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1.  August is National Fraud Awareness Month Click here

2.  One on One Technology Help Click here

3.  Resources for Seniors Click here

4.
  County Library's New Hours Click here

5.  County Traffic Safety Survey Click here

6.  Virtual Commemoration of 19th Amendment Click here

7.  Voting by Absentee Ballot Click here

8.  Caregiver Support Groups Click here
August is National Fraud Awareness Month

August is National Fraud Awareness Month. Financial abuse is estimated to cost older Americans over $2.6 billion every year. However, only 1 in 44 cases of financial abuse is ever reported. Check out our events and resources below to learn more about financial abuse, other forms of elder abuse, and ways you can support your community.

The ElderSAFE Center, a program of Charles E. Smith Life Communities, is dedicated to protecting older adults experiencing abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

 Our language-accessible helpline remains open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm (301-816-5099).  You can call ElderSAFE to make a referral to our temporary shelter program or for more information on community services for victims of elder abuse.

Click here to learn more about ElderSAFE

Top Five Ways to Avoid Scams & Frauds
1. Do not answer unknown numbers or numbers you don't recognize. Once you suspect a call might be a scam, hang up right away. The longer you stay on the phone, the more likely you are to lose money.

2. Never give personal information on an unsolicited phone call or over email.

3. Never click on suspicious links or links from unknown senders.

4. Always talk to someone you trust before sending money or giving personal information. Beware of anyone asking you to pay bills, debts or other costs using gift cards.

5. Share your scam stories with others. Help educate others and reduce the stigma.

 

Upcoming Virtual Events

Weekly Wellness Group
Wednesdays, 1pm – 2pm

This is a group for older adults to share information and help reduce the social isolation created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meeting ID #: 956-4095-8098

You can join by phone: Call 301-715-8592,

You can join by clicking here

 

Elder Abuse and the Covid-19 Pandemic, hosted by Montgomery County Public Libraries
August 10th, 11am – 12pm

Register by clicking here

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased many older adults vulnerability to abuse. Now more than ever, it’s important that everyone knows the warning signs of abuse and how to help someone they are concerned about. Attendees will learn how to report elder abuse and about additional community resources available.
 

Preventing, Recognizing and Reporting Financial Fraud, Scams, and Exploitation
August 20th at 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Register by clicking here

1.5 Social Work CEUs

Experts will discuss not only the most common scams committed by strangers but also the dynamics of financial exploitation from a trusted family member or friend. Attendees will learn about resources to help protect themselves and the older adults in their lives from financial abuse.

Speakers:

•  Dina Rivera, Legal Assistant at the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office

•  Amy R. Mix, Chief, Elder Justice Section, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
 

Believing You Know What’s Best: Understanding and Assisting in Cases of Hoarding and Self-Neglect with Older Adults
September 24th at 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Register by clicking here

1.5 Social Work CEUs

Do older adults have the right to self-neglect or make ‘bad’ decisions? What are the ethics behind self-neglect and decision-making capacity?

What is hoarding? Why do people start hoarding? How do things get so bad? How and when can you intervene? While cases of self-neglect and hoarding can be extremely complicated, these are questions we will address in our upcoming webinar.

Using case examples, experts will discuss balancing safety and self-determination, the psychology behind hoarding, and the resources and interventions available to older adults in need of assistance.

Speakers:

·  Frederika Granger, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Worker, specializing in older adults, anxiety, depression, hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

·  Julia Frank McGlamary, LCSW-C, Montgomery County Adult Protective Services Supervisor

One on One Technology Help
Do you know clients or members of your community who need help with technology?
 
Free One-on-One Tech Tech Available!
August 3-28, 2020  10am to 2:30pm
 
During the month of August, Senior Planet Covid Corps members will provide one-on-one technology help over the phone and through video conference appointments. 
 
About Senior Planet Covid Corps Member
Covid Corps members are high school juniors to college sophomores working for Montgomery County to make a difference this summer.
 
What Tech Support Can Be Provided?
Senior Planet Covid Corps members can assist residents with questions or problems with smart phones, computers, tablets, printers, email, using the Internet or application, and more.  They can also assist in finding MC Public Library, Recreation, and Senior Planet classes and other virtual programming.  Covid Corps members can also help low income persons sign up for $9.95 per month home Internet access.
 
