Minutes: Sept 2012
Charles County Area Council on Aging
September 13, 2012 9:30 AM
Richard R. Clark Senior Center
LaPlata, 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), Beverly Coger (M), George Estes (M), Sonja Mahoney (M), Marise Robertson (M), Dr. Guillermo Sanchez (M), Maureen Swymer (M), Elaine Lancaster (M),
Persons Absent: (E = excused; U = unexcused), Commissioner Candice Q Kelly (M, U, Commissioner Rep), Richard Black (M, U), Barbara Crawford (M, U), Vickie Grow (M, U), and Linda Barnes (C, CCDoH Rep), and Bill Holman (C, E, CCNRC rep).
Call to Order: 9:32 AM, Maurice DiPoli.
Presence of Quorum: Yes (8 of 14 voting ACA members).
Appproval of Minutes: The June minutes were approved as distributed.
‑ Following an outreach program on August 14th,the Shiloh Church sent Maurice DiPoli a thank you note. Maurice also sent around a copy of the FY2013 Update to the Charles County Area Plan, which included detailed information about service plans for Charles County Aging & Senior Programs Division.
County Commissioner Report: Commissioner Kelly was unable to attend.
Aging Division Director's report: Dina Barclay.
‑ The Senior Care state grant, which funds in‑home services was cut by $40K, leaving approximately $75K for client services, compared to over $114,000 in prior year. The Division is working hard to assure minimal impact to current service recipients, and keeping a waitlist for those who cannot be served with available grant funds. This grant reduction was not a legislative budget cut, but a re-structuring of existing state funds, based on a formula for distribution.
‑ Greater Baden Medical Services has completed its planned re-location from the Nanjemoy Community Center & is now operating at the building across from Civista, on Garrett Avenue. Greater Baden Medical Services is a private not-for-profit that operates other clinics in Southern Maryland.
‑ The Commisioners goals for FY13 include plans to develop a new Waldorf Senior Center, either by renovating an existing facility in Waldorf, or by funding new construction. This is a multi-year goal, as noted in the County’s Capital Improvement Program budget. The Waldorf Senior Center within the Jaycees has been a wonderful partnership for many years, and the Department is grateful for the generous support of the Greater Waldorf Jaycees. However the growth of the population in Waldorf, and the participation levels at the existing site have outgrown the Senior Center space. No decisions have been made regarding renovations vs new construction. However, the Dept did provide a letter of intent to the Maryland Dept of Aging, as required for any potential request of state funds for Senior Center construction between 2014 - 2024. George Estes pointed out that the Isaak Walton League facility near Poplar Hill Rd was a possible location, now available in Waldorf.
‑ Legislative Committee update: Elaine Lancaster indicated that the extra legislative sessions called by Governor O'Malley made it more difficult to convene a meeting of elected officials necessary to make progress on the Communities for a Lifetine initiative. Therefore, it was recommended that this project be tabled. It is not something that the ACA can accomplish within the term limits of its members and without the committed involvement of legislators and community leaders.
- Health Committee update: Dr. Sanchez listed several potential topics that could be addressed at forums or presentations, including colon cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, sepsis, lower back pain, osteoporosis, and pain management. Members should be prepared to identify their “top 3” topic ideas for selection at the October meeting.
‑ Four summer outreach events were discussed; they were well‑attended and productive. Suggestions for more such events in the coming months were solicited, in particular for senior centers and apartment complexes as well as church groups.
‑ The flu season is approaching; flyers were distributed with information about the flu and dates, times, and locations where free vaccinations will be available.
Reminders of upcoming events include:
- September is Fall Prevention Month; there will be related activities at every senior center, consult the SCOOP.
- On Thursday, September 20th, from 10:30 to 1:30 at the Waldorf Senior Center, there will be Cash Bingo to raise funds for the Senior Services organization.
- Saturday, September 22nd is Nanjemoy Heritage Day. There will be a parade, vendors and activities for persons of all ages at the Nanjemoy Community Center. Please stop by if you can.
- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Indian Head is sponsoring a fitness walk to benefit the Susan Komen Foundation. Its not too late to sign up for this important community event.
- Charles County Government buildings will “paint the county blue” in September for prostate cancer awareness; then "paint the county pink" for breast cancer awareness in October.
Community Representative announcements:
‑ Bill Holman of the Charles County Nursing& Rehabilitation Center was not available.
‑ Bruce Kirk of the United Seniors of Maryland reported that a new President of the group would be elected on September 24th to succeed the outgoing President Ted Meyerson. He also said there wasn't much action between the legislative sessions, but that everyone was encouraged to contact their legislators to discuss their concerns prior to session.
Next meeting: The next regular ACA meeting will be on Thursday, October 11 at 9:30 at the Clark Senior Center.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned by Maurice DiPoli at 10:53.
Bruce Kirk, Secretary