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					                                                                                                                          Volume 15, No. 10 • october 2009


	        	           	          	          	          	



                                                                A Publication of the Howard County Office on Aging
 Department of Citizen Services                                                                                                      Howard County, Maryland




                                                                                                                         2008 EXPO attendees waited
                                                                                                                         patiently in line for the Capitol Steps
                                                                                                                         show. This year, two shows and
                                                                                                                         all reserved seating will mean less
                                                                                                                         waiting for the show to begin!


50+EXPO Returns, Minus the Wait for the Capitol Steps
T  he 50+EXPO is back, and
   it’s bigger than ever this
year, with new added features to
                                                          planning to attend this year in
                                                          search of information, products
                                                          and services to meet current
                                                                                               1:30 pm and “Résumés that
                                                                                               Open Doors” at 2:30 pm, both in
                                                                                               Room 236.
                                                                                                                                      Health Department, and are free
                                                                                                                                      for Medicare Part B cardholders
                                                                                                                                      ($20 for all others).
meet the changing and growing                             needs for yourself or a loved
needs of older adults in Howard                           one, to plan for your future, or     Also new this year – the               In all, more than 140 vendors
County. Whether you are                                   just to meet and mingle with         50+EXPO is going green! Stop           and exhibitors will take part
                                                          6,000 others from Howard             by Exhibit Hall B to check out         in this year’s 50+EXPO. We
In this Issue...                                          County and the surrounding
                                                          areas, we’re glad you’ve
                                                                                               the vendors and exhibitors
                                                                                               of environmentally friendly
                                                                                                                                      would like to particularly thank
                                                                                                                                      our Platinum sponsors for their
A Message from the Administrator....2                     decided to join us.                  products and services at the           support: Carefirst BlueCross
                                                                                               Living Green Fair. You’ll find lots    BlueShield, the Columbia
Legal Services..................................2         Veteran attendees will be glad       of ways to reduce your carbon          Association, Howard County
County Executive’s Message.......... 3                    to hear that we have added a         footprint while increasing the         General Hospital and St.
                                                          second show this year for the        money in your wallet.                  Agnes Hospital. (Don’t miss
Project Lifesaver...............................3
                                                          perennially funny and politically                                           the Howard County General
At the Libraries..................................4       incorrect Capitol Steps. All seats   If you’re feeling the pinch of         and St. Agnes Hospital Speaker
Consumer Affairs..............................4           are reserved for the 11 am and       a slowed economy and want              Series, with medical experts
                                                          1 pm shows, so be sure to stop       to save even more money,               addressing a number of topics,
How much protein do you need?......5                      by the EXPO ticket booth upon        take advantage of the free             from breast and colon cancer to
Got Pumpkins?.................................5           arriving at the EXPO to get your     health screenings offered at           joint and back pain.)
                                                          free tickets, beginning at 9 am.     the Howard County General
Senior Center Activities..............6 & 7
                                                                                               Hospital Health Fair – from            To round out your day, plan to
SPRING News..................................8            Another new feature of the           blood pressure and bone density        attend the EXPO Benefit Auction
Pay less for Prescriptions.................9              11th annual 50+EXPO is our           to podiatry and pulmonary              at 2:30 pm in the Rouse Theatre
                                                          “Recareering Workshops,”             function.                              to bid on fabulous gift baskets,
 Leisure Times........................10 & 11             offered in conjunction with                                                 and stop in the Columbia
 Meet the “EXPO Bag Ladies”.........12                    the Office of Workforce              The spread of the H1N1 flu             Association Café 50+ for all day
                                                          Development and geared               virus has raised awareness this        entertainment and great food.
 50+EXPO News & Events..............12
                                                          toward older workers returning       year of the benefits of getting
                                                          to the job market. Don’t miss        an annual flu shot. Seasonal           To view the full schedule of
                                                          “Returning to the Job Market         flu shots will be available at the     50+EXPO events, please visit
                                                          in the Age of Technology” at         EXPO from the Howard County            www.howardcountyaging.org.
                 A MessAge froM the AdMinistrAtor
Join us at the 11th Annual 50+EXPO on October 16
E   verywhere we turn these
    days, we hear discouraging
news regarding state and
                                             Office of Workforce
                                             Development,
                                             “Returning to the
                                                                                                   Howard County
                                                                                                   General Hospital
                                                                                                   and St. Agnes
                                                                                                                                   make your voice heard at the
                                                                                                                                   Howard County Commission
                                                                                                                                   on Aging’s community forums
local budget cuts, our sluggish              Job Market in the                                     Hospital for once               at 10 am and 1:30 pm. Come
national economy, growing                    Age of Technology”                                    again demonstrating             share your thoughts on how
unemployment figures and the                 and “Resumés that                                     their overwhelming              Howard County can remain a
spread of the H1N1 flu virus.                Open Doors” will                                      support of the                  community for all ages.
So it is with pleasure that we               help you jumpstart                                    50+EXPO as
announce plans for the Office on             your job search.                                      Platinum sponsors.              We’re also pleased to announce
Aging’s 11th annual 50+EXPO                                                                                                        that The Capitol Steps
are proceeding on schedule.                  Also new for 2009,                                    Thanks to their                 will return as our headline
The premiere event for older                 the 50+EXPO is going                                  generosity,                     entertainment this year, with two
adults, adults with disabilities,            green! Learn about               by Sue Vaeth,        50+EXPO visitors                shows in the Rouse Theatre,
and their caregivers and families            recycling, reusing and          Administrator,        will enjoy all day              at 11 am and 1 pm. Be sure
                                                                             Office on Aging
in Howard County will be held on             reducing at the Living                                entertainment in the            to visit the EXPO ticket booth
Friday, October 16, from 9 am to                                                                                                   when you arrive to pick up your
4 pm at Wilde Lake High School                                                                                                     free reserved seating tickets for
in Columbia. We can’t wait to                   “The 2009 50+EXPO is shaping up to be                                              either show.
share it with you, the community
we serve.
                                                our best one yet, with several new features                                        Following the second show, you
                                                designed to meet the changing and growing                                          won’t want to miss our EXPO
In spite of the current economic                needs of the populations we serve.”                                                Benefit Auction at 2:30 pm,
conditions – or perhaps because                                                                                                    where an array of fabulous gift
of them – the 2009 50+EXPO is                                                                                                      baskets will go home with the
shaping up to be our best one                Green Fair, where vendors               Columbia Association Café,                    highest bidder, and all proceeds
yet, with several new features               and exhibitors will showcase            receive free health screenings                will benefit Office on Aging
designed to meet the changing                products to lessen your carbon          at the HCGH Health Fair, and                  programming and the Vivian L.
and growing needs of the                     footprint and increase the              learn what’s new in health care               Reid Community Fund.
populations we serve.                        money in your wallet. And, while        at the Howard County General
                                             enjoying lunch in the café, you         Hospital and St. Agnes                        Visit our website, www.
With unemployment at 5.7                     will feel good knowing that the         Hospital Speaker Series.                      howardcountyaging.org, for a
percent in Howard County, and                plates, trays and utensils are all                                                    sneak peek of the auction items,
many older adults seeking post-              ecologically friendly options from      In addition to our sponsors, more             and full details about the day’s
retirement careers to boost their            a local company.                        than 140 vendors and exhibitors               events. I hope to see you at the
incomes, our new Recareering                                                         will be on hand to demonstrate                50+EXPO!
& Retooling Workshops                        I would like to thank Carefirst         products and share information
couldn’t come at a better time.              BlueCross BlueShield, the               on a multitude of topics. There’s
Offered in conjunction with the              Columbia Association,                   even an opportunity for you to



