The Department of Aging and Disabilities has updated a booklet on community support groups. The booklet focuses on groups for caregivers, 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 2012-2013 edition of "Services for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities and Caregivers." The free directory is printed annually in May (Older Americans Month) and includes information on rental and housing assistance, legal help, county social services benefits and caregiver information. Copies are available at department headquarters, 2666 Riva Road, fourth floor, Annapolis; the seven senior activity centers; county libraries; at CVS, Food Lion and Wawa stores; and online at 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 aacounty.org/aging.
These activities will be offered at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Information: 410-222-1818:
Financial planning A workshop on retirement and making your money last will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. The workshop covers 10 principles leading to a stable retirement income.
Hearing screenings Allied Hearing Associates of Annapolis offers screenings on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 14.
'Courageous Honor Begins at Home' A film about law enforcement officers and the challenge of fatherhood will be shown at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. Popcorn will be served.
Concerts at the center:
•Linda Barrett performs a musical tribute to veterans at noon Tuesday, Nov. 13.
•The Best Years Band plays music of the 1940s at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27.
•The Retired Teachers Chorus perform holiday music at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28.
These activities will be offered at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. Information: 410-222-1922:
Spine health Edward Bartlinski of Bartlinski Chiropractic will perform a spinal scan and offer a mini-consultation about spine health from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Caregiver group meeting A support group for men who are caregivers will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. Free.
Food program "Chefs on the Go" presents a Korean menu from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Sign up by Wednesday, Nov. 14. Cost is $5.
Classes Peggy Bruce will teach American Sign Language from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 21. Participants will learn basic signs, numbers and letters and receive an introduction to finger spelling. Also, Flo Ormond will teach "One-Stroke Painting" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 13. Learn a special way to load paint on your brush and techniques that can be used to paint many items, including glass, fabric, paper and craft items.
Scrabble Challenge your brain by playing Scrabble, 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. New participants are welcome.
The following activities will be offered at the Brooklyn Park Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane. Information: 410-222-6847:
Final arrangements Jeff Kumble of Cedar Hill Cemetery will explain the advantages of planning final arrangements in advance and the importance of making one's wishes known during a talk from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19.
Cooking The Pampered Chef, which offers a line of kitchen tools and food products, will have a presentation from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Breakfast "Pancake Tuesday" will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. The center will provide buttermilk pancakes, syrup and jelly; members should bring any fruit.
Karaoke Hour will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Social An ice cream soda social will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. Cost is $1.
The following activities will be offered at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1270 Odenton Road, Odenton. Information: 410-222-6227:
Cataracts Divya Srikumaran of the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute will talk about cataracts and the aging eye at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Signs and symptoms of a cataract and the process of cataract surgery will be discussed.
Dance concert The Ballet Theatre of Maryland performs "An American Journey Through Dance" at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.
Declutter Kate Leatherman will discuss "Downsizing your Possessions" at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Vendors needed The center's holiday craft/vendor and bake sale will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. Space is available for $10 and includes a card table. Call Katrina Smith at 410-222-0140 or email her at email@example.com.
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 are welcome.
The following activity will be offered at the Pasadena Senior Activity Center, 4103 Mountain Road. Information: 410-222-0030:
Art A new class, "Drawing with Lucille," will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 11. Cost is $10 for supplies.
The following activities will be offered at the Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-222-6680:
Anti-bullying program RN Susan Schwartzman presents "An Introduction to Anti-Bullying Awareness" at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19. The program's purpose is to help grandparents gain knowledge about types of bullying, and to share anti-bullying initiatives and community resources.
Weight-loss program Dietitian Sheryl Hoehner will offer a seven-session class on weight loss from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Topics will include pointers on losing weight, decreasing sodium and increasing fiber in your diet, and strategies for reducing overindulgence during the holidays. Fee is $25.
Luncheon Tickets are on sale for the center's Holiday Luncheon being held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Michael's Eighth Avenue. Music will be provided by Tim Amann and Pet Rock. Tickets are $20; $18 for members.
Workshop Ann Hall and Geri Kelley will conduct a workshop, "Smocked Christmas Ornament," from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 14. Bring scissors. Kit supplies are $10.
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:
Holiday sale The event will be held in the center's dining room from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 13-15.
'National Memory Screening Day' The program offered by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. The local office of Visiting Angels sponsors the event.
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 aacounty.org/aging (click on the senior center).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun