Senior briefs

May 27, 2011

Workshop

A caregiver workshop, "Aging: What's Normal, What's Not," by the National Family Caregiver Support Program at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. Workshop includes information on how to recognize the difference between normal and abnormal changes with age and what it takes to age successfully. Registration: 410-222-4464, ext. 3043 or http://www.aacounty.org/aging.

Lecture

Photographer-educator Denny Lynch presents a slide lecture at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. The show is on Hampden, a Baltimore neighborhood where he grew up and still lives with his wife, its landmarks, architecture, history, culture and colorful characters. Free. Information: 410-222-6680.

Senior services

The county Department of Aging and Disabilities has published its 2011-2012 edition of "Services for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities and Caregivers." The directory includes information on rental and housing assistance, legal help, county Social Services benefits and caregiver information. Free copies are available at the department's headquarters, 2666 Riva Road, Fourth Floor, Annapolis; the seven senior activity centers; county libraries; at CVS, Food Lion and WaWa stores; and online at http://www.aacounty.org/aging. 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:

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

•"Memoir writing," a course on autobiographical writing, meets from 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. Registration required. Information: 410-222-1922.

O'Malley Senior Activity Center The following activities will be offered at the center, 1270 Odenton Road, Odenton:

AARP Safe Driving Course: A four-hour course for seniors will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 21 The course teaches seniors how to drive defensively, deal with aggressive drivers, and adjust to vision and hearing loss. The fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Registration is required and can be completed at the center. Information: 410-222-6227 or 301-621-9515.

Quilt Club: Every Friday at 1 p.m. at the O'Malley Annex. Participants can help one another with projects and learn new ideas and techniques. Machines are available. New members welcome.

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 The Foster Grandparents Program of the county Department of Aging and Disabilities seeks volunteer grandparents to mentor children with special needs. Volunteers serve 15 to 40 hours a week, providing mentoring, tutoring, advice and attention. Volunteers also teach life skills to children in special education classes and provide staffing for a homeless shelter, 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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