             Legal Services Available                                                          To read The Senior Connection online, visit:
                                                                                                     www.howardcountyaging.org
 Attorney Benjamin C. Marcoux will be at the Ellicott City Senior Center on
 Wednesday, October 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Call (410) 313-1400 for an
 appointment. Attorney Lawrence Brill will be at The Bain Center on Wednesday,
 October 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Call (410) 313-7213 for an appointment.
 Please note that because of the demand for services, appointments often must
 be scheduled one or more months in advance. The initial meeting is free and
                                                                                         The Senior Connection is produced monthly by the Howard County
 open to anyone over 60 with an annual income of not more than $23,298 per
                                                                                      Office on Aging, Department of Citizen Services, in conjunction with
 individual ($30,467 per couple); your assets may not exceed $20,000 ($40,000
                                                                                      the Department of Recreation & Parks. It is distributed with, but not
 per couple). Your home, a car (or two per couple) and your personal property
                                                                                      connected in editorial content to, the Generations newspaper, a
 are not counted as assets. If you decide to have the attorney represent you,         commercial publication.
 the work will be done at a modest cost. Each document the attorney prepares             We welcome your comments and suggestions. Call (410) 313-
 will cost $25 ($35 for a pair of documents for a married couple). Additional         6531, fax (410) 313-6540, email seniorconnection@howardcountymd.
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  estate is $25 per hour, with the total cost not to exceed $500.                     Columbia, MD 21046. For subscription information including home
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                                                                                      Director, Citizen Services .......................................Susan Rosenbaum
                         YOUR LINK TO HEALTH & SUP P O R T S E R V I C E S            Administrator, Office on Aging...............................................Sue Vaeth
                                                                                      Editor/Production......................................................Kim Higdon Henry
           410-313-5980 1-800-506-5806 TTY: 410-313-5972
                                                                                      Email ...................................seniorconnection@howardcountymd.gov
                     map@howardcountymd.gov


2     The Senior Connection • Howard County Office on Aging • October 2009
              A word froM our County exeCutive
It’s Community Readiness Week in Howard County
H    oward County’s annual
     Community Readiness
Week starts on Sunday, October
                                     The Howard County
                                     Health Department
                                     has also set up a
                                                                                     difference between
                                                                                     the seasonal flu
                                                                                     and H1N1; what
                                                                                                             be held on October 16 at Wilde
                                                                                                             Lake High School. The Capitol
                                                                                                             Steps will be back, by popular
4, and runs through Saturday,        Flu Information                                 are the symptoms;       demand, for two performances.
October 10. The week focuses         Line, 410-313-                                  who is most at          There will also be a new Living
on individual and family             6503, where you                                 risk; when should       Green Fair featuring vendors of
preparedness and kicks off with      can get additional                              I call the doctor;      environmental-friendly products
the County’s annual Drive-Thru       information about                               how to prevent the      and services, healthy aging
Seasonal Flu Clinic.                 the drive-thru clinic                           spread of the virus;    seminars, a health fair, and
                                     and a second clinic                             and how to protect      much more.
Health Department professionals      that will be held at                            yourself and your
will be on hand to administer        the 50+EXPO. If                                 families.               I’ll be there on the 16th to greet
seasonal flu shots and FluMist       you are looking for           by Ken Ulman                              old friends and meet new ones.
on Sunday, October 4 from 10         information about     Howard County Executive As mentioned              If you see me, I hope you’ll
am to 2 pm along the Columbia        seasonal flu and                                 before, the            introduce yourself or say hello.
Gateway Drive loop. It’s free,       H1N1, the Health Department’s        50+EXPO takes place this           See you at the EXPO!
and since you never need to          website, www.hchealth.org,           month. The annual event for the                            Ken Ulman
leave your car, it’s convenient!     covers topics like: what is the      age-50-and-over population will             Howard County Executive



Project Lifesaver Offers Peace of Mind to Caregivers
H    oward County police have
     expanded the Project
Lifesaver program and are now
                                     At this time,
                                     the starter kit is
                                     being offered
                                                                                  variables, and incidents
                                                                                  are unpredictable.
                                                                                  There may be times or
                                                                                                             assurances or promises about
                                                                                                             the effectiveness or success
                                                                                                             of Project Lifesaver or of any
accepting applications from          for free to new                              circumstances when         search or searches utilizing
older adults with Alzheimer’s,       participants.                                an individual cannot be    Project Lifesaver equipment or
dementia and other related           After one year of                            located due to a device    other related equipment.
cognitive impairment diagnoses.      free enrollment,                             malfunction, a reception   Please visit our website,
The program utilizes a tracking      participants pay                             impairment or another      www.hcpd.org or call 410-
system to locate people who          $75 annually for                             technical or non-          313-2207 for more information
wander.                              supplies.                                    technical reason.          on this program, or stop by
Project Lifesaver operates in        Participants                                 While the program has      the Howard County Police
                                                             by Howard County
more than 1,000 jurisdictions        must live in               Police Chief,  had tremendous success,       Department’s booth, #163,
across the nation. The program       Howard County,         William J. McMahon police cannot make any        to see us at the 50+EXPO.
has reduced search times from        be medically                              warranties, guarantees,
hours or days to just minutes.       diagnosed with a cognitive
Participants wear a personalized     impairment or related diagnosis,
wristband the size of a watch        be willing to wear the wristband
that emits a tracking signal on      transmitter at all times, have a
an assigned radio frequency.         history of wandering, have a
When caregivers notify police        caregiver providing constant
that the participant is missing, a   supervision, not operate a motor
team of specially-trained police     vehicle and be a resident of
officers and fire department         a private home, apartment or
                                                                                      Friday, October 16, 9 am to 4 pm
personnel responds and uses a        condominium.                                Wilde Lake High School, Columbia, Maryland
mobile locator to find the missing
person.                              Caretakers must agree to test            Over 140 Exhibitors • Educational Seminars • Health Fair
                                     the client’s radio transmitter              • Flu Shots • Living Green • All Day Entertainment
Project Lifesaver not only helps     battery daily, check the condition
protect the health and well being    of the bracelet daily, maintain      •    Performances by The Capitol Steps at 11:00 am and 1:00
of people who go missing, it also    a monthly log sheet, attend a             pm. All seats are reserved. Free tickets available at the
gives their caregivers peace         monthly battery change, notify            EXPO/Capitol Steps ticket booth, beginning at 9:00 am.
of mind. Police keep a file with     the Project Lifesaver team
information on each participant’s    promptly if there is a problem       •    Recareering Workshops: “Returning to the Job Market in the
conditions, medications and          with the equipment and call               Age of Technology” and “Résumés that Open Doors”
personal history, as well as a       911 immediately if a Project
photograph, so that the missing      Lifesaver client goes missing.                                              View the full schedule of
person’s information is readily                                                                                  events online at www.
available, should they go            It should be noted that client
                                                                                                                 howardcountyaging.org
missing.                             searches involve different


