Senior briefs

June 24, 2011

Farmers' Market checks for seniors

Distribution of the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program checks will begin in July at Anne Arundel County Senior Activity Centers. Checks are good for the purchase of fresh produce at the county's farmers' markets. Senior citizens must be at least 60 years old and meet income guidelines. Seniors will verify their eligibility at the distribution points. Checks will be available on the following sites and dates:

•Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 400, Annapolis. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.July 5.

•Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. 9 a.m. to noon July 5 and July 14.

•Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 6.

•Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.July 8.

•O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11.

•Pasadena Senior Activity Center, 4103 Mountain Road. 10 a.m. to noon July 12.

•Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 13.

•South County Senior Activity Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13.

Information: 410-222-4257.

Skin cancer program

Learn the signs and symptoms of skin cancer and how to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, June 27, at the Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane. Information: 410-222-6847.

Ice cream soda

An old-fashioned ice cream soda event will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane. Information: 410-222-6847.

Buying a car?

"How to Effectively Negotiate a New Car Purchase" will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pasadena Senior Activity Center, 4103 Mountain Road. Mike Rabkin, president of "From Car to Finish," will present information on how to navigate the purchase process. Program includes how to choose, test drive and negotiate for the vehicle. Information: 410-222-0030.

Hearing screenings

An audiologist from the Beltone Hearing Center will offer free hearing screenings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane. For information or an appointment: 410-222-6847.

Senior services

The Anne Arundel 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:

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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