Compass Regional Hospice hosts Hope & Healing for the Holidays Workshop

Compass Regional Hospice will host the workshop Hope & Healing for the Holidays on Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. Come for conversation and creative activities designed to help those grieving the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. The workshop fee is $10 and is open to anyone 18 and older.

Hope & Healing for the Holidays will be led by staff of the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center. The workshop begins with a light breakfast and will include art projects and opportunities to talk about how to remember loves ones while facing the grief that accompanies their memory.

For more information and to register for Hope & Healing for the Holidays, contact Ann OConnor or Linda Turner, 443-262-4100, aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.orglturner@compassregionalhospice.org.  Learn more about the Hope & Healing Center grief support programs at www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

About the Hope & Healing Center

The Hope & Healing Center is a collection of programs and services available for the family of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the death of a loved one. Services available in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties include, individual and family grief counseling, grief support groups, school‐based grief counseling, a grief retreat Camp New Dawn, and remembrance events and specialized workshops. Since most grief support programs are offered free of charge, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations to cover the cost of operating the Hope & Healing Center.

Much like a compass, the priorities of the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign points the way toward the future of Compass Regional Hospice. In order to meet the unmet and growing needs of our community, the existing Hope & Healing Center located at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville needs to be renovated so that we can continue to expand our grief support services. The planned renovations will create the additional space needed to accommodate new support services and healing modalities. For more information about the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign or how you can donate, contact Kenda Leager, Development Officer, 443‐262-4106, kleager@compassregionalhospice.org or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/otherwaystogive/campaign

Londonderry on the Tred Avon Residents Inducted into Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Larraine “Lari” Caldwell, and James and Patricia Bradley.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon residents, Larraine “Lari” Caldwell, and James and Patricia Bradley were three of fifty honorees inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame (MSCH) this year. They were recognized at an induction ceremony on Thursday, October 26th at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Md. Founded in 1987, the MSCHF is a private, all-volunteer organization that publicly recognizes and honors Maryland senior citizens for outstanding service in their communities.

“We are proud to count these wonderful individuals as our neighbors at Londonderry,” said Irma Toce, Londonderry CEO. “Our residents pride themselves on community engagement and Lari, James and Patricia exemplify the great impact seniors can make by sharing their talents and experiences with the causes and organizations they care about.”

Lari Caldwell is a retired Licensed Certified Social Worker and is currently Vice-President of Care and Share, an organization that raises money for vulnerable adults and children who do not qualify for other forms of assistance. She serves on the Londonderry on the Tred Avon Board of Directors as well as on the board of the Friends of the Dorchester County Library. She is also active with the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester and the Dorchester County Adult Public Guardianship Review Board.

James and Patricia Bradley are retired educators and founders of the Caroline County affiliate of Rebuilding Together, an organization that provides free homeowner services to the elderly, disabled, veterans and families with children facing necessary, but unaffordable, repairs to their homes. They also volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Voice of the Homeless – Winter Haven Cold Weather Shelter, St. Martin’s Ministries and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and over, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Local Agencies Collaborate to Offer Financial, Legal, Healthcare, and Estate Planning Services

A new workshop called “Suddenly Solo? What Next?” is designed to help individuals answer the question, “What would you do if you found yourself in charge of finances because your spouse suddenly passed away or became disabled?” This workshop is the collaboration of several local agencies and individuals whose desire is to help individuals or couples with the process of household finances, legal documents, and healthcare planning, either following the death or disability of a spouse or as part of the overall planning process. The workshop is free of charge and open to the public and will be held Wednesday, November 15, 3-5 p.m. at Brookletts Place, Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Avenue in Easton.

Photo: The Suddenly Solo planning committee includes (l-r) Talbot Hospice Director of Marketing & Communications Caron James, Talbot County Register of Wills Patti Campen, Brookletts Place, Talbot County Senior Center Program Director Teresa Greene and Executive Director Childlene Brooks, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director Sandy Brown and local estate planning attorney Sharon Ritter Beall. Not pictured, Glenn Fleureton of Fleureton Financial Solutions.

The idea came from local attorney Sharon J. Ritter-Beall whose work assisting clients with their estate planning led her to understand the need for these types of services in Talbot County. “In many families, for example, the husband handles all the finances,” said Ritter-Beall. “If the husband dies suddenly or becomes disabled, the wife is often at a loss as to what assets there are and how to pay bills. We want to help individuals who may currently be in this situation, but we also want to be proactive and help individuals and couples prepare in advance so they don’t end up being at a loss.”

Agencies and individuals involved with planning the service include Childlene Brooks and Teresa Greene of Brookletts Place, Talbot County Senior Center, Sandy Brown of Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Patty Campen of Talbot County Register of Wills, Glenn Fleureton of Fleureton Financial Solutions, and Caron James of Talbot Hospice. Other agencies participating in the workshop include the Social Security Administration, the Veterans Administration, the Talbot County Department of Social Services, and the Maryland State Health Insurance Program (SHIP).

Participants at the workshop will be able to go from station to station to get help with understanding finances, Medicare, long-term care, legal documents, the state health insurance program, and more.

