Senior Notes

January 10, 2007

Department details bad-weather policy

The county Department of Aging and Disabilities has announced its inclement weather policy.

Residents are advised to listen to their radio or television during bad weather - especially radio station WNAV 1430-AM.

If an announcement is made declaring that all Anne Arundel County offices are closed, so are all senior centers and nutrition sites. If the announcement states that county schools are closed, all activities at senior centers and nutrition sites are canceled, as well as lunch and transportation.

If schools open late, senior centers will open late and all classes scheduled before 10 a.m. will be canceled. Classes held after 10 a.m. will be held as scheduled.

If there is an early closing of schools, all classes starting at 1 p.m. or later, will be canceled.

United Seniors to rally at St. John's

The United Seniors of Maryland will hold a state legislative rally from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at St. John's College in Annapolis. The theme is "Shaping the Future of Maryland's Seniors."

Participants will meet their state legislators.

The cost of the event is $11 in advance and $13 the day of the event. For a registration form, call Marjorie Crain at the Anne Arundel Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4464.

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 next month, 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 senior center.

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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