Senior briefs

May 29, 2010

Blood pressure check

A nurse will be at the Arnold Senior Activity Center from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, to give a free blood pressure screening or glucose check for diabetics. Free. The center is at 44 Church Road, Arnold. Information: 410-222-1922.

Medication safety lecture

A representative from Baltimore Washington Medical Center will talk about "Medication Safety" at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton. Participants can ask questions and should bring a list of their current medications. Information: 410-222-6227.

Farmers' market coupons

Seniors 60 and older enrolled in a qualifying means-tested program are eligible for coupons worth $30 per year in fresh fruit and vegetables at farmers' markets throughout the state. The coupons, which come in $3 increments, can be used at stands with the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Pilot Program poster. Certain foods are not eligible. Coupon books are available Tuesday, June 1, from the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. Information: 410-222-4257.

Yard sale & flea market

The O'Malley Senior Center is sponsoring a yard sale and flea market from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12 at the center, 1275 Odenton Road. Table space is available for $10. Information: 410-222-6227 or 301-621-9515. (Rain date is June 16).

Book club

Pasadena Senior Center's book club's June recommendation is "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," by Barbara Kingsolver. Information: 410-222-0030.

Senior center trips

Anne Arundel County senior activity centers have announced their trip schedules and are accepting deposits. Trips include day trips, cruises and extended bus trips.

To sign up, you must be a current senior center member with updated information in the database and a key. Membership is free.

Information: Department of Aging and Disabilities, 410-222-4464.

Calendar

Memoir writing The course, which teaches how to write an autobiography, will be held 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. There will also be an opportunity to learn listening and interviewing skills, writing tips and proofreading. Information and registration: 410-222-1922.

Health insurance A representative from the Senior Health Insurance Program is available by appointment to discuss health insurance concerns at the Arnold Senior Activity Center. Appointments and information: 410-222-1922.

Volunteer grandparents sought The Foster Grandparents Program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities is seeking volunteer grandparents to help mentor children with special needs. Volunteers serve 15 to 40 hours a week, providing mentoring, tutoring, advice and attention, teaching life skills to children in special education classes, staffing a homeless shelter, a family support center and other agencies. Activities may include reading stories, listening, helping them feed themselves, setting the table, working with puzzles and helping children learn colors, numbers and the alphabet. Volunteers must be income-eligible and at least 60 years old. Benefits include a tax-free stipend, paid training, vacation, sick leave, free transportation, lunch and a physical exam. Information: 410-222-4464.

Scrabble Challenge your brain by playing Scrabble at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. New participants are welcome. 410-222-1922.

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