Dear village people,
The December update is here, I am sending this out early because there are many events happening in the first 2 weeks of December.
1. Exploring Transportation Options in Montgomery County
My colleague Shawn Brennan is eager to share her inside scoop on transportation options available to senior citizens in Montgomery County. She is available to speak with villages or any group interested.
To contact her, call 240-777-1350 or
2. Montgomery County Community Grants
Last month I sent a link for FY 17. This one is the correct link for FY 18. Note that there will be information sessions in the month of December.
I plan to hold a “tips for successful grant writing” session that is geared toward this community grant program on Monday, December 19th 10am-noon. Location TBD. Email me if you would like to attend.
3. 2017 Move More Montgomery 100 Mile Challenge
This year we are having a group participation contest in the 100 Mile Challenge. The challenge is to form a group in one of the four categories: School, Community/Senior Centers or Rec Programs or Community Group and register as many participants as possible in your group. Your group must have a unique name and participants must enter their group name when they register. Anyone can be in your group: friends, family, neighbors, etc. But it is up to you to recruit as many member as possible for registration. Your village might want to set up its own group and register that way. Also, you can use the flyers below to promote this challenge. For more information contact: Joanne M. Roberts, Ph.D. Health and Wellness Program Manager, Department of Recreation Phone Office: 240-777-6946.
4. Office of Consumer Protection Tip for the Holiday season
The Office of Consumer Protection provides some helpful advice on how to survive this holiday season with your budget, identity, and accounts secured. Please share the link below with members of your community.
5. [National Center on ELDER ABUSE] Home for the Holidays Factsheet
The holiday season is a joyous time of the year that reunites family members from afar. These holiday visits are an excellent time for long overdue conversations and to carefully evaluate "What kind of support do our elderly loved ones need in order to safely age in place?" Given that 1 in 10 older Americans are abused and neglected, the National Center on Elder Abuse wants everyone to know what signs to look for when visiting elderly loved ones; to ensure that they are aging with respect and dignity. The NCEA factsheet “Home for the Holidays” provides a helpful checklist of things to consider when discussing with loved ones: the warning signs to keep in mind and appropriate actions to take if your loved ones are indeed at risk of being abused.
6. Sat, December 3rd 10am-noon. Free talk: Mindfulness Practices- Exploring Potential Benefits
This free event is co-sponsored by the Sibley Senior Association and the Aging Eye & Macular Degeneration Network Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. See attached flyer for more details.
7. Tuesday, Dec 6th 5:30pm-8:00pm. Aging in Montgomery County: Creating an Inclusive Community for a Lifetime
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services' (MCDHHS) Office of Community Affairs and Aging and Disability Services would like to invite you to register for our free training workshop as part of the Empowering Community Health Organizations (ECHO) Project 2016. This free workshop is the first in a three-part series focusing on the health and social needs of seniors and their families. The workshop will be led by Dr. John Kenney, Chief of Aging and Disability Services (MCDHHS) who will be providing an overview of the current and emerging senior population in the county and discussing the social, physical, and fiscal impact that aging has on communities. By becoming well-informed of the physical, mental and social needs of seniors, it can help communities better prepare for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Information on resources available in Montgomery County will also be presented.
Location: Silver Spring Civic Building. Registration is required due to limited space. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 23, 2016. You can register online by calling Diem-Thanh (Tanya) Dang, AAHI Program Assistant, at 240-777-4517 or
8. Thursday, December 1st 8:00-12:30 pm. AARP Solutions Forum: Families Caring for an Aging America: The Current Landscape and Opportunities for the Future
Join AARP for continental breakfast and discussion with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s report, Families Caring for an Aging America. In this newly released consensus report, a committee of experts calls for public acknowledgement of caregiving families and a transformation in policies and practices affecting them in their support and care of older adults with health and functional needs. The report recommends that the next presidential administration should take immediate steps to address the health, economic and social issues facing family caregivers of older Americans.
For more information on how to register. Click this link.
9. December 5th, 10:30-Noon. Dementia Free Montgomery Kickoff Event
This event will take place at Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters, Gaithersburg. Please contact me if you are interested in attending. Space is very limited. Phone: 240-777-1231
10. Tuesday, December 13th 6:00-8:30. Aging 2.0: The Innovation Age”
Join the #A2DC Chapter on Tuesday, December 13th for an engaging conversation on creativity and aging sponsored by The National Center for Creative Aging. We will hear directly from artists, entrepreneurs and leaders in this field and explore how creative expression can positively affect the aging process and how we can work together to ensure that creative opportunities are available for all older adults.
Where: Iona Senior Services | 4125 Albemarle Street NW, Washington D.C.
Cost: Early Bird ($5), General Admission ($10), Last Minute ($20)
Food and beverage are included
Happy Thanksgiving villagers!
Village Coordinator, Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
401 Hungerford Drive, 4th floor
Rockville, MD 20850