                                                October 2009 • Howard County Office on Aging • The Senior Connection                          3
      At the LibrAries                                                        CONSUMER AFFAIRS
 CENTRAL LIBRARY                                           GLENWOOD
 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway,                             2350 Route 97,
 Columbia, MD 21044                                  Cooksville, MD 21723     Pest Control Solicitors Bugging You?
 Nina Krzysko, Branch Manager              Tanya Malveaux, Branch Manager
 410-313-7800                                                410-313-5577
                                                                              Unwanted visitors are a challenge, especially when those
                                                                              visitors are ants, beetles, cockroaches or other unwanted
 EAST COLUMBIA                                                     MILLER     pests. So, when there’s a knock on the door by someone who
 6600 Cradlerock Way,                                9421 Frederick Road,     offers to rid you of these creepy-crawly visitors, that offer may
 Columbia, MD 21045                                 Ellicott City, MD 21042   seem like the perfect solution. Consumers should refrain from
 Suki Lee , Branch Manager                Susan Stonesifer, Branch Manager    rushing to accept such offers and instead, exercise caution
 410-313-7700                                                  410-313-1950   when confronted with door-to-door solicitors selling pest control
                                                                              services, according to the Howard County Office of Consumer
 ELKRIDGE                                                        SAVAGE       Affairs.
 6540 Washington Boulevard,                            9525 Durness Lane,
 Elkridge, MD 21075                                      Laurel, MD 20763
 Phil Lord, Branch Manager                                                    First, consumers should ascertain whether the individual
                                                  Diane Li, Branch Manager
 410-313-5077                                                 410-880-5975
                                                                              has a Howard County solicitor or peddler identification card.
                                                                              Individuals who engage in door-to-door sales or otherwise
       All Howard County Library branches now open at 10 am,                  move around the county selling goods or services or collecting
        Monday through Saturday, due to budget constraints.                   charitable donations must first obtain a solicitor’s or peddler’s
                                                                              license from the Office of Consumer Affairs. Residents should,
    MEET THE AUTHOR SERIES:                                                   therefore, refrain from dealing with people going door-to-door
                                                                              who do not have a peddler or solicitor ID.
      (Books available for purchase and signing)
                                                                              Door-to-door solicitors must also limit their activities to the hours
               JAN ELVIN, The Box From Braunau                                of 9 am to 8 pm and are required to show their identification
          Thursday, October 1, 7:00 pm, Miller Branch                         cards upon request.
Author Jan Elvin presents her father’s WWII experiences, as
chronicled in The Box From Braunau.                                           More information regarding peddler and solicitor regulations can
                                                                              be found on the Office of Consumer Affairs’ website at: http://
                  ROBIN GERBER, Barbie and Ruth                               consumer.howardcountymd.gov or by calling the Office of
      Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm, East Columbia Branch                      Consumer Affairs at 410-313-6420.
Robin Gerber, author of Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the
World’s Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her,                       In addition, individuals who sell pest-control services need
highlights the iconic Barbie doll and her creator, Ruth Handler. In           a pesticide license from the State of Maryland Department
celebration of Barbie’s 50th birthday, contribute your favorite Barbie        of Agriculture. Pesticides contain chemicals that can be
stories through oral history and photographs at www.hclibrary.org/            dangerous, if not lethal, to people and animals if not used
thisisyourlife. For information, call Lois Sanders at 410-313-7791.           properly. In addition, if too much pesticide is used, the excess
                                                                              can run off lawns and gardens and into waterways where they
          TEMPLE GRANDIN, Animals Make Us Human                               can cause significant environmental problems. Consumers
                Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 pm                                should, therefore, only to do business with companies that have
           Howard Community College, Smith Theatre                            a State pesticide license.
Temple Grandin, internationally renowned animal science expert
and adult with autism, discusses her best-selling book, Animals               More information on pesticide regulations can be found on the
Make Us Human. Dessert reception to follow. Co-sponsored by                   Maryland Department of Agriculture’s website at: http://www.
Howard Community College in partnership with Howard County                    mda.state.md.us/plants-pests/pesticide_regulation/index.
Autism Society.                                                               php.

            JULIE OTSUKA, When the Emperor Was Divine                         Finally, consumers should take their time and do their homework
           Tuesday, October 20, 11:00 am – 12:20 pm                           before purchasing services that require professional expertise,
          Howard Community College, Smith Theatre                             such as the eradication of pests. Consumers should ask
     Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 pm, East Columbia Branch                       friends, family and neighbors about their experience with
The Book Connection selection for 2009-2010, When the Emperor                 the company and if they can recommend other pest control
Was Divine relates one Japanese-American family’s internment                  companies. A number of rating services for pest control
experience during WWII. Co-sponsored by Howard Community                      service providers are also available on the internet. Then,
College and HoCoPoLitSo.                                                      contact a number of companies for price comparisons. Don’t
                                                                              be pressured to make an immediate decision. Legitimate
  JANET KUSTERER AND VICTORIA GOELLER, Remembering                            companies don’t balk at consumers who want to do some
        Ellicott City: Tales from the Patapsco River Valley                   research before committing to a purchase.
          Thursday, October 22, 7:00 pm, Miller Branch
Local writers and preservation advocates Janet Kusterer and Vic-              If you are considering an offer from a pest control company or
toria Goeller discuss Remembering Ellicott City: Tales from the               other solicitor or if you have been the victim of a scam, contact
Patapsco River Valley.                                                        the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs at 410-313-6420
       To register online, or to view the complete list of                    or visit us online at http://consumer.howardcountymd.gov.
     Howard County Library events, visit www.hclibrary.org



4     The Senior Connection • Howard County Office on Aging • October 2009
Protein: How much do you
really need each day?
by Rona Martiyan, MS, RD, LDN, Office on Aging Nutritionist



W     hile talking with many older adults at our senior centers I have
      often been asked, “How much protein do I need per day?” This
is a valid question. To answer, let’s start with the definition of protein.

Protein is a key element in building, maintaining and repairing our
body tissues. Protein helps to keep bones and cartilage strong,
maintains skeletal muscle mass, and protects the integrity of our
skin. Protein helps the body transport oxygen and is used to make
antibodies that fight infection.

As we get older, many of us limit or reduce the amount of traditional
sources of protein we have eaten in the past. This may be due
to dental issues, food intolerances, food preferences, and/or
                                                                              Got Pumpkins?
economical issues. But as we age, we actually may need more                   Local Howard County farms do!
protein to counterbalance the effects of the loss of muscle mass,
                                                                              Fresh from the fields, pumpkins of all sizes await you
known as “sarcopenia”.
                                                                              at these local Howard County farms. Most also offer
So how do you know how much protein you need? The daily protein               nutritious fall produce and fall flowers. Take your
requirements for an adult are based on individual needs and are               grandchildren along for a wonderful weekend outing!
calculated as a percentage of total body weight:

BASIC DAILY PROTEIN NEEDS = Your weight in pounds x 0.4                       CLARK’S ELIOAK FARM -- 10500 Clarksville Pike (Route 108),
= Grams of protein/day* For example: A 150 pound individual                   Ellicott City, 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com. Open daily,
would need 60 grams of protein/day.                                           10 am to 4 pm through October 31. The petting farm features
                                                                              a variety of farm animals. Admission is $3 (ages 13 and older),
                                                                              $4 (ages 1 to 12) and free for under age 1. Other fall highlights
If you check the “NUTRITION FACTS” on a food label, you will                  include hayrides, pumpkin patch visits, pony rides, hay bale mazes,
notice that there is no value listed for protein as a % of daily value.       scarecrow making and face painting. Fees apply for activities. The
The reason is that most Americans get plenty of protein from what             farm store specializes in locally produced products.
they eat everyday. Dairy products, vegetables, grains, cereals,
pasta, rice, beans, nuts, eggs, meat, fish, poultry, and soy products         LARRILAND FARM -- 2415 Woodbine Rd. (Route 94), Woodbine,
all contain varying amounts and kinds of protein. The “NUTRITION              south of Lisbon, 301-854-6110, 410-442-2605, www.pickyourown.
FACTS” on the food label will tell you how many grams of protein              com. Open Saturdays and Sundays 9 am to 5 pm and Monday
there are in one serving, as stated by the food manufacturer. For             through Friday 9 am to 6 pm through October; also open November
those foods where a food label is not readily available, you can use          5, 6 and 7 from 9 am to 5 pm. Hayrides offered on Saturdays
the following general guidelines:                                             and Sundays 10 am to 4:30 pm, through October 31, along with
                                                                              a straw maze and “Boo Barn” (fees apply). The farm also has
    •   Meat, fish, and poultry: 1 ounce = 7 grams of protein and             pick-your-own pumpkins, apples, broccoli, spinach and beets;
    •   Vegetables: ½ cup cooked or 1 cup raw = 2 grams of protein.           call for availability. Picking continues through the first weekend in
                                                                              November. A market sells fresh produce and seasonal items.
If you find some protein sources are harder on your body or your
budget, choose less expensive sources of protein like beans, nuts,
dairy, vegetables and grains. Protein is vital to good health and        SHARP’S at WATERFORD FARM -- 4003 Jennings Chapel
feeling good. Find ways to include a variety of foods in your daily diet Road, Brookeville, 410-489-2572, www.Sharpfarm.com. Open
to get the full complement of proteins your body needs.                  Saturdays and Sundays through November 1, from 10 am to 5 pm.
                                                                         Take a free hayride to the pumpkin field to pick your own pumpkin,
* Daily individual requirements for protein may be higher for certain    see farm animals, make a scarecrow, or wander the 7 acre corn
individuals. Check with your healthcare provider.                        maze and nature trail. The country store offers cider, apples,
                                                                         face painting, observation beehives, and a farm museum. Get all
                                                                         your fall decorations in one place – cornstalks, hay bales, mums,
                                                                         gourds, pumpkins and Indian corn – all grown right on the farm!
        Stroke Study Participants Needed
 Do you know someone who has had a stroke and has                             TRIADELPHIA LAKE VIEW FARM -- 15155 Triadelphia Mill
  arm or leg weakness? A study is being conducted                             Rd., Glenelg, 410-489-4460. Open Saturdays and Sundays in
  investigating the benefits of exercise after stroke.                        October from 10 am to 5 pm. Take a hayride ($1) to the pick-your-
           For more information, please call                                  own pumpkin patch; enjoy barnyard activities; visit the hay maze
                                                                              and cornfield walk for young children, and a country store selling
            410-605-7000, extension 4842.
                                                                              decorative items. Bring your own old clothes for scarecrow making.



