There is a lot of good, solid information in this monthly announcement. The first part contains updates, news and resources. The second outlines important events.
1. 2016 Annual Report – enhanced!
Last month, I shared with everyone the 2016 Annual Report. Since then a few more villages have added their info as well. In addition, I have also added some cool new visual data which I am sure you will all find very interesting.
2. WAVE Updates
- IT Updates
The WAVE IT committee met with a new developer who is a resident of Friendship Heights. He is working with Little Falls and Friendship Heights on a software for village operations. If you are interested in learning more about this new development, join WAVE IT this Friday 2/3 or next Thursday 2/9 to learn more. Contact me for more details. As always my contact info can be found at the bottom of this announcement page. Thanks.
- January’s Meeting
We had an excellent presentation about elder abuse given by a former NIH researcher back in January. He is currenly collaborating with the DOJ, working on this issue from a policy standpoint.
3. Villages Capacity Building
We are currently working on finding out more about affordable insurance carrier. It appears that there are some differences in what people are paying. If you are looking to compare rates, contact me. My contact information can be found at the bottom of the page.
4. Exploring Transportation Options in Montgomery County
5. Montgomery Serves Award - Nominate your volunteer(s):
The Montgomery Serves awards are coming up. The deadline to nominate your volunteer(s) is 2/24/2017. Chevy Chase At Home volunteers won a few years back. This is a good opportunity to raise awareness about your amazing volunteers!
6. Vital Living Network
The Vital Living Network, in partnership with the County, supports, promotes and encourages opportunities for older adults. VLN is currently promoting their Speakers Bureau, a presentation for community organizations to learn about programs for active older adults.
7. Montgomery County Move More 100 Miles Challenge – set up a group to win prizes.
This year a group participation contest was added within the 100 Mile Challenge. Create the group with the highest number of participants and win great prizes. Groups should fall under one of the following four categories: Schools, Community/Senior Centers and Recreation Programs, MC Government Departments and Community Groups. Each group should have a unique name. Participating group members must enter with their unique group name upon registration. Anyone can be in your group: friends, family, neighbors, etc. Recruit as many people as possible and register for your group. Prizes for the largest group in each category include recognition at the Move More Montgomery Festival on May 6, 2017, a one-hour fitness class for your group provided by Montgomery County Recreation and a banner announcing that you had the most participants at the 2017 100 Mile Challenge.
8. New Resource- Prescription and Dental Discounts
Montgomery County has just signed an agreement with NACO to bring discounts to County residents. This is a true benefit to all. Please share the following link with your networks.
9. Shop Energy Tax Free Weekend
President’s Day Weekend is also SHOP ENERGY TAX FREE Weekend! This means that Montgomery County (& Maryland) residents can purchase Energy Star Appliances with NO TAX during the weekend of Feb 18-20, 2017. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Energy Team will be hosting events throughout the County to make sure residents know about this weekend and we are hoping you can share the flyer and information in your newsletter and print some out to spread the word in your neighborhood.
10. National Park Pass fee for 62+ will increase in 2017
Thank you to Donna Savage from Villages of Kensington for sharing this bit of news:
Got your National Parks Senior Pass yet? If not, you should get it soon! According to AARP, the cost is going up sometime in 2017 from $10 to $80.
It is totally worth it! Even if you would only visit one park at least once or twice in your lifetime. That includes Great Falls in MD or VA. Instructions, info, & application are here. Click here for more information.
As the world grays, seniors should step up and create a more 'age-friendly' future.
Thank you to Maggie Range for sharing this bit of news.
1. 2/13/17: Beacon hill Village 15th Anniversary – a morning event and watch parties.
The village movement is 15 years old. Beacon Hill Village was founded in 2002 and the Village To Village Network is celebrating the occasion with Atul Gowanda. On that Monday there are several events you should be aware of:
- Little Falls Village is hosting a public event at Bethesda Library @ 10:30am about villages. This is an opportunity to tell people about your village. If you are a BCC area village, you may want to send a representative.
- Silver Spring Village is holding a watch party on that day at the Silver Spring Library @ 4:30-6pm. Click here to see flyer.
2. Suburban Village Ambassador program 2/24/17 from 12:30-2:30pm. Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor La.
Suburban is hosting a brainstorm session facilitated by Elinor Ginzler (JCA) on 2/24/17. This is the second meeting between Suburban and area villages with the hopes of enhancing the collaborations between healthcare provider and villages.
Lunch will be served and we kindly ask all participants to register for this free event by going to this link.
During this forum participants will:
- Match different Village priorities with available hospital resources
- Develop a communication plan to connect hospital staff with Village members
- Identify various educational topics for future classes and training to help Villages successfully age in place
3. Montgomery County Villages Semi Annual meeting 2/28/17 1-3pm @ Silver Spring Civic Building
This is a new forum that I have created in response to village leaders' requests. The goal is to offer village leaders a place to exchange ideas and discuss matter of shared interests. Space is very limited as we strive to keep it to a small group discussion format. Please make sure your village is represented and if not, contact me to RSVP. My contact information is at the bottom of the page.
4. Kensington Park is hosting Coffee and conversation for villages 2/16/17
Kensington Park invites you to meet with members of the Montgomery County community, including: local government, The Villages, first-responders and leaders in the field of Alzheimer’s.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast, friends and a better understanding of how to support our senior community.
5. Kensington Park is also hosting a class called Connecting in Friendship
Kensington Park, in partnership with JSSA is hosting this class. This is a four session course designed to help older adults develop and maintain happy relationships.
ONE MORE THING FOLKS! Hidden Figures - Special Screening Invitation 2/28/2017
The Village of Takoma Park has partnered with AFI Silver Spring for a special screening of the movie Hidden Figures.
Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
401 Hungerford Drive, 4th floor
Rockville, MD 20850