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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


FYI-Programs in our Community 

Maryland Family Caregiver Support Program: Calendar of Upcoming Events

Home Care Partners: A Client’s Story

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