Senior briefs

March 18, 2011

Safe-driving training

AARP offers a safe-driving class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Information and registration: 410-222-1818 or stop by the center. Lunch will be available to those who sign up in advance.

Leadership awards

The county Department of Aging and Disabilities is seeking nominations for the 2011 Governor's Leadership in Aging Awards. The awards ceremony is held during Older Americans/Marylanders Month in May to recognize individuals, groups and organizations for excellence and outstanding contributions to the field of aging and quality of life for seniors. Nominations can be made in any of four categories: Trailblazer, Visual or Performing Arts, Health and Vitality, and Photography. Sponsorships are being accepted. For category descriptions and a nomination form, go to Information: 410-767-1064 or 800-243-3425. Nomination deadline is April 8.

Culture fair

The Annapolis Senior Activity Center hosts a Multi-Cultural Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 23, at 119 S. Villa Ave. Participants can learn about the music, food, artifacts, history and native dress of many other countries, and about African-American culture in the United States. Among the countries represented will be Korea, China and Hungary, as well as the continent of Africa. Information: 410-222-1818.

Ladew trip

The trip committee at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center is accepting reservations for a trip to Ladew Topiary Garden in Monkton on June 2. The trip will include a tour of a rose garden, cottage garden, water garden and the Ladew House, which is filled with English antiques, paintings, photographs and hunting memorabilia. After the tour, participants will eat a family-style luncheon at Friendly Farm Restaurant and browse the restaurant's country shop, which offers gifts, scents, sweets and baked goods. Cost is $75. For reservations, come by the center at 119 S. Villa Ave. in Annapolis or call 410-222-1818.

Spring registration

The Arnold Senior Center's spring classes begin Monday, April 4. Registration, which is now open, ends after classes meet for two weeks. There is a $40 fee for all students. Students older than 60 do not pay a per-class fee. Students younger than 60 pay $40 per class. Registration and information: 410-222-1922 or The center is at 44 Church Road.


Brian Kuhn, lead financial adviser with Retirement Planning Services, will talk about ways to increase retirement income at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Registration and information: 410-222-1818.

Senior services

The county Department of Aging and Disabilities has published its 2010-2011 edition of "Services for Seniors, Adults With Disabilities and Caregivers," a free directory of businesses and service providers. Copies are available at department headquarters at the Heritage Office Complex, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis, and at the seven senior activity centers, libraries, Food Lion, Wawa and CVS stores. Information: 410-222-4257.

Senior housing

Information on assisted-living homes and other housing options for seniors has been updated on the county Department of Aging and Disabilities website at


Arnold Senior Activity Center The following activities will be offered at the center, 44 Church Road, Arnold. Information: 410-222-1922.

• Prostate education: Representatives from the American Cancer Society and Chesapeake Urology Associates will host a discussion about prostate cancer from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 22. Program includes information about screening, treatment side effects and how to cope with the disease. There will be a Q&A session after the program.

•Scrabble: Challenge your brain by playing Scrabble, 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. New participants are welcome. 410-222-1922.

•Memoir writing: The course, which teaches how to write an autobiography, is held 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. There will be an opportunity to learn listening and interviewing skills, writing tips and proofreading. Information and registration: 410-222-1922.

Single seniors group The Single Seniors Group at Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie, encourages companionship, support and group participation in activities such as movies, dances, picnics and tours. Information: 410-222-6680 or and click on the senior center.

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 county Department of Aging and Disabilities seeks 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 children 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.

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