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Senior briefs

Support group

A caregiver support group for men only will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. It is sponsored by the National Family Caregiver Support Program at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. The support group was recently established in response to requests from men who are caring for spouses, parents, other relatives and friends. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3043.

Medicare enrollment

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 sessions take place:

•Brooklyn Park Senior Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3.

•O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton, 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4.

•South County Senior Activity Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 12.

•Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

Staff from the Senior Health Insurance Program at the county Department of Aging and Disabilities will discuss the program. Information: 410-222-4464.

Flea market

Donations are needed for the Annapolis Senior Activity Center's annual flea market being held Oct. 26-27 at the center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Donations can be dropped off at the center's front desk 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through Oct. 19. No furniture or clothing. Information: 410-222-1818.

Senior services

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.

Senior housing

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.

Calendar

Annapolis Senior Activity Center. The following activities will be offered at the center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Information: 410-222-1818.

Q&A session "Ask the Undertaker: Leave Nothing to Chance" will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11. Ryan Helfenbein will discuss a funeral or cremation service in advance. Participants can enjoy refreshments while clearing up common myths about planning.

Flea market The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26-27. Donations except clothing or large furniture are welcome until Oct. 19. Baked goods needed for Oct. 26.

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.

Brooklyn Park Activity Center: The following activities will be offered at the center, 202 Hammonds Lane. Information: 410-222-6847.

Medicare Amy Rubino, director of the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will speak on Medicare Part D open enrollment at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3. The enrollment period is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Learn what you need to consider for this year's plan.

South County Senior Activity Center: The following activities will be offered at the center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Information: 410-222-1927.

Concert Project Natale performs at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. Free.

Book sale A book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.

Lecture Dr. Jonathan R. Holtzman of Annapolis Chiropractic Associates will speak on "Arthritis in Seniors: Causes and Treatments" at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11. Q&A period follows lecture.

Screenings Free glaucoma screenings take place from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 17. A presentation by the Maryland Society for Sight follows screenings.

O'Malley Senior Activity Center: The following activities will be offered at the center, 1270 Odenton Road, Odenton. Information: 410-222-4464.

Plant sale The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, and continues through the week until all plants are sold. Mums in terra cotta pots, cabbage and kale plants, and winter pansies will be on sale. Proceeds benefit the center.

Medicare information session Staff members from the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will speak about Medicare Part D open enrollment at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. The enrollment period is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Learn what you need to consider for this year's plan.

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.

Pascal Senior Activity Center: The following activities will be offered at the center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-222-6680.

Ventriloquist Tom Crowl performs at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Free, donations appreciated.

Support group A six-week grief and loss support group, co-sponsored by Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of Maryland, will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 10, 17, 24, and 31, and Nov. 14 and 21.

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.

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