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1.  County Exec. Announcements Click here

2.  Senior News Click here

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  Caregiver Support Program Click here
County Exec. Announcements
County Encourages Residents to Shop Local, and Look for ‘MoCo Made’ Products, During the Holiday Season

As the world continues to emerge from the still-present COVID-19 health crisis, many aspects of life continue to reach toward conditions that were once considered normal. Among those is holiday shopping, and as the shopping season approaches, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is leading the County’s “shop local” campaign.
Click here for more information.


 

Celebrating Wildlife Exhibit on Display at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg Through Jan. 30

Celebrating Wildlife, a free art exhibit featuring beautiful fauna ranging from tiny insects to some of the largest creatures on earth, will be on display through Jan. 30 at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg. The exhibit, which features the work of 20 artists, was juried by painter and Gaithersburg Police Officer John Duke and photographer George Smith.
Click here for more information.


 

Free Ride On Bus Service Extended Through July 2

Free Ride On bus service will be extended through July 2. Early in the COVID-19 health crisis, the fares were suspended and a series of actions has continued the free service.
Click here for more information.


 

‘Spirit of The Season’ Will Include Many Winter Activities From Montgomery Recreation

Some think of December as the most wonderful time of the year, and Montgomery County Recreation has numerous holiday events to bring out the spirit of the season. The activities will include such things as a holiday craft show; letters to Santa: a pancake breakfast; musical activities; and arts and crafts. The events will take place at community recreation centers located throughout the County.
Click here for more information.


 

Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District Will Be Filled with Holiday Happenings 

The Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District has a season full of holiday events to enjoy this winter. Upcoming events in Silver Spring include activities from the more than 100 arts and humanities organizations, popular arts venues, attractions and entertainment businesses in the Arts and Entertainment District.  
Click here for more information.


 

Wheaton Will Have Many Winter Holiday Events for the Whole Family

Wheaton’s Arts & Entertainment District and its surrounding region will have a wide variety of holiday celebrations and events throughout the winter season. There will be activities for the whole family—including the family pets.  
Click here for more information.


 

Free Online Workshops Available for Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs in December

Montgomery County Public Libraries is offering online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs throughout December. All workshops are free and offered virtually.
Click here for more information.

 

County Public Libraries to Expand Branch Service Hours in January

Montgomery County Public Libraries will expand hours at its branches effective Jan. 2. 
Click here for more information.


 

Metro to Reopen Shady Grove and Rockville Metrorail Stations on Jan. 16

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA, or Metro) announced this week that it will reopen the Shady Grove and Rockville stations on Jan. 16. The stations have been closed for a four-month period for the Rockville Canopy Replacement Project.
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County and WSSC Water Urge Homeowners to be ‘Salt Wise’ During Winter Storms to Reduce Impact on the Environment and Drinking Water

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Transportation and WSSC Water are urging homeowners to be “Salt Wise” during winter storms. Local leaders, including County Executive Marc Elrich and WSSC Water General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid, emphasized the campaign at an event this week in Potomac.
Click here for more information.


 

New Parking Rates Will Go into Effect on Monday, Jan. 3

New parking rates at Montgomery County-operated garages, parking lots and street meters will go into effect beginning on Monday, Jan. 3, and will be implemented in stages over the following months. The Montgomery County Council adopted the parking rates as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget process.  
Click here for more information.


 

Senior Planet Montgomery Free Online Classes for Seniors Dec. 13-17 will include ‘Startup’ and ‘Smart Cities’

Senior Planet Montgomery, a technology training program designed for County learners 50 and older, is offering free online classes that focus on how to thrive at home. Classes, which are offered live via video conference, enhance a wide variety of life skills. Classes for Seniors Dec. 13-17 will include “Startup” and “Smart Cities.”
Click here for more information.

Senior News
Older Driver Safety Awareness
Do you know the 5 typical crashes involving older adults?

Here are five typical crashes involving older drivers:
*Turning left at an intersection with a stop sign
*Turning left at an intersection with a green light (but without a dedicated left turn arrow)
*Turning right at a yield sign to merge with traffic at speeds of 40-45 mph
*Merging onto a highway from a ramp with a yield sign
*Changing lanes on a roadway having four or more lanes

To be a safe driver, be educated about the risks and ways to mediate them.
For more information, click here 



Senior Call Check Program
Free for Maryland Residents 65 +

Maryland Department on Aging can provide you a daily call to verify your well-being, at a time scheduled at your convenience.  Register yourself or tell someone else about the program.  
For details and to register, click here.


 

Sign Up for Maryland Department on Aging Text Alerts
Text:  MDAging to 898-211
Receive alerts, tips and resources related to aging and how to support the needs of older adults directly to your cell phone.


 

Complete A CDC Care Plan
A care plan is a form that summarizes a person’s health and current treatments. Many care plans include a summary of health conditions, medications, healthcare providers, emergency contacts, and end-of-life care options (for example, advance directives). People complete their care plans in consultation with their doctor, and if needed, with help from a family member or home nurse aide.
Access the CDC’s form here: CDC Complete Care Plan


 

Participate in Free Virtual 50+ Employment Expo
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

10:00 am to 11:45 am:  Workshops with questions via Zoom chat. Speakers will be Richard Ross, Manpower/Manpower Mature, and Dr. Elisse Barnes, Of a Certain Vintage Workforce Education, LLC.

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm:  Area employers talk about their companies/organizations, employment opportunities, and answer questions from Jobseekers. After each Employer presentation, Expo participants will have the opportunity to network directly with these employers in Chat. 

Registration is required to participate: click here or https://virtualexpos.accessjca.org
Once registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration and a zoom link for the Expo. 

