Aug. 21, 2002
The Language Bank of Montgomery County Volunteer Center is recruiting bilingual speakers and sign language interpreters willing to be on-call volunteer translators/interpreters for public and private nonprofit agencies primarily in Montgomery County. Language bank volunteers respond to requests from hospitals, courts, schools, libraries and many other special service agencies to assist clients by interpreting at on-site appointments, on the telephone, or, occasionally, at public forums, or by translating brochures, forms and other documents.
The need for additional volunteers is greatest in sign language, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai, Korean and other Asian languages, as well as Russian and Spanish. Volunteers who are available during the week are most needed.
The next orientation meeting and workshop for the Language Bank is scheduled for the end of September in Rockville. Call 240-777-2600.
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is seeking volunteers to help at nursing homes. Volunteer opportunities offer flexible daytime hours with locations throughout Montgomery County. A 24-hour training session is scheduled for Sept. 17-20, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Holiday Park Senior Center in Wheaton. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call Eileen Bennett at 240-777-1067.
AARP Widowed Persons Service offers support groups for those widowed less than two years. Meetings are held Monday-Friday. All widowed persons are invited to attend education meetings, travel and other AARP-sponsored activities. Call 301-949-7398.
Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups are facilitated by trained group leaders. The meetings are ongoing, free and open to the community. Families meet with other caregivers to share experiences and caregiving tips while developing coping skills. Call 1-866-259-0042 for meeting schedules and locations.
The Kidney Cars Donation Program is accepting car donations to the National Kidney Foundation. Call 202-244-7900 or 1-800-488-CARS, or visit www.kidneywdc.org.
Seminars, support groups and classes through Adventist Health Care take place at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Drive in Rockville, unless noted otherwise. To register and to receive a complete listing of available classes, call 1-800- 542-5096.
v Alcoholics Anonymous/Al-Anon These groups meet every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Call 202-966-9115.
v Narcotics Anonymous. This group meets every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
v Healthy Hearts. Cardiac support program is designed to provide inspiration, motivation and education to patients and caregivers following a heart attack or stroke. Group meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Call 301-253-1502.
v Heart-to-Heart. A support group for people with heart disease, and their spouses, meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Cardiovascular Fitness Center (9715 Medical Center Drive, No. 130, Rockville).
The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) offers support groups for families dealing with a variety of health issues. Meetings are held at the Jewish Social Service Agency, 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville. Call Martha Mervis at 301-990-6880, Ext. 316.
v Caring for Others. JSSA, ARC of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Aging and Disabilities Services co-sponsor free monthly seminars for family members caring for children or adults with disabilities.
v New Friends Support and Activities Group offers men and women ages 65 and older the chance for support after being widowed for more than a year, on the first Monday of the month, from 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Call Mary Levyne at 301-816-2680.
v Support Group for Bereaved Parents is an ongoing group for parents grieving the death of a young or adult child. It convenes monthly on the second Monday of the month, from 7:30-9 p.m. Call Suzanne Adelman at 301-816-2683.
v Family Support Group. Parents and adult family members of children with disabilities or serious medical illnesses meet to share joys and sorrows, hopes and fears, coping mechanisms and strategies for living today and planning for the future. The group will meet on the third Tuesday of every month starting July 16 from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Free. Call Martha Mervis at 301-990-6880, Ext. 316.
v You and Your Aging Parents. Adult children with aging parents discuss issues including communicating about sensitive issues, family responsibilities and the need for time to themselves. Meets monthly at 7:30-9 p.m. Cost is $15 a session. Call Beth Huss at 301-816-2634.
Volunteer opportunities exist in the county addressing a wide range of health issues.
v Sexual Assault Victims. Montgomery County is seeking residents interested in helping sexual assault victims and their families. Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services at hospitals and police stations. Call 240-777-1355.
v Hospice Caring Inc. is seeking volunteers to offer nonmedical support to families facing terminal illness. The job involves providing companionship and respite care, assistance with household errands and tasks, and transportation. Call 240-777-2600.
v Montgomery County Hot Line. The Mental Health Association is recruiting volunteers for the Montgomery County Hot Line, a 24-hour telephone support, suicide-prevention and crisis-intervention service. Volunteers are asked for a minimum of four hours a week for at least one year after training. Call 301-424-0656, Ext. 117, to request an application.
v American Cancer Society. The Road to Recovery Program is looking to recruit and train drivers from Montgomery County. Donate a few weekday hours to transport patients to chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments. Must have own vehicle.
Potomac Seniors gather at Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, during the week for a variety of activities between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The program includes entertainment, health screenings and education, chair exercises, crafts, speakers, counseling, theme parties, monthly mini-trips and intergenerational activities. Seniors may also use the community center’s weight and exercise room for free between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays by registering for a senior pass.
Door-to-door transportation is available on Tuesdays through Paratransit. To obtain a copy of the newsletter of calendar events, visit http://www.co.mo.md.us/rec/Seniors/ptmsr.html, or call 301-983-4471.
10:15-11:15 a.m., Tai Chi Chaun with C. L. Young. Enhance muscle tone, improve balance and flexibility, free.
