Two recent Aging in Place events in Maryland informed 700+
Two recent Aging in Place events in Maryland informed seniors on how to make well considered choices of where to live independently.
“It was like a winning double header at home – seniors really wanted the information we offered and the response was overwhelming”, said Chuck Kauffman, commenting on two recent National Aging In Place Week events in Maryland on October 11th at Holiday Park in Wheaton and on November 8th at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater in Rockville. Both events, heralded by proclamations from Governor O’Malley, County Executive Isaiah Leggett and Rockville Mayor Grasso. These events offered solutions to help seniors make aging in place in their own homes a safe, secure, and comfortable experience. Simply desiring to age in place is not enough. Seniors must evaluate their physical needs, their present home, study home modification options and alternative independent housing options. They should know about the public and private services available, community and neighborhood organizations and how to use these assets to live safer, better, independent lives in their own homes.
Chuck Kauffman , a director of the National Aging In Place Council, the nationwide association of private and public senior service organizations based in Washington DC, created the events with an “extraordinary” coalition committee: Ilene Rosenthal (MD Dept of Aging), Susan Morris (Mont.Co Cooperative Extension), Stuart Rosenthal (The Beacon Newspapers), Lorraine Schack (City of Rockville), Beth Shapiro (Community Partners JCAGW), Steve Gurney (Guide for Retirement Living), and Helen Abrahams (Mont. Co. Dept of Recreation). Mark Gottlieb, (NY Life), and Louis Tenenbaum (Home Modification). Kathleen Elliott, and Chris Warner, (both of Wells Fargo)
On Oct. 11th at Holiday Park Senior Center in Wheaton, MD 20906 the first of these distinctive events discussed types of homes, community based services and private services and highlighted the New Beacon Hill Village and Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) concepts.
Stuart Rosenthal, publisher of The Senior Beacon was the moderator. Panelists were:
Michael Lachance, Maryland Department of Aging.
Susan McWhinney-Morse, founder of Beacon Hill Village.
Beth Shapiro, Manager Community Partners NORC Program, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Andrea Cohen, Housework’s.
The next event on Nov. 8th moved to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater in Rockville, MD to accommodate the huge demand from seniors about their personal needs, modifications and suitability to make a wise choice. The event focused on the personal, family and emotional considerations involved when choosing whether to remain in one’s present home or to move to a home more suitable to one’s needs.
Steve Gurney, publisher of the Guide to Retirement Living was the moderator. Panelists were:
Stanley Slater, MD a leading gerontologist-psychiatrist.
Louis Tenenbaum, Independent Living strategist.
Ilene Rosenthal, Maryland deputy secretary of Aging.
“These two events gave over 700 attendees much wanted information to help them to make a choice of moving or staying in their present homes. As the senior population grows — the National Aging In Place Council and its coalition partners will be thereto help and provide the information and support they need,” said Kauffman.