                                                 October 2009 • Howard County Office on Aging • The Senior Connection                            5
    Howard County                                               Senior Center                                            Office on Aging
                                                                  Activities
Project Linus                                Cost: $5.00/class                           English as a Second Language               Not Your Average Pet Rock
The Bain Center                              Get all the benefits of yoga without        The Bain Center                            Glenwood 50+ Center
Monday, October 26                           getting down on the floor.                  Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am               Tuesday, October 6, 11:00 am
9:00 am – Noon, Free                                                                     Ongoing, small group tutoring in           Cost: $4.00
Make blankets for children in need.          Age Well Exercise                           conversational English. Free.              Join Tim Amann of Pet Rock as he plays
                                             Elkridge Senior Center                                                                 guitar and sings songs of the 50’s and
“Spin a Yarn” Crafters Circle                Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:00 am       Classic Car Show                           60’s. Please register in advance.
The Bain Center                              Cost: $2.00/class                           Glenwood 50+ Center
Fridays, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Free              A low impact exercise class that anyone     Saturday, October 3                        Blue Plate Special Lunch
Drop in with your knitting, crocheting or    can follow and benefit from.                10:00 am – 3:00 pm                         Glenwood 50+ Center
any yarn craft; bring your own supplies.                                                 Bring the whole family to our annual car   Tuesday, October 6, Noon
Call 410-313-7213 to register.               BRAIN FITNESS V                             show. Check out the cars, enjoy great      Cost: $4.00
                                             Ellicott City Senior Center                 food, win door prizes and bid on items     Join us for a wonderful homemade meal
Knitting and Crocheting                      Tuesday, October 13, 11:00 am, Free         at our silent auction!                     of meat loaf and more. Please reserve
Guilford Senior Center                       Strengthen your brain and have fun in                                                  your lunch in advance by calling 410-
Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Free              the process with Robin Zahor, RN, BSN.      October Tuesday Café                       313-5440.
Bring supplies and a project to work on.                                                 The Bain Center
                                             “Ask Dr. Dan”                               Tuesday, October 6, 11:00 am, Free         Trailblazers/Delaware Park
Terrapin Lace Makers                         The Bain Center                             Join us for an old fashioned sing-along    Savage Senior Center
Glenwood 50+ Center                          Wednesday, October 21                       led by Alan Schwartz. Reserve your         Thursday, October 8
Wednesday, October 7, 10:00 am               11:00 am – Noon, Free                       spot by calling 410-313-7213; made         Cost: $30 ($30 rebate)
Come watch or learn how lace is made,        Dr. Dan Storch, a geriatric psychiatrist,   possible by the Bain Center Council.       Departs from Morningside Park Apart-
on the first Thursday of each month.         discusses how to keep our brain and

Basic Jewelry Class
                                             memory fit, in a relaxed atmosphere.
                                                                                               Meet Our New Directors
East Columbia 50+ Center                     Medicare Part D
Wednesday, October 7
9:30 am, Cost: $15.00
Learn to make different styles of jewelry.
                                             Elkridge Senior Center
                                             Thursday, October 8, 10:00 am – Noon
                                             Get all the latest information about
                                                                                                                                    O    riginally from the Eastern
                                                                                                                                         Shore, Michelle Feng
                                                                                                                                    holds a Bachelor’s degree in
All supplies and tools are provided. Call    Medicare – what you need to know!                                                      Dietetics from the University
410-313-7670 to register.                                                                                                           of Maryland. “I am motivated
                                             Multivitamins:                                                                         by the opportunity to improve
Journaling & Creative Writing                What’s the Latest?                                                                     the health and well-being for
East Columbia 50+ Center                     East Columbia 50+ Center                                                               the senior population through
Wednesdays, October 7 – November 4           Wednesday, October 14, 5:30 pm, Free                                                   creative programs,” she
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Cost: $30.00/six weeks       Rona Martiyan, MS, RD, LDN, will be                                                    says, “I believe that ambition,
Instructor Shana Yarborough-Johnson          here to answer your question and share                                                 being a part of a supportive
will teach creative journaling. Call 410-    nutritional updates. Call 410-313-7680                                                 environment, and openness
313-7680 to register.                        to reserve your seat.                                                                  to new ideas is a recipe for
                                                                                                                                    success. My interests include
Italian Decoupage                            The Wonderful Pumpkin                                                                  nutrition education, and I enjoy
The Bain Center                              Elkridge Senior Center                            Michelle Feng, Director              working with a culturally diverse
Thursdays, October 15 – 29                   Thursday, October 15, 9:45 – 10:45 am            Longwood Senior Center                clientele.”
10:00 am – Noon, Cost: $59.00                Learn all the health benefits of pumpkin,

                                                                                          R
Complete a simple decorative project         taste some treats and get some recipes.           egina Jenkins began
with the look of hand painted art.                                                             working for Howard
Materials are provided. All ages are         Stroke Prevention:                           County Government with
welcome at this Howard Community             Prevention is the Key!                       Recreation and Parks in 1992,
College class; registration information is   East Columbia 50+ Center                     and has been the Office on
available at the front desk.                 Tuesday, October 27, 5:30 pm, Free           Aging’s Volunteer Coordinator
                                             Learn about carotid artery disease, the      for the past 7 years. She
Gentle Yoga for Beginners                    warning signs of stroke, and risk factors    holds a bachelor’s degree in
Glenwood 50+ Center                          for vascular disease. Presented by           Psychology from the University
Tuesdays, starting October 13.               Luanne Arangio, RN, MEd. Call 410-           of Maryland University College.
10:15 – 11:00 am                             313-7680 to reserve your seat.               “When I am not working, I
Cost $35.00 for 6 weeks                                                                   am often watching my 21
Simple exercise, breathing, relaxation,      Learn to Play!                               year old son Josh on the golf
and meditation techniques, in both           The Bain Center                              course,” she says, “I also enjoy
standing and chair-supported postures.       Thursday, October 29, 1:00 – 2:00 pm         kayaking, biking, and playing
                                             Cost: $9.00, includes lunch                  in three soccer leagues. I
Seated Yoga with Karen                       An introduction to three popular card and    am thrilled to join the staff at
Elkridge Senior Center                       tile games: mahjong, rummikub and bid        Glenwood.”                                    Regina Jenkins, Director
Thursdays, 1:30 – 2:30 pm                    whist. Reserve your spot by October 23.                                                     Glenwood 50+ Center


