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May 3 2017 Monthly Update


Hello everyone,

I usually try to keep my emails to just once a month. However, there is too much good stuff going on this month! The early May events are listed below this update. 


1. Beacon Insert for May – Free events in the County:

Each month, Montgomery County publishes an insert in the Beacon. This month's issue covers free movies and concerts.

Click this link for more information. 

Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to see this month's insert and previous inserts.


2. Washington Post has a great piece on local villages:

Click here to check it out.

It is well written and it can help you with promotions! I will also add it to the website.


3. Video from the Commission on Aging Stakeholders meeting:

The COA held a session on Age Friendly Montgomery County on March 28th, 2017. The event was taped and this link will take you to the video. 

Click here to to check it out. 


4. Volunteers needed for Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind:

I am passing along a request for outreach. Feel free to share:

We are in need of more volunteers in CLB’s Readers and Friendly Visitors program. In this program, adult volunteers are matched with adults who are blind or visually impaired. Volunteers will assist impaired adults with activities such as reading the mail or the newspaper, going to the local library and shopping for groceries. Volunteer readers and visitors typically visit with their clients for 3-4 hours per month. Interested individuals will need to attend one orientation and they will be approved upon application review and background research.


Elizabeth Knipp – Communications Specialist 
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 1103
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 454-6421


5. The Big Picture: ASA article for Older American Month:

In last week's article from Next Avenue, Bob Blancato, ASA Chair and one of Next Avenue's Top Influencers, outlines 10 facts about Americans 65+ from the annual Profile of Older Americans Report issued by the Administration for Community Living. In his article, he explores the future growth of the older adult population and suggests a new approach for policies on aging.

Click here to see more. 


6. Movie Premiere: Your Health: A Sacred Matter

You are cordially invited to attend the Washington DC Premiere of Your Health: A Sacred Matter, an award-winning documentary. The film shows how connections between health, religion and spirituality are promoting more compassionate approach in modern healthcare.

Click here to see documentary clips and summary

The National Press Club will host the event on Tuesday night, May 23, 2017, 6:00-9:30 p.m. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available before the film starts at 6:45 p.m.  The National Press Club is located on 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor Ballroom, Washington, DC 20045.

Local luminaries: Dr. Christina Pulchalski of George Washington University as well as Dr. Daniel Sulmasy and Dr. Siva Subramanian from Georgetown University Medical School are featured in the film. Along with filmmakers Gerald Krell and Adam Krell, they will speak and answer questions live during a brief panel discussion after the screening (8:45-9:15 p.m.).   

No group event planning for tickets is necessary. Simply order individual $15 Premiere tickets online. 

Click here to purchase.

The Metro Center Station is two blocks away from the National Press Club. For those driving to the event, a well-lit parking garage is just one block away at 1325 G Street NW.  

Click here if you want to reserve parking for $10 to park all night.


7. Reminder: Volunteer Training on how to help people declutter

The training will focus on how to safely and respectfully help people declutter. May 20th, 2-4pm @ Sligo Adventist Church, Takoma Park. Contact me to RSVP


Pazit Aviv
Village Coordinator
Aging and Disability Services
401 Hungerford Drive, 4th floor.
Rockville, MD 20850





Hello everyone,

There is no easy way to put it…. you are just going to have to read this page to the end to really know what is going on this month. No shortcuts or skimming! There are lots of updates and events that are worth your attention. There are 2 parts to this page, Announcements and Events. Also, please do not hoard this announcement but share it generously.



1. Start Up Fund:

I still have a small amount of funds left for startup expenses and it needs to be used up by the end of June. Since the process takes a bit of time, please contact me as soon as you can to discuss your needs.


2. Insurance Costs:

We have received a few quotes that seem to be more affordable through Todd Smith and Connie Row’s efforts (Thank You!). If you are interested in learning more, please contact Todd by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Unfortunately, we are still far from reaching a truly affordable solution. The most reasonable solution would be to have all the villages go under one insurance policy. Although not without risks, it will alleviate most of the financial burden for the full cost of the annual policy. If you are interested in supporting the work toward such a solution, please contact me or Todd. As always, my contact info are at the bottom of the page. 


3. Weatherization Services for Lower Income Residents:

Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland would like to inform all villages members about their weatherization service. Please see attached flyer for income guidelines, services offered and how to apply. Please share this flyer with your community.

Click here to see flyer.

Click here for more information. 

Habitat is a wonderful partner to the Silver Spring Village because they are, a part of the Design for Life Coalition. If you would like to learn more please join us on May 13th for an event at the Silver Spring Civic Building at 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910. 


4. Media Alert: Villages Featured on a Local Senior Show

Guest stars: Olney Home for Life’s Marsha Weber and myself were interviewed for Montgomery Municipal Cable’s Senior Solutions.

 Click here for more information. 

There are additional interviews archived for this show on their website. As a reminder, Seniors Today is the county’s show for seniors and has some terrific interviews:

Click here for more information. 


5. Caregivers Support Resources:

Lylie Fisher, our Caregiver Support Coordinator had updated the county’s website for caregivers. She also sends out a rich e-newsletter. You can sign up to receive the newsletter or check out the website.

Click here for e-newsletter signup link

Stay in touch by visiting the county's Caregiver Support webpage by clicking this link.


6. Parks and Planning Seeks Your Input

Parks and Planning is in the process of developing its plan for the coming years. Here is a way for you to offer input for their plan. Below is the link to our draft. Item 6: Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan. Please take a moment to think about park and recreation programs or amenities that you would like to see offered to seniors to make living in Montgomery County even better than it is now.

