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

23 Mar
For Family Caregivers: Learn how unpaid, live-in, primary caregivers can get short term, occasional relief from their caregiving duties and other support. Meet potential respite care providers and learn more about how respite care works.

Respite is funded primarily through a contract with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.
26 Mar
Village Café
03/26 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Please note change in the schedule. The Village Café usually takes place on the second Tuesday of the month but due to the Commission on Aging Public forum, I am moving it to the forth Tuesday this month. If you cannot find free parking near the building, county parking is available across from Rockville Memorial Library.
27 Mar
Helpful Village Users Group Webinar
03/27 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This is the regular monthly meeting of the Helpful Village Users Group (HVUG). Their purpose is to provide a national forum for HV Users where they can share best village practices using HV, collect requests for updates to the HV system, coordinate with Helpful Village staff, and distribute HV training materials and software updates.  For more information please email Andy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You need to log on to the Village to Village Network to register for and to view this webinar.

Be sure to register for these webinars today so you do not miss out on the opportunity to participate! Make sure you are LOGGED IN to the VtVN website before you try to register. When you click on each of the title links below to register, scroll up to the top of the screen and make sure your full name appears in the top right hand corner of the screen above the blue toolbar. This means that you are logged in and you can successfully register for these member only webinars. If you are NOT logged in, all you will see is "Add to my Calendar" instead of "Click Here to Register." Once you are logged in, click the "Click Here to Register" button and it will walk you through a few quick steps to register.

Click on:   NEW DAY! Helpful Village Users Group 2 PM ET/ 1 PM CT/ 12 PM MT/ 11 AM PT - 1/24/2018
29 Mar
Rethinking How We Age in a Changing World
03/29 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Featuring Howard Gleckman, Suburban Hospital Board Chair & Senior Fellow at The Urban Institute

90% of older adults say they want to age in place in their own homes for as long as possible. Join Howard Gleckman, author of Caring for Our Parents, as he shares how we can take advantage of community resources to age at home while navigating the
increasingly complex healthcare system.
3 Apr
This call is run by Katie Garber, Capitol Hill Village's Director of Volunteer and Care Services and licensed clinical social worker.  She will take questions and moderate the monthly call. Topics open to discussion include, but are not limited to: developing a volunteer-based care coordination system, creating healthy boundaries for member service delivery, setting realistic expectations for members and their families, coordinating with local community resources, when to make a referral to Adult Protective Services, etc. Be sure to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with topics you want covered at any upcoming call!  Please direct all follow up questions to Nisha or Natalie by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will try to assist you as best we can until the next month's call with Katie.

You need to log on to the Village to Village Network to register for and to view this webinar.

Be sure to register for these webinars today so you do not miss out on the opportunity to participate! Make sure you are LOGGED IN to the VtVN website before you try to register. When you click on each of the title links below to register, scroll up to the top of the screen and make sure your full name appears in the top right hand corner of the screen above the blue toolbar. This means that you are logged in and you can successfully register for these member only webinars. If you are NOT logged in, all you will see is "Add to my Calendar" instead of "Click Here to Register." Once you are logged in, click the "Click Here to Register" button and it will walk you through a few quick steps to register.

Click on: NEW DAY! Caring For Our Frailest Members: A Monthly Idea Exchange - 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST - 1/3/2018
4 Apr
• A conversation about Collaboration & Program Innovations
• News from the Baltimore Engagement Group & our statewide leaders
• Information Exchange with Statewide Leaders at Our Networking Lunch

Chava Ball, the Village Engagement Director, is this meeting’s host. Complimentary purified water, morning tea, coffee or hot chocolate will be available when you arrive.
Plan to stay for our 12-1 networking Brown Bag Lunch. Bring your own lunch. Fruit and desert provided.

RSVP
10 Apr
New Member Orientation Webinar
04/10 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This is for new members to get accustomed to the website and learn how to find and use all the resources VTVN has to offer. Nisha will show members how to navigate the website as well as take care of renewals, payments, registrations, etc. She will also go over all of the member benefits, where to find them, and share any current information about the Network. This call is primarily for new members, but anyone is welcome to come with any questions about membership to VTVN or anything Village related!

You need to log on to the Village to Village Network to register for and to view this webinar.

Be sure to register for these webinars today so you do not miss out on the opportunity to participate! Make sure you are LOGGED IN to the VtVN website before you try to register. When you click on each of the title links below to register, scroll up to the top of the screen and make sure your full name appears in the top right hand corner of the screen above the blue toolbar. This means that you are logged in and you can successfully register for these member only webinars. If you are NOT logged in, all you will see is "Add to my Calendar" instead of "Click Here to Register." Once you are logged in, click the "Click Here to Register" button and it will walk you through a few quick steps to register.

Click on: NEW TIME! New Member Orientation 2 PM ET/ 1 PM CT/ 12 PM MT/ 11 AM PT - 1/10/2018
16 Apr
Healthcare Decisions Day
04/16 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Healthcare Decisions Day is a national campaign to raise awareness about the needs of those with serious illness. Events are held annually across the country on or around April 16, following Tax Day.
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