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Montgomery Update 2015-07-09

Montgomery County Village Coordinator
Monthly Update for July 9, 2015

Hello everyone,

Please find July's updates below.

1. White House Conference on Aging July 13th
2. WAVE meeting July 20th
3. AARP Vitality Project
4. Village Guide - looking for case studies
5. Wyngate NHN joined Village Ride
6. Falls Prevention Campaign September
7. JSSA free program for seniors in financial difficulty
8. $10,000 Village news premature.

1. White House Conference on Aging July 13th
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act (as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security). It is also when the once a decade White House Conference on Aging will take place – on July 13th. Although attendance at the actual conference is by invitation only, we hope you will attend the Viewing Session (or “Watch Party”) jointly sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission on Aging, Vital Living Network, Department of Health and Human Services, and Recreation Department.
Please join us to watch the live webcast of this historic event: at the White Oak Senior Center (1700 April Lane, Silver Spring). The gathering is free and open to the public. The Conference is scheduled to start at 10:00 AM and end at 4:30 or 5:00 PM. Flyer for more information.

2. WAVE meeting July 20th
WAVE's quarterly meeting will take place in Virginia this time. The presenters will discuss coordinated volunteer rides programs. I think it is worth the drive to the other side of the world for! To learn more http://wavevillages.org/

3. AARP Vitality Project
AARP has partnered with Blue Zones and United Health Foundation to develop this project. It aims to motivate individuals and communities to make life style changes that can improve their health and potentially their longevity. You may be interested in offering this to your village as a community effort. There are references online to cities that have take up this challenges and have seen some good outcomes. Vitality Project Info.

4. Village Guide - looking for case studies
The Village Guide writing group is seeking to offer a comprehensive view on what a village can look like. As a part of this effort, we invite you to write up a case study of your village based on the questionnaire provided with this email. Your case study will be included in the Village Guide. If you have any questions, please contact me. Thanks for your help.

5. Wyngate NHN joined Village Ride
Village Ride is a pilot program managed by JCA to offer "back office" support for villages' volunteer transportation services. Village Ride will present at the next WAVE meeting. The program begun with five villages in the pilot phase and is now poised to bring in more villages. Wyngate in the sixth village to join - congratulations!
Village Ride is looking to serve more village in the County. If you are interested, come to the next WAVE meeting.

6. Falls Prevention Campaign this September
For the past four years, Montgomery County Aging service organizations have come together during the month of September to participate in the Falls Prevention Awareness campaign. To participate your village may want to plan a free event on this topic from any aspect you see fit. The events list is published in the Beacon and other outlets. This is a great opportunity to talk about this important issue! For more information contact Emily glazer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She may be able to help you identity a presenter.

7. JSSA free program for seniors in financial difficulty
This just came hot off the press. This is a flyer for a free program for people over 65 who are facing financial difficulties. Please help them spread the news.

8. $10,000 Village news premature
Some of you may recall that in my June's update I mentioned a $10,000 fund to help villages with various costs. Well, the recent news is that it is currently not going to be offered due to budget challenges the county is facing. I apologize for the false hope. If there is any change, I will let you know.

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

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