Senior briefs

January 06, 2012

Trips for 2012

Members of the Annapolis Senior Activity Center can stop by the Trip Desk for a preview of 2012 trips and make reservations and deposits. Trips include "Journey of Hope" in Gettysburg, Pa., and a visit to Washington to see the cherry blossoms followed by a luncheon cruise. Information: 410-222-1818.

Support group

The National Family Caregiver Support Program of the Department of Aging and Disabilities will hold a support group for men only from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. The group was established when men who are caregivers decided they have issues they want to discuss and to seek support from other men in similar circumstances. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3043 or go to

Dance party

The Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave., will hold its annual line dance party from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 17. Phyllis and Larry Laser will provide the music. Refreshments will be served. Register at the front desk or call 410-222-1818.

Film screenings

The Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie, will screen "The River Why" at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 13 and "Water for Elephants" at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 27. Information: 410-222-6680.

Tax returns

Trained volunteers will be available Feb. 1-April 5 at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road in Odenton, to assist seniors with their federal and state tax preparation. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, beginning Jan. 23. Information: 410-222-6227.


Alan DeValerio presents a tribute to entertainer George Burns from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane. Information: 410-222-6847.

Support groups

The Department of Aging and Disabilities has revised and updated a booklet on "Community Support Groups." Information contained in the booklet focuses on groups designed for caregiving, Alzheimer's disease, bereavement for adults and children, diabetes, brain injury, cancer, stroke, cardiac, pulmonary, Parkinson's, and bowel and urinary diversions. The booklet is free and available at the department, 2666 Riva Road, fourth floor, Annapolis or online at Information: 410-222-4257.

Winter games

The Senior Olympics Winter Games take place Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Gardens Ice House, 13800 Old Gunpowder Road in Laurel. Two sports are featured this year: ice hockey and curling. Games are open to athletes 50 and older. Registration fees are $30 per player for hockey and $10 per player for curling. The hockey portion is expected to have each team playing two games. The curling section will include a "learn to curl in an hour" introduction, followed by two four-ended games. For information and registration, go to or call 240-777-8080.

Residents' rights

Brochures on residents' rights in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and another brochure on the ombudsman program protecting those residents are available from the Department of Aging and Disabilities. The brochures are titled "Resident's Rights in Nursing Homes/Rehabilitation Centers in Maryland," "Resident's Rights in Assisted Living Facilities in Maryland" and "Ombudsman: Your Resident Advocate." Information: 410-222-4464 or

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 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

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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