6     The Senior Connection • Howard County Office on Aging • October 2009
    Howard County                                             Senior Center                                             Office on Aging
                                                                Activities
ments, Jessup and Hickory Ridge Apart- Tuesday, October 20                             Our favorite environmental speaker         Musical Interlude:
ments, Columbia. For reservations, call 10:30 – 11:30 am, Free                         returns with live hawks and owls in        BSO Woodwind Trio
M. Riddle 301-725-5776.                 Central librarians will make recommen-         tow. Made possible by a Bain Center        The Bain Center
                                        dations and have books available.              Council grant; register at front desk.     Friday, October 30, 1:00 pm, Free
Libretto and Lunch                                                                                                                Join us for a delightful woodwind trio
The Bain Center                         Senior Idol Auditions                          AARP’s Stay Safe on the Road/              performance by members of the Balti-
Thursday, October 8                     Ellicott City Senior Center                    Driver Safety Program                      more Symphony Orchestra. Reception
10:00 am – 2:30 pm, Cost: $9.00         Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday                    Glenwood 50+ Center                        following performance; made possible
Dr. Tom Glenn hosts a viewing of Mas-   October 19, 20, and 21, 12:30 pm               Thursday, October 22                       by a Bain Center Council grant.
sanet’s most popular opera, “Manon”;    Join fellow seniors as they audition for       Cost: $12.00/AARP members
includes a catered French luncheon.     a spot in the Howard County Senior             $14.00/non-members                         Become a Mentor
Reservation deadline is October 2.      Idol Competition. Auditions are open           Trained instructors lead this course to    Be part of an exciting partnership
                                        to the public – come cheer for your            help you stay safe on the road. Certifi-   with Howard County public schools
Council Dance                           favorite contestant. Want to audition?         cates awarded upon completion.             – become a mentor. Volunteers are
The Bain Center                         Call Vicki Stahly, 410-313-1400, or                                                       needed to assist students with reading
Friday October 9                        pick up an audition packet at the front        Cozy Inn Restaurant                        at Harpers Choice Middle School, and
1:30 – 3:30 pm, Cost: $5.00 (+ $1.00)   desk. You must be age 60 or older              Elkridge Senior Center                     to serve as mentors for students who
The Good Timers entertain, along with   and a Howard County resident.                  Friday, October 23, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm     need help with social relationships and
professional ballroom dancers.                                                         Cost: $20.00/person                        academics at Longfellow Elementary
                                        Savory Soups & Stews                           Travel by motorcoach to Thurmont,          School. Time commitment is one hour
Meet the Author                         Glenwood 50+Center                             Maryland for lunch,with a stop at the      per week, starting in October. Call
The Bain Center                         Tuesday, October 20, 9:00 – 11:30 am           Gettysburg Outlets on the way home.        Judi Bard, 410-313-7460 for more
Tuesday, October 13, 11:00 am – Noon, Cost $5.00                                                                                  information.
Dr. Louis Maier discusses his book,     Join us as we prepare and sample an            Starving Artists’ Sale
From the Golden Gate to the Black       array of soups and stews.                      Ellicott City Senior Center
                                                                                                                                  PC Technical Assistance
Forest: The Odyssey of a New Amer-                                                     Saturday/Sunday, October 24 & 25
                                                                                                                                  Applications & Research Lab
ican in Search of His Parents’ Fate.    Civil War Series                               10:00 am – 2:00 pm
                                                                                                                                  10920 Route 108, Ellicott City
                                        Glenwood 50+Center                             Support the Ellicott City Senior Center
                                                                                                                                  Days/Dates TBA, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fall Jewish Film Series                 Wednesday, October 21, 10 – 11 am              Council and the Painting Together Art
                                                                                                                                  High school students from the PC Sys-
The Bain Center                         Join Susan Soderberg of the                    Groups’ Art Sale – a great opportunity
                                                                                                                                  tems Academy will help you learn how
“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”        Montgomery County Historical                   to purchase a one of a kind painting.
                                                                                                                                  to set up, use, and maintain your home
Tuesday, October 13, 1:00 pm            Society as she presents “Civil War in                                                     computer and use the Internet. Contact
“Everything is Illuminated”             Montgomery County”.                            Erie Edibles
                                                                                                                                  Judi Bard at 410-313-7460 for more
Tuesday, October 27, 10:15 am                                                          Elkridge Senior Center
                                                                                                                                  information.
Call 410-313-7213 to register. Free.    Woodshop Open House                            Wednesday, October 28
                                        The Bain Center                                10:00 am – Noon, Free
                                                                                                                                  CSA Offers “Skype” Classes
Ballroom Dancing Demo                   Wednesday, October 21                          The children from the library join us to
                                                                                                                                  Ellicott City Senior Center ($15 fee):
Ellicott City Senior Center             9:00 am – Noon, Free                           make an edible Halloween craft.
                                                                                                                                  Tuesday, October 6, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, October 14, 12:30 pm         An exhibition of work created by The                                                      Glenwood 50+ Center ($15 fee):
Dance Instructors Raymond Clifton and Howard County Woodworkers’ Guild.                Happy Anniversary Glenwood!                Monday, October 19, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Mary Botta join singer Doug Williams    Open to visitors; light refreshments.          Glenwood 50+ Center                        Learn about Skype software that al-
and dancer Jackie Dunphy for an hour                                                   Wednesday, October 28                      lows people to make free phone calls
of music and dance. Free.               Raptor Rendezvous                              11:00 am – 12:30 pm                        to other Skype users over the Internet.
                                        The Bain Center                                Join the Goldenairres for Glenwood’s       Course introduces sending text mes-
Bain Book Hour: Mysteries               Thursday, October 22                           third anniversary celebration! Dance,      sages, voice and video using Skype.
The Bain Center                         11:00 am – Noon, Cost: $3.00                   sing, socialize and enjoy lunch.
                            Howard County Senior Centers                                                               Senior Centers Plus
 THE BAIN CENTER             EAST COLUMBIA 50+          ELKRIDGE                   ELLICOTT CITY
 5470 Ruth Keeton Way        6600 Cradlerock Way        6540 Washington Blvd.      9401 Frederick Road          ELLICOTT CITY SENIOR CENTER PLUS
 Columbia, MD 21044          Columbia, MD 21045         Elkridge, MD 21075         Ellicott City, MD 21042      9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
 410-313-7213                410-313-7680               410-313-5192               410-313-1400                 410-313-1425 / Email: ecscplus@howardcountymd.gov
                                                        Email: elkridgesc@                                      Harriett Watkins, Director
 Email: baincenter@          Email: eastcolumbia50+@                               Email: ecsc@
 howardcountymd.gov          howardcountymd.gov         howardcountymd.gov         howardcountymd.gov
                                                        Jeanne Slater, Director                                 GLENWOOD SENIOR CENTER PLUS
 Arleen Dinneen, Director    Linda Ethridge, Director                              Carla Buehler, Director
                                                                                                                2400 Route 97, Cooksville, MD 21723
                                                                                                                410-313-5442 / Email: glenwoodplus@howardcountymd.gov
 GLENWOOD 50+                GUILFORD                   LONGWOOD                   SAVAGE                       Judy Miller, Director
 2400 Route 97               9950 Guilford Road         6150 Foreland Garth        9525 Durness Lane
 Cooksville, MD 21723        Jessup, MD 20794           Columbia, MD 21045         Laurel, MD 20723             OWEN BROWN SENIOR CENTER PLUS
 410-313-5440                410-880-5862               410-313-7217               410-880-5915                 7080 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045
 Email: glenwoodsc@          Email: guilfordsc@         Email: longwoodsc@         Email: savagesc@             410-313-7218 / Email: owenbrownplus@howardcountymd.gov
 howardcountymd.gov          howardcountymd.gov         howardcountymd.gov         howardcountymd.gov           Felicia Stein, Director
 Regina Jenkins, Director    Ellen Brown, Director      Michelle Feng, Director    Edith Bennett, Director