30-minute appointments are available
Monday through Friday at
10am, 10:45am, 11:15am, 1pm, 1:45pm, and 2:30pm in English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Amharic, Farsi, Hindi, Nepali, Russian, Tigrinya, Krio, and ASL (by Internet video). 
 
Requirements for client/community member participation:
  • Capacity to learn via computer/phone
  • Ability to conduct themselves appropriately with a 17 to 23 year-old
  • Has a working smart phone, computer or tablet (with access to the Internet)
    • Telephone appointments are also available
Process:
1. Identify client or community member
2. Talk with them about the program, gauge their interest and capacity to participate
3. Make sure they meet all the requirements (see above)
4. Click here for Cable Complaint Intake Form  
(To roll out this program quickly, we are using an existing Dept. of Technology Services online cable complaint form to collect information for tech appointments)
5. Fill out the client or community member’s contact information
6. Leave the “Cable Provider” box blank
7. In the “Problem Description” box:

a. Provide a brief sentence describe the problem or issue the client or community member wants help with.Type in “Home Internet Access” if the person wants help signing up for low cost home Internet.

b. For a device issue, also type in “iPhone” or “Android” or “Mac” or “Windows” so we’ll have the right person provide assistance

c. Add the date, day and time slot that the client or community member prefers. Any date between August 3 and August 28, Monday through Friday, at 10am, 10:45am, 11:15am, 1pm, 1:45pm, or 2:30pm

d. Finally, if an appointment is needed in a language other than English, type in one of these languages:Spanish, Chinese, Amharic, Farsi, Hindi, Nepali, Russian, Tigrinya, Krio, or ASL

8. Tell the person, someone from Senior Planet Covid Corps will confirm the appointment with an email and phone call. 
Resources for Seniors

1. MCPL offers LinkedIn Training for 45+ Job Seekers
Every month the Montgomery County Public Library (MCPL) offers an interactive, two-day LinkedIn virtual boot camp for job seekers ages 45+. This webinar highlights the power of LinkedIn as a marketing and networking tool, focusing on both the mechanics and strategy of using LinkedIn as a tool to conduct a successful job search. Instructor is Dr. Elisse Wright, JD, PhD.

Participants must attend both sessions. Registration is required and space is limited. Registrants need a laptop or desktop computer to participate.

Click here to register.
 

2. AAHP Offers Chronic Disease Management and Prevention Online Classes
The African American Health Program (AAHP) offers our Chronic Disease Management and Prevention webinars each week on Tuesday morning, Wednesday evening, Thursday afternoon, and Thursday evening. The program explores ways to address health conditions that increase the risks of COVID-19. Topics change monthly.

In addition to great health information, these classes also include plant-based cooking demonstrations and recipes, and even fitness demonstrations. 

Please contact Beri Kari-Fonge at 240-513-4637 or Elsa Kombet at 301-562-5306 to enroll and find out which class is right for you. They can tell you what to expect and offer help with using Zoom. You can also visit the AAHP website by clicking here for more information.

3. Maryland Mind Health Offers Emotional Support During Crisis
The Maryland Department of Health has launched a new mental health initiative aimed at fighting the loneliness many people are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Physical distancing has left many feeling more alone and isolated, and these feelings can fuel sadness, depression, cravings for substances and relapse, negative coping skills, thoughts of suicide and other mental health problems,” said Dr. Aliya Jones, Deputy Secretary for the Behavioral Health Administration, in a statement. “We must find healthy ways to respond.”

MD Mind Health is a text-messaging program that uses a technology called Caring Contacts. Caring Contacts encourages human connectedness through kind messages. 

Participants receive text messages geared toward self-care and compassion, podcast recommendations, inspirational quotes and reminders that help is available around the clock through the 211 website and crisis hotline.

Those interested in participating can sign up by texting “MD Mind Health” to 898-211. Immediate mental health care can be accessed by dialing Maryland’s crisis hotline at 211.

“We must find healthy ways to respond. Even though we may not be seeing as much of each other, we do not have to feel alone,” Jones said. “This texting initiative is another way to combat that.”

4. Have Fun while Staying Safe at Home
Check out the new Thrive at Home webpage by clicking here.
You can connect to fitness activities, meditation, cooking demonstrations, tours of sights overseas, chances to visit with a pet and much more.

