Senior Notes

June 13, 2007

Hearings to focus on needs of elderly

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities will hold two public hearings this month to solicit input about services for older adults and unmet needs of seniors and their families.

The hearings will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the South County Senior Center, 27 Stepney's Lane in Edgewater; and at 1 p.m. June 20 at the Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.

Public hearings are required every four years under the Older Americans Act.

Wayne M. Taylor, department director, also is requesting written suggestions from seniors and other members of the public on how to improve and expand services.

AACC registration at senior centers

Anne Arundel Community College is holding summer registration at all county senior centers.

The Annapolis, Pasadena, Pascal and O'Malley senior centers will also offer the pilot STARS program. Students who have previously taken a class through the college, and who can pay using a major credit card, can register using a touch-tone phone.

Students will also be able to register for classes in person at the center.

A list of classes is posted online and at the centers.

Classes will begin the week of July 9.

Medicare help available for seniors

Senior Medicare clients with limited incomes might qualify for extra help in paying the cost of Medicare Part D prescription drug plan premiums, deductibles and co-payments.

Education and enrollment appointments will be available this month at three senior centers:

Monday - the South County Senior Center, 27 Stepney's Lane in Edgewater. 410-222-1927.

Tuesday - the Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road. 410-222-1922

June 25 - the Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, 410-222-6847.

The Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program can be reached at 410-222-4464 for additional information.

Senior centers plan events for Flag Day

Several Anne Arundel County senior centers will hold celebrations to mark Flag Day tomorrow.

The Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, invites guests to take a Flag Day quiz and test their knowledge of the history and etiquette of the American flag.

The Annapolis Senior Center, 191 S. Villa Ave., will host a flag ceremony at 10 a.m. by local Eagle Scouts. The ceremony will be followed by the recital by John Creighton of a patriotic poem. The public is welcome.

While supplies last, members at the Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road, may stop by the front desk to receive a small gift in honor of Flag Day.

Volunteers sought for senior aid

The county Department of Aging and Disabilities is seeking volunteers age 55 and older to aid seniors in the community and other residents.

Programs include tax assistance, nutrition sites, tutors and mentors in schools, as well as administrative support for state and county police.

Information: 410-222-4464.

Older drivers can have skills assessed

Volunteers at the Maryland Association of Highway Safety Leaders are offering drivers age 60 and older a driving health inventory. The free assessments are meant to help older drivers recognize the loss of key driving skills.

Appointments are private and confidential.

Information: 410-222-6680.

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