Montgomery County Village Coordinator
Monthly Update for August 12, 2015

Hello everyone,August updates are here!  This month's email is a bit longer than usual but worth the read! Please take the time to review it and forward the information to others who may be interested!
 
 
I am happy to report that we now have $7,500 for FY 16. The fund is intended to support emerging villages that serve a diverse community. The main thrust for this fund is to reduce barriers for villages that are just starting and do not have the capacity to seek grants/donations. Please contact me if you are interested.
 
The Montgomery County Vital Living Network Very is happy to let you know that the Vital Living Networker is now available on Montgomery County’s senior website at http://montgomerycountymd.gov/senior/. It’s accessible from the left-hand navigation bar on each page of the site. The Networker is a comprehensive online guide to living with vitality in the county for the plus 50 crowd, and replaces the original print version which was known as the Navigator. The Networker covers the following topics:
  • Libraries
  • Educational opportunities
  • Recreation & fitness
  • Volunteerism
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Transportation

 3. Falls Prevention Awareness in September

The County's Fall Prevention Awareness Campaign is a countywide collaboration between nonprofits, government and businesses. Over thirty free events will be offered across the county. The events list will be published in the Septembers' edition of the Senior Beacon. If you have not planned an event this year, you can encourage your village community to take part in event near you. 
 
AARP Maryland is advocating for more than 770,000 Marylanders who serve a vital role as caregivers for their family members and loved ones. Today, we ask for your individual and group support as we urge the Maryland General Assembly to pass and enact the CARE Act during the 2016 legislative session. This important legislation provides caregivers with peace of mind by strengthening their ability to provide for their loved one’s post-hospitalization needs. Please join us and our hundreds of supporters statewide in asking your elected representatives to vote in favor of the CARE Act by signing the enclosed letter.
 
If passed, the CARE Act will elevate the role of families during and after critical hospitalizations. With three important provisions, the CARE Act will:
  • Allow a patient to designate on the record a caregiver to receive medical information;
  • Notify that caregiver in a timely fashion about any changes to the patient’s status, including discharge; and
  • Inform the caregiver about necessary information needed to provide adequate care to the patient.
It is estimated informal family caregivers have saved Maryland $5.2 billion in unpaid care. The CARE Act will help Maryland’s family caregivers who are caring for an aging spouse, relative, or friend feel a greater amount of support, and be more educated and informed about the discharge plan assigned to their loved one.
 When we support caregivers, we are helping patients to experience a more speedy and successful recovery. Medicare reports that it is spending $17.8 billion a year on patients whose return trip to the hospital could have been avoided through a better aftercare plan. One in eight Medicare beneficiaries who leaves the hospital is readmitted in 30 days. Instructing the caregiver on how to care for their family member by hospital staff could help reduce the Maryland re-admission rate.
 
 We want to count on your support for the CARE Act!  
 We know the CARE Act will help the thousands of Marylanders who are caring for a sick friend or relative – Please sign on with us as a CARE Act Champion. To join 17 other states and hundreds of Marylanders, please add your name to the letter of support to bring the CARE into law. http://goo.gl/forms/8ucRpsBh82 (IE8 does not support this link, please open on Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox)
 
 If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to email Tammy Bresnahan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sincerely,
 
Tammy Bresnahan
Associate State Director, Advocacy - AARP MD 
200 St. Paul St. Suite 2510, Baltimore, MD 21202
410-302-8451
 
Thank you to Marcy Frosh, who alerted me to this new publication from the State Attorney's office. This comprehensive  document outlines important consumer issues that older adults may face. Feel free to circulate far and wide. http://www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/seniors.pdf
 
As a part of my outreach work, I have partnered with the County's Interfaith Liaison, the wonderful Kasey Kaseman and the Neighbors in Need Workgroup. We have developed a short survey that is geared toward a better understanding the communities of faith perspectives on aging and what programs they offer to their older adults. If you are a member of a church, temple, mosque or any other faith community, please help us by making sure your community participates in this survey. Feel free to contact the most suitable person to fill this survey out and email them this following text:
 
Dear Friend,
 
We are seeking feedback about your faith community's activities with older adults. Communities of faith have a long tradition of caring for aging members. Many rely on older adults for leadership roles in their community. Some have developed "senior ministries," social programs and other services. Few have dedicated staff to work specifically with their aging members.  However, faith communities do not often have the opportunity to communicate with each other about the needs they observe in their communities or their various programs and services.
 