Click here to see draft. (Scroll Down to Item 6)


7. Hospice Caring Seeking Volunteers:

Hospice Caring, Inc. is looking for new volunteers to take part in their upcoming training sessions on May 9, 10 and 11! They are looking for passionate individuals interested in volunteering as hospice caregivers (their primary need) and facilitators for both adult and children’s bereavement groups. The training sessions are led by community professionals, they cover topics such as communication, active listening, understanding grief, cultural competency and self-care. Newly trained Hospice Caring caregiver volunteers will provide companionship, home assistance and transportation to patients in need. Volunteer facilitators will assist in leading adult bereavement support groups, children’s school-based Goof Grief Clubs and Health Classes. Training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the three-day period in Silver Spring (at LifeMatters, 8757 Georgia Ave. #600, Silver Spring, MD 20910). To register for training, please contact Penny Gladhill by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 301-990-8904. For more information about training click this link. 



1. Active Aging Expo  Monday, May 8th 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ The Activity Center at Bohrer Park (next to Gaithersburg High School)
506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

A FREE event day filled with energy, educational talks, interactive demonstrations, facials, massages, manicures, and preventive screenings. Fun activities include caricature drawings, temporary tattoos and a photo booth. The day will feature a variety of speakers covering an array of topics including “Estate Planning and Elder Law Essentials”, “Staying Safe Online”, “Save Your Memory & Your Mind” and “Age Friendly Montgomery.” Fitness demonstrations and other interactive activities include Balance, Yoga, LaughingRX, and Painting with Acrylics.


2. Design for Life Showcase: Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Design for Life provides accessible homes for all ages and lifestyles. Montgomery County even provides a Property Tax Credit to help you do it. Educate residents and building professionals about the Design for Life Property Tax Credit Incentives to increase accessible homes in Montgomery County. Meet local organizations and builders showcasing accessible features and homes for all ages and stages in life. For more information or to request a registration form.

Contact Crystal Roberts from Montgomery County Government by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here for more information.


3. To Drive or Not to Drive – Keeping Your Keys! Monday, May 15, 2017 from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus
9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
Free parking available at A&R building. Event will take place in Gilchrist Hall. 

A FREE special event, featuring resource exhibits, eye screenings and lectures (Suleiman Alibhai, O.D., F.A.A.O., Low Vision Specialist  and Timothy Jones, O.T., Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist). Vision is essential to safe driving. How do you know when to stop? Learn about the effects of aging eyes on our ability to drive and possible options for keeping one's keys. Visit resource exhibits, enjoy light refreshments, and more. For more information and to RSVP, contact Debbie Sokobin at 301-348-3760 or click this link to email. 


4. Aging in Montgomery County: Building a Safer Community Together:  Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

(Light refreshment at 5:30 pm and program will begin at 6:00 pm)
Silver Spring Civic Building, Great Hall, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910

This FREE ECHO (Empowering Community Health Organizations) workshop aims to raise awareness on elder abuse and provides resources to improve the safety of older adults in their communities. Representatives from various Montgomery County and state agencies will discuss issues of abuse, neglect and exploitation (particularly financial exploitation) among older adults. Learn about warning signs and prevention strategies. A resource fair will be held from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm where local organizations and programs will be in attendance to provide information and resources for older adults. 

Registration is required due to limited space. Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 3, 2017. You can register online by clicking here or by calling Diem-Thanh (Tanya) Dang at 240-777-4517.


5. 2017 Behavioral Health Resource Fair. Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

The Activity Center at Bohrer Park (next to Gaithersburg High School)
506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Come learn about mental health wellness, prevention, treatment and recovery services. More than 45 Montgomery County Behavioral Health exhibitors. Open to the public. FREE admission and parking. For more information, call 240-777-1400.


6. Volunteer Training: How to Help others Declutter: Saturday, May 20th, 2-4pm

@Sligo Adventist Church, 7700 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park MD 20912

This two-hour training session is focused on giving volunteers hands-on strategies to help someone declutter their homes safely and respectfully. It will be led by yours truly as I have plenty of experience with decluttering support (painstakingly acquired at my previous life at the local housing authority). If you wish to attend, please RSVP with me. See attached flyer.

Click here for flyer. 


7. Workshop: Helping Clients Cope with Serious and Life-Limiting Illness, Friday May 12th 8:30am - 12:15 pm

The aging population, success of high technology medicine at prolonging the lives of those who remain seriously ill and the increasingly fragmented medical and social service system necessitate that mental health practitioners be equipped to assess and address the biopsychosocial issues of clients and their families. Serious and life-limiting illnesses can be challenging and generate a multitude of psychological and social problems. Often, the vulnerability associated with these problems creates significant psychosocial distress. This workshop will review various palliative care assessment instruments and interventions including psychoeducational, cognitive, meaning-based, and problem-solving techniques.

Location: The Hospice Caring Cottage  518 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Presenter: Judith R. Peres, LCSW-C
Clinical Social Worker & Founding Member, Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network
CEUs available for social workers, psychologists and counselors
$50 with CEUs or $20 without CEUs
Space is limited. Registration required.
For more information or to register click this link.


Phew, you have made it all the way to the end!

Pazit Aviv
Village Coordinator
Aging and Disability Services
401 Hungerford Drive, 4th floor.
Rockville, MD 20850

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