Montgomery County Village Coordinator
Monthly Update for May 15, 2015

​Hello all,

Please find May's updates below.

1. Montgomery County Village Gathering
2. Last WAVE's meeting follow up
3. World Elder Abuse Day
4. DC Faith communities and villages summit update

1. Montgomery County Village Gathering

It was wonderful to see so many of you last Tuesday, May 12th at the White Oak Community Center . A hundred and eight people from forty different communities in Montgomery County gathered to learn from one another, share ideas and form connections. Participants gave very positive feedback about the day and felt the gathering was a good use of their time. All power Points, handouts, photos and workshops summaries will be available on the website soon.

2. WAVE meeting

On April 27th, Washington Area villages Exchange held their quarterly meeting at the Bethesda Chevy chase Regional Service Center. The topic of conversation was the relationship between villages and local hospital. Representatives from local hospitals talked about their interest in working with villages and what the collaborations could look like. There was a great amount of interest in this topic and a work group is forming to look at this issue more closely. If you are interested in joining, please let me know.

3. World Elder Abuse Day

Elder abuse is a significant challenge and crosses all socio-economic and cultural boundaries. Each year, the county holds an elder abuse awareness day. This year, June 10th, we are going to hold the event at Holiday Park Senior Center. Please let your village members know about this event and come by to get information and learn about local resources available to you.

4. DC Faith communities and villages summit update

I was invited to attend an interesting event in DC today (Friday, May 15th). In the summit representatives from DC villages and DC churches discussed ways they can work together. The conversation revolved around issues of disparities, gentrification, and lack of basic needs for residents of poor neighborhoods. But the group also brought up creative and interesting ways communities of faith and villages can identify specific ways they can collaborate. If you find this topic interesting, please give me a call!

Thank you and enjoy your weekend,

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

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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