May has been dubbed Older Marylanders' Month by the state and countydepartments of aging, to coincide with the national celebration of Older Americans Month.

In honor of the occasion, Gov. William Donald Schaefer issued a proclamation May 1 honoring the more than 735,000Marylanders over the age of 60.

The following is a list of activities and events sponsored by thecounty senior centers or area convalescent centers in celebration ofSenior Center Week and National Nursing Home Week, May 12-17:


Annapolis Senior Center

701 Glenwood St.


May 15 -- Enjoy a buffet luncheon and cash bar, then go dancing to the sounds of the Charm City Orchestra at the annual Spring Fling from 11 a.m to 2:30 p.m. at the Bay Ridge Inn, Annapolis. Tickets cost $15.

Information: 222-1818.

Arnold Senior Center

44 Church Road


May 15 -- Beginning at 1:30 p.m., Barbara Easter's Ballet Company will perform.

Information: 222-1922.

May 16 -- A bladder-control workshop on what the ads don't tell you will begin at 1 p.m. House specialist Madeline Bernard will help participants learn to retrain their bladders with exercises.

Information: 222-1922.

O'Malley Senior Center

1275 Odenton Road


May 14 -- Insurance Consultant Helen Belka will be available by appointment from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to answer questions about confusing medical insurance forms.

May 17 -- The annual Fullness of Life series will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. today and the next two Fridays. The program, coordinated by Katharine Boucher of the Chesapeake CounselingCenter, will emphasize the importance of spiritual life for personalgrowth. The program is free. Registration is requested.

Also today, the Baltimore Washington Eye Center will provide free screening for vision, glaucoma and cataracts, plus information about the aging eye, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up in person.

Information: 222-6277.

Pascal Senior Center

125 Dorsey Road

Glen Burnie

May 16 -- Norman Spangler, Ph.D., will speak at 12:30 p.m. about what could happen when a doctor's orders are not followed. Spangler has experience working with patients at Harbor View Medical Center. The talk will look at compliance with medications, diet and exercise regiments thatmany times are not followed.

Information: 222-6680.

May 17-18 -- Anne Arundel Medical Center and the county Department of Health will offer free cervical cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridayand 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Anne Arundel Medical Oncology Center. Registration for this project and a discussion of the disease will be available at the center at 12:30 p.m. May 9.

Women 55 years and older who have not had a Pap test in the past three years are eligible for the screening. Cervical cancer is almost 100 percent curable when detected and treated early.

Information: 222-6680.

South County

Senior Center

6243 Shady Side Road

Shady Side

The center is sponsoring an open house and craft exhibit throughout the week. The public is welcome.

May 13 -- Diabetic and blood pressure screening, administered by a registered nurse, will be available free of charge from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Information: 222-1922 or 867-2227.

May 14 -- Beginning at 1 p.m., the center is sponsoring aT-shirt workshop, taught by Rose Distefano.

Information: 222-1922or 867-2227.

May 15 -- Instructor Nonna Perry will teach participants to fashion a spring hat to hang on the wall or door. The class begins at 10 a.m. Sign-up is required, and there will be a $2 charge to purchase the hat.

The regularly scheduled Swim for Fun and Exercise at the Arundel Olympic Swim Center in Riva will take place beginning at 10:15 a.m. Cost is $2. Swimmers will return to the center at 12:30 p.m.

A bladder-control workshop, on what the ads don't tell you, helps seniors and caretakers learn to retrain the bladder throughexercise. The talk begins at 12:30 p.m.

Information: 222-1922 or 867-2227.

May 16 -- Transportation for the shopping trip to Annapolis Dockside/Market House will leave the center at 10 a.m. Sign up early for reservations.

Information: 222-1922 or 867-2227.



North Arundel Nursing

and Convalescent Center

313 Hospital Drive

Glen Burnie

May 12 -- A Mother's Day Tea with entertainment at 1:30 p.m. Steve Cohen will do his Elvis impersonation at 2 p.m. All ladies will receive a corsage for Mother's Day.

May 13 -- Ice cream social for staff, residents and family at 2 p.m.

May 14 -- Pizza Bowling Party recognition day at 2 p.m.

May 18 -- Arundel Singers will close out the week with a performance, followed by a party, at 2 p.m.

Information: 761-1222.


Convalescent Center

Bay Ridge Avenue

and Van Buren Street


May 15 -- Birthday and pizza bash at 2:30 p.m.

May 16 -- Beach party with cookout at 2 p.m. Wear beach clothing.

May 17 -- Catered dinner at 6 p.m.

May 18 -- Weekend bingo at 2 p.m.

Information: 269-0444.

Meridian Nursing Home

613 Hammonds Lane

Brooklyn Park.

May 11 -- Ice cream sundaes will be served to residents at 2 p.m. A wheelchair parade is planned for 6:30 p.m. Families and friends of residents will contribute to wheelchair decorations.Judges from the community will support the festivity. Awards and prizes will be provided for those who participate. Neighbors are urged to get involved.

May 14 -- Some residents will meet at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie for lunch and entertainment at 11 a.m. Others canremain at the nursing home and enjoy lunch in the dining room at 2 p.m.

May 15 -- A crab-cake dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. The dinner includes professional entertainment.

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