Charles County, Maryland

April 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Charles County Area Council on Aging

April 12, 2012     9:30 AM

Richard R. Clark Senior Center

La Plata, MD 20646

Persons Present:  (M - voting member; N - non-voting member; C - Community Representative): Maurice DiPoli (M, Chair), Dina Barclay (N, Chief of Aging and Senior Programs), Bruce Kirk (M, Secretary), Barbara Crawford (M), George Estes (M), Elaine Lancaster (M), Sonja Mahoney (M), Marise Robertson (M), Dr. Guillermo Sanchez (M), Maureen Swymer (M), Linda Barnes, (C, ChCoHD Rep), and Bill Holman (C, CCNRC rep).

Persons Absent: (E = excused; U = unexcused), George Foster (M, U, Vice-Chair), Candice Quinn Kelly (M, E, Commissioner representative), Richard Black (M, U), Beverly Coger (M, E), Linda Gottfried (M, E), and Vickie Grow (M, E),

Call to Order: 9:38 AM, Maurice DiPoli.

Presence of Quorum: Yes (9 of 15 voting ACA members).

Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the March 8, 2012 meeting were approved as presented.

Communications: No communications were received/sent

County Commissioner Report:  Commissioner Kelly was unable to attend.

Aging Division Director's report

-  Roof repairs to the Clark Center started last week and are expected to be completed within 45 days (the end of May).

-  The Government Building now includes a display of various items representing the efforts of the Department of Aging to address issues of concern to the County's seniors.

-  Gloria Lawlah, Secretary of Maryland's Department of Aging, asked if the County could get 500 seniors to attend the Innovations in Aging Expo at the Gaylord Hotel on May 5th.  To help attain this goal, the Keller Bus Service is providing three 55-person shuttle buses at a reduced rate (free to riders), with each bus making two trips from (and back to) Regency Stadium; flier w/schedule provided to members & will be distributed at Senior locations throughout SoMD.

-  A fall prevention program for seniors, entitled "Matter of Balance," is in place at the senior centers.  The program focuses on minimizing falls through safety information and helpful exercise. The Division’s Master Trainers have 19 persons signed up for lay-instructor training.  Then participant classes will be offered at all 4 Senior Centers starting later this month.

Unfinished business:

Health Committee update:  (Dr. Sanchez)  The Hip Fracture Forum on Thursday, April 26th is being sponsored by the Waldorf Senior Center in the Jaycees Building from 8:00 to 10:30 AM.  Drs. Razaq and Ferrero will make presentations starting at 8:30 to be followed by a question-and-answer period and a recognition and thank-you ceremony at 10:30.  Flyers have been distributed to senior centers and living facilities, libraries, and churches and notices have been included on the County's Facebook page and sent to the Maryland Independent and local newsletters for publication.  Forum attendees must pre-register for the free event by calling 301-638-4420. 

Legislative Committee update:  (Elaine Lancaster)  Although the legislative session ended without resolving the budget deficit, it is likely the Governor will call for a special session to address it.  Sen Middleton’s office suggested that the subcommittee would  convene in June and a report on the statewide status of the Communities for a Lifetime initiative in MD will be presented at that meeting by a representative of the Maryland Dept of Aging; meeting date tbd.

New business:

-  Carpool arrangements for the State and Regional Commission on Aging meetings at the Gaylord Hotel on May 4th.  The $21 parking fee will be reimbursed by the Aging Division, if a receipt is presented to Dina.  Members planning to carpool together should meet in the Jaycees parking lot at 7:15 AM.  The State Commission on Aging meeting will begin at 9am; but there is a keynote & continental breakfast  beforehand, starting at 8am.  Information about this statewide event has been rather sporadic, but Dina will provide additional info to all members, when received from the state.

-  Volunteer Recognition luncheon on Tuesday, April 24th at the Jaycees

-  Hip Fracture Forum on Thursday, April 26th in the Jaycees building but sponsored by the Waldorf Senior Center.  Council members are encouraged to attend.

Next meeting:

-  The date is Thursday, May 10th.

-  Agenda items:  send suggestions to Maurice or Dina.  Include suggested summer speaking venues and dates for outreach to County seniors and caregivers.

Member & Community Representative Announcements:

-  Charles County Department of Health  (Linda Barnes).  The noro-virus appears to be on the way out and no new flu outbreaks in Charles County have been reported.

-  Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center  (Bill Holman).  The new building is near completion, hopefully by May 25th.  A grand opening celebration will be planned.

-  United Seniors of Maryland (Bruce Kirk).  USM will continue liaison with legislators to address the needs of seniors, especially affordable insurance and aging-in-place options.

Adjourn:  The meeting adjourned at 10:29 AM

Respectfully submitted,

Bruce Kirk, Secretary