Senior briefs

April 22, 2011

Maryland Relay

A presentation about Maryland Relay, a free public service that helps those with hearing or speech loss to communicate, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Captioned Telephone Service is for people who are hearing-impaired and don't have understandable speech. Maryland Accessible Telecommunications distributes free amplified and captioned phones, ring signalers, TTYs and other assistive devices to qualified applicants who have difficulty using a standard telephone. Information: 410-222-1818.

Workshops

The Department of Aging and Disabilities will present a free six-week workshop series from 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Thursdays through May 19, at the Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. "Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions" is a self-management program for adults to help them to handle chronic health conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, chronic pain, anxiety and heart disease.

Presenters will share techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation. Learn about appropriate exercise and medications, communication with family and health professionals, nutrition and evaluation of new treatments. Information and registration: Pam Toomey at 410-222-4366, ext. 3057, or email agtoom88@aacounty.org. Registration can be done at the center.

Trips

•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. Reservations: 410-222-1818 or at the center, 119 S. Villa Ave. in Annapolis.

•The trip committee at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center in Odenton is accepting reservations for a trip to Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, Pa., to see "Hello, Dolly!" The bus will leave the senior center at 1275 Odenton Road at 9:15 a.m. June 22 and return at 5:15 p.m. A buffet lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and show begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $85, with a $25 deposit due with reservation. Information: 410-222-6227 or http://www.aacounty.org/aging.

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, at the seven senior activity centers, at library branches, and at 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 http://www.aacounty.org/aging.

Calendar

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

•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 http://www.aacounty.org/aging 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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