Senior Nation: Home Instead Senior Care & Upper Shore Aging Start Joint Fundraising Effort

Today, representatives for Home Instead Senior Care and Upper Shore Aging announced a joint fundraising effort aimed at helping area seniors get around town better and make those important medical and social appointments that help them stay active and healthy.

Representatives say they hope to raise $5000.00 in this unique, one of a kind matching grant program that focuses on seniors. Speaking for Upper Shore Aging, Childlene Brooks said, “We’re so excited to be able to work with Home Instead Senior Care Foundation to bring awareness and financial gifts to those who need it in our community. We know folks here in Talbot County are among the most generous in Maryland so we’re crossing our fingers that they’ll give Home Instead Senior Care a lot to match!”

“This is the second year we’ve promoted the GIVE65 program here on the Eastern Shore and what we really love about this program is that it encourages all of us to play an active role in the lives of our senior citizens and help those who need a little extra assistance without having to bother government to do it for us.” said Jenna Marchi, who along with her husband Ben Marchi, have owned the local Home Instead Senior Care office in Easton for the past 8 years.

Positive Impact on Seniors

Currently, about 25 seniors receive a monthly bus pass but Upper Shore Aging says that they are constantly receiving calls from their partner agencies and other individuals asking about availability and unfortunately, resources can be limited. With Upper Shore Aging opening a satellite location in St. Michaels, Brooks expects an uptick in the number of requests in the future and says these concerns highlight the importance of the GIVE65 fundraising event.

How GIVE65 works

The campaign is titled “Give65” as the fundraiser runs for a straight 65-hour period. Starting on July 1, you may schedule your donation at www.give65.org/uppershoreaging for the 65-hour period (that runs from 7AM July 10 to Midnight on July 12), and it will be matched. Only funds contributed between July 1st and July 12th will be counted toward the matching grant.

The Give65 Campaign is a fundraising campaign by Home Instead Senior Care Foundation. The Foundation is affiliated with Home Instead Senior Care – an international senior care company with a local office in Easton. The Give65 Campaign is a crowd-sourcing platform similar to the well-known Kickstarter, and it’s the first and only crowd-sourcing platform in the nation for senior resources and needs. The goal of the Upper Shore Aging, Inc,’s Give65 Campaign is to raise a total of $5,000 (All funds will be matched by the Home Instead Foundation). The funds from Give65 will be donated to Upper Shore Aging, Inc. to go toward funding the bus pass program for senior citizens in Talbot County.

Shelly LaRoque Appointed as Activity Director at The Dixon House

The Dixon House Independent and Assisted Living in Easton, MD, has announced the appointment of Shelly LaRoque of Denton as its new Activity Director. LaRoque, who was previously activity coordinator at Baleigh Chase, is certified in activities for the elderly by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals. She has worked with the elderly and children throughout her career. She also taught exercise classes for the Federalsburg Senior Center, Easton Adult Day Care, Londonderry, and St. Mark’s Village. She owned three Curves franchises from 2002 to 2011 in Delaware. She attended Chesapeake College.

LaRoque comments, “I have always enjoyed exercise. After my mom went into a rehabilitation facility, I had to be her advocate and got involved volunteering to do activities with other residents there. I really liked interacting with the seniors. I have a heart for aging residents. It has been a calling for me.”

As Activity Director at The Dixon House, LaRoque provides creative crafts, cooking activities, mind enhancing games, and monthly birthday parties; brings entertainment to residents, including musicians, Pets on Wheels, and other visiting performers; and also takes residents to church, on sightseeing tours, to lunch at local restaurants, and to attend musical performances. She also teaches daily chair exercise classes involving stretching and aerobics.

“I love the intimate and relaxed environment of The Dixon House. It’s family here and the staff strives to make the house feel welcoming,” she adds.

LaRoque is looking for volunteers to help with activities with The Dixon House residents. For further information, contact her at 410-822-6661.

Talbot Community Connections Holds Third Annual Senior Summit on Aging

Lynn H. Sanchez of Easton, Mental Health Advocate, will be the keynote speaker for the third annual Senior Summit, “Life Reimagined Challenges and Triumphs,” on Thursday, June 7, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Talbot Community Center on Route 50 in Easton, MD. This day-long program for seniors, children of seniors, caregivers, professionals and concerned residents will provide presentations and discussions on the issues that seniors face today, including health and wellness, technology, staying active, and transitioning in life.  The event, sponsored by Talbot Community Connections (TCC) and the Talbot County Department of Social Services, helps to fund the unmet needs that are fundamental to the safety, security, health and well-being of Talbot County’s children and adults.

Sanchez will present “Wine Isn’t the Only Thing That Improves with Age” – an insightful and light-hearted discussion about our personal aging journey. She states, “We will take a look at the physical and emotional energy needed to transition, into our next phase of life.”

