Senior briefs

Hearing screenings

The Beltone Hearing Aid Center will do screenings and check and clean hearing aids beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Appointments required. Information: 410-222-1818.

Residents' rights brochures

Two 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 publications are released during October, which is National Long-Term Care Residents' Rights Month. This year's theme is "Welcome Home: Creating Connections Between Residents and the Community." 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

Senior services

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 Information: 410-222-4257.

Senior housing

Information on assisted-living homes and other housing options for seniors has been updated on the county Department of Aging and Disabilities website at


Annapolis Senior Activity Center. The following activities will be offered at the center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Information: 410-222-1818.

Lunch A holiday lunch will be offered at noon Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the center. Sign and more information: 410-222-1818.

A fish and chicken fry will be held beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the center. Menu includes fish, chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, greens and assorted desserts. $15 payment is due at sign up. 410-222-1818.

A jewelry and bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the center. Jewelry sale continues 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Information: 410-222-1818.

Arnold Senior Activity Center: The following activities will be offered at the center, 44 Church Road, Arnold:

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.

Support group A grief and loss support group, co-sponsored by Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of Maryland, will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 24 and 31, and Nov. 14 and 21.

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 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.

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