Montgomery County Village Coordinator
Monthly Update for October 2, 2015

Hello everyone,

Please find October's updates below. I am trying a new format and divided the news into categories. I hope you appreciate this revolutionary approach to information organization (announcements, village specific events, events of interest, and resources). If you liked the other format better, let me know.

Announcements:

1. Montgomery County's DHHS is seeking a part time Program Manager to develop and run a caregivers coalition. Applicants must apply by October 14th though the county career website.

2. Silver Spring Village is seeking a part time Executive Director. Closing date is October 13th.  Job announcement 

3. Senior Leadership Montgomery has agrees to take on a village project and will work with East County Village Seniors about developing their village and enhance their community outreach capacity.

4. It is not too late to ask your member to respond to the Age-Friendly Montgomery County Survey:
If you're age 55+, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett wants to hear from YOU! 

Please click on the “Age-Friendly Montgomery County Survey” at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/agefriendlymc to offer your thoughts and ideas about Montgomery County as a place to live and retire.  The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.  Results of the survey will be used to plan the upcoming December 2015 County Executive's Summit on Aging in Montgomery County, which will focus on ways to make Montgomery County an even better "community for a lifetime."

Village Related meetings:

Thursday, October 15th, 3:30-4:30: Villages and Hospitals workgroup, hosted by HEALTH Partners. Silver Spring Library, community Room (900 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring).

Saturday, October 17th, 10-12pm: City of Rockville community forum on villages. Rockville Senior Center (1150 Carnation Dr, Rockville, MD 20850). Event is free, refreshments will be served. The event is intended to inform city residents about the village concept and recruit people to the planning comittee.

Monday October 26th, 9-12:30: Washington Area Villages Exchange quarterly meeting, IONA Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St Nw, Washington, DC 20016, This meeting will feature speakers from the three local jurisdictions about the role of government with villages.

Events of interest (please inform your community members):

Thursday, October 15th, 7:30pm: Charles E Smith Life Communities and JSSA is hosting Roz Chast who will talking about her book "Can't We Talk About Something more Pleasant?" The event will take place at VisArts (155 Gibbs Street) and cost $36. rsvp: 301-770-8329

Sunday, October 18th, 12-4pm: The Beacon 50+ Expo. Silver Spring Civic Center (1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring). Exhibits, speakers, health screenings, door prizes and more. Event is free

Tuesday, October 27th, 11-3pm: Holiday Park Senior Center is hosting a Senior Housing and Aging in Place Resource Fair: "All the information you need to decide whether to stay at your current home or downsize with speakers, giveaways and more" (3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton) event is free.

Thursday, October 29th, 11-2pm: Faith and Safety: Partnering with faith leaders to support older victims of abuse, seminar and complimentary lunch. rsvp online: www.eldersafe.org (6121 Montrose Rd, Rockville). Event Flyer

Resources of interest:

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is seeking people to interview about experiences of caregivers who come in contact with healthcare systems. Call 410-706-0871. Click for more information.

Montgomery County Department of Police has a program called Keeping Seniors Safe. They offer presentations about home and personal safety, fraud and scams, legal resources and more. To invite them call 240-773-5625.

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
This FREE event will INSPIRE, EDUCATE, MOTIVATE

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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