Sanchez, who has worked tirelessly as a mental health advocate on the Shore, attended Florida State University where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Master’s in Education degree in Mental Retardation. She has served on the faculty of Chesapeake College and served as Site Coordinator of Talbot Touchpoints Project & Eldercare Project for the Mental Health Association in Talbot County. Currently, she is Administrative Assistant at the medical office of Robert B. Sanchez and is a Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

The Senior Summit will include workshops on downsizing, flourishing through transitions, self-defense for seniors, senior fitness, and even a virtual dementia tour. In addition to break-out workshops, there will be the opportunity for participants to have lunch and to visit vendor tables to gather additional information on aging issues and services.

Talbot Community Connections (TCC), a nonprofit arm of the Talbot County Department of Social Services, has the mission to raise and distribute funds to help keep families together, support children in foster care, and support the elderly so they can remain independent, safe, and healthy members of our communities.

The cost of the Senior Summit is $15 for the General Public, including seniors, and $85 for Professional Social Work CEUs. A healthy continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. Pre-registration is required by June 1. For further information, contact Kelley Werner at kelley.werner@maryland.gov or call 410-770-8810 or visit talbotcommunityconnections.org to download a registration form or to purchase tickets online. Registration forms are also available at the front desk at Talbot County Department of Social Services at 301 Bay Street, Unit 5 in Easton.

Platinum sponsors for the 2018 Senior Summit are the Talbot County Department of Social Services, the Talbot County Government, and The Star Democrat. Gold sponsors are the Talbot County Health Department, Visiting Nurse Association of Maryland, and University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

Senior Nation: One Building Lot Left at Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon announces they are nearing completion of their independent living community. Londonderry is an intimate cooperative community for adults ages 62+ offering maintenance-free living, new Clubhouse facilities, a full programs and events calendar, limited medical support and transportation off campus.

“The past 3 years have been very exciting as we’ve been able to watch Londonderry gain over 20 new cottages and welcome new neighbors to our community,” said Rachel Smith Director of Sales Marketing. “We encourage anyone who has been considering moving to Londonderry to take advantage of this last new construction opportunity.”

The one remaining lot is conveniently located within walking distance of the new Clubhouse and can accommodate the Skipton, Belleuve and Easton models.

“Building a retirement home at Londonderry is a special experience,” said Smith. “For some, this is their first new home, and the ability to work with our builder to customize their new home to suit their tastes and lifestyle is exciting.”

Photos and floor plans of the available models may be found online at www.londonderrytredavon.com under the “new construction” section. Interested seniors may contact the Sales and Marketing Office at 410-820-8732 to learn more and schedule a tour of the campus.

 

Londonderry Residents Participate in “Londonderry’s Got Talent” Show

Londonderry on the Tred Avon staff and residents participated in the second annual “Londonderry’s Got Talent” Show on Wednesday, April 18th. The much-anticipated event was held in the Londonderry Community Center with well over 100 residents and many family members in attendance.

“This is the most highly-anticipated event of the year,” said Irma Toce, Londonderry CEO and emcee for Londonderry’s Got Talent. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone at Londonderry to learn more about each other, laugh together and poke a little fun at the aging process.”

This year’s talent show featured 12 individual and group acts. Attendees were treated to musical performances, book readings and acting performances to name a few. There were guest appearances from “celebrities” including “Willie Nelson” and the community favorite, “Minnie Pearl”. The famous “Bag Ladies” even made a special appearance.

Nancy Burns, a resident in the audience, said the event “was a wonderful time and very funny. We really enjoyed ourselves.”

Guest judges for the event were Rosemary Fasolo and Peter Markano from Pixel Print and Post in St. Michaels and Craig Stitcher from Bayside Lawn and Landscape in Easton.

The winner of this year’s talent show was George Wadelton for his rendition of “Memory” from the Broadway musical, Cats.

Cathy Cooper, Londonderry resident and performer, said, “As residents, we all have a role in this event. Some of us act, and some of us laugh and applaud. Whatever the role, it’s a great time to come together and celebrate our community.”

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62+, 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.

Talbot County Organizations Host Senior Supply Drive

The Talbot County Commission on Aging (TCCOA) kicked off the Senior Supply drive on March 1st to collect incontinence supplies for seniors in need in Talbot County.

Pictured (L-R): Lauren Harding (Regent Healthcare), Kate Stinton (Talbot County Health Department), Vivian Dodge (Talbot Hospice), Childene Brooks (Brookletts Place), Lee Newcomb (Talbot County Department of Social Services), Andrea Shoener (Genesis Healthcare), Jenna Marchi (Home Instead), Kathy Hanna (Talbot Chamber of Commerce), Susan Moran (Talbot County Council).

The Talbot County Senior Care program is administered by the Talbot County Health Department through a partnership with the Maryland Department of Aging, the Talbot County Department of Social Services, and Talbot County. This program helps at need seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible, through resources they may not otherwise be able to access. The Talbot program currently supports an average of 135 Talbot County Seniors with some of these program services. The TCCOA and Maryland Access Point have joined with Talbot County’s Senior Care program initiative by organizing a supply drive to collect boxes of gloves, packs of incontinence briefs/underwear, packs of incontinence pads, disposable wipes and disposable underpads. The drive is scheduled to run through the spring season and the hope is for it to continue into the summer.

