Senior Notes


Senior group plans symposium on aging for Saturday

Artist and illustrator Deidre Scherer will be the keynote speaker for the Anne Arundel Senior Services Provider Group's 21st annual Health Symposium.

The educational conference, Forever Young: A Woman's Journey in Aging, is for all ages and will include professionals speaking on traditional and holistic health care and wellness issues for women.

The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Anne Arundel Community College. The cost is $60 and will include a full day of presentations, exhibits, health provider information and lunch.

Proceeds will benefit charitable programs for seniors. Information: 410-777-2912.

Safe-driving course set at South County center

A "55 Alive" safe-driving course, sponsored by AARP, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 at South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater.

This course is designed to help the older adult improve their driving skills.

Many insurance companies offer reduced premiums for drivers who complete this course. The cost is $10.

Information: 410-222-1927 or 410-798-4802.

Anne Arundel offers volunteer opportunities

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging is seeking volunteers to work on custom-designed, outcome-based assignments addressing needs in education, literacy, human services, the environment and community safety.

RSVP participants receive orientation and on-the-job training. They are covered for excess auto and liability insurance.

The program is seeking volunteers to work in the following fields:

Citizens Emergency Preparedness Training: Volunteers will be trained to present information on emergency preparedness to community organizations. Training will be held the week of Sept. 23. Volunteers must be willing to accept at least two training opportunities in the next six months.

Department of Aging: Volunteers will provide clerical support three to four hours a day, one or two days a week. Computer experience is helpful but not required.

County public schools: RSVP offers reading tutors in elementary and middle schools, under the guidance of teachers.

Conference center at YMCA Camp Letts: Volunteers participate in shore erosion projects, work in the gift shop, provide clerical assistance and do landscaping and groundskeeping work.

Visitors' Center at Baltimore-Washington International Airport: Volunteers staff the information booth. Training will be provided and parking is free.

Senior Nutrition Sites: The Department of Aging has 21 sites around the county. Jobs include clerical work, food service and cleanup.

Food Link Drivers: A once-a-week assignment to transport day-old bakery goods and surplus food from local stores to a food rescue site. Volunteers will use a personal vehicle.

Telephone Reassurance Volunteers: Volunteers will make early-morning calls to elderly clients who live alone. The time commitment is 2 1/2 hours each month. Information: 410-222- 4464.

South County center offers computer workshops

South County Senior Center in Edgewood will offer a series of computer workshops next month. Center membership is required (participants may join at registration). The free classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes include:

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to noon, beginning computer; 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., word processing.

Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, beginning computer.

Sept. 19 and Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Internet and e-mail.

Sept. 23, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., word processing.

Sept. 25 and 26, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Internet and e-mail.

Information: 410-222-1927.

Classes on computers, 20th century offered

O'Malley Senior Center will offer new courses for the fall. The classes include a new level II computer class, "Personal Computing." The course will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will cover Microsoft Word, graphics, photo processing, the Internet and e-mail attachments. Owning a personal computer is a prerequisite.

A survey course, "Critical Issues of the 20th Century," will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays. The class will present a view of the development of the United States from 1900 to 1970.

An course on the Internet will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The class will cover Internet providers, copying and pasting, e-mail, attachments, Web addresses, search engines, viruses and firewalls.

Registration for classes has begun. Information: 410-222- 6227.


Bereavement support: South County Senior Center offers "Bereavement: Working Through It," a free, informal discussion group with Norma Crane for age 55 and older. The group meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Bazaar workshops: Holiday Bazaar workshops will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Annapolis Senior Center. The workshops are in preparation for the center's annual Holiday Bazaar. 410-222- 1818.

Diet and labels: Pascal Senior Center and North Arundel Hospital will offer a program on understanding food labels at 12:30 p.m. today at the center. 410- 222-6680.

Hospice seminar: Brooklyn Park Senior Center will offer hospice care seminars at 10:30 a.m. today and Sept. 27. The seminars will focus on end-of-life care at a hospice and its impact on the patient and loved ones. 410-222-6847.