10-10:30 a.m., coffee and camaraderie;
10:30-11 a.m., chair exercises, follow along with a video;
10:30-11 a.m., blood pressure screening, the second Tuesday of every month, sponsored by Suburban Hospital;
11 a.m.-noon, activities, check the calendar;
11-11:30 a.m., Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program, the third Tuesday of the month;
Noon-12:30 p.m., lunch, bring your own and socialize with other seniors;
12:30-2 p.m., various programs, check the calendar.
10-11:15 a.m., Tai Chi Chaun with C. L. Young, free.
10:15-11:15 a.m., Tai Chi Chaun with C. L. Young, free.
Bethesda Senior Source, 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda, offers programs and activities for seniors age 55 and above. Register in advance to secure space. Ongoing events include two-hour computer classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For a schedule and registration, call 301-951-1990.
v Consumer Guide to Home Improvements. Learn how to perform minor home maintenance, how to select a home improvement contractor, and obtain information to help avoid being taken advantage of or involved in a dispute of home improvements. Free. Held on Sept. 9 at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda from 10 -11 a.m. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v Beginner’s Spanish. An introduction to Spanish. All class materials provided. $40/per person. Held on Sept. 9 (Mondays, through Dec. 2) from 2 -3 p.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v Advanced Beginner’s Spanish. Must have taken beginning Spanish. $40/ per person. Held on Sept. 10 (Tuesdays through Dec. 3) from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v Foreign Film: “When a Woman Ascends the Stairs”. A hostess at a Tokyo bar fears that as she grows older, she will lose her job to aggressive newcomers. In Japanese with English subtitles. $5/ per person. Held on Sept. 12. from 2 -4 p.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v Art for the Heart. Basic art exercises. Free. Held on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v A Reflection Roundtable. A discussion group sharing thoughts on the anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks. Free. Held on Sept. 11. from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Brush Painting. Through lectures, demonstrations and exercises, learn the essential skills of Chinese calligraphy and ink brush painting. $26/per person. Held on Sept. 12 (Thursdays through Oct. 17) from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v One-Dish Meals. Learn to make nutritious and delicious one-dish meals. $10/per person. Held on Sept.13 from 10 a.m.- Noon at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v Communicating with your doctor. Learn how to develop better communication with your doctor and what to do before and after an appointment. Free. Held on Sept. 17. from 10:30 - 11:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v Estate Planning-Overview. Discussion topics include: wills and trusts; impact of dying without a will, information on lifetime gifts, living wills, healthcare directives, and power of attorney. Free. Held on Sept. 19 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v Aromatherapy. The therapeutic use of essential oils of plants and flowers. Study the nature and properties of the 10 most essential oils and personally choose oils to blend. $6/per person. Held on Sept. 19 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v Meal Planning for Restrictive Diets. An informative presentation teaches new ways to incorporate great tasting foods and preparation techniques in a restrictive diet. $5/ per person. Held on Sept. 24 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v Cultural Social Hour- Jamaica. Learn about its cuisine, culture and history. Light refreshments will be served. Free. Held on Sept. 25 from 2 -3 p.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v “What did you say”. An informative lecture on hearing loss and hearing assistive technologies. Free. Held on Sept. 26 from 10-11 a.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v “On the Move? Deciding to Sell?”. A two-part series that offers information necessary when contemplating a move. Free. Held on Sept. 27 (Fridays through Oct. 4) from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v Spotlight on Music. An informative and entertaining 8-session music appreciation course. An interactive class with many listening examples and appearances of special guest artists. Topics include opera, jazz, classical and more. $50/ per person. Held on Sept. 27 (Fridays through Nov. 22) from 2 -3 p.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
v “So You’re Retired....Now What?”. Discussion of do’s and don’ts of an successful retirement on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. Held on Sept. 30 from 10-11 a.m. at the Bethesda Senior Source on 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Requires advance registration. Call 301-951-1990.
The AARP Widowed Persons Service invites anyone widowed less than two years to attend a free seminar on personal safety and crime prevention on Sept. 8. Refreshments and socializing begins at 2 p.m., announcements at 2:45 p.m. and David Baker of the Montgomery County Police Department gives a talk at 3 p.m. Event will be held at Bauer Drive Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Drive in Rockville. Call 301-949-7398.
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., holds two adult-education seminars for seniors, each on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. Call 301-365-2850.
v Grow Old Along with Me is a five-week series that will cover issues relating to and benefiting seniors, coordinated by Elder Joanie Friend, Bradley Hills Parish nurse.
v Making Sense of the Book of Revelation, led by Elder Steve Burns, is a Bible study that will discuss this influential and much-talked-about part of the New Testament.
The International Psoriasis Community, a nonprofit organization, will be hosting a Psoriasis support group meeting on Sunday, Sept. 22 (10am to noon) at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. The meeting will take place in conference room 6 and 7; both of which are located below the main entrance to the lobby of the hospital. A dermatologist, will be present to discuss current treatments, products in the pipeline, and to answer your questions. RSVP via email:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-984-
2522 Our website is www.ipsoriasis.org.
The NIH Office of Community Liaison will hold its fourth annual community health forum, “Share the Health: An Exposition of Health Resources from NIH to Its Neighbors.” The free event features health-related information, lectures, workshops and screenings on Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Natcher Conference Center in Building 45 on the NIH campus in Bethesda. Call 301-650-8660, email email@example.com or visit http://sharethehealth.od.nih.gov.