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.
Concerts Charles Taylor and the Availables play Motown, jazz and blues at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11; Frank Curreri pays tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and others at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, and The Pascal Go Getters perform a spring concert at 1 p.m. Monday, April 23.
The following activities will be offered at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. Information: 410-222-1922:
Workshop Kater Leatherman, a professional organizer, presents a workshop, "What To Do With Your Stuff," from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11. The workshop will cover how to reduce clutter and organize your belongings and your life. Learn strategies for downsizing your possessions, learn ways to get support, and find out how keeping too much stuff can affect your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Sign-up by April 10.
Scrabble Challenge your brain by playing Scrabble, 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. New participants are welcome.
Memoir writing A course on autobiographical writing meets from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. There will be an opportunity to learn listening and interviewing skills, writing tips and proofreading. Registration required.
The following activities will be offered at the Brooklyn Park Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane. Information: 410-222-6847:
Bus trip Reservations are being taken for a visit to the Showboat Casino on April 17. The bus leaves at 7:45 a.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $30 and includes $25 free play.
Health insurance A representative from the Senior Health Insurance Program is available by appointment to discuss health insurance concerns at the Arnold Senior Activity Center. Appointments and information: 410-222-1922.
The following activities will be offered at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1270 Odenton Road, Odenton. Information: 410-222-6227:
Frank Sinatra Jr. Reservations are open for a trip Wednesday, April 18, to Atlantic City to hear Frank Sinatra Jr. perform in "Sinatra Sings Sinatra" at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino. The trip leaves the center at 8 a.m. and returns at 9 p.m. Participants receive $20 in slots dollars and an admission pass to the show. Cost: $90.
Quilt Club Participants can help one another with projects and learn ideas and techniques every Friday at 1 p.m. at the O'Malley Annex. Machines are available. New members welcome.
The following activities will be offered at the Pasadena Senior Activity Center, 4103 Mountain Road. Information: 410-222-0030:
Summer classes Registration begins Tuesday, April 10, for the summer session of classes offered by Anne Arundel Community College.
The following activities will be offered at the South County Senior Activity Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Information: 410-222-1927 or 410-798-4802.
Book sale To be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 13.
Seminar Kim Burton, director of Older Adult Programs for the Mental Health Association of Maryland, presents "Mental Wealth in Later Life: A Guidebook for Older Marylanders and the People Who Care for Them" at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.
Single seniors group The Single Seniors Group encourages companionship, support and group participation in activities such as movies, dances, picnics and tours. Information: 410-222-6680 or http://www.aacounty.org/aging; click on the senior center.