1.June is Alzheimer's awareness month! The Alzheimer's; Association robust calendar of groups and events can be accessed here. Click on this link.

2. The last Maryland villages meeting featured a few interesting speakers on the topic of housing. I would like to share a couple of resources:

  • The Golden Girls Network:  a website that helps women who wish to either share their home or find a home share with other people who are over 40 years of age (men too) : goldengirlsnetwork.com.

  • This very risky way of dealing with financial challenges can be detrimental. There are few "third party" consultants who could offer people a good advice on this issue. The National Council on Aging has partnered with a nonprofit that can help people make the best decision. Click on this link.

3. People over 65 get a property tax deferral
Bill 10-16 will enable seniors of at least 65 years of age and individual or combined gross incomes of $80,000 or less to defer increases on property taxes on their principal residence for up to as long as they sell their homes. Interest on the deferred taxes would accrue at a 0 percent interest rate. Under the income threshold of $80,000—which is the senior median income in the County—the eligibility criteria would capture roughly half of senior households in Montgomery County.

4. Know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older?
Show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2016 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP’s most prestigious Maryland volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. Only one individual or couple from Maryland may be selected each year.

The nomination deadline is Friday, June 3. Nominate someone online today!

If you have questions about the eligibility information and award rules, visit our website or call Maryland at 1-866-542-8163.

5. National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is pleased to announce the availability of Community Impact grants for the 2017 year.

All grants must address at least one of the following areas:

  • Chronic disease management

  • Navigating and accessing health care and social services

  • Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss

  • Social isolation

  • Poverty and financial insecurity

Non-clinical services, such as providing access to healthy food or offering exercise programs, may help in the management of chronic diseases. Caregivers, particularly family members, seek support as well as temporary respite from their daily responsibilities. Seniors desire companionship and interaction with the broader community, including younger generations. Providing these kinds of services at reduced or no cost can help address financial needs.

Information regarding the submission of grant proposals, including the application form, timeline, recipient eligibility and grant reporting requirements, can be found at www.nationallutheran.org/impactgrants. Proposals will be accepted June 1, 2016–August 15, 2016.

Questions? Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-354-2703 and ask for Community Impact.

Happy summer!


Pazit Aviv
Village Coordinator
Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County Health and Human Services
401 Hungerford Dr. 4th floor
Rockville MD 20850
phone: 240-777-1231


Upcoming Events

13 Jun
Low Vision Rehabilitation Open House
06/13 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Learn more about Low Vision Rehabilitation services to help maintain independence and improve quality of life!

The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy and innovation. One main program POB offers in the DC Metropolitan area is their Low Vision Learning Centers.

With locations in Bethesda, DC, and Alexandria, POB’s Low Vision Learning Centers offer personalized rehabilitation programming for persons with significant vision loss. Optometrists, who specialize in low vision, work with their patient one-on-one to create a plan to help achieve the activities of daily living they still want to be able to complete, even with vision loss. In addition, there is an opportunity to try and receive
training with different low vision aids and devices.

RSVP: Sean Curry,
15 Jun

We have designed this day especially for unpaid family/friend caregivers. By attending you will increase awareness of caregiver’s supports, health and wellness programs and lifelong engagement available in Montgomery County. In addition, the Listening Session will allow caregivers opportunity to share their needs with stakeholders.

Hosted by Montgomery County’s Health and Human Services Caregiver Support Program.

Attend and learn how to maintain well-being through support, community connections and education programs.

Event highlights include:
• Interactive sessions designed for family/friend unpaid caregivers. Attend and learn how to maintain well-being
through support, community connections and education programs.
• Stimulating information presentations that welcome caregiver questions.
• Unique caregiver conversations with the County’s African, Latino and Asian American health programs.
• Networking and support for LGBTQIA+ care partners.
• Information Resource Fair featuring (free or low cost) supports available for unpaid caregivers.
• Listening Session inviting unpaid caregivers to share their needs associated with caring for a loved-on at home.

Register online
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