I hope you all had a chance to look over the first round of updates for November because here comes the 2nd round:
1. Suburban Ambassador Alliance Grant Opportunity for Montgomery County Villages Only
Suburban has announced its first grant opportunity to support villages’ health and wellness programming and isolation reduction. Please take the time to review the RFP attached. This grant opportunity is focused on Montgomery County Villages.
Montgomery County is conducting the first large-scale resident satisfaction survey since 2009 to assess peoples' opinions about the quality of life here and the wide range of services provided by the county. In addition to a random sample of 5,000 households that were surveyed earlier this month, an online link will be opened to the public on November 1st. All county residents are eligible to participate. The online survey will be available in English, Spanish, Chinese and it will be open until November 15th. All responses will be kept confidential. We invite and strongly encourage you to share this opportunity with your community. Please inform your community that their opinions matter. Their participation and input will give a voice to each and every community in this county; helping to shape the future of Montgomery County for the better!
4. Correction: In the first November update, I had incorrectly called Helping Hands of University Park Helping, Hands College Park. In turns out that these are two separate entities. I apologize for any confusion. You should still attend their Nov 2nd event .
5. Deadlink: The link that I provided for the end-of-life blogpost has gone down. If you are interested in more resources about end of life care, please contact me. My contact information is at the bottom of this page.
Thursday, November 9th, 12:30-2:30 Alzheimer’s: Honoring the Journey
Kim Campbell, wife of musician Glen Campbell, will be sharing her personal caregiving story at the National 4-H Conference Center. See attached flyer for more detail.
That's all for the second round.
This is November’s update for your reading pleasure! Many great events will take place in the very first week of November, so pay very close attention now! Get ready, events are coming first!
1. Sunday, Oct. 29, 2:00-3:30 pm: Ensuring Self-Determination at the End of Life
Location: Stephen Knolls School All-Purpose Room, 10731 St. Margarets Way, Silver Spring MD 20902 (literally on the east edge of Kensington Heights!)
Open to all MC Village Members & Volunteers!
Presentation sponsored by Villages of Kensington
Planning for care at the end of life is not an issue that only concerns seniors. We are all fragile creatures at every age in our lives. In fact, compared to older people, young people lead riskier lives! While we didn't have a say over how we entered this life, we can however choose to have some control over how we leave this life; if we plan and implement legal documents accordingly.
· Learn about rights that you have and the ones you don't.
· Learn about the Advance Directive for Health Care that no one has ever told you.
· Learn about the Medical Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), a legal document to be completed by a physician in consultation with a patient.
Our facilitator, Rosalind Kipping, will supply the required legal documents and supporting materials that will help individuals complete them in accordance with their personal values.
Medical aid in dying is a legal option in six states but not in Maryland. Learn about The End of Life Options Act proposed in Maryland. You only get to die once and you should do it your own way: your Final Civil Liberty.
2. Wednesday, November 1st, 10-12: Aging Well in Our Communities: A community Conversation.
We have a first-rate line of speakers on the topic of aging in place. The panel will be moderated by Councilmember Craig Rice. Following the panel, we will have a community conversation about aging in the Damascus and Clarksburg area. Refreshment will be served See attached flyer. Event is hosted by County staff, local faith based organizations and community members.
Location: Damascus Library/Senior Center. 9701 Main Street Damascus, MD 20872
3. Wednesday, November 1st, 1-4pm: Senior Tech Expo hosted by Leadership Montgomery
This Tech Expo will take place at Asbury Methodist Village and will cost $20 to non-Leadership Montgomery members.
Location: Asbury Methodist Village Rosborough Community Rooms 301 Odendhal Ave. Gaithersburg, MD 20877
4. Thursday, November 2nd, 6:30-8:00pm: Memory and Aging: A presentation by Dr. Carlo Tornatore
Helping hands of College Park invites all to this free event.
FACT or FICTION? Memory loss is inevitable as we age. FICTION! There are many strategies to maintain sharp cognition throughout one’s life, especially the late phase. In addition, memory loss may be associated with a host of reversible medical conditions, that when properly treated can significantly improve one’s quality of life. We will discuss all these in a lively, interactive session with ample time for questions and answers.
Location: University Park Church of the Brethren 4413 Tuckerman St., University Park. MD 20782
5. Mon-Wed 11/6-11/8: National Village to Village Annual Conference
Registration for this event has officially closed. I hope those of you who planned to participate in this event were able to sign up on time. The conference will be held in Baltimore 11/6-11/8. I encourage everyone to carpool. I will be leaving from Silver Spring and I already have one passenger with me.
6. Thursday, November 9, 2017, 1:00- 2:30 PM: CPR/AED and Choking Relief Awareness Class
CC@ H is offering a new Safety Awareness class that will include Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED Awareness and Choking Relief. Rescue One, an American Heart Association contractor, will teach this 90-minute class. Although this class is not for certification, it will provide awareness and a reminder of correct procedures in an emergency. This CPR class will benefit a variety of audiences.
Location: Town of Chevy Chase Town Hall, 4301 Willow Lane (next to the Lawton Center), Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Thanks to a generous, anonymous donor and event grant, there is NO CHARGE for this event. Donations to CC@H are welcomed and always bring a smile.
1. Thanks to Judy Perez from the Commission on Aging for sharing this thoughtful blog post about end of life care:
2. Speaker Opportunity, Maryland Insurance commission:
Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) is a state agency that regulates the insurance industry in Maryland. The MIA provides unbiased information in easy-to-understand language to assist the general public when making insurance-related decisions. We do not sell insurance or recommend any insurer or agent. They are simply interested in doing outreach to local communities. They are always looking for potential events where they can provide free information to the public (Disaster Preparedness, Auto, HO's, Life, Long-Term Care, Commercial).
Contact: Ronald Alejandro Velez, Bilingual Outreach Staffer: (410) 468-2482.
3. Maryland Signed into law the Care Act.
See link for more details and how this law can help you
4. Age Friendly Montgomery three-year plan:
For those of you interested in this strategic planning process, you will find delight in this very thorough and insightful report.
Aging and Disability Services
401 Hungerford Drive, 4th floor.
Rockville, MD 20850