                                                        October 2009 • Howard County Office on Aging • The Senior Connection                                            7
SPRING News Senior Peer Resources - Individuals, Networks & Groups
          Spring Support Group Schedule
For information, contact Karen Hull, Mental Health Coordinator, at (410)                   SPRING Bereavement Groups
313-7466, TTY 711, or email khull@howardcountymd.gov.                                             Thursdays, starting October 8
Spring Currents...Mondays, 10:00 am, The Bain Center...Features                                        10:00 – 11:30 am
lively discussions of current events, politics and world issues;                                   Bain Center Meeting Room
sharpens wit and promotes ability to stay alert and enjoy life.
Spring Boards...Mondays, 12:30 pm, The Bain Center....A social                      The SPRING bereavement program is an eight-week
group whose members share memories, focus on fun, and reach out to                  group for older adults mourning the loss of a loved one.
                                                                                    Groups provide a supportive time where the bereaved can
folks who are new to the area, interested in making friends and getting
                                                                                    explore the process of mourning, learn coping strategies,
involved in the Bain Center social life.
                                                                                    and reconnect with life after loss. The series utilizes
Spring NUA Insighters & Insighters...Tuesdays, 10:00 am &                           resource materials and sharing as way of moving through
12:30 pm, The Bain Center and Ellicott City Senior Center...Four                    bereavement. It is a progressive format built on concepts
ongoing support groups for those with low vision; explore options,                  drawn from the ‘Four Tasks of Mourning’, developed by
share ideas and learn ways to maintain independence.                                noted grief theorist J. William Worden. Each week these
                                                                                    concepts are presented as well as a time for feedback and
Spring Honeybees...Wednesdays, 10:00 am, The Bain Center...
                                                                                    discussion.
Share ideas and encourage healthy ways of coping more effectively
with diabetes and maintaining good health. Call before attending!                   The series is generally recommended for anyone bereaved
Spring Mens’ Forum...Thursdays, 10:00 am, Ellicott City Senior                      more than two months but less than two years. Groups are
Center...A congenial men’s group swaps tales and shares everything                  closed after the first session and there is a $10 fee for the
                                                                                    entire series to help defray the cost of materials and training
from “soup to nuts”; comfortable good-humored fun and social time.
                                                                                    (some scholarships are available). Contact Karen Hull 410-
Spring Brainteasers...Thursdays, 12:30 pm, The Bain Center...                       313-7466 or email khull@howardcountymd.gov for details.
Challenge your mind to stay active and alert through games, puzzles
and other activities that strengthen memory.
Spring Trenders...Fridays, 10:00 am, The Bain Center...A friendly
and open-minded discussion group with a loosely structured agenda.                          SPRING Brain Fitness
Great for anyone new to participating in a group or in transition.                       October 22 & October 29, 2009
Spring Decorators ...Willing hands to make decorations for                                            10:00 – 11:30 am
SPRING luncheons and other events. Meets various days of the                                      Glenwood 50+ Center
week as scheduled. Call Elaine Widom, 410-313-7283.                                    Join us for a short course on exercising
                                                                                    the brain, staying intellectually stimulated,
               SPRING APPRECIATION GIFTS                                            plus an overview of the latest research on
    Given this month by Virginia Bates in Memory of Holliday                       memory and the aging brain. This is a two-
    Obarcht, Jr. ...Mary Fitzmaurice in Memory of Tom                               session course, presented by Dr. Marcella
    Fitzmaurice...Dot Sinha in Memory of Honeybrown.                                       Wilding, who holds a Ph.D. in Adult
                                                                                   Education from the University of Maryland. Marcella Wilding, Ph.D.
    SPRING Appreciation gifts of $5.00 or more may be given to honor an
    individual or group, or for any occasion, and help to expand the programs
    SPRING offers to older adults and their families. Make checks payable to
    Director of Finance, Howard County and mail to: SPRING Appreciation Gifts,                     We Need You –
    The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044.                                Become a SPRING Volunteer
    Enclosed is my gift of $ _______________ in celebration/appreciation of:
    Name of person honored __________________________________________               It’s sad to say but SPRING’s long-time office volunteer has
                                                                                    moved on to other pursuits. The good news is we still have a
      Living Deceased (List address/family’s address if honoree is deceased):     need for volunteers! We especially need someone who can
    ____________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                    help us with office tasks such as faxing, labeling, event set-up
    This Gift is given by: ______________________________________________           and staffing, etc. If you have a couple of hours a week during
    Address ________________________________________________________                the day to volunteer, please call us. We can work out a schedule
                                                                                    together; we’re very flexible! Volunteers help SPRING be a
    Phone__________________________________________________________                 success and are invaluable to our older adult outreach efforts.
    Include gift announcement in The Senior Connection?    Yes     No
                                                                                    Please call Karen Hull, 410-313-7466, for more information on
                                                                                    SPRING volunteer opportunities.


8       The Senior Connection • Howard County Office on Aging • October 2009
Free Phones from Maryland Accessible Telecommunications
From the Maryland Department of Information Technology / Maryland Relay


M     aybe, just maybe, you’ll
      read this and recognize
someone you know. You may
                                                                                         their family and
                                                                                         friends.
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                                                                                                                      Security Disability Insurance),
                                                                                                                      TDAP (Temporary Disability
have just hung up the phone                                                                The MAT program            Assistance Program), TANF
after talking to your mom or dad.                                                          also provides              (Temporary Assistance
Did you repeat yourself? Did                                                               free telephone             for Needy Families), VA
she or he say, ‘What?’ every                                                               assessments.               (Veterans), SSA (Social
time you finished a sentence?                                                              Because                    Security) benefits or
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your conversation she or he                                                                is different,              Assistance, or be able to
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someone who has a hearing                                                                  telephones                 of the following disabilities:
loss.                                                                                      are available              mobility, blind, low vision,
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struggle each and every time                                                               needs. Six                 standard telephone;
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are available through new           available at no cost to qualified     and learn what works best for         information about the MAT pro-
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for those who are deaf or hard      program serves those who are          customer receives a phone from
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Want to pay less for your Prescription
Drugs? Medicare may be able to help
F   or years you did your part
    by paying into Medicare.
Now it’s your turn to get the
                                    premiums, copayments, and
                                    deductibles. To qualify, these
                                    individuals’ resources must also
                                                                          decisions. That shouldn’t mean
                                                                          going without your medications.
                                                                          Apply now to make sure you
                                                                                                                     SH PSenior Health Insurance
                                                                                                                           Assistance Program
most out of the benefits you’ve     be limited to $12,510 or $25,010      have the prescription drugs you
earned. If you have limited         for married couples. Resources        need to stay healthy and keep
income and resources, there’s       include things like bank              doing what you love.
                                                                                                                    Find out if you can save
a Medicare program where you        accounts, stocks and bonds, but                                                 on your prescriptions...
pay no more than $2.40 for          not your house or car.                To learn more about Medicare              The Senior Health Insurance
each generic drug and $6 for                                              prescription drug plans and                    Program (SHIP) will be
each brand name drug. If you        Applying for this program is          when you can join, call 1-                    distributing information
qualify, this program helps pay     free. Apply online at www.            800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-                        to senior residences,
your prescription copayments        socialsecurity.gov or call            4227; TTY 1-877-486-2048) or                  libraries, senior centers
plus your other drug costs like     Social Security at 1-800-772-         the Senior Health Insurance                 and other Howard County
monthly premiums and annual         1213 (TTY users should call           Assistance (SHIP) office at the            locations, to help those on
deductibles. Many people qualify    1-800-325-0778) and ask for           Howard County Office on Aging,             Medicare determine if they
and don’t even know it.             the Application for Help with         410-313-7392.                               qualify for help paying for
                                    Medicare Prescription Drug Plan                                                 prescriptions. If your annual
Individuals who make less than      Costs. All information provided in    Source: U.S. Department of                   income is below $32,490
$16,245 and married couples         the application is confidential. If   Health and Human Services                  ($43,710 for a couple), you
who make less than $21,855          you have a limited income, you        For more information, visit               are eligible for some kind of
may qualify to have lower           know that sometimes making            www.medicare.gov.                          help. Questions? Call SHIP
Medicare prescription drug          ends meet means making tough                                                             at 410-313-7392.


