July-September 2018 “The Caring Connection”

2018 Calendar:


Independence Day July 4

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

UV Safety Month


National Psoriasis Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month


World Alzheimer’s Month & World Alzheimer’s Day September 21

Falls Prevention Awareness Day September 22

Grandparents’ Day September 9

Healthy Aging Month


    The Caring Connection


       Edition 1, Volume 3

July – September 2018


The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 5.5 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease.

Of the estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2017, an estimated 5.3 million are age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 and have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

  • One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia.
  • Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
  • African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.
  • Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.

Because of the increasing number of people age 65 and older in the United States, particularly the oldest-old, the number of new cases of Alzheimer’s and other dementias is projected to soar. Today, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia every 66 seconds. By mid-century, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.



A dynamic, evidence-based program for Caregivers

September 11 – October 16 6pm-7:30pm

$30 fee covers all materials

For more info or to register:

Kathy Wehr


The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence and the Caregiver Support Program is excited to introduce Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC).

The 6-week series of 90 minute classes offers caregivers opportunities to explore a variety of self-care tools in a supportive environment, designed to help you:

  • Reduce personal stress
  • change negative self-talk
  • communicate more effectively in challenging situations
  • Manage your emotions
  • Make tough caregiving decisions

How to apply sunscreen

Sunscreen is safe and can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature aging. However, it is not as effective unless it’s applied correctly. Follow these tips from dermatologists when applying sunscreen:

  1. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage, which means it protects you from UVA and UVB rays. Follow these helpful tips when selecting a sunscreen.
  2. Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors.It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and can burn.
  3. Use enough sunscreen.Most adults need at least one ounce of sunscreen; about the amount you can hold in your palm, to fully cover all exposed areas of your body. Rub the sunscreen thoroughly into your skin.
  4. Apply sunscreen to all bare skin.Remember your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and legs. For hard‐to‐reach areas like your back, ask someone to help you or use a spray sunscreen. If you have thinning hair, either apply sunscreen to your scalp or wear a wide‐brimmed hat. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm with a SPF of at least 15.
  5. Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours to remain protected, or immediately after swimming or excessively sweating.People who get sunburned usually didn’t use enough sunscreen, didn’t reapply it after being in the sun, or used an expired product. Your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays every time you go outside, even on cloudy days and in the winter. So whether you are on vacation or taking a brisk fall walk in your neighborhood, remember to use sunscreen. For more skin cancer prevention tips, see a board-certified dermatologist. https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/prevent/how-to-apply-sunscreen










September is World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. September 2018 will mark the 7th World Alzheimer’s Month. The campaign was launched in 2012: World Alzheimer’s Day is on 21 September each year.

2 out of every 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries. The impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, but the stigmatization and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem that requires global action.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Howard Co Ellicott City            50+ Center

9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 21042

Tuesdays 9am – 12Noon

Understanding high blood pressure and knowing how to manage it is an important part of maintaining your health. Don’t pass up this opportunity to have your blood pressure checked to avoid serious health conditions. Marie Ball, RN.

Sponsored by Howard County General Hospital.

National Grandparents Day September 9, 2018

Many families in the United States observe National Grandparents Day on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day. This day honors grandparents.

What Do People Do?

Many people honor their grandparents through a range of activities such as gift-giving, card-giving, and for children to invite their grandparents to school for a day where they participate in special lessons or special assembly programs. Many school students take part in story-telling activities that relate to their grandparents, as well as art or poster competitions where children often use a story about their grandparents in their artwork.

About four million greeting cards are sent within the United States each year on National Grandparents Day. This day is also an opportunity for people to appreciate and express their love to their grandparents through kind actions such as making a phone call or inviting their grandparents for dinner.  People living in retirement villages or nursing homes may receive a visit from their grandchildren or loved ones on this day.




September 20, 2018 9am-1pm

Hosted by the Catonsville & Arbutus Senior Centers

At the Arbutus Recreation Center

865 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus MD 21227 (410) 887-6994









Common Challenges and Coping Strategies: Support, Education, Discussion, Resources, Advice

Meetings are on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of every month in the Learning Center, on the Terrace Level at Millers Grant from 12:30pm – 2pm


All caregivers invited to attend-FREE


For more information or to make arrangements for care of your loved one, please contact Nora McCallie at 415-297-1030 or email at nmccallie@aol.com

Contact our office at    410-750-7350 or visit www.ADLMARYLAND.com to learn more about in-home care services.



Do YOU know what living with dementia is really like?

Take a walk in their shoes with the Virtual Dementia Tour.

This workshop which offers a hands-on experience that simulates dementia, and includes a debriefing and educational segment, has been created to offer assistance and practical tools to help those who care for someone with dementia. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a life-changing experience—a brief, yet powerful, journey—that will provide insight and empathy to help anyone understand the realities of life with this debilitating disease. The program is clinically proven, evidence-based, and a proven source of education resulting in better care for individuals.


Schedule YOUR personal Tour Today!

Wednesday, September 12

Tuesday, November 13

Ellicott City 50+ Center

9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 21042



To register or more info:



Future Driver Safety Courses Catonsville Senior Center                                   410-887-0900                                                     501 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228                   Aug. 27, Oct. 15, Dec. 3                  9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.                       Register and  pay in advance inside the office. $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonAARP members. Checks only. Make check payable to AARP. Check with your insurance company about possible discount        you could receive by taking this course!july 2018 caring connection newsletter