Free sessions on annual enrollment for the Medicare Part D prescription program will be held at the county's senior activity centers through Oct. 13.
The approximately hour-long sessions take place:
•Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Tuesday.
•Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday. (This session will be conducted in Korean.)
•Pasadena Senior Activity Center, 4103 Mountain Road, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.
•Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Oct. 3.
•O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton, 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Oct. 4.
•South County Senior Activity Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Oct. 12.
•Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 13.
Staff from the Senior Health Insurance Program, (SHIP), at the county Department of Aging and Disabilities, will discuss the various aspects of the program. Information: 410-222-4464.
Donations are needed for the Annapolis Senior Activity Center's annual flea market being held Oct. 26-27 at the center, 119 South Villa Ave. Donations can be dropped off at the center's front desk 8 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through Oct. 19. No furniture or clothing. Information: 410-222-1818.
Caregiver support group
The National Family Caregivers Support Program of the AAC Department of Aging and Disabilities will host a family support group meeting from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Heritage Office Complex, 2666 Riva Road in Annapolis. Program provides information, respite, and support to people who give care to family and friends. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3043.
A four-week workshop, "Moving through Grief," will be held at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave., from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 4. Workshop leaders Marie Rogers, Margo Carey and Margaret Taylor will teach seniors healing tools to cope with the loss of loved ones. To attend, members can sign up at the front desk or call 410-222-1818.
Annapolis Senior Activity Center members can sign up for a trip Oct. 6 to Parade Land and Jubilee in the Shenandoah Valley, and to the Allenberry Dinner Theater in Boiling Springs, Pa., on Oct. 19. The Parade Land trip features a fantasy land of floats and props used in presidential inaugurations, Rose Bowl parades and Macy's Thanksgiving Day parades. The tour will stop for lunch at the Johnny Appleseed Restaurant. The cost of the trip is $85. At the Allenberry Dinner Theater, visitors will see the musical "I Do, I Do" and have a buffet-style meal at the Fairfield Inn. Cost is $78. Information: 410-222-1818.
The O'Malley Senior Activity Center is sponsoring a trip to see the musical "Me and My Girl" at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater in Lancaster, Pa., on Oct. 12. The bus leaves the center at 9:45 a.m. and returns at 5:15 p.m. The cost of $82 includes a buffet lunch. A $25 deposit is required now, with the balance due Sept. 13. For reservations and information, call 410-222-6227.
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.
Annapolis Senior Activity Center. The following activities will be offered at the center, 119 S. Villa Ave.:
Driving course An AARP Driver Safety Course will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Many insurance companies offer a discount on policy costs for those who complete the course. Cost is $14, $12 for AARP members. To register and more information: 410-222-1818.
Crab feast Annual event will be held beginning at noon Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. For $30, each person can enjoy a dozen large crabs, corn, coleslaw, near beer and iced tea. Information: 410-222-1818.
Flu shots A flu and pneumonia shot clinic sponsored by MedStar Health will be held on a walk-in basis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Participants should bring their Medicare Part B card. Information: 410-222-1818.
Arnold Senior Activity Center: The following activities will be offered at the center, 44 Church Road, Arnold:
Scrabble Challenge your brain by playing Scrabble, 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. New participants are welcome. Information: 410-222-1922.
'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. Information: 410-222-1922.
O'Malley Senior Activity Center: The following activities will be offered at the center, 1270 Odenton Road, Odenton:
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.
Single seniors group The Single Seniors Group at Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie, 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 and click on the senior center.
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.
Volunteer grandparents The Foster Grandparents Program of the county Department of Aging and Disabilities seeks volunteer grandparents to mentor children with special needs. Volunteers serve 15 to 40 hours a week, providing mentoring, tutoring, advice and attention. Volunteers also teach life skills to children in special education classes and provide staffing for a homeless shelter, family support center and other agencies. Activities may include reading stories, listening, helping children feed themselves, setting the table, working with puzzles, and helping children learn colors, numbers and the alphabet. Volunteers must be income-eligible and at least 60 years old. Benefits include a tax-free stipend, paid training, vacation, sick leave, free transportation, lunch and a physical exam. Information: 410-222-4464.