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Carroll Hospital to host panel on senior housing and health care; deadline to register is Friday

Carroll Hospital has hosted many different public seminars and events to discuss various aspects of healthy aging, but the May 20 seminar entitled “Aging with Grace: A Discussion of Health & Home Considerations” might be a first — and in more ways than one.

That’s according to Joseph Weikel, an organizer of the event and director of major and planned giving at Carroll Hospital Foundation.

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“This is the first time we have combined housing for seniors and health care concerns,” he said. “It’s going to be a moderated panel discussion, the first time we’ve ever used this format.”

Check-in for the free event begins at 4:45 p.m., and the panel itself will run from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Shauck Auditorium of the hospital’s East Pavilion, at 291 Stoner Ave. in Westminster.

The deadline to register is Friday, May 10, and registration is available by calling 410-871-6196 or emailing foundation@CarrollHospitalCenter.org.

Karen Miller, Sykesville elder care attorney, will moderate. She will be joined by a panel of housing consultant Bonnie Elliott, of Care Patrol Maryland; Gina Valentine from the Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities; and health care and palliative care navigators from Carroll Hospital, according to Weikel.

“Both before and after the program we will have the palliative care providers answer questions about advanced directives, which are basically heath care powers of attorney, and the Maryland MOLST, or Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, form,” Weikel said. “These are basically the cardiopulmonary and other treatment directives, such as ‘do not resuscitate.’”

Other topics will include housing options for seniors, the physical challenges of aging, what is offered in Carroll County’s senior centers, and what other resources are available to help with medications and other aspects of aging and housing, according to Weikel, and there will be time for audience questions in addition to the panel discussion.

“Our target audience is anyone 55 and up, that’s how we devised our invitations,” Weikel said. “We are thinking that those who are 55, the younger end of the range, would be interested in not only their own future planning, but perhaps their elderly loved ones they care for.”

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