Heads Up: Memorial Walk to Benefit Talbot Hospice April 38

Talbot Hospice will hold its 3rd Annual Memorial Walk on Oxford Day, Saturday, April 28th at 8 a.m. Check-in, a light breakfast and memorial activity begin at 7 a.m. The public is invited to walk in memory or in honor of a loved one to benefit hospice programs and services in Talbot County. A brief ceremony will be followed by a 0.8-mile walk to the Strand, finishing at 8:30 a.m. with a dove release and another opportunity to remember loved ones who have passed.

“Our Memorial Walk is a wonderful time to honor the lives of our loved ones,” said Vivian Dodge, Executive Director, Talbot Hospice. “We are grateful to the Oxford Day Committee and the Town of Oxford for recognizing the value of end-of-life care and including Talbot Hospice in this event. We look forward to spending time with our hospice family members”

Registration for adults is $25, students are $10, and children 12 and under are free. The fee includes an adult t-shirt and light breakfast. Check-in and breakfast begin at 7 a.m. To register visit TalbotHospice.org/events or call 410-822-6681. For more information contact Laura Richeson at lricheson@talbothospice.org.

AAMC & Talbot Hospice Host Film Screening

In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day Anne Arundel Medical Center and Talbot Hospice will present Consider the Conversation: Film Screening & Discussion, April 11, 10-11:30 a.m. at Talbot Hospice, 586 Cynwood Drive. This free community event features a powerful and inspiring 60-minute documentary examining multiple perspectives on end-of-life conversations and care.

After the film, a panel of experts from AAMC and Talbot Hospice will address comments and questions about the documentary and discuss the steps we can take to make sure that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is requested. Please visit talbot-conversation.eventbrite.com or call 410-822-6681.

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.

Two Grief Support Groups to begin March 20

Compass Regional Hospice is offering two new grief support groups for individuals, 18 and older, who have experienced any type of loss. Both groups will meet every Tuesday, beginning on March 20 through May 8.

The grief support group in Caroline County will meet from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S. 5th Avenue in Denton. Facilitated by Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselor for Compass Regional Hospice.

The second grief support group will take place in Kent County and meet from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Kent County Public Library Chestertown Branch, 408 High Street in Chestertown. Facilitated by Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, grief counselor for Compass Regional Hospice.

Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, and Wayne Larrimore, MEd.

Participation in support groups offered through Compass Regional Hospice’s Hope & Healing Center, offer companionship and understanding from others who are experiencing the similar challenges that living with grief brings.

Participants are asked to commit to attending all or most of the 8 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group. Each group session will revolve around topics such as normal grief, sharing memories, and adjusting to and finding meaning in your loss. Including specialized activities, teachings, and open discussions.

There is a $25 enrollment fee. No one is ever turned away based on inability to pay.

For more information and to register for the upcoming grief support group in Caroline County, contact Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselor, 443-262-4108wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org. For more information and to register for the upcoming grief support group in Kent County, contact Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, grief counselor, 443-262-4124aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.org. To learn more about other grief support programs and services available through Compass Regional Hospice’s Hope & Healing Center, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

Compass Regional Hospice – Care on your terms

Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the State of Maryland, and accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting people of all ages through the challenge of living with a life-limiting illness and learning to live following the death of a loved one. Today the organization is a regional provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. “Care on your terms” is the promise that guides staff and volunteers as they care for patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the residential hospice centers in Centreville, Chestertown and Denton. Grief support services are offered to children, adults and families of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the loss of a loved one through The Hope & Healing Center. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, visit compassregionalhospice.org.

Time to Volunteer for Hospice – Training Starts March 19

Talbot Hospice Volunteer Training is scheduled for March 19 and 21, 8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m. The 16-hour Volunteer Training Course is offered twice annually. Volunteers working directly with patients need to attend the entire training. Other positions require the morning session only of the 19th. Currently, we have specific needs for in-home companions, drivers to transport patients to appointments, Hospice House caregivers, greeters, cooks, and musicians.

To learn more about volunteering at Talbot Hospice, call Lori Miller, Director of Volunteer Services, at 410-822-6681 or visit TalbotHospice.org/Volunteer.

Talbot Hospice 5th Annual Spring Bouquet Sale

A patient and her daughter enjoyed receiving a beautiful bouquet for her room during last year’s sale.

It’s time to say so long to winter and welcome spring.  Talbot Hospice’s 5th annual “Welcome Spring Bouquet” sale is in full bloom! This colorful volunteer-run fundraiser brings good cheer while supporting the important work of Talbot Hospice.

According to Talbot Hospice volunteer Julie Burleson, co-chair of the fundraiser, there is no better way to say “I love you,” “thank you,” or “just because,” than lovely fresh flowers. “Flowers are a timeless symbol of life, love and renewal,” said Burleson. “At Talbot Hospice we like to celebrate each day to the fullest, and fragrant flowers are a reminder that spring is just around the corner.”

Last year’s floral event yielded over $10,000 which directly benefits patients facing end-of-life and their families. The beautiful bouquets are only $20 and make a perfect gift for a spouse, friend, colleague, child, or parent.

Orders must be placed by March 20, and bouquets will be available for pick up at Talbot Hospice on March 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Orders of five or more bouquets can be delivered to your home or office.  To order visit TalbotHospice.org/events, call 410-822-6681, or visit the Talbot Hospice office in person at 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton.

Festival of Trees Raises $128,000 for Talbot Hospice

Pictured (l-r): Friends of Hospice Treasurer Dana McGrath, Talbot Hospice Director of Development Kate Cox, Friends of Hospice President Brenda Forbes-Butler, Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge, and Friends of Hospice Vice President Jackie Wilson.

The Friends of Hospice recently presented Talbot Hospice with a check for $128,000 representing proceeds from the 2017 Festival of Trees. It was a stellar year for this 32nd annual fundraiser which encompasses several events beginning in September with the Men in Heels Race and culminating Thanksgiving weekend with the Homes Tour, the display of trees at the Tidewater Inn and more.

According to Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge, the Festival of Trees event has generously given their financial support to help defray some of the costs of providing hospice services since its inception in 1985. “In addition to financial support, the Festival enhances public awareness of Talbot Hospice and its mission to provide exceptional care for patients at the end of life and their loved ones. We are honored to have their partnership,” said Dodge.

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.

Senior Nation: Introducing “Ask Irma” on Aging and Senior Life

As we age, change is our constant. Our bodies, our minds, and our relationships are all affected with the passing of time. These changes can be scary for us, and for our family and loved ones, too. The key to making the most of our later years is acknowledging these changes, asking for advice when needed, and developing strategies to work through our options.

Irma Toce

Senior Nation is committed to offering resources to help us deal with the challenges and opportunities of aging. To that end, we are launching a new monthly column called Ask Irma, where we focus on all topics related to aging.

Our guest contributor is Irma Toce, CEO of Londonderry on the Tred Avon. Irma has over 25 years’ experience work with seniors. Her years of experience in the field is accompanied by BS in social work and an MA in health management, Irma not only leads the dynamic community of Londonderry, but she is also nationally recognized as an expert in the field of aging. Most recently she presented at the Leading Age Conference in New Orleans.

Irma welcomes your aging-related questions via email, askirma@londonderrytredavon.com. All questions submitted will be handled in confidence. Are you a senior, an adult child of a senior or a friend or neighbor? Ask Irma will do her best to answer your questions, providing the support you need to deal with the challenges of aging.