Potomac Community Village
Potomac Community Village (PCV) is a non-profit network of neighbors and friends geared to enabling older Potomac residents to age in place in their existing homes by creating social connections and providing volunteer services, such as occasional transportation, computer help, simple home repairs, and friendly phone calls and visits. PCV is part of a nationwide movement of more than 500 Villages, of neighbor helping neighbor. For more information about programs, membership, volunteering or getting volunteer help, contact info@PotomacCommunityVillage.org, 240-221-1370 or check out www.PotomacCommunityVillage.org.
Senior Forum and Resource Fair
Hosted by County Council Vice President Katz and Councilmember Friedson, the senior forum will be Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Potomac Community Recreation Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac, Maryland 20854
Subject matter experts will speak on:
• Wellness and Brain Fitness: Reduce the Risk of Dementia
• 10 Ways to Prevent a Fall
• Detecting and Avoiding Financial Abuse
A wide range of service providers to seniors will showcase additional topics including: Aging in Place; Community Engagement; Elder Abuse and Scam Prevention; Fire Prevention & Public Safety; Healthy Hearing; Lifelong Learning; Mental Wellness; Transportation and more.
A light breakfast will be served. If you have questions, please contact:
Councilmember.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-7906
Councilmember.Friedson@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-7828
National Grandparents Day
Plan to Celebrate National Grandparents’ Day on Sept. 8, from 8:30 am to 12 pm at Glen Echo Park and “Help All Seniors Thrive!” JCA invites you to attend its first annual walk and family fun day to support our intergenerational programs, transportation, adult day programs, employment and other resources for seniors in the Greater Washington Area. (Note: This is a “Rain or Shine” event.)
Event includes a short walk around Glen Echo Park, a DJ, a photo scavenger hunt, a selfie-booth with props, art activities, corn hole, giant connect-four and more. Pre-registration closes Aug. 30, 2019.
Helping us spread the word is so easy, and it just might be the greatest help of all. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, please email Micki Gordon at MGordon@AccessJCA.org or call her at 301-255-4231.
Join One of Two “Ride Smart” Travel Training Workshops
In these free one-day workshops (open to all Montgomery County residents over age 50), you will learn how to travel to destinations of your choice using public transit. You will receive a Senior SmarTrip card (or a standard SmarTrip card if you are under 65) and a free lunch.
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hillside Senior Living Apartments, 200 Skidmore Boulevard, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
Registration is required. Please call 301-738-3252 or e-mail ConnectARide@AccessJCA.org.
Job Search Training Program for Job Seekers 50+
Are you over age 50 and considering a 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 for $75. Sessions run from 9 am until 4 pm. Optional employment-related tech training available, as well.
New Sessions Available for 2019/2020!
Session 1: September 9, 11, 13, 16, 18
Session 2: November 4, 6, 8, 11, 13
Session 3: January 21, 22, 24, 27, 29
Session 4: March 2, 4, 6, 9, 11
Session 5: April 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
Session 6: June 8, 10, 12, 15, 17
For more information, call Jodie Rasch at 301-255-4215 or email her at Jodie.Rasch@AccessJCA.org.
September is Fall Prevention Month
Learn How to Stay Upright. Fall Prevention Presented by Adventist HealthCare
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 at 11 am in the Lecture Room
Benjamin Gaither Center, 80 Bureau Drive A, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
Contact: Charlyn Simpson at 240-805-1578
Fall Risk Assessment
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 from 1-2 p.m., Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr, Rockville, Maryland 20850, Contact: Betty Figlure at 240-314-8803 or front desk at 240-314-8800
Third Annual Fall Prevention Fair
Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 from 10:30 am to 1 pm
Washington Metro Oasis (inside Macy’s Home Store at Westfield Montgomery Mall)
7125 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland 20817
Contact: Karla Lazarte, Health & Wellness Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefit from a Property Tax Credit
Benefit from a Property Tax Credit recently expanded for surviving spouses of retired military service members.
On July 30, the County Council unanimously voted to enact Expedited Bill 21-19, Property Tax Credit - Elderly Individuals and Retired Military Services Member - Surviving Spouse. This bill expands the property tax credit for surviving spouses of retired military services members. Under Bill 21-19, a surviving spouse would be eligible for the credit if:
• the individual is a surviving spouse of a retired member of the uniformed services, the military reserves, or the national guard; and
• the surviving spouse is at least 65 years old; and
• the surviving spouse has not remarried.
Eligible individuals can apply at the Department of Finance’s website. The deadline to apply for the property tax credit is Oct. 1, 2019.
To access the application and for more information visit: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/Finance/bill-42-16.html The Council staff report for Expedited Bill 21-19 can be viewed here.
Celebrate Active Aging Week
Celebrate Active Aging Week Kick-Off and Walk Maryland Day at Brookside Gardens
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at 10 am
Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland 20902
Take a stroll around the grounds of Brookside Gardens and celebrate Maryland’s official state exercise: walking. Doctors from “Walk with a Doc” will inspire you to through movement and conversation! In honor of Active Aging Week, participate in one or more demonstrations including Zumba, Yo-Chi, and others. Food trucks will be available on-site for purchase.
FREE to attend but advanced registration is encouraged :https://www.eventbrite.com/e/montgomery-county-active-aging-week-kick-off-event-tickets-67772981813