Future Montgomery County Expo Dates:
March 29, 2022; May 17, 2022; June 14, 2022
Questions: click here or SeniorExpo@AccessJCA.org


 

Job Search Training for Professional Job Seekers 50+
January 18, 19, 21, 24, 26 – 2022 (Interactive and Online)
Upcoming:  February 28 & March 2, 4, 7, 9 – 2022    

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 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Optional employment-related tech classes are also available.

Sessions and tech classes will be an interactive, Zoom, online experience. The same curriculum, class facilitator, presenters and volunteers address all the important job-seeking skills as in in-class program. Prior online sessions have been a resounding success.  Don’t be intimidated by online instruction.  We’ll train you and will work through this together. 

Registration is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  For more information and to register for an upcoming Career Gateway session, please contact Jodie Rasch at 301-255-4215 or Jodie.Rasch@AccessJCA.org
Website click here



2021 Virtual 50+ Expo
November 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022
beacon50expo.com

This year’s keynote speaker will be Diane Rehm, who hosted NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show for more than 30 years. Rehm will engage with Beacon newspaper publisher Stuart Rosenthal in a discussion about her broadcast career and the books she has written. A second keynote conversation will take place between Rosenthal and Dr. Mark Warshawsky, former Deputy Commissioner of Social Security, about the future of Social Security and private pensions.

More than a dozen expert speakers will address health and wellness, legal matters and estate planning, employment and volunteer opportunities, money and investments, retirement housing options and travel. In addition, the online expo will include video demonstrations and classes on tai chi, yoga, cooking, nutrition, dance and more.

Caregiver Support Program
Caregiver Support Groups

For many the holiday season is filled with a mixed sense of anticipation, excitement, and anxiety. While we hope for calm, peace, and joy, we know that the holidays carry challenging stressors for ourselves and our loved ones. For those less fortunate, this period can be especially stressful if they’re not receiving the support that they need. 

Even when individuals are surrounded by family members, they may still feel a sense of isolation, loneliness, and depression. Indeed, the holiday season may actually exacerbate these feelings for individuals coping with health issues. However, it’s not only individuals with wellness issues that suffer during the holidays. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to feelings of isolation and loneliness. For older adults that are widowed and/or do not receive much familial support, peer support groups can promote positive affect and lead to physical health benefits. In addition to peer support, interventions that are effective at reducing loneliness include cognitive re-framing (changing negative views of self and others), traveling with a goal, adopting a pet, acts of altruism, and spirituality.

Together with our County partners we introduce a range of support groups that are available. We appreciate that for many caregivers there may be additional strain due to closures of normal healthcare providers plus limits on social engagement with family and friends. Maintaining supportive connections is vital for caregivers and we are working with our community partners to provide practical virtual supports and leisure activities to help you thrive.

Many local organizations offer telephone and virtual caregiver support. Including: Holy Cross Caregiver Resource Center, The Alzheimer's Association (with its 24/7 free HelpLine 1800.272.3900), NAMI, Oasis, the County's Aging and Disability Services (240-.777.3000) and much more.

Visit our Caregiver Support Groups listings to enhance your care support network.

 

Telephone and Online Programs

There are many support groups, memory cafes, conferences, and other events available on virtual platforms.  Since these events are held via telephone or videoconference, people throughout the County are invited to participate. The County partners with local non profit organizations to ensure supports are available in diverse languages and support individuals who have unique needs. To maintain health and vigor its can be helpful to:

  • Remember to nurture your own mental and physical health.
  • Remain physically active in ways that you enjoy (for example – walking, stretching, jogging or playing a team sport).
  • Get enough sleep each night (for example – go to bed and rise at regular times).
  • Stay in touch with friends and family who can encourage and support you.
  • Establish a regular night for fun (for example – watch a movie once a week).
  • Take up a new hobby or reconnect with an activity you used to enjoy (for example – cooking, reading, gardening, photography, listening to music).
  • Find a local carers support group and try one or more out. Caregiver Support Groups are a supportive environment where you can share experiences, tips, and support with others in your situation.

Thankfully many organizations have been offering online platforms for sometime. This is the perfect time to try out:

  • Senior Planet
  • Montgomery County's Recreation and Public Libraries 
  • The State of Maryland's Senior Call Check
  • Smithsonian
  • Life Long Learning Centers
  • Virtual Caregiver Supports through the Alzheimer's Association
  • Silver Spring Town Center
  • Well Connected
  • Caregiver Teleconnection

Announcements

Older drivers tend to be safer than most other age groups: driving sober within posted speed limits, wearing seat belts every trip, and otherwise taking responsibility for the safety of themselves and others. Still, normal aging changes everyone and some of these changes demand attention. Whether it is having vision check-ups, adjusting mirrors carefully, or strategically scheduling trips, being a safe driver and responsible neighbor requires attention and effort.  

In honor of Older Driver Safety Week (December 6-10), the County’s Caregiver Support Program will explore various elements of safe driving on its Engage@Home YouTube channel. Six speakers address topics such as driving in winter weather; finding the best fit between you and your car; driver rehabilitation; and comfortable alternatives to driving.

Montgomery County's 2021 Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, features:

  • Alternatives to Driving: Local Transportation Options with Shawn Brennan, Montgomery County's Area Agency on Aging
  • Drivers and Vehicles: Establishing the “Best Fit” with Myra Wieman, Deputy Director, Maryland Highway Safety Office
    Staying Safe on the Roads During Winter with Jim McClelland, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management
  • How Villages Can Help with Eddie Revas, Vice President of the Potomac Community Village
  • Keeping Engaged and Safe with Tim Brant, Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Getting Used to Life without a Car with Michael LaMonda, a transitioning driver

To watch these videos, which range in length from about eleven to twenty-one minutes - click here

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