To register for the workshop, call Brookletts Place Talbot County Senior Center at 410-822-2869 or email brookletts@uppershoreaging.org.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase Hires Christina Ball as Nurse Practitioner

Integrace Bayleigh Chase announced that Christina Ball, MS, AGACNP-BC, CNRN has joined the Easton life plan community’s medical team as a nurse practitioner. Possessing more than 17 years of healthcare experience with an emphasis in neurological care, Ball will provide medical services to the community’s residents.

She joins Integrace Bayleigh Chase from Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where she worked as a Neurology Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner, serving as a consultant for the management and treatment of acute neurological illness.

In 2015, Ball earned her Master of Science degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with a specialty focus in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Trauma/Critical Care.

Ball has received multiple awards in her career, including recognition for “Outstanding Achievement in Professional Nursing” and “Employee of the Year” from the University of Maryland Medical System Shore Health System. She is also a past nominee for “Magnet Nurse of the Year” by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Located on a 35-acre campus in historic Easton, Bayleigh Chase is a not-for-profit life plan community that affords residents a lifestyle of flexibility and choice to live life on their own terms. Bayleigh Chase offers independent living options in its villas, cottages and apartment homes, as well as a continuum of supportive living services, including assisted living, neurocognitive support, outpatient and short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and diagnostic and treatment support through the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic. For more information, please call 410-763-7167 or visit www.bayleighchase.org.

About Integrace

Integrace is a forward-thinking non-profit organization that strives to ignite in all people the passion for meaningful living. Integrace oversees a family of vibrant senior living communities in Maryland, including Bayleigh Chase in Easton, Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown, and Fairhaven in Sykesville. Integrace is also a nationally-recognized leader in the art of neurocognitive support, with the Sykesville-based Copper Ridge community and Integrace Institute, as well as two neurocognitive clinics in Easton and Sykesville, serving as catalysts to a profound shift in how we perceive, and relate to, those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and many other forms of cognitive change. Integrace communities provide a continuum of services to support both residents and the greater community, including assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and more. Each of these innovative programs focuses on person-centered living, honoring the abilities, possibilities and authenticity of each individual. For more information, please visit Integrace.org.

Londonderry Employees to Become Habitat Homebuyers

Two employees of Londonderry on the Tred Avon are on the path to realizing their dream of owning a home thanks to Habitat for Humanity Choptank and the assistance of one of Londonderry’s residents.

Shavonte Green and Duval Mills both learned about Habitat for Humanity when representatives from the organization visited Londonderry to talk employees and fill them in on the process of becoming a homeowner.

“It felt like a good option for me,” Mills, head waiter at Londonderry, said. “I’m very excited.”

Green and Mills were both able to learn a little more about Habitat from Londonderry resident Lari Caldwell, who’s volunteered with the program for about a decade. A former social worker, she serves on Habitat for Humanity Choptank Homebuyer Selection Committee, helping to look into applicants’ backgrounds and choose good candidates for the program.

Shavonte Green and Duval Mills are each pictured with Londonderry resident Lari Caldwell and a representative of Habitat for Humanity Choptank.

Though she recused herself from the committee in this case, she’s done what she can to encourage them both along.

“I did promote them as responsible young people who would do well as candidates for Habitat,” Caldwell said. “They’re both very pleasant and personable, and I think this will be wonderful for both of them.”

According to Habitat for Humanity Choptank, applicants must be free of outstanding collectible debt before closing, save for closing costs,pay an affordable mortgage for the cost of the home, and assume responsibility for maintaining the home, and for paying home owners insurance and property taxes. The biggest piece of the process is the completion of 300-400 “sweat equity” hours — essentially volunteer service to the program.

“Our philosophy is about building neighborhoods and helping people to live their best life in their communities,” Caldwell said. “We really want to assure that the people that come into our program really want to be there.”

Green and Mills are still early in the process, but are very much looking forward to going through it. In fact, Caldwell says Mills has already done many of many of his sweat equity hours despite just being approved by Habitat.

“He’s really, very motivated,” Caldwell said. “I’m very proud of both of them for doing what they have to take this step in life.”

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and up, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase Partners with 50K Souls for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Residents and colleagues at Integrace Bayleigh Chase, a forward-thinking life plan community based in Easton, recently participated in an effort to help with the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort in Houston, Texas. Working with non-profit organization 50K Souls, Bayleigh Chase representatives collected blankets, diapers, pillows, sheets, clothes, toiletries and other items that will be sent to families in Texas who were affected by the devastating floods.

“When we heard about this opportunity with 50K Souls, our team at Bayleigh Chase quickly began gathering items to lend our support to their effort,” said Sherri Sump Brown, Director of Sales & Marketing, Integrace Bayleigh Chase.

Pictured L-R: Sherri Sump Brown, Integrace Bayleigh Chase; Raymond Farrare, Jubilee Christian Fellowship and Lost Kings Outreach; Madison Copeland, 50K Souls; P.J. Wilson, Integrace Bayleigh Chase; Joanne Copper, Integrace Bayleigh Chase; Lisa Baynard, Integrace Bayleigh Chase; and Mandel Copeland, 50K Souls.

