheimer's Association/Greater Maryland Chapter and the college, the conference is designed to provide help, resources and support to family caregivers and present information to professionals in the field.

The day session will begin at 8:15 a.m. with registration and will end at 3:30 p.m. Admission ($10 for caregivers and $20 for professionals) includes continental breakfast, a boxed lunch and supplies. Almost Family will provide free respite care to those who register one week in advance.

Opening remarks will be made by County Executive Janet S. Owens. Virginia A. Thomas, director of the county Department of Aging, will welcome participants.

At 9 a.m., Priscilla Warnock of North Arundel Hospital will discuss communicating effectively with the doctor's office. A program dealing with management of difficult behaviors will be included and, starting at 11:15 a.m., a panel will answer questions about housing options and legal matters.

During the lunch hour, participants can receive free chair and hand massages and visit vendors.

Two breakout sessions will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., one on early memory loss and another on practical tips for daily care. Anne Harrod, exercise instructor at Anne Arundel Community College, will conclude the program with a talk, "Learning to Live with Joy."

Information: 410-222-4464.

Genesis ElderCare seeks help for bazaar crafters

Genesis ElderCare is looking for volunteers to help with a Tuesday morning craft group that is working on items for the May 10 Spring Bazaar. Volunteers are needed to help with glue, pour paint, steady items and handle other craft-related activities.

Volunteers also are needed to help with monthly shopping and restaurant trips. And help is needed with wheelchairs and taking food to the table at cafeteria-style restaurants.

The craft show will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 410- 636-3400 or 410-978-7327.

O'Malley center taking reservations for S.C. trip

Marge Torrance, trip coordinator at O'Malley Senior Center, is accepting reservations for a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., planned for Sunday through March 6. The trip includes four nights at the Wyndham Myrtle Beach Resort. Rooms feature an ocean view from a private balcony.

The trip also includes four buffet breakfasts, three shows, outlet shopping and round-trip transportation. The price is $387 per person for double occupancy or $486 for single occupancy. Torrance is available at the center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Information: 410-222-6227.

Maryland City site offers classes in arts, fitness

Maryland City Senior Activity Site, at Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church, 8402 Brock Bridge Road, Laurel, offers a series of classes:

Line dancing: 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Drawing and sketching: 10 a.m. Tuesdays.

Crafts: 10 a.m. Tuesdays.

Painting: 1 p.m. Tuesdays.

Tai chi: 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Quilting: 1 p.m. Thursdays.

Low-impact aerobics: 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The activity site is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 410-222-4464.

Calendar

Caregiver support: National Family Caregiver Support Program and the county Department of Aging's Respite Care Program will offer a series of seminars, "Caring for the Caregivers," from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning today with facts and the basics on Alzheimer's disease at the Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road. Registration is required. 410-222-0030..

Black History Month: Paul Stillwell, the author of The Golden Thirteen, recollections of the U.S. Navy's first black officers, will speak at 9:30 a.m. today at the Pasadena Senior Center, 4104 Mountain Road, 410-222-0030.

Herbs and vitamins: Theresa M. Giroiami, owner of the Sage House, will speak on herbs and vitamins and health at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Pasadena Senior Center. 410-222-0030.

Manipulate images: Dick Smith will present a two-hour workshop examining basic tools and techniques for manipulating photographs and other images using Paint Shop Pro software from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton. Students will learn common terminology, information about image types, sizing and resolution, and get hands-on practice editing photographs. The cost is $3. Registration: 410-222-6227.

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