Hello everyone,

There is a lot of good, solid information in this monthly announcement. The first part contains updates, news and resources. The second outlines important events.

 

1. 2016 Annual Report – enhanced!

Last month, I shared with everyone the 2016 Annual Report. Since then a few more villages have added their info as well. In addition, I have also added some cool new visual data which I am sure you will all find very interesting.

Click here to see the updated version.

 

2. WAVE Updates

  • IT Updates

The WAVE IT committee met with a new developer who is a resident of Friendship Heights. He is working with Little Falls and Friendship Heights on a software for village operations. If you are interested in learning more about this new development, join WAVE IT this Friday 2/3 or next Thursday 2/9 to learn more. Contact me for more details. As always my contact info can be found at the bottom of this announcement page. Thanks.

  • January’s Meeting

We had an excellent presentation about elder abuse given by a former NIH researcher back in January. He is currenly collaborating with the DOJ, working on this issue from a policy standpoint.

Click here to see the presentation.

In addition, we recently heard about a research opportunity in the Civic Engagement field. If you are interested, contact Miriam Kelty through email by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to see proposal.

 

3. Villages Capacity Building

We are currently working on finding out more about affordable insurance carrier. It appears that there are some differences in what people are paying. If you are looking to compare rates, contact me. My contact information can be found at the bottom of the page.

 

 4. Exploring Transportation Options in Montgomery County

As you know from my December update, my colleague Shawn Brennan is eager to share the inside scoop on different transportation options available to seniors in Montgomery County. In addition to being available to speak with any group interested in learning more, she has a supply of Transportation Network Directories to share also. To check out this ever-popular publication, click here to see website. To request a hard copy or a presentation, contact Shawn at 240-777-1350 or through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

5. Montgomery Serves Award - Nominate your volunteer(s):

The Montgomery Serves awards are coming up. The deadline to nominate your volunteer(s) is 2/24/2017. Chevy Chase At Home volunteers won a few years back. This is a good opportunity to raise awareness about your amazing volunteers!

Click here to see website.

 

6. Vital Living Network

The Vital Living Network, in partnership with the County, supports, promotes and encourages opportunities for older adults. VLN is currently promoting their Speakers Bureau, a presentation for community organizations to learn about programs for active older adults.

Click here to see publication.

Representatives from Montgomery County Villages are invited to attend the upcoming meeting of the Montgomery County Vital Living Network. The meeting will be held at the Olney Library, 3500 Olney Laytonsville Road on Tuesday, March 14 from 1:30 -3:30 pm.  Montgomery County Libraries will host this meeting and the focus will be on their existing programs for older adults and future plans. If your Village plans to send a representative to attend, please contact Donna Mason, VLN Chair, through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call at 301 928 3625.

 

7. Montgomery County Move More 100 Miles Challenge – set up a group to win prizes.

This year a group participation contest was added within the 100 Mile Challenge. Create the group with the highest number of participants and win great prizes. Groups should fall under one of the following four categories: Schools, Community/Senior Centers and Recreation Programs, MC Government Departments and Community Groups. Each group should have a unique name. Participating group members must enter with their unique group name upon registration. Anyone can be in your group: friends, family, neighbors, etc. Recruit as many people as possible and register for your group. Prizes for the largest group in each category include recognition at the Move More Montgomery Festival on May 6, 2017, a one-hour fitness class for your group provided by Montgomery County Recreation and a banner announcing that you had the most participants at the 2017 100 Mile Challenge.

Click this link for more information.

 

8. New Resource- Prescription and Dental Discounts

Montgomery County has just signed an agreement with NACO to bring discounts to County residents. This is a true benefit to all. Please share the following link with your networks.

Click this link for more information.

 

9. Shop Energy Tax Free Weekend

President’s Day Weekend is also SHOP ENERGY TAX FREE Weekend! This means that Montgomery County (& Maryland) residents can purchase Energy Star Appliances with NO TAX during the weekend of Feb 18-20, 2017. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Energy Team will be hosting events throughout the County to make sure residents know about this weekend and we are hoping you can share the flyer and information in your newsletter and print some out to spread the word in your neighborhood.

Click this link for more information.

 

10. National Park Pass fee for 62+ will increase in 2017

Thank you to Donna Savage from Villages of Kensington for sharing this bit of news:

Got your National Parks Senior Pass yet?  If not, you should get it soon! According to AARP, the cost is going up sometime in 2017 from $10 to $80.

Click here for more information.

It is totally worth it! Even if you would only visit one park at least once or twice in your lifetime. That includes Great Falls in MD or VA. Instructions, info, & application are here. Click here for more information.

As the world grays, seniors should step up and create a more 'age-friendly' future.

Thank you to Maggie Range for sharing this bit of news.

Click here to see the news.

 

Events:

 1. 2/13/17: Beacon hill Village 15th Anniversary – a morning event and watch parties.

The village movement is 15 years old. Beacon Hill Village was founded in 2002 and the Village To Village Network is celebrating the occasion with Atul Gowanda.  On that Monday there are several events you should be aware of:

  • Little Falls Village is hosting a public event at Bethesda Library @ 10:30am about villages. This is an opportunity to tell people about your village. If you are a BCC area village, you may want to send a representative.
  • Silver Spring Village is holding a watch party on that day at the Silver Spring Library @ 4:30-6pm. Click here to see flyer.
  • Villages of Kensington are also planning an event. Contact Donna Savage if you want to join. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

2. Suburban Village Ambassador program 2/24/17 from 12:30-2:30pm. Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor La.

Suburban is hosting a brainstorm session facilitated by Elinor Ginzler (JCA) on 2/24/17. This is the second meeting between Suburban and area villages with the hopes of enhancing the collaborations between healthcare provider and villages.

Lunch will be served and we kindly ask all participants to register for this free event by going to this link. 

During this forum participants will:

  • Match different Village priorities with available hospital resources
  • Develop a communication plan to connect hospital staff with Village members
  • Identify various educational topics for future classes and training to help Villages successfully age in place

Click here to see flyer.

 

3. Montgomery County Villages Semi Annual meeting 2/28/17 1-3pm @ Silver Spring Civic Building

This is a new forum that I have created in response to village leaders' requests. The goal is to offer village leaders a place to exchange ideas and discuss matter of shared interests. Space is very limited as we strive to keep it to a small group discussion format. Please make sure your village is represented and if not, contact me to RSVP. My contact information is at the bottom of the page.

 

4. Kensington Park is hosting Coffee and conversation for villages 2/16/17

Kensington Park invites you to meet with members of the Montgomery County community, including: local government, The Villages, first-responders and leaders in the field of Alzheimer’s.  

Enjoy a buffet breakfast, friends and a better understanding of how to support our senior community.

Please RSVP to Heather Flattery - 301-946-7700 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

5. Kensington Park is also hosting a class called Connecting in Friendship

Kensington Park, in partnership with JSSA is hosting this class. This is a four session course designed to help older adults develop and maintain happy relationships.

Click this link to for more information.

 

ONE MORE THING FOLKS! Hidden Figures - Special Screening Invitation 2/28/2017

The Village of Takoma Park has partnered with AFI Silver Spring for a special screening of the movie Hidden Figures.

Click here to see flyer for event details.

Please take a look at the flyer and contact Kathie Baker for more information at 301-270-8451 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Pazit Aviv
Village Coordinator
Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/village
401 Hungerford Drive, 4th floor
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 240-777-123

 

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