Aging Safely With Technology

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Are you aware of all of the products that are available to help you or your loved one age safely at home?  Local vendors will be on hand to showcase and answer your questions, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday, September 21 at Brookletts Place Talbot County Senior Center.  The program, which is sponsored by the Talbot County Commission on Aging, will begin with keynote speakers, Cynthia Prud’homme, Education Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter and Caregiver Ray VanHorn.

Ms. Prud’homme will provide an overview of the Alzheimer’s Association website, which has lots of information and articles on caregiving issues, as well as technological advances.

Mr. VanHorn, who has been his wife’s caregiver for four years, will talk about his experience as a caregiver and how the GizmoGadget has helped in his caregiving responsibilities.  Mr. VanHorn is very active with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Bayleigh Chase Support Group.  He also volunteers with SCORE, Habitat for Humanity Choptank and enjoys photography.

Evan Kelley, Annapolis Healthcare Supply will be available to discuss Alert Sentry, which is a personal emergency response system that provides safety at the push of a button.  Alert Sentry has both mobile and home devices, which not only give the user peace of mind in case of an emergency, but also their family members are assured the user will receive the proper help they require.

Maryland Relay, part of the Maryland Department of Information Technology, is a free public service that offers a variety of calling options and equipment solutions designed for those who have difficulty using a standard phone.  From amplified phones to tablets, there are many equipment options available today that can make it easier to make and receive calls.  Renate Buttrum, Maryland Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator, will be available to show and discuss the various options with you.

Personal Response Program Facilitator, Kim Honeycutt of the University of Maryland Shore Home Care, will display and answer questions regarding Phillips Lifeline products.  They include the Basic, Wireless and GoSafe units including AutoAlert, with advanced and effective fall detection technology.

Alexandra Duff-Hughes, MPH, CPH, CHES, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Supervisor for the Talbot County Health Department will have safe medication storage and disposal tools, as well as educational resources.

We also expect to have representatives from the Division of Rehabilitation Services for Maryland and the Maryland Technology Assistance Program.  This presentation is free and open to the public especially caregivers.  Please contact Brookletts Place Talbot County Senior Center at brookletts@uppershoreaging.org or 410-822-2869 to preregister for this program.

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