Senior Notes

November 15, 2006

Center to advise on Medicare Part D

For the second year, Anne Arundel County has opened a Medicare Part D assistance center to help local seniors discuss the best Medicare coverage options for their health care needs.

The center, which opened last week at the Annapolis Senior Center, is staffed by professionals from the Department of Aging and Disabilities who will answer the questions of seniors and people with disabilities about Medicare Part D. The service is free. Last year, the center on Riva Road served more than 1,250 people in three months. "Even if you chose a plan last year, everyone needs to revisit Medicare Part D to see if the plan for 2006 is still the best plan," County Executive Janet S. Owens said.

This year, seniors have a choice of 56 plans.

The assistance center at the senior center, 119 S. Villa Ave., is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 29. Seniors must make an appointment by calling 410-222-4464. Transportation is available by calling the same number.

Lecture series to focus on dementia

The Annapolis Senior Center, 119 S. Villa Ave., will offer the following series of lectures for people caring for those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The lectures will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.:

Tuesday, "Who's on First? Communicating with a Dementia-Affected Loved One." Get practical information on communicating effectively and establishing solid groundwork for managing behavior problems.

Nov. 28, "Mission NOT Impossible: Managing Behaviors in a Dementia Affected Loved One." Learn to successfully prevent or manage disturbing behaviors while maintaining your own control.

Registration: 410-222-4464.

Hospice sets sessions to explain services

Hospice of the Chesapeake will provide information on its services at the following senior centers:

Nov. 28, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., South County Senior Center, 27 Stepney's Lane, Edgewater.

Nov. 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Annapolis Senior Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Information: 410-987-2003 or www.hospicechesapeake.org.

Volunteers sought to teach life skills

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging is seeking volunteer grandparents to work with children for 15 to 20 hours a week.

Activities include mentoring, tutoring and giving advice on life skills, with attention to children in Head Start, special education or those who live in shelters or family-support centers.

Participants must be income-eligible and at least 60 years old. Benefits include a tax-free stipend, paid training, free transportation, sick leave, lunches and medical exams. 410-222-4464.

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