A retired federal employee, Pat Farmer has worked as the Laurel Leader editorial assistant for the Baltimore Sun Media Group and its predecessors for over nine years. She started writing the Senior Circles column for the Howard County Times in 2010. Pat enjoys keeping up with the senior scene in Howard County and passing on important information on older adult issues and events to her readers.
Throughout Laurel and the surrounding areas, there are dozens of local nonprofit groups that are committed to serving those in need. These groups can always use our help with donations of money and/or items.
This is my last Senior Circles column. I have decided to retire again. It has been over 10 years since I started working at my "second career" as editorial assistant for the Laurel Leader, and over five of those years as the Senior Circles columnist for the Howard County Times.
At our Dunbarton College 50th Reunion Saturday evening dinner, classmate Rosemary O'Neill remarked, "Reunions such as this allow us to renew our friendships, like continuing a conversation that was interrupted five years earlier."
The number of older adults not getting the shots they need to keep them healthy is significant, so I want to encourage our Howard County seniors to seriously consider talking to their doctor about getting shots, which are important to their future health.
The Howard County Fair's Senior Day Aug. 11 was a great way to gain information and to meet people. The room was ringed with tables with all types of information from the Department on Aging, bottles of water provided by Brightview Senior Living of Catonsville, two full tables of bingo prizes and a Howard County Police Department table with two officers ready to talk about your safety concerns, scams and fraud
As a follow up to Senior Circles, July 9, "Policy decisions on aging issues are coming up," I attended the live streaming of the White House Conference on Aging at a Watch Party July 13 at the North Laurel 50+ Center.