                                               October 2009 • Howard County Office on Aging • The Senior Connection                                9
 LEISURE Times Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks
                                                                         Cambridge, Cruise & Crabs             American History Museum
                                                                         (4511)                                (4515)
        A Letter from Recreation and Parks:                              Enjoy a riding tour of the historic   Join us in Washington DC at
                                                                         area of Cambridge, Maryland           the Smithsonian’s National
       As the leaves begin to change color and fall, we begin to         with step-on guide Kelley Cox.        Museum of American History.
 say “Farewell” to summer and look toward a new season. We               Then head for the Choptank            The museum has undergone a
 are busy in the Recreation & Parks office as we get Fall 2009           River Boat Company for a cruise       two-year renovation and is now
 Programs underway and look toward planning for Winter 2010.             on an authentic reproduction          open with all new displays and
 Although registration for Fall 2009 began in August, we still have      of a turn-of-the-century paddle       exhibits. The centerpiece is a
 openings in several upcoming programs and we hope you will              wheel river boat. Savor the           special chamber for the Star-
 take a few moments to look them over and find something that            scenery along the Choptank            Spangled Banner, the actual
 interests you. And, don’t forget Wii Club meets every Tuesday,          River on a sightseeing cruise         flag that flew over Baltimore’s
 10am, at the Bain Center and BUNCO meets monthly at the                 while enjoying a delicious crab       Fort McHenry in 1814. The day
 Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center.                                       feast prepared by the Suicide         is yours to explore and enjoy
                                                                         Bridge Restaurant.                    the many museums along the
     As always, we are offering a wide variety of Trips & Tours.         Age 55–up / 1 day / $117              National Mall area. A lot of
 Join us for a Howard County Tour with the always popular                Thursday, October 1                   walking. Lunch is on your own.
 Joetta Cramm, or lunch with Joetta at the Elkridge Furnace Inn.         8:00 am – 5:00 pm / (501)             Age 55–up / 1 day / $38
 After attending our SASI Program, a partnership program with                                                  Wednesday, October 14
 HCC, on Native American Spiritual Beliefs, join us for a trip to        National Harbor (4512)                9:00 am – 4:00 pm / (501)
 the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington,               Enjoy a day at the new National
 D.C. With the holidays on the horizon, make your plans now to           Harbor along the Potomac              Howard County Tour with
 join us for the Festival of Lights, Radio City Music Hall and the       River in Maryland. Visit the          Joetta Cramm (4516)
 ever-popular Holiday Spectacular at the BSO. Don’t miss these           spectacular Gaylord National          Travel from Elkridge to
 fantastic opportunities.                                                Hotel, the newest and largest         Glenwood, stopping at Howard
                                                                         hotel in the area. The four-          County historical sites along the
     As always, your comments about our programs are welcome.            story atrium houses several           way. Learn about our rich local
 Please feel free to stop by or contact me at 410-313-7311. My           restaurants and gift shops.           history and enjoy a glimpse of
 office is located at the Bain Center.                                   See “The Awakening”, Seward           Howard County’s past. Bring
                                                                         Johnson’s arresting sculpture         a bag lunch; some walking
                                           Cathy Vigus                   that was moved from Haines            involved. Pick up at the Bain
                                    Manager, Senior Adult Programs
                                                                         Point to its new home at National     Center only. Van transportation.
                                    Howard County Department of          Harbor. Lunch is on your own at       Age 55–up / 1 day / $28
                                    Recreation & Parks                   any of the many fine restaurants      Thursday, October 15
                                                                         in the area. Enjoy a day along        8:45 am – 3:00 pm / (501)
                                                                         the water. Lots of walking; wear
                                                                         comfortable shoes.                    National Museum of the

Come Travel with Us                                                      Age 55–up / 1 day / $38
                                                                         Tuesday, October 6
                                                                         9 am – 3 pm / (501)
                                                                                                               American Indian (4540)
                                                                                                               The Indian Museum in
                                                                                                               Washington, DC is the first
•      To register call 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279, M-F, 9:00
                                                                                                               national museum dedicated to
am to 2:00 pm or visit The Bain Center, the Glenwood Community
                                                                         The Phillips Collection (4514)        the preservation, study, and
Center or the Department of Recreation & Parks headquarters to           Located in the vibrant Dupont         exhibition of the life, languages,
register in person. For more information, call the Trip Coordinator at   Circle area of Washington, DC is      literature, history and arts of the
410-313-7279.                                                            one of America’s first museums        Native Americans of the Western
•      Register for the following trips as soon as possible since        of modern art. The museum’s           Hemisphere. Established by
many trips fill quickly. Pickup points depend on the number of           intimate galleries are filled         an act of Congress in 1989,
registrants for each location. Indicate one departure preference: The    with works by impressionist           the museum opened in 2004
Bain Center in Columbia or Normandy Shopping Center in Ellicott          and modern masters including          and works in collaboration with
City. Other pickup sites may be added as needed.                         Picasso, van Gogh, Matisse,           these native peoples to protect
•      Times listed are approximate. Cards mailed about one week         Degas, Cezanne, O’Keefe and           and foster their culture. The
before each trip will confirm departure time and location.               many others. At 4 pm enjoy a          Museum’s extensive collection
•      Transportation is by motor coach, minibus or van, depending       special Sunday concert at the         encompasses a vast range of
                                                                         museum. Bring a meal to enjoy         cultural material, and daily films
upon the number of registrants; an accessible vehicle is available
                                                                         on the way; transportation is         offer insight into various aspects
upon early request.
                                                                         by mini-bus, no bathrooms on          of Indian life. Meals are on your
•      Trips are planned for those age 55-up and their friends age       board. Lots of walking, wear          own, walking involved.
18-up, unless stated otherwise.                                          comfortable shoes.                    Age 55–up / 1 day / $45
•      All trip fees are per person. An administrative fee as well as    Age 18–up / 1 day / $58               Saturday, October 17
other expenses (tickets, meals, accommodations, etc) associated          Sunday, October 11                    9:00 am – 4:00 pm / (501)
with the trip may be deducted when you cancel a trip.                    12:30 pm – 6:30 pm / (501)
•      Theatre tickets are non-refundable unless we can replace
you on the roster.