50K Souls networks with churches and other faith-based organizations to promote change and love in communities across the country. The non-profit is currently involved in projects in 13 states. As part of its mission, 50K Souls members visit families door-to-door to offer nutritional food as well as spiritual support.

“One of the states we are currently active in is Texas, which allowed us to make the connection and go directly to the problem,” Mandel Copeland, a member of 50K Souls, said of the organization’s campaign to help deliver needed items to Hurricane Harvey victims.

Located on a 35-acre campus in historic Easton, Bayleigh Chase is a not-for-profit life plan community that affords residents a lifestyle of flexibility and choice to live life on their own terms. Bayleigh Chase offers independent living options in its villas, cottages and apartment homes, as well as a continuum of supportive living services, including assisted living, memory support, outpatient and short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and diagnostic and treatment support through the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Memory Clinic. For more information, please call 410-763-7167 or visit www.bayleighchase.org.

About Integrace

Integrace is a forward-thinking non-profit organization that strives to ignite in all people the passion for meaningful living. Integrace oversees a family of vibrant retirement communities throughout Maryland, including Bayleigh Chase in Easton, Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown, and Fairhaven in Sykesville. Integrace is also a nationally-recognized leader in the art of dementia care, with the Sykesville-based Copper Ridge community and Integrace Institute, as well as two memory clinics in Easton and Sykesville, serving as catalysts to a profound shift in how we perceive, and relate to, those living with dementia. Integrace communities provide a continuum of services to support both residents and the greater community, including assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and more. Each of these innovative programs focuses on person-centered living, honoring the abilities, possibilities and authenticity of each individual. For more information, please visit Integrace.org.

Aging Safely With Technology

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.

Nice: Bayleigh Chase Completes 3rd School Supply Drive

Bayleigh Chase, a forward-thinking life plan community based in Easton, recently completed its third annual school supply drive.

Community residents, colleagues and families collected school supplies throughout the month of August. The donated items were delivered to Easton Elementary School – Moton on September 6. Pictured (left to right): Pam Kunz, Bayleigh Chase Residency Counselor; Anne Ryan Neary, Bayleigh Chase Resident; Students of Easton Elementary – Moton; Sherry Bowen, Principal at Easton Elementary – Moton; Sherri Brown, Bayleigh Chase Director of Sales & Marketing.

AARP Looking for Tax-Aide Volunteers

With the help of volunteers, AARP Midshore Tax-Aide offers free tax-filing help to those who need it most. We’re looking for compassionate and friendly individuals to join our team of local volunteers in Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Kent counties for the upcoming tax season.

This year we are experiencing a large growth in our program and need several NEW volunteers in all four counties. You’ll receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. Ask any current volunteer with our program and they will readily share with you how easy it is to volunteer and learn new skills. Our program helps many different people including seniors, people with disabilities, those with moderate incomes and those with limited English skills.

Here are five good reasons to consider becoming a Tax Aide volunteer.
No previous experience is required. Volunteers receive specialized training.
Volunteers are also needed who have a second language to aid in translation.
Tax Aide use IRS based training materials providing free tax law training.
The hours are flexible. Volunteers generally serve an average of one day a week from the beginning of February until the tax filing deadline date.
As a volunteer, you become part of a program that has helped thousands of people locally prepare federal and state income tax returns. It’s people helping people, it’s that simple.

Not only are tax preparers needed this year, be we also have openings for client facilitator. In this position you welcome the taxpayer, help organize their paper work and manage the overall flow of service.

Skilled in all things digital? Become a technology coordinator with us. This position manages computer equipment, ensures taxpayer data security and provides technical assistance to volunteers at multiple sites.

Interested, join our Mid Shore team today! Apply at aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call 1-888-AARP-NOW

Senior Nation: Bayleigh Chase Receives Talbot County Proclamation

On Tuesday, August 22, Integrace Bayleigh Chase, a forward-thinking life plan community based in Easton, received a proclamation from the Talbot County Council declaring September 2017 “National Healthy Aging Month” in Talbot County.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase Director of Sales & Marketing Sherri Sump Brown (left) and Executive Director Andrea Lev (right)

The proclamation states that in 2014, there were approximately 46 million people in the United States age 65 or older, a number that is anticipated to increase to 74 million by 2030. This growing population has compelled communities across the country to create resources to help support older adults’ physical, mental, social and financial wellbeing so they may continue to thrive and remain independent longer.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase was recognized as a local organization that “provides a range of opportunities for older individuals to pursue, often even ‘re-inventing’ themselves, to engage in new or long-held interests and goals.” The proclamation concludes by encouraging every Talbot County resident “to pursue a positive lifestyle for themselves, and to encourage their friends, loved ones and neighbors to do the same.”

Located on a 35-acre campus in historic Easton, Bayleigh Chase is a not-for-profit life plan community that affords residents a lifestyle of flexibility and choice to live life on their own terms.  For more information, please call 410-763-7167 or visit www.bayleighchase.org.