Dear all,

Please find the July 2016 updates. As (almost) always, there are lots of good information here, so please take the time to review and share with others as well.

1. Montgomery County villages task force on capacity and sustainability:
This task force began as the brainchild of a few Bethesda, Chevy Chase villages who were interested in exploring ways to collaborate. The task force is interested in cost reduction for individual villages by utilizing a “bulk purchase” method to access discounts. At this point, you may be asking yourself: What will we buy together?

There are many goods and services the villages may be interested and they are listed in the attached needs assessment survey. Please make sure that each village fills it out once and email it back to me. The results of the survey will drive the decisions on how we will move forward. Click here to access survey

If your village is interested in joining this task force, please contact Todd Smith, Executive Director for Little Falls Village: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. Save the date (1) Montgomery County Villages Gathering
Our second gathering will take place on September 27th, 2016, 9:00-3:30 @White Oak Community Center. Please see attached flyer. This year we will limit villages’ representatives to only three.

3. Save the date (2): Rockville Villages: Ready Start Go!
On October 8th 2016 10-12 @ Rockville Senior Center, Rockville Villages Advisory Group will host a panel presentation on how to start your own village. The panel will be comprised of local village leaders who will discuss the various stages of village development. The event is free and open to the public. It is important to note, that this year the Montgomery County Village Gathering will not include a session on the early stages of village development. So this event is especially important if your village is at that stage of development. No RSVP is required.

4. New resource (1): Maryland InfoPortal
The Maryland InfoPortal (formerly called Redbook Online), is a digital catalog for information on financial and non-financial assistance offered by Maryland state government agencies.It is a free, user-friendly database, managed by the Maryland Department of Planning. The State Clearinghouse for Intergovernmental Assistance hosts the site, coordinates the timeliness and maintains the accuracy of the information through a network of more than 80 sponsoring agencies.

Maryland InfoPortal contains links to 700-plus state programs that provide financial, non-financial and technical assistance and direct development to local government, civic and private organizations, and individuals.

Useful Links:

Maryland InfoPortal Webpage

Maryland InfoPortal Search Tool

5. New Resource (2): Resource Guide from Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs has a new comprehensive resource guide. So Click this link for some great info!Resource Guide 

6. Advocacy Alert: Aging in Place bill in the house:
Thank you to Louis Tenenbaum and Donna Savage for proposing this new federal legislation initiative:

Representative Patrick Murphy (D-FL-18) introduced HR 5254 The Senior Accessible Housing Act on May 16, 2016. This game changing bill provides a $30,000 tax credit for home modifications. This is the first Federal bill to incentivize older citizens to prepare their homes for Aging in Place. Its fate now lies in the House's ways and means. If you would like to learn more about this, contact Louis Tenenbaum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7. City of Rockville has approved a new staff position to support villages in the city:
Rockville City Mayor and Council have approved a new staff position that is dedicated to Rockville Villages.  This came about as a result of the activities of the Rockville Villages Advisory Group, which is supported by the Senior Center’s staff. When the position is posted, I will share more information.

8. Olney Home for Life is seeking a new Volunteer of Maryland volunteer:
Last year, Thelma Ekeocha joined Olney Home for Life as a Volunteer Maryland volunteer. This program is the Maryland’s AmeriCorp program. A volunteer commits for a year and receives a modest stipend. Thelma’s term is ending and OHFL is now seeking a new person. Click on link for more information

9. n4a Campaign to end Financial Exploitation:
June 15th was World Elder Abuse Day. As a part of the awareness campaign, n4a released two important consumer brochures, Answers on Aging™ │Financial Exploitation: Safeguarding Your Money & Property (order) and Home Improvement Scams: Tools to Reduce Your Risk (order), which we hope you will find useful in your ongoing efforts to help protect your clients and the broader community from these scams.

10. County Executive Award for Excellence in Arts and Humanities
Each year, County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett pays tribute to the organizations and individuals that have made a difference in Montgomery County through the arts and humanities. Now is your chance to nominate a deserving individual or group to receive this great honor.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the following awards: 

Education Award,  Community Award, Volunteer Award, Outstanding Artist or Scholar Award, Business or Individual Patron Award, Emerging Leader Award

Please submit your nominations online by July 15 at 11:59 pm.

Happy Independence Day!

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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