Flexibility screening: O'Malley Senior Center will offer free flexibility screenings at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the center. 410-222-6227.

Program on moving: South County Senior Center will offer a program, "Moving with a Mover," at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow and 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19, at the center. The program is free but sign-up is required. 410-222-1927.

Colorectal screening: South County Senior Center will offer free information on colorectal cancer, diet, exercise and screening at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the center. The program is free, but registration is required. 410- 222-1927.

Police briefing: County police Officer Don Clime and Amy Rubino, director of Curbing Abuse in Medicare and Medicaid, will discuss identity theft, Medicaid fraud, and abuse and the misuse of Social Security numbers at 7 p.m. tomorrow at South County Senior Center. 410-222-1927.

Foot screening: Pasadena Senior Center and North Arundel Hospital will offer free foot screenings from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the center. Registration is required. 410-222-0030.

Emergency phones: County police Officer Don Clime will distribute cellular phones to seniors at 10:30 a.m. Monday at South County Senior Center. The phones may be used to call 911 in an emergency. 410-222- 1927.

Colorectal cancer: O'Malley Senior Center will offer a presentation on colorectal cancer and information about free screenings at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the center. 410-222-6227.

Driving safely: O'Malley Senior Center will sponsor an AARP safe-driving course from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 18 at the center. Space is limited and registration is required. A $10 fee will be collected at registration. 410-222-6227.

Antiques or junk: South County Senior Center will feature Phyllis Suer, an antiques dealer, in a program about what to keep and what to throw out when moving to smaller quarters at 10 a.m. Tuesday. 410- 222-1927.

Reiki clinic: O'Malley Senior Center will offer a clinic on reiki from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the center. The clinic is free, but an appointment is required. 410-222-6227.

Healthy eating: North Arundel Hospital and Pascal Senior Center will present a lecture, "How to Eat Healthier," at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18. 410-222-6680.

Music and dancing: South County Senior Center announces a free afternoon of music and dancing by George Simons and Band from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at the center, 27 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater. All people age 55 and older are welcome. Light refreshments will be offered. 410-222-1927.

Shawnee-on-Delaware: Pasadena Senior Center Tour Committee has several trips on its agenda, including: Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa., on Oct. 8. The cost is $70, and includes a trip to Shawnee Inn and Octoberfest in the resort village in the Poconos. A continental breakfast will be served. The day also will feature a two-hour open bar with wine, soft drinks and beer, a buffet dinner and bingo. Participants will depart from the center at 6:45 a.m. and return at 8 p.m. Information: 410-222-0030 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Senior and police picnic: Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) will hold its annual picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at Downs Park in Pasadena. Van transportation is available from South County Seniors Center (registration required). 410-222-1927.

Financial recordkeeping: O'Malley Senior Center will offer a program on financial recordkeeping from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the center. 410-222- 6227.

Safe driving: Annapolis Senior Center will offer an AARP safe-driving course from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24 at the center. Registration, due by Sept. 13, is required. A $10 supply fee will be collected at registration. 410-222-1818.

Healthy eating: Annapolis, South County and O'Malley senior centers will hold their Fall Picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at Mayo Beach Park. Tickets may be obtained at the centers. 410-222-1818.

Calorie counting: Pascal Senior Center, in cooperation with North Arundel Hospital, will hold a discussion on calorie counting at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the center. 410-222-6680.

Health online: The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers tips on finding reliable health resources on the Internet in the latest edition of its newsletter, Learn to Live at Fifty Plus. Individual and bulk copies of the free newsletter may be requested through the Health Department's Learn to Live Line: 410-222-7979.

Nutrition volunteers: The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging's Senior Nutrition Program is seeking instructors from the Maryland City/Laurel area to teach low-impact aerobics, armchair exercise, yoga, line dancing, genealogy, crafts and crocheting. Crafts and line dancing instructors are needed for the Annapolis area. Information: Juanita Adams, 410-222-4464, Ext. 3053. The Senior Nutrition Program has 20 sites in Anne Arundel County.

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