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Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. Join Lindsey Vajpeyi, Programs & Services Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association’s National Capital Area Chapter and Penny Gladhill, Director of the Volunteer Helping Hands program at Hospice Caring, for this workshop to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 7 to 8:30 pm  Hospice Caring, Inc. | 518 South Frederick Avenue | Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Space is limited! Registration is required.  

Free Diabetes Prevention Program

For those who are pre-diabetic, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is offering a free, year-long lifestyle modification program that includes nutritional guidance, exercise sessions and support to help prevent or delay diabetes onset. The program begins on Tuesday, September 12, 7-9 p.m. at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. Visit: http://bit.ly/2wLJV6Bto learn more. Holy Cross Germantown Hospital Starts Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital (English) – Starts Wed., Step. 13, 7 – 9 p.m. (Spanish) – Starts Thurs., Sept. 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Holy Cross Senior Source Starts Wed., Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m To obtain information on diabetes prevention screenings at Holy Cross Hospital and in the community, please call 301-754-8800

Free Weekend Retreat for Former Caregivers

Hospice Caring, Inc is delighted to announce  A special, no cost program for family/friend primary caregivers whose loved one has died within the past 2 years. 

Friday, October 27 at 4 pm – Sunday, October 29 at 2 pm

Rockwood Manor Retreat Center, Potomac, MD

See the attached flyer for more information. Space is limited! Registration is required. To register, contact Anne Baker, Director of Adult Bereavement Services at anneb@hospicecaring.org or 301-990-0854

Lottery for Farmer’s Market Coupons for Low-Income Seniors

Montgomery County will  Hold a Lottery for Farmer’s  Market Coupons for Low-Income Seniors

A limited number of free farmer’s market coupon books worth $30 will be distributed by lottery to low-income seniors in Montgomery County on Tuesday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. The coupon books are available to Montgomery County residents age 60 years and older whose income is less than $22,311 (family of one).
The coupons may be used at farmer’s markets in Montgomery County and participating markets in the District of Columbia until November 1, 2017.
The lottery for the coupon books will be held at the following locations:
  • Elizabeth House, 1400 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Benjamin Gaither Senior Center, 80A Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
  • Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, MD 20901
  • Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
  • Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
  • Waverly House, 4521 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814

For more information, call 240-777-3810.

May is Older American’s Month

Whether you are an active senior, caregiver or in need of extra assistance, you can view our Resource Guide for Older Adults, or you can contact  the Montgomery County Aging and Disabilities Department at 240-777-3000/ADS@montgomerycountymd.gov with any questions.  And view this month’s calendar of events from that department.

Seniors Today

Be sure to tune in to Austin Heyman’s show, Seniors Today.  It shares news and information of interest to senior residents of Montgomery County.Program airs on Comcast/RCN 6, Verizon 30 the following times: Sunday 6:00pm | Mon – (10:00am) | Tues – (1:00am, 12:30pm, 6:00pm) | Thurs – (2:30am, 6:00pm) | Fri (10:30am) | Sat – (2:00am).

NCEA’s “Mistreatment of African American Elders”

The National Center for Elder Abuse (NCEA) provides this Research to Practice Brief  summarizes recent research findings related to the mistreatment of African American elders, particularly involving financial exploitation and psychological abuse. General cultural beliefs, views, and norms within the African American community offer both risk and protective factors that influence elder abuse in this population. Although all elderly adults are more vulnerable to crime to begin with, socioeconomic variables, such as poverty, institutionalized racism, and structural segregation place African American elders at an even higher risk.

According to the brief, these are 3 takeaways

  • There is limited research on elder abuse and neglect for the African American population.
  • Elder abuse in the African American community is influenced by risk factors and protective factors that span from the individual level to the community level.
  • Compared to their non-African American counterparts, African Americans are disproportionately impacted by financial exploitation and psychological mistreatment.

Adult Protective Services investigates instances of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and provides professional aid to victims. Call 240-777-3000 for help or more information.

Maryland Elder Abuse Prevention/ APS

Adult Protective Services (APS) is a program that serves adults, 18 and over, who are in a situation of vulnerability and either at risk of, or experiencing, exploitation and harm.  They investigate situations of suspected abuse and provide professional services designed to protect the wellbeing of vulnerable adults. There are a variety of types of abuse and neglect that warrant a report being made to Adult Protective Services, and an APS intake worker will assess each situation and determine if it necessitates intervention by APS. If you believe you or an elderly loved one are being abused or neglected, APS can be contacted at 240-777-3000.

Social Services to Adults (SSTA) is another similar program offered through the Department of Health and Human Services that attempts to reduce incidences of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or exploitation and provides short-term case-management. Adults seeking help from SSTA can call 240-777-3000.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most prevalent form of dementia, a brain disease that severely impacts everyday life due to memory loss and chemical and structural changes of the brain. More than 50% of adults over the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s disease. Although it is normal for older adults to experience some level of forgetfulness, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can cause complete memory loss. This can be extremely frightening for both the dementia patient and their loved ones. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease besides memory impairment can include mood swings, withdrawal, and more time spent sleeping. If treated early, Alzheimer’s can be manageable for a longer period of time. It is important for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and their families to have an emotional support system. In-home caregivers may be a good option for anyone dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. FYI: Programs in our Community 

Alzheimer’s Association: National Capital Area Chapter: Provides care and support to those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. For more information, call 1-800-272-3900.

Holy Cross Hospital Medical Adult Day Center: Structured activities are offered daily to seniors looking for medical, rehabilitative, social, and recreational programs while continuing to live at home.

 

May is Older Americans Month

Older Americans, 60 years of age and older, are an invaluable population that may need access to in-home care, specialized health resources, and support groups. It’s the goal of older adult serving agencies to provide support to older adults—including those experiencing disabilities, diseases, abuse, and neglect— as well as their caregivers families. Older adult services provided in Montgomery County include Cultural Transition Facilitation programs, Interpreter/Translator Registries, Adult Day Care, In-Home support programs, and the Senior Nutrition Program. These services are available to older adults and their families in Montgomery County. For more information, contact:

DHHS’s Aging and Disability Resource Unit at 240-777-3000

Jewish Council for the Aging Senior Hotline at 301-255-4200


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Maryland Family Caregiver Support Program: Calendar of Upcoming Events

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