Montgomery County Village Coordinator
Monthly Update for June 1, 2015

​​Hello all,

Please find June's updates below:

1. County Council and County Executive grants and County budget decisions
2. World Elder Abuse Day
3. Updated website
4. Bethesda Chevy Chase quarterly meeting
5. Faith communities survey
6. Livable Communities report
7. AARP livability index
8. Vacation


1. County Council and County Executive grants  and budget decisions

For those of you who are interested in such matters (and all of you should be!) the next FY budget for the County has been approved. You can read about it here: http://montgomerycomd.blogspot.com/2015/05/county-council-adopts-508-billion-total.html 

In relation to villages, for FY 16, County Council has provided a grant to The Village of Takoma Park and County Executive has awarded a grant to Silver Spring Village and Olney Home for Life.

In addition to that, County Council has approved a $10,000 fund to support budding village initiatives in diverse communities. This fund was advocated for by the Commission on Aging and we thank them deeply for their support. The details on how to access this fund are forthcoming. It will be available starting July 1st, 2015.

2. World Elder Abuse Day  June 10

June 10th is Elder Abuse day. Please see flyer and inform your membership about this event which will take place at Holiday Park Senior Center. This is a very important subject that deserves your attention as you are connecting with many older adults in your community. The County has recently developed more resources around financial exploitation which you may want to know about.

3. Updated website

I have added all the Montgomery County Village Gathering photos, handouts and PowerPoint presentations. Please check it out, and let me know what you think. http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS-Program/ADS/Villages/Villagegathering2015.html

4. Bethesda Chevy Chase villages quarterly meeting

The next BCC villages meeting will be help next Monday, June 8th 9:30-11:00am at the BCC Regional Service Center, room A. All BCC active and emerging villages are welcome to join. 

5. Faith communities survey

I have connected with Kasey Kaseman, who is the County's Interfaith Liaison, in an effort to reach out to the County's faith communities. Kasey has been very supportive and together with his interfaith workgroup called "Neighbors in Need Work Group" we have developed a short survey which will be sent out to faith leaders in the County. The goal of the survey is to have a deeper appreciation of what faith communities think about their aging members, what programs and services they already offer and what else they would like to do. If you are involved in a faith community, please feel free to share this Survey Monkey link with the person who can represent your congregation on this issue:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5SMD8Q5
 
6. Livable Communities report
n4a, which is the national organizations that represents the Area Agencies on Aging, has recently published a wonderful report on what communities around the nation are doing to improve their livability. The author of this report, Stephanie Firestone is a Montgomery County resident and also attended the village gathering event last month. This report is popular online, they already have 80,000 hits. Click on it yourself!http://www.n4a.org/files/n4aMakingYourCommunityLivable1.pdf
 
7. AARP livability index 
Another interesting national resource has come out of the AAPR Public Policy Institute. This online tool takes into account many factors that contribute to a community's "score" of livability. What is your community's' score? My take on this tool is that there are several variables that cannot be incorporated into the score and yet do impact the livability of a specific location. I welcome your thoughts on this.http://livabilityindex.aarp.org/?cmp=LVABLIDX_MAR25_015 

8. Vacation

I will be away 6.12-7.3. Please make sure to connect with me before 6.12 if you need anything that is time sensitive. Otherwise. I will get back to you in July!

 

My best wishes to all of you,

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
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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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