The Department of Aging and Disabilities' "Caring for You" series will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 12 and 19, at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. Workshops are for caregivers who may need help with coping with their situations while caring for a loved one. Topics will cover working with those with dementia, managing stress, learning essential coping skills, and realizing one's physical, emotional and spiritual health are all one package that needs attention. Free. Registration and information: 410-222-4464, Ext. 3043 or online at http://www.aacounty.org/aging.
Mediation Services of Annapolis will present a Mediation Workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Workshop covers how to approach difficult, uncomfortable and emotional topics, rehearsing coming conversations and how to communicate more effectively. Registration and information: 410-222-1818.
Sign-up is under way for the Multi-Center Billiards Tournament being held at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road in Odenton, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, April 13. Registration and information: 410-222-6227.
Trips for 2012
Members of the Annapolis Senior Activity Center can stop by the trip desk for a preview of 2012 outings and make reservations and deposits. Trips include a visit to the Peddler's Village Strawberry Festival in Lahaska, Pa., "Journey of Hope" to Gettysburg, Pa., and a cherry blossom excursion to Washington followed by a luncheon cruise. Information: 410-222-1818.
The Department of Aging and Disabilities has revised and updated a booklet on community support groups. Information in the booklet focuses on groups for care giving, Alzheimer's disease, bereavement for adults and children, diabetes, brain injury, cancer, stroke, cardiac and pulmonary problems, Parkinson's, and bowel and urinary diversions. The booklet is free and available at the department, 2666 Riva Road, fourth floor, Annapolis or online at aacounty.org/aging/resources/community_support_groups.pdf. Information: 410-222-4257.
Brochures on residents' rights in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and another brochure on the ombudsman program protecting those residents are available from the Department of Aging and Disabilities. The brochures are titled "Resident's Rights in Nursing Homes/Rehabilitation Centers in Maryland," "Resident's Rights in Assisted Living Facilities in Maryland" and "Ombudsman: Your Resident Advocate." Information: 410-222-4464 or aacounty.org/aging.
The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities has published its 2011-2012 edition of "Services for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities and Caregivers." The directory includes information on rental and housing assistance, legal help, county social services benefits and caregiver information. Free copies are available at the department's headquarters, 2666 Riva Road, fourth floor, Annapolis; the seven senior activity centers; county libraries; at CVS, Food Lion and WaWa stores; and online at http://www.aacounty.org/aging. Information: 410-222-4257.
Information on assisted-living homes and other housing options for seniors has been updated on the county Department of Aging and Disabilities website at http://www.aacounty.org/aging.
The following activities will be offered at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Information: 410-222-1818:
Hearing screenings Chesapeake Hearing Centers will give free screenings from 9 a.m. to noon April 12.