Please bring your donations to the following locations: Brookletts Place-Talbot Senior Center, Home Instead Senior Care, Mid-Atlantic Tire, Talbot County Health Department, YMCA St. Michaels, and Graul’s Market. Volunteers will collect the donated items and take them to the Talbot Health Department’s storage facility for distribution throughout Talbot County by the Department of Social Services, Health Department and Maryland Access Point.

If you have further questions about donating, please contact Kate Stinton at 410-819-5631 or kate.stinton@maryland.gov.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase Presents Dementia Caregiver Educational Series

Integrace Bayleigh Chase and the Integrace Institute are partnering to present a free, three-part educational series for family caregivers living with or supporting loved ones with dementia. Each interactive discussion will present evidence-based, practical information to help family caregivers understand the latest findings in dementia research, and the newest advancements in care to better navigate their loved one’s journey.

Each session will be held at Integrace Bayleigh Chase at 501 Dutchman’s Lane in Easton. The March and April discussions will be led by Tabassum Majid, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Integrace Institute. The May discussion will be led by Terry Detrich, M.D., neurologist with the Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic at Integrace Bayleigh Chase.

All sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and include continental breakfast. The dates and topics to be covered are:

– Wednesday, March 28: Caregiver Decision Making, presented by Tabassum Majid, Ph.D.
– Wednesday, April 25: Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Panel Discussion, presented by Tabassum Majid, Ph.D.
– Wednesday, May 23: New Thinking Around Neurocognitive Disorders, presented by Terry Detrich, M.D.

“Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a challenging and overwhelming experience, but with the proper support and education, it can also be a loving and positive one,” said Dr. Majid. “Our mission in bringing this educational series to Easton is to offer local families the practical information they need to better understand their loved one’s journey with dementia and the important role they play in it as caregiver.”

Guests may register for any or all these free sessions by calling 410-819-3777. Space is limited.

About Integrace Bayleigh Chase

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.

Talbot Hospice Hosts Expert on Care of Aging Veterans

Talbot Hospice will present its third annual outreach event March 15, 2018 at 6 p.m. Soul Injury: Liberating Unmourned Loss featuring Deborah Grassman, expert on the unique needs of aging Veterans and author of The Hero Within and Peace at Last. The presentation will be held at the Easton High  School Auditorium and is open to the public, free of charge. Both of Grassman’s books will be offered for sale at the event.

Grassman is a mental health Nurse Practitioner whose career at the Department of Veterans Affairs spanned nearly 30 years where as Director of the Hospice program she personally took care of more than 10,000 dying veterans. She is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in caring for Veterans nearing the end of life.

Grassman is CEO and co-founder of Opus Peace, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide programs that respond to the soul injury that occurs during trauma, abuse, self-neglect, and serious illness. She is most well-known for her pioneering presentation Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle which was the first of its kind to identify the unique needs of Veterans as they age. In 2002, she introduced “pinning ceremonies” to honor dying veterans — a ceremony which has now become standard practice in hospices and long-term-care facilities throughout the nation.

Grassman’s presentation is suitable for Veterans and their family members, professionals who serve the Veteran populations including social workers and clinical personnel, or anyone who could benefit from processing unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt.

“We are so pleased to be able to bring someone of Deborah’s caliber to Talbot County,” said Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge. “We are grateful to our presenting sponsors Avon Dixon Agency and Shore United Bank for helping make this a free event for the community.”

Also at the event, local Veteran organizations, agencies, and support groups will be available in the lobby prior to Grassman’s presentation to offer their resources to Veterans and their families. On Friday, March 16, 8 a.m., Grassman will present an abbreviated version of the workshop “Wounded Warriors” at Talbot Hospice for social workers, nurses, and anyone who works with Veterans.

For more information visit TalbotHospice.org/events or call 410-822-6681.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase Participates in National Wear Red Day

Integrace Bayleigh Chase participated in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 2 to raise awareness for American Heart Month. Residents and colleagues wore red and enjoyed heart-healthy red snacks and smoothies.

About Integrace Bayleigh Chase

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.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase to Hold “Making Connections” Memory Café February 13

Integrace Bayleigh Chase, a forward-thinking life plan community based in Easton, is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter to host a Memory Café for individuals living with early-stage dementia and their families and friends on Tuesday, February 13 at 11:30 a.m.

Titled “Making Connections,” the Memory Café is an early-stage social engagement program that offers a safe and relaxed place for people to come together and share experiences and talk about dementia. Anyone affected by early-stage dementia is welcome to attend.

Bayleigh Chase and the Alzheimer’s Association host a Memory Café on the second Tuesday of each month. The February 13 discussion will focus on heart health and disease preventions and management. Neurologist Terry Detrich, M.D. of the Samuel & Alexa Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic will be the featured speaker. The event is free to attend and will include light refreshments. The event will be held at Bayleigh Chase’s second dining room, located at 501 Dutchmans Lane, Easton, Md. 21601.

Anyone interested in attending may RSVP by February 9 to Tina Saddler at 410-820-5000 or tina.saddler@integrace.org. For more information, please contact Yolanda Wright at 410-561-9099 x208 or ywright@alz.org.

About Integrace Bayleigh Chase

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.