Happy October everyone,
Last month’s Village Gathering was a great success! 117 participates attended six work sessions. The sessions’ summaries, handouts and PowerPoints will be available on the website shortly.
The month of October is also filled with lots of interesting events and meetings. The first four are village specific events, so please pay extra attention to them and think carefully about: Who else should know about them?
1. Rockville Villages: Ready, Start, Grow! Sat., October 8th 10 am -12 noon.
Rockville Villages Advisory Committee is hosting a panel of leaders from three different villages (Kentlands, Wyngate and Little Falls). The panel will discuss the work they did to start their villages. The event is free and open to all. Click this link below to see the flyer and please feel free to share widely. Click here for link.
2. Montgomery County Villages Capacity Building, October 25th, 1-3pm
The power of numbers! Come and learn about what is on other villages’ minds as we begin to envision what we can accomplish together: negotiate discounts, receive large grants, help develop capacities, bulk purchases… The sky is the limit! If you are interested in this big idea, please join us on Tuesday, October 25 1-3pm at Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814.)
3. Suburban Hospital’s Village Ambassador Kick Off Event, October 28th, 11-2 pm
Suburban Hospital is excited to work with villages to improve their members’ quality of life. They plan to develop both a training programs well as special relationships with villages around their members’ discharge care. The kickoff event will take place on October 28th 11-2 (lunch provided, RSVP required) Click here to RSVP I plan to attend and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible so that we can shape this partnership together. Click here to see flyer.
4. Maryland Communities of Practice, October 27th, 9am-Noon
Carol Cober and Maureen Cavaiola organize semi-annual meetings for all Maryland villages. Every meeting focuses on one topic of interest and they are highly interactive. This time the meeting will focus on creative problem solving. The location is 2664 Riva Rd. Annapolis. Contact me for more details.
5. Senior Forum, October 21st, 1-4pm
Council members Berliner and Katz are co-sponsoring a Senior Forum October 21, 2016, 1-4pm at The Village at Rockville (9701 Veirs Dr (not rd.), Rockville, MD 20850.) We will have a table for villages, and anyone is welcome to join, drop off brochures and answer peoples' questions about villages. Let your members know about this event and send a reply! Click here for attached flyer.
6. The Montgomery County's Dementia Friendly America Initiative (MoCo DFAi) Action Team is seeking Village representation.
The ideal candidates will have:
· Big picture understanding of MoCo’s Aging in Place Villages
· Interested in being a liaison between the county’s Dementia Friendly American Initiative and all county villages.
· Is comfortable gathering information (pertinent to caregiving and dementia care) from all county villages and reporting back during Action Team bi-monthly meetings
· Reporting back to county villages about the MoCo DFAi.
Next meeting: Wednesday Nov 2, 10am – 12.30pm (in Rockville – each month we meet at a different hosts location
To learn more about the national Dementia Friendly America Initiative visit, click this link.
7.SHIP program updates
SHIP has a new phone number and location: 301 255 4250. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) has a new location, new phone number but is still continuing to provide the same outstanding service to people with Medicare, family members, caregivers and new Medicare enrollees. SHIP's services are Free to Montgomery County residents. MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD October 15 - December 7. Please visit the SHIP Webpage for more information, including the 2017 Part D Evaluation Form at this link or call 301 255 4250.
8. 50+ Vital Living through Meaningful Volunteering...and more! Tuesday, October 18
Looking to give back? Come to this life enhancing event at the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road Bethesda MD, 20814 from 1pm - 2pm (with Q&A to follow) on Tuesday, October 18. Learn about Montgomery County Volunteer Center's rich resources for pairing you with the perfect volunteer opportunity, learn how to get involved on a non-profit board, and more. Plus, you can also get your NEW copy of the Vital Living Networker Free. No registration required, but limited space at event. If you have questions, please call 240-777-2612.
9. Leadership Montgomery Senior Health and Wellness Expo Nov 1st, 1-3pm
Leadership Montgomery is hosting a wellness Expo at Holiday Park. The event is free for members and $20 for non-members.
10. n4a’s volunteer campaign
The centerpiece of the campaign is a consumer brochure: Doing Good is Good for You: Volunteer!, that provides older adults with information about the health benefits of volunteering, as well as a handy checklist to help them match their interests with available opportunities. There is a great brochure that you can view online. If you like it, please let me know so that I can bulk order it for you.
I hope I still have your attention and that your eyes are not glazed over! Do not forget to inform others in your community about what is going on and sign up for the various events.
Village Coordinator,Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
401 Hungerford Drive, 4th floor
Rockville, MD 20850