5. Job Search Training Program for those 50+ Professional Job Seekers
Are you over age 50 and frustrated by your job search?  JCA’s Career Gateway Program can help you hone your resume, polish your networking and interviewing skills, use Internet job search resources more effectively, and turn your age and experience to your advantage.  Each session of the Career Gateway features 30 hours of small-group classroom instruction over five days, comprehensive take-home materials, practical exercises, and a long-term mentor – all for only $75!  Sessions run from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. 

New Session Dates Available for FY 2020-2021!
2020 Sessions:
#1:  September 14, 16, 17, 21, 23 – 2020 (Interactive and Online)                         
#2:  November 9, 11, 13, 16, 18 – 2020
2021 Sessions: 
#3:  January 19, 20, 22, 25, 27 – 2021
#4:  March 1, 3, 5, 8, 10 – 2021
#5:  April 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 – 2021
#6:  June 7, 9, 11, 14, 16 – 2021

Optional Employment-Related Tech Classes Available.

*In-person classes (after COVID) will be held at JCA’s Headquarters at 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD.  Check whether your session will be in-person or virtual. 

**Due to health concerns relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and out of concern for the health of our participants and volunteers, our September 2020 session and tech classes will be an interactive, Zoom, online experience.  Same curriculum, class facilitator, presenters and volunteers addressing all the important job-seeking skills as in our in-class programming AND all from the comfort and safety of your own home!  Prior online sessions have been a resounding success!  Do not be intimidated by online instruction!  We will train you and will work through this together! 

For more information, contact Jodie Rasch at 301-255-4215 or email by clicking here

Click here to see the website.
County Library's New Hours

Montgomery County Public Libraries will implement new service hours, effective Sunday, Aug. 2. The library buildings remain closed under County's Phase 2 reopening guidelines, but the libraries are providing services such as pickups for materials placed on hold and for book drops. 

The new hours will affect all branches with the exception of Noyes Library for Young Children in Kensington, which is currently not offering services, and the Maggie Nightingale Library in Poolesville, where hours will remain unchanged.

The new service hours are:

  • Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
  • Monday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

As with the previous hours, only telephone and contactless holds pickup services will be provided at this time. 

Click here for more information.

County Traffic Safety Survey
Montgomery County’s Vision Zero program, which seeks to eliminate serious and fatal traffic crashes, is gathering the ideas of residents to improve safety for walking, biking, rolling and driving. The Vision Zero program has a survey available in which opinions can be offered on a variety of safety issues.

Click here for more information.

The survey will take an average of 5-7 minutes to complete. The results will help shape future Vision Zero activities. 

Click here for the survey.
DEADLINE IS AUGUST 9, 2020
Virtual Commemoration of 19th Amendment
The Montgomery County Commission for Women (CFW) will virtually commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. In collaboration with community partners and sponsors, the virtual event will occur on August 19, at 7:00 pm.

Virtual Event Details
• When: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
• Time: 7:00 PM
• Where: Facebook Watch Party and CFW YouTube channel (YouTube URL Forthcoming - Please check back to this webpage closer to August 19 for the virtual event video link)
• Cost: Free
• Who Can Attend: Open to the public; all ages welcome!

Click here for Facebook Watch Party
Click here for webpage
Voting by Absentee Ballot
On July 8, Governor Hogan directed state and local election officials to conduct a regular, in-person election, with every precinct open to its voters on Election Day.

To accommodate anyone who might feel unsafe casting a ballot in person because of the coronavirus pandemic, Hogan ordered the State Board of Elections to mail each voter an application for an absentee ballot.

Rather than wait to receive your absentee ballot application, you can sign up online now by going to the Maryland BOE to request that you be mailed one for the November election. While you're on that website, you can verify that you're currently registered and if you're not, register. You also can update your address, if appropriate.

Click here to see Governor's directive
Click here for the Board of Elections website
Caregiver Support Groups
Montgomery County MD community organizations have done an excellent job updating all of their services so caregivers have access to quality supports irrespective of the need for social distancing.

The County's Caregiver Blog continues to feature a broad array of virtual supports - many are hosted by local health and wellness organizations. Plus we feature amazing supports available through trusted non-profits throughout the US. 

Click here to see Caregiver blog
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