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2018-2019 Seasonal Flu Vaccination Campaign

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services will offer the following Flu Vaccine Clinics in 2018.

October 15  th

4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Universities at Shady Grove
Building II 
9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville

  • FREE.
  • For anyone 6 months of age and older.
  • By appointment only.
  • Flu shots only; No FluMist available.
  • There is now a parking fee. Visitors can park in the Traville Gateway Garage or Shady Grove Garage on weekdays (Mon – Fri; 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.) for $2/hr (Maximum $10/day).  
    See parking map ( pdf).

October 24 th

4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Universities at Shady Grove
Building II
9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville

  • For anyone 6 months of age and older.
  • By appointment only; schedule appointments on the County’s website or call 311.  There is no charge for vaccinations.
  • Flu shots only;  No FluMist available.
  • There is now a parking fee. Visitors can park in the Traville Gateway Garage or Shady Grove Garage on weekdays (Mon – Fri; 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.) for $2/hr (Maximum $10/day).  
    See parking map ( pdf).

November 13  th

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(ages 3 to 18 years).

Three Locations:

  • Must be accompanied by an adult.
  • FREE.
  • By appointment; schedule appointments on the County’s website or call 311.
  • Flu shots only; No FluMist available.

Free and Low-cost Fitness Options for Older Adults

Free and Low-cost Fitness Options for Older Adults

There are many reasons why regular exercise and physical activity are important to everyone, including older adults. Regular physical activity and exercise can produce long-term health benefits and that is one reason health experts recommend that older adults are active every day to maintain their health. Even moderate exercise can improve the health of people who are frail or have diseases that accompany aging.

This updated factsheet describes free and low-cost fitness classes, weight rooms and other options available for older adults in Montgomery County.  Visit the senior website for more information.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. Join Lindsey Vajpeyi, Programs & Services Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association’s National Capital Area Chapter and Penny Gladhill, Director of the Volunteer Helping Hands program at Hospice Caring, for this workshop to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 7 to 8:30 pm  Hospice Caring, Inc. | 518 South Frederick Avenue | Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Space is limited! Registration is required.  

Free Diabetes Prevention Program

For those who are pre-diabetic, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is offering a free, year-long lifestyle modification program that includes nutritional guidance, exercise sessions and support to help prevent or delay diabetes onset. The program begins on Tuesday, September 12, 7-9 p.m. at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. Visit: learn more. Holy Cross Germantown Hospital Starts Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m. Holy Cross Hospital (English) – Starts Wed., Step. 13, 7 – 9 p.m. (Spanish) – Starts Thurs., Sept. 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Holy Cross Senior Source Starts Wed., Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m To obtain information on diabetes prevention screenings at Holy Cross Hospital and in the community, please call 301-754-8800

Free Weekend Retreat for Former Caregivers

Hospice Caring, Inc is delighted to announce  A special, no cost program for family/friend primary caregivers whose loved one has died within the past 2 years. 

Friday, October 27 at 4 pm – Sunday, October 29 at 2 pm

Rockwood Manor Retreat Center, Potomac, MD

See the attached flyer for more information. Space is limited! Registration is required. To register, contact Anne Baker, Director of Adult Bereavement Services at or 301-990-0854

Lottery for Farmer’s Market Coupons for Low-Income Seniors

Montgomery County will  Hold a Lottery for Farmer’s  Market Coupons for Low-Income Seniors

A limited number of free farmer’s market coupon books worth $30 will be distributed by lottery to low-income seniors in Montgomery County on Tuesday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. The coupon books are available to Montgomery County residents age 60 years and older whose income is less than $22,311 (family of one).
The coupons may be used at farmer’s markets in Montgomery County and participating markets in the District of Columbia until November 1, 2017.
The lottery for the coupon books will be held at the following locations:
  • Elizabeth House, 1400 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Benjamin Gaither Senior Center, 80A Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
  • Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, MD 20901
  • Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
  • Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
  • Waverly House, 4521 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814

For more information, call 240-777-3810.

May is Older American’s Month

Whether you are an active senior, caregiver or in need of extra assistance, you can view our Resource Guide for Older Adults, or you can contact  the Montgomery County Aging and Disabilities Department at 240-777-3000/ with any questions.  And view this month’s calendar of events from that department.

Seniors Today

Be sure to tune in to Austin Heyman’s show, Seniors Today.  It shares news and information of interest to senior residents of Montgomery County.Program airs on Comcast/RCN 6, Verizon 30 the following times: Sunday 6:00pm | Mon – (10:00am) | Tues – (1:00am, 12:30pm, 6:00pm) | Thurs – (2:30am, 6:00pm) | Fri (10:30am) | Sat – (2:00am).

NCEA’s “Mistreatment of African American Elders”

The National Center for Elder Abuse (NCEA) provides this Research to Practice Brief  summarizes recent research findings related to the mistreatment of African American elders, particularly involving financial exploitation and psychological abuse. General cultural beliefs, views, and norms within the African American community offer both risk and protective factors that influence elder abuse in this population. Although all elderly adults are more vulnerable to crime to begin with, socioeconomic variables, such as poverty, institutionalized racism, and structural segregation place African American elders at an even higher risk.

According to the brief, these are 3 takeaways

  • There is limited research on elder abuse and neglect for the African American population.
  • Elder abuse in the African American community is influenced by risk factors and protective factors that span from the individual level to the community level.
  • Compared to their non-African American counterparts, African Americans are disproportionately impacted by financial exploitation and psychological mistreatment.

Adult Protective Services investigates instances of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and provides professional aid to victims. Call 240-777-3000 for help or more information.

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