Montgomery County Village Coordinator
Monthly Update for August 12, 2015
Hello everyone,August updates are here! This month's email is a bit longer than usual but worth the read! Please take the time to review it and forward the information to others who may be interested!
I am happy to report that we now have $7,500 for FY 16. The fund is intended to support emerging villages that serve a diverse community. The main thrust for this fund is to reduce barriers for villages that are just starting and do not have the capacity to seek grants/donations. Please contact me if you are interested.
The Montgomery County Vital Living Network Very is happy to let you know that the Vital Living Networker is now available on Montgomery County’s senior website at http://montgomerycountymd.gov/senior/
. It’s accessible from the left-hand navigation bar on each page of the site. The Networker is a comprehensive online guide to living with vitality in the county for the plus 50 crowd, and replaces the original print version which was known as the Navigator. The Networker covers the following topics:
- Educational opportunities
- Recreation & fitness
3. Falls Prevention Awareness in September
The County's Fall Prevention Awareness Campaign is a countywide collaboration between nonprofits, government and businesses. Over thirty free events will be offered across the county. The events list will be published in the Septembers' edition of the Senior Beacon. If you have not planned an event this year, you can encourage your village community to take part in event near you.
AARP Maryland is advocating for more than 770,000 Marylanders who serve a vital role as caregivers for their family members and loved ones. Today, we ask for your individual and group support as we urge the Maryland General Assembly to pass and enact the CARE Act during the 2016 legislative session. This important legislation provides caregivers with peace of mind by strengthening their ability to provide for their loved one’s post-hospitalization needs. Please join us and our hundreds of supporters statewide in asking your elected representatives to vote in favor of the CARE Act by signing the enclosed letter.
If passed, the CARE Act will elevate the role of families during and after critical hospitalizations. With three important provisions, the CARE Act will:
- Allow a patient to designate on the record a caregiver to receive medical information;
- Notify that caregiver in a timely fashion about any changes to the patient’s status, including discharge; and
- Inform the caregiver about necessary information needed to provide adequate care to the patient.
It is estimated informal family caregivers have saved Maryland $5.2 billion in unpaid care. The CARE Act will help Maryland’s family caregivers who are caring for an aging spouse, relative, or friend feel a greater amount of support, and be more educated and informed about the discharge plan assigned to their loved one.
When we support caregivers, we are helping patients to experience a more speedy and successful recovery. Medicare reports that it is spending $17.8 billion a year on patients whose return trip to the hospital could have been avoided through a better aftercare plan. One in eight Medicare beneficiaries who leaves the hospital is readmitted in 30 days. Instructing the caregiver on how to care for their family member by hospital staff could help reduce the Maryland re-admission rate.
We want to count on your support for the CARE Act!
We know the CARE Act will help the thousands of Marylanders who are caring for a sick friend or relative – Please sign on with us as a CARE Act Champion. To join 17 other states and hundreds of Marylanders, please add your name to the letter of support
to bring the CARE into law. http://goo.gl/forms/8ucRpsBh82
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Associate State Director, Advocacy - AARP MD
200 St. Paul St. Suite 2510, Baltimore, MD 21202
Thank you to Marcy Frosh, who alerted me to this new publication from the State Attorney's office. This comprehensive document outlines important consumer issues that older adults may face. Feel free to circulate far and wide. http://www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/seniors.pdf
As a part of my outreach work, I have partnered with the County's Interfaith Liaison, the wonderful Kasey Kaseman and the Neighbors in Need Workgroup. We have developed a short survey that is geared toward a better understanding the communities of faith perspectives on aging and what programs they offer to their older adults. If you are a member of a church, temple, mosque or any other faith community, please help us by making sure your community participates in this survey. Feel free to contact the most suitable person to fill this survey out and email them this following text:
We are seeking feedback about your faith community's activities with older adults. Communities of faith have a long tradition of caring for aging members. Many rely on older adults for leadership roles in their community. Some have developed "senior ministries," social programs and other services. Few have dedicated staff to work specifically with their aging members. However, faith communities do not often have the opportunity to communicate with each other about the needs they observe in their communities or their various programs and services.
Montgomery County is experiencing a significant surge in aging population: In 10 years 1 in 4 county residents would be over 65. In addition, over 90% of older adults plan to age in place. These two facts put together create an imperative to rethink the way aging is perceived and addressed. We believe communities of faith can play a leading role in harnessing the power of their aging members to benefit their communities as well as developing a compassionate and responsive aging program.
The goals of this survey are twofold: 1. to learn about the needs of your aging members. 2. to learn about your community's older adults' programs.
Last year, the annual conference was conveniently held in DC. This year it is offered in Seattle. Please let me know if you plan to attend or if you are presenting.
The Village Movement: Aging's New Frontier
The Village to Village Network annual conference is quickly approaching. NVG15 will take place on October 5-7 in Seattle, WA. We are expecting 300+ attendees from across the country to join us for 3 days of learning and networking.
I have added some content to my webpages on the County's website. Please let me know if you see any errors or wish to add/change information (check out the media section to see what Potomac and Takoma Park produced!). I am working with County STAT on data analysis for villages and will share when it is ready. For example, we are using the interactive map feature to asses how many older adults have access to a village in the county as well as other interesting facts.
Senior Leadership Montgomery is a year long class that offers local leaders a chance to gain a better understanding of the needs and concerns of Montgomery County residents. Each class takes on a community service project. They are currently accepting proposals
Need Help with a Project? Send Us a Request
As part of both the Senior Leadership
and Emerging Leaders
programs, participants are required to work on community impact projects. Small teams are assigned during the program year to consult with nonprofit organizations in order to tackle a project or address a strategic issue.
This opportunity is designed to be a mutually beneficial experience for a community organization and our class members, and is one of the important ways LM has an impact on the community!
As a reminder, all my monthly updates are archived on the WAVE website.
Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County Health and Human Services
401 Hungerford Dr. 4th floor
Rockville MD 20850