senior notes

September 12, 2007

Class registration at senior centers

Registration for fall classes offered at the county senior centers through Anne Arundel Community College has begun.

A list of classes is available at each center's reception desk. Classes begin the week of Oct. 1.

Center membership is required. Sign-up is available by phone or the Star Registration System at all of the centers except the South County Senior Center.

For students age 60 and older, the administrative fee is $40. For those age 55 to 59, the cost is $40 per class plus the administrative fee.

Savings available on prescriptions

Anne Arundel County residents can get significant savings on prescription medications through the Department of Health's Prescription Discount Program.

Program participants can receive a discount card that offers an average discount of 25 percent. County residents enrolled in Medicare Part D can use the card for savings on prescriptions that are not covered by their Medicare Part D program.

The card also could provide discounts on routine vision and hearing care, which is not covered by Medicare.

This discount program, which should not be confused with insurance, has no enrollment cost or monthly fees.

Information: 410-222-4464 or www.aahealth.org. You can also call the Senior Health Insurance Program.

Calendar

Zero balancing -- The Annapolis Senior Center, 119 S. Villa Ave., will offer a "zero balancing" session at 10 a.m. today in its health suite. Participants stay fully clothed as they lie down or sit for the relaxing experience. 410-222-1818.

Stroke talk -- Michele Hancock, stroke program coordinator at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, will discuss signs, symptoms and prevention of strokes at 10 a.m. today at the Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road. 410-222-1922.

Hypnosis talk -- The Arnold Senior Center will host a three-week class on the "time line technique," which can help alleviate phobias and remove the source of unwanted emotional reactions. It will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting today. 410-222-1922.

Class signups -- Sign up for computer classes at the Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today. Classes start Oct. 1. 410-222-6680.

Concert -- The Wayward Street Players will perform from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. today at the South County Senior Center, 27 Stepney's Lane in Edgewater. 410-222-1927 or 410-798-4802.

Gardening tips -- Bob Brown will discuss fall gardening from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday and Sept. 24 at the Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. He will also cover how to prepare gardens for next year's planting season. 410-222-6680.

Defenders' Day talk -- From 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie, Wayne Schaumburg will offer an illustrated lecture tracing the events of September 1814, when British forces attacked Baltimore. The lecture will look at the people, places and events that tell the story of the city's defense, and the story of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." 410-222-6680.

Fair trip -- A Department of Aging and Disabilities van will take Arnold Senior Center members to "Senior Day" at the Anne Arundel County Fair at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Admission is free for seniors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Senior Variety Show will be held at 10:30 a.m. 410-222-1922.

Diabetes seminar -- Betsy Cummins and Mary Ann Howell from the Department of Aging and Disabilities will conduct a workshop on controlling diabetes with diet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road, and from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road. A diabetes education seminar will also be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane. or 410-222-6847 or 410-222-0300.

Reiki clinic -- Kathleen Fitzpatrick will conduct a Reiki clinic from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road. Reiki is a Japanese method of stress reduction that promotes relaxation and well-being. Two appointments will be scheduled for every 20 minutes. 410-222-0030.

Breakfast, trivia -- The Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road, will offer a free breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Monday to kick off Back to School Week followed by a trivia challenge. The first trivia question is: "What happened on Sept. 17, 1787?" Sign-ups are due today. 410-222-1922.

Stroke talk -- Stroke program coordinator Michele Hancock from Baltimore Washington Medical Center will discuss signs, symptoms and prevention of strokes from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. 410-222-6680.

Photo display -- Digital photography and editing students, under the direction of Michael Alloy, invite the public to attend a viewing of their work at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. 410-222-6847.

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