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Montgomery Update 2015-04-03

Montgomery County Village Coordinator
Monthly Update for April 3, 2015

Hello everyone,

Please find April updates below. There is lots of good information here. Please forward this to other members of your community.

1. Johns Hopkins study
2. Technology survey
3. Montgomery County Village Gathering May 12th 2015 9-2 @ White Oak Recreation Center
4. Health care decision day - Consider the Conversation” – Free Film Screening and Discussion
5. Active Aging Expo May 4th @ Bohrer Park
6. County Executive Grants
7. Maryland Communities of Practice meeting
8. PEAC - a group of interest for programing ideas
9.  Alzheimer's disease facts - new research results released by the Alz. Association.
10.  Resources for Seniors from the Securities and Exchange Commission
11. International Active Aging week


1. ​Johns Hopkins study:
The Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is currently recruiting persons with dementia and their caregivers for a research study entitled The Dementia Behavior Study, Reducing Agitation in People with Dementia: The Customized Activity Trial.  This research study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.  Enclosed please find copies of the IRB approved flyer and study brochure.

The purpose of The Dementia Behavior Study is to evaluate ways of helping families manage challenging behaviors of persons with dementia living at home.  Behaviors such as agitation, anger, anxiety, irritability, pacing, refusing needed help, or asking the same questions over and over are common in persons with dementia.  These behaviors are difficult to manage and can negatively impact the quality of life of both the caregiver and the person with dementia. 

Please see attached flyer for more information.

2. UMBC Technology survey
The Erickson School @UMBC  would like to request your participation in a brief survey presented by the UMBC Aging/Erickson School research team.

In short, we'd like to gather your feedback on various technologies that may improve the lives of older adults.  Your responses to this survey will help us evaluate the effectiveness of these technologies so that we can enhance future design.

The survey is very brief and will only take about 20 minutes to complete. Please click the link below to go to the survey Web site (or copy and paste the link into your Internet browser). https://umbc.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6JQvoB0EMDa8gzb.com/SE/?SID=SV_6JQvoB0EMDa8gzb

We appreciate your participation! If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Principal Investigator, Galina Madjaroff, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3. Montgomery County Village May 12th, 2015 @White Oak Recreation Center
As promised, I am reminding everyone to sign up for the gathering which is shaping up to be very interesting. Please share the attached flyer with your board and active volunteers. If you have friend in communities who do not have a village but are considering starting one, this is an excellent event for them to attend as well. Call if you have any questions.

4. “Consider the Conversation” – Free Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Downtown Silver Spring at the corner of Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive

In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day on Thursday, April 16, the Montgomery County Coalition for Care at the End of Life invites the public to a reception and free screening of the documentary, “Consider the Conversation.” The hour-long film includes interviews with patients, families, health care professionals, and clergy. Following the film, a panel of experts will respond to questions from the audience about end-of-life concerns. Event planners hope to encourage people to have the conversation with their loved ones, empower everyone to write their advanced directives, and promote the film’s message that the end of life is a “normal process rich in opportunity for human development.” No advance registration is required. The reception includes light refreshments before the film begins at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.mccelc.org or www.considertheconversation.org.

5. Active Aging Expo, Monday May 4th @ Bohrer Park
The City of Gaithersburg Senior Center is holding an Aging Expo on May 4th. It is a great event to learn more about the many programs and services in Montgomery County benefiting older adults!  Cllick here for flyer. The Expo is free and open to the public.

6. County Executive Grants  update
County Executive has announced his grantees for this year's CE community grants (these are included in his budget which needs to be approved by County  Council). Both Silver Spring Village and Olney home for Life received support for their operations. Kudos to both villages. I hope that more villages are able to take advantage of this grant opportunity next year. County Council grants have will be announced in May.

7. Maryland Communities of Practice meeting update
Maryland villages convene twice a year in Annapolis to share ideas and network. It is great to see the growth of villages across all counties and be able to support new initiatives. This past meeting in March focused on learning about different leadership structures within organizations and communities. If you are interested in attending please contact Carol Cober: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also find more information on the communities of practice on the website: http://marylandagingincommunity.org/

8. PEAC - a group of interest
PEAC (Programmers Enriching Adult Communities) is a group programmer in various organizations (recreation department, life long learning institutes etc.) who meet quarterly to share ideas for programs and educational events. If you village is looking for ideas for recommended musicians/speakers, you may want to join this meeting. The next meeting  will be  at the White Oak Community Center on April 10 from 10 AM to noon. To RSVP email: Nekia (Shememe) Williams: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

9. Alzheimer's disease facts
Thank you, Marcy Frosh, Silver Spring Village ED, for sharing this:

Among seniors aged 65 and older who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or their caregivers, only 45 percent are aware of the diagnosis, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, released today. And, among only those diagnosed with the disease, the percentage who know of their diagnosis drops to just 33 percent.

In contrast, 93 percent of people diagnosed with the four most common cancers (breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate) or their caregivers, are aware of the diagnosis. Similarly, 90 percent and 70 percent of individuals diagnosed with heart disease and diabetes, respectively, or their caregivers are aware of the diagnosis. 

10.   Resources for Seniors from the Securities and Exchange Commission
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy offers resources to help Seniors avoid investment fraud and understand their investment options.   The attached flyer describes the SEC’s resources available for Seniors, or visit www.investor.gov/seniors.   

If interested in a presentation to Seniors, or questions on resources, please contact:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

​11. International Active Aging week (September 2015)
The organization that started Active Aging Week, the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), is pleased to announce the launch of its new website for this growing annual event. The ICAA is encouraging individuals and organizations to get involved in the 2015 event, which runs from September 27 to October 3. The new website provides visitors with everything they need to know about organizing an event, and offers a variety of free, ready-made materials, from logos to T-shirt designs, Power Point presentations and Certificates of Recognition to make their efforts as turnkey as possible.


That is all for now. Take care everyone,

Pazit Aviv
Village Coordinator
Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County Health and Human Services
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
401 Hungerford Dr. 4th floor
Rockville MD 20850
phone: 240-777-1231

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