2018 Calendar:


World Hospice and Palliative Care Day October 13, 2018

Health Literacy Month

National Healthcare Quality Week October 21 – 27, 2018

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Physical Therapy Month


World COPD Day November 14, 2018

National Family Caregivers Month

American Diabetes Month

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month


World AIDS Day December 1, 2018

International Volunteer Day December 5, 2018



Tips for Caregivers to Stay Well & Avoid Burnout under Stressful Conditions

    The Caring Connection


       Edition 1, Volume 4

October – December 2018


  1. Sleep as much as you can, take a 15-30 minute cat-nap during the day if possible.
  2. Take vitamins and supplements to boost your immune system. Vitamins C & D daily, along with a quality probiotic are a good start. There are lots of things you can take to boost your immune system. Figure out what works for you. Cut down on sugar especially when you feel run down.
  3. Reschedule what you can and re-figure your priorities. Do only what is absolutely necessary for that day. Let the rest go until you are more rested.
  4. Get fresh air and exercise. Even sitting out in the sun to read for 20 minutes, or doing 5 minutes of stretching exercise, can give you that extra boost of energy to get through the day. These work together to release much of the tension that accumulates from the constant up and down and lifting, and helping others with their self-care.
  5. Know your limits and get more help. Meet a friend for a cup of coffee, enjoy some peace and quiet at the library, go for a walk on the beach or at the park. Take a nap. Breathe fresh air and get some sun. Get a massage and release the stress. Practice EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Your mind and body will thank you for it. Those you care for will appreciate your added patience and peacefulness.
  6. Release the frustrations, stress, problems, the grief and sadness.Talk with a trusted friend, pray, journal, go to a support group. Rest up as much as possible and find some small pleasures to take your mind off the stressful things – such as a good book, watching a favorite show, picking up that crochet project you started months ago. Focus on your blessings, not on everything going wrong.


A dynamic, evidence-based program for Caregivers


October 11 – November 15


$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

Reimagine Aging

Discover the Power of Age Expo, formerly the Baby Boomer and Senior Expo, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Wednesday, October 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Baltimore County Department of Aging’s two-day extravaganza showcases the latest in information, resources, products and services to approximately 11,000 attendees. This is the largest event of its type in the Mid-Atlantic region to help discover the path to reimagine aging. All proceeds from the Power of Age Expo support the seniors in Need Program.

Join us as the Baltimore County Department of Aging celebrates 31 years of the expo! For more info, call 410-887-2594.



Future Driver Safety Courses at the Catonsville Senior Center,

501 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville 21228



October 15 & December 3

9a – 1p

Register and pay in advance inside the office. $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Checks only. Make check payable to AARP. Check with your insurance company about possible discounts you could receive by taking this course.



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!

Tuesday, November 13

Ellicott City 50+ Center

9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 21042


To register or more info:






Traveling with Dementia

If a person has Alzheimer’s or other dementia, it doesn’t mean he or she can no longer participate in meaningful activities such as travel; but it does require planning to ensure safety and enjoyment for everyone.

Deciding to travel

Whether taking a short trip to see friends and family or traveling a far distance for vacation, it’s important to consider the difficulties and benefits of travel for a person with dementia. In the early stages of dementia, a person may still enjoy traveling. As the disease progresses, travel may become too overwhelming.

When you take into account the needs, abilities, safety and preferences of the person with dementia, what’s the best mode of travel? Consider the following:

  • Go with the option that provides the most comfort and the least anxiety.
  • Stick with the familiar. Travel to known destinations that involve as few changes in daily routine as possible. Try to visit places that were familiar before the onset of dementia.
  • Keep in mind that there may come a time when traveling is too disorienting or stressful for the person with dementia.

Tips for a safe trip

If you will be at a location for an extended period of time, consider contacting the local Alzheimer’s Association for resources and support.

  • Have a bag of essentials with you at all times that includes medications, your travel itinerary, a comfortable change of clothes, water, snacks and activities.
  • Pack necessary medications, up-to-date medical information, a list of emergency contacts and photocopies of important legal documents.
  • Create an itinerary that includes details about each destination. Give copies to emergency contacts at home. Keep a copy of your itinerary with you at all times.
  • If you will be staying in a hotel, inform the staff ahead of time of your specific needs so they can be prepared to assist you.
  • Travel during the time of day that is best for the person with dementia.

Documents to Take with You when Traveling

  • Doctors’ names and contact information
  • A list of current medications and dosages
  • Phone numbers and addresses of the local police and fire departments, hospitals and poison control
  • A list of food or drug allergies
  • Copies of legal papers (living will, advanced directives, power of attorney, etc.)
  • Names and contact information of friends and family members to call in case of an emergency
  • Insurance information (policy number, member name)

Air travel

Traveling in airports requires plenty of focus and attention. At times, the level of activity can be distracting, overwhelming or difficult to understand for someone with dementia. If you are traveling by plane, keep the following in mind:

  • Avoid scheduling flights that require tight connections. Ask about airport escort services that can help you get from place to place.
  • Even if walking is not difficult, consider requesting a wheelchair so that an attendant can help you get from place to place. Most airlines ask for at least 48 hours’ notice.
  • Contact the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at least 72 hours prior to travel for information about what to expect during the security screening. While at the airport, remind the person what is involved and consider telling the agent at the security checkpoint that the person has dementia.
  • Do not hesitate to ask for assistance from airport employees and in-flight crew.
  • If the person needs help using the restroom, look for companion care bathrooms so you can more easily assist and will not have to leave the person unattended.
  • Stay with the person at all times