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
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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.

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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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