Senior notes

December 20, 2006

Senior center picks holiday project

The O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road in Odenton, is sponsoring the West County Family Support Center for its holiday giving project.

The target population are children up to age 3 and their families who are facing hardships.

Donations may be brought to the O'Malley Senior Center office. Needed are diapers, wipes, infant toys, washcloths, blankets, preschool-age puzzles, plastic cups and clothing for boys and girls. 410-222-6227.

Health offerings, music at center

The Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road, will offer the following activities today at the center:

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., free blood pressure and glucose monitoring screenings. First come, first served. 410-222-1922.

9:30 a.m. to noon, back, neck and hand mini-massages. Free; first come, first served. 410-222-1922.

10:30 a.m., Chesapeake Harmony Chorus will perform a program of holiday music. Free, but registration is requested. 410-222-1922.

Information: 410-222-1922.

Tax-help program in need of preparers

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging is recruiting for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, which provides free tax preparation at county senior centers.

New volunteers will receive a week of training in January, followed by instruction on electronic filing.

People with an aptitude for numbers who would like to learn more about being tax preparers should call the county's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program office at 410-222-4464 or contact a county senior center.

Center to advise on Medicare Part D

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

The center inside 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. The service is free.

Last year, the center on Riva Road served more than 1,250 people in three months.

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.

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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