10    The Senior Connection • Howard County Office on Aging • October 2009
 LEISURE Times Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks
Lunch with Joetta at Elkridge      Falstaff at the Kennedy Center      Continuing Education.                 you and your partner how to
Furnace Inn (4517)                 (4520)                              HCC Business Training                 communicate through signaling
The story of our county’s first    What happens when an old            Center, Gateway Building              and carding. Must have taken
settlement comes to life through   knight who fancies himself a        Age 55–up / 1 day / 6 hr / Age        Bridge Brush – up or receive
slides as narrated by Joetta       ladies’ man sends identical         60+ $14 / Age 55–59 yrs $17           instructor’s approval to enroll.
Cramm, local historian and         letters to two married women?       Saturday, October 10                  Kiwanis Wallas Rec Center
author. Find out what “used to     Plenty, as Sir John Falstaff,       9:30 am – 3:30 pm / (501)             Age 55–up / 4 weeks / 2 hours
be” at the Landing and the many    Shakespeare’s drunken, but                                                $36 / Friday, October 30
changes that have occurred         much loved rascal, discovers        Calligraphy (0301)                    12:30 – 2:30 pm / (501)
over the years. Meet at the        when the merry wives of Windsor     If you know your ABC’s, you can
restaurant for a delicious lunch   (and a few furious husbands)        do calligraphy, the relaxing art      Intro to Dance Fitness after 50
and informative program.           decide to teach him a lesson.       form of beautiful writing. This       (1201)
Age 55–up / 1 day / $48            Giuseppe Verdi’s last opera         class is designed for men and         Join this exhilarating class
Tuesday, October 20                shows the master at the peak of     women who have an interest            and enjoy the fusion of music,
12:00 – 2:30 pm / (501)            his powers and displays some of     in learning basic Italic lettering.   dance and movement. You
                                   his most inventive melodies.        Apply your new skills when            will be introduced to basic
Bavarian Inn (4518)                Age 55–up / 1 day / $154            addressing envelopes, creating        elements of ballet, jazz and hip
The Bavarian Inn in historic       Sunday, October 25                  greeting cards, scrapbooking,         hop. Key focus on learning the
Shepherdstown, West Virginia       Noon – 6:00 pm / (501)              or writing your favorite poem.        proper stretching techniques
offers country chalet setting                                          Materials fee due at first class.     for flexibility as well as cardio
and authentic Bavarian cuisine.    Daniel Rodriguez (4521)             A project at the end of class will    exercises all put to music.
For our October Lunch Bunch,       Many of us have come to love        showcase your new talent.             Looking for students with a
enjoy fine dining, then shop       him as the “Singing Policeman”,     The Bain Center                       sense of adventure and the
or just stroll around the quaint   the New York City cop, who          Age 55–up / 5 weeks / 2 hours         desire to have fun; no previous
downtown area. Menu choices:       helped bring the country an         $40 + $3 materials fee                dance experience necessary.
#1 Chicken Salad and fresh         uplifting spirit of promise and     Tuesday, October 6                    Studio Inspire
fruit, #2 House specialty:         hope. His stirring rendition        9:30 – 11:30 am / (501)               Age 55–up / 4 weeks / 45 min
Braised Beef Cubes with potato     of “God Bless America” after                                              $30 / Thursday, October 8
dumplings, #3 Lemon Chicken        September 11th offered some         Bridge for Beginners (3515)           11:00 – 11:45 am / (501)
breast with whipped potato, #4     hope that we will survive and       Learn the basics of this popular
Filet of Salmon; each served       go on. Daniel’s beautiful tenor     game. This class covers all           Water Exercise (3519)
with soup or salad, beverage       voice has won him the title of      you need to get started playing       Get a great workout without
and dessert.                       “America’s Beloved Tenor” and       bridge: bidding, play of the hand,    going to the gym! You can
Age 55–up / 1 day / $82            he has had much success with        defense and more. Textbook/           enjoy the warm water of a
Wednesday, October 21              recordings and world travel.        materials fee is payable to           therapeutic pool while engaging
9 am – 5 pm / (501)                We are very excited to have         instructor at the first class.        in low-impact exercise. Work
                                   him in our area, performing at      Kiwanis Wallas Rec Center             at your own pace or join
Vermont (4519)                     The Chesapeake Arts Center          Age 55–up / 8 weeks / 2 hours         group instruction. Aquatic
What could be better than          in Brooklyn Park. Limited open      $72 + $18 (approx.) materials         fitness instructor will assist
October in Vermont with            seating; transportation by mini-    fee / Friday, October 2               with exercises and provide
the beautiful colors of the        bus, no bathroom on board.          9:30 – 11:30 am / (501)               instruction. For more information,
changing leaves? Join us for       Age 18–up / 1 day / $68                                                   call Cathy Vigus at 410-313-
a fully escorted trip around the   Sunday, October 25                  Bridge: Planning Your Play            7311.
Killington and Rutland, Green      1:30 – 6:00 pm / (501)              (3516)                                New Cedar Lane School
Mountain area. Have lunch at                                           When opening lead is made,            Age 55–up / 6 weeks / 1 hour
the exquisite Trappe Family        Senior Adult Saturday Institute     do you make a plan? Declarer          $42 / Thursday, October 8
Lodge, enjoy sweets at the         (SASI): Native American             play requires planning. Shall I       6:00 – 7:00 pm / (502)
Morse Maple Sugar Farm and         Spiritual Beliefs (3518)            pull trump? How am I getting
Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream          This course will focus on the       enough tricks? Students will          Par for the Course (3502)
Factory. Visit a cider mill and    traditional beliefs and spiritual   learn a framework for planning        Both men and women will
marble museum, plus much           customs of the Native American      what moves to make. Must              enjoy taking a swing into the
more. Fee includes hotel           nations in the northeast region,    have taken Bridge Brush-up or         wonderful world of golf. Meet a
accommodations for 3 nights,       including those of Maryland.        receive instructor’s approval.        golf professional from our local
3 breakfasts, 2 dinners and        Instructor Roger Swartz will        Kiwanis Wallas Rec Center             golf course and learn some of
live entertainment, all luggage    focus on the pre-colonial era       Age 55–up / 4 weeks / 2 hours         the basics of the sport including
handling and gratuities. A $50     (1400 – 1800). Join us for a        $36 / Friday, October 2               terminology, how to grip the
deposit will save your spot.       look at this important part of      12:30 – 2:30 pm / (501)               club and address the ball. You
Age 55–up / 4 days / $680          American history and culture.                                             can even try your hand at a little
double occupancy / $755            Space is limited; register early,   Bridge: Killer Defense (0302)         putting competition and win a
single occupancy / Leave           Bring lunch; soda machines are      Defense is the toughest but           prize. Light refreshments served.
7:00 am Saturday, October          available for beverage purchase.    most fun part of bridge. This         Age 55–up / 1 day / $3
24, Return 7:00 am Tuesday,        Co-sponsored with Howard            class will help you improve           Monday, October 5
October 27, 7:00 pm / (501)        Community College, Office of        your opening leads and show           12:30 – 1:30 pm / (501)



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Howard
         County’s
                                                                                          News
                                                                                          and Events
Don’t miss the 11th annual 50+EXPO on Friday, October 16, 2009 from 9 am to 4 pm at Wilde Lake High School

                                                                        Meet our “EXPO Bag” Ladies
                                                                                                                           Affectionately
                                                                                                                    dubbed the “EXPO
                                                                                                                     Bag” ladies, these
                                                                                                                       four friends from
                                                                                                                      Waverly Gardens

Benefit Auction                                                                                                      have come to em-
                                                                                                                      body the spirit of
Friday, October 16                                                                                                         the 50+EXPO.
                                                                                                                    Sadly, Ethel South-
2:30 pm                                                                                                                   wick (2nd from
Rouse Theatre in                                                                                                       left in the picture
Wilde Lake High School                                                                                                    below) passed
Cash or Checks Only                                                                                                   away in April. Her
                                                                                                                     friends, (from left)
                                                                                                                        Josie Albenese,
                                                           Pictured:                                                       Lois Bois and
                                                        Just one of                                                   Stephanie Tolson
                                                          the many                                                      say Ethel would
                                                         wonderful                                                      have loved their
                                                      baskets to be                                                      EXPO celebrity.
                                                         auctioned
                                                               at the
                                                        50+EXPO!
                                                         Visit www.
                                                           howard-
                                                      countyaging.
                                                         org to see
                                                              more!




        be a FrIeND oF the 50+eXPo                                                                       The Howard County
                                                                                                         Commission on
                  Yes, I would like to be a FRIEND of the 50+EXPO!                                       Aging presents:
                                                                                                         A Community Forum
           Please complete this form and mail with your donation of $20 or more to
                                                                                                         We’re listening at the
                    Donna Tugwell, Howard County Office on Aging,
                                                                                                         50+EXPO!
             6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 211, Columbia, MD 21046.
               Make checks payable to Director of Finance, Howard County
                                                                                                         The Commission on Aging
              Donation Amount: $20         $40       $60      Other $_______                             (CoA) advises the Office on
                                                                                                         Aging, County Executive
         For each $20 donation, you will receive one preferred/reserved seat for the                     and County Council on
           Capitol Steps. Please indicate your choice of performance time below:
                                                                                                         issues impacting older
            Check one: 11:00 am        or 1:00 pm      Total # Tickets _______
                                                                                                         adults. Its mission is to
                        Check here if you do not need tickets:                                           promote successful aging
     Name ________________________________Phone_______________________                                   in Howard County. Your
                                                                                                         voice is important to us
     Street Address_______________________________City ___________________
                                                                                                         – join CoA members at
     State _________ Zip _____ Email_____________________________________                                10:00 am or 1:30 pm in
                                                                                                         Room 238 to share your
       Please check here if you prefer not to have your name publicized:                                 thoughts on how Howard
     Note: If we receive your donation after October 2, 2009, we regret that we cannot list your name,
                                                                                                         County can remain a
                and your ticket(s) must be picked up at the theatre on the day of the event.             community for all ages.


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