Support groups information
The Department of Aging and Disabilities has revised and updated a booklet on "Community Support Groups." Information contained in the booklet focuses on groups designed for caregiving, Alzheimer's disease, bereavement for adults and children, diabetes, brain injury, cancer, stroke, cardiac, pulmonary, Parkinson's, and bowel and urinary diversions. 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.
The Department of Aging and Disabilities has announced that its senior activity centers will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2. Information: 410-222-4464.
The Senior Olympics Winter Games take place Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Gardens Ice House, 13800 Old Gunpowder Road in Laurel. Two sports are featured this year: ice hockey and curling. Games are open to athletes 50 and older. Registration fees are $30 per player for hockey and $10 per player for curling. The hockey portion is expected to have each team playing two games. The curling section will include a "learn to curl in an hour" introduction, followed by two four-ended games. For information and registration, go to thegardensicehouse.com or call 240-777-8080.
Residents' rights brochures
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.
Arnold Senior Activity Center. The following activities will be offered at the center, 44 Church Road.
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. Information: 410-222-4464.
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.
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.