Montgomery County is experiencing a significant surge in aging population: In 10 years 1 in 4 county residents would be over 65. In addition, over 90% of older adults plan to age in place. These two facts put together create an imperative to rethink the way aging is perceived and addressed. We believe communities of faith can play a leading role in harnessing the power of their aging members to benefit their communities as well as developing a compassionate and responsive aging program.
 
The goals of this survey are twofold: 1. to learn about the needs of your aging members.  2. to learn about your community's older adults' programs.
 
Please take the time to respond to the following questions. If you are not the most knowledgeable person in your faith community, please forward this survey to the one you think would be in the best position to do so. Follow this link to the online surveyhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5SMD8Q5 

 

Last year, the annual conference was conveniently held in DC. This year it is offered in Seattle. Please let me know if you plan to attend or if you are presenting.
The Village Movement: Aging's New Frontier
The Village to Village Network annual conference is quickly approaching.  NVG15 will take place on October 5-7 in Seattle, WA.  We are expecting 300+ attendees from across the country to join us for 3 days of learning and networking.  
for more information, visit the VTV website: www.vtvnetwork.org
 
 
I have added some content to my webpages on the County's website. Please let me know if you see any errors or wish to add/change information (check out the media section to see what Potomac and Takoma Park produced!). I am working with County STAT on data analysis for villages and will share when it is ready. For example, we are using the interactive map feature to asses how many older adults have access to a village in the county as well  as other interesting facts.
 
Senior Leadership Montgomery is a year long class that offers local leaders a chance to gain a better understanding of the needs and concerns of Montgomery County residents. Each class takes on a community service project. They are currently accepting proposals

Need Help with a Project? Send Us a Request

As part of both the Senior Leadership and Emerging Leaders programs, participants are required to work on community impact projects. Small teams are assigned during the program year to consult with nonprofit organizations in order to tackle a project or address a strategic issue.
This opportunity is designed to be a mutually beneficial experience for a community organization and our class members, and is one of the important ways LM has an impact on the community!
If you're are on the staff of an established (in business for the past two years) 501(c)(3) organization, or your serve on the board of one, we encourage you to submit a Request for Help, a Project Proposal by Friday, August 14.  For guidelines, email to Program Director Kati Gimes: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
As a reminder, all my monthly updates are archived on the WAVE website.
 

 

Pazit Aviv
Village Coordinator
Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County Health and Human Services
401 Hungerford Dr. 4th floor
Rockville MD 20850
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phone: 240-777-1231

Upcoming Events

25 Feb
WAVE Quarterly Members Meeting
02/25 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Save The Date!

WAVE Quarterly Members Meeting February 25, 2019
 

The next WAVE Quarterly Members Meeting is 9:00 - 12:00 Noon on Monday, February 25, 2019, hosted by the Hyattsville Aging in Place village in Hyattsville, MD. Details, including the agenda, will be forthcoming.

This year the Board is planning for four quarterly meetings instead of the three triannual meetings that we held last year.  We'll announce the dates for the next meetings as soon as we have them set.

Please remember that villages which have paid their 2019 WAVE $35.00 annual dues can vote for items during our business meetings.  To obtain the 2019 WAVE Dues Form, go to http://wavevillages.org/index.php and scroll down.  You'll see a list of the villages which have paid their 2019 WAVE dues.

Please feel free to invite new staff or Board members of your village to join us.
27 Feb
Helpful Village Users Group Webinar
02/27 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
6 Mar
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
13 Mar
New Member Orientation Webinar
03/13 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
21 Mar
ClubExpress Users Group Webinar
03/21 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join Dan of ClubExpress and CE Users leaders as they talk about new enhancements, suggested changes, roll out dates, Village features, and much more.  If you have any questions or would like a certain topic to be discussed, please email 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:   SAME TIME, SAME DAY! ClubExpress Users Group- 3 PM ET/ 2PM CT/ 1 PM MT/ 12PM PT - 1/18/2018
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
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
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
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