Waldorf Senior Center
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:35 am. In attendance were Kenny Gordon, Roy Naraine, Kumiah Harrison, Lisa Furlow, Betsy Kessler and Linda Stansbury. Special attendee, Maurice DiPoli.
Approval of the minutes: The minutes of the February 14, March 14, and April 11, 2019 meetings were approved.
Communications received – Tri-County Meeting Announcement, meeting to be held at Calvert Pines Senior Center, 450 W. Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick, MD from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Lunch will be served.
County Commissioner’s Report: No one from the Commissioner’s office was present.
Area Agency on Aging Report: Lisa Furlow, Chief of Aging and Human Services. The new Waldorf Center is scheduled to be open August 12th. They are currently working on the kitchen and everything is taking shape. They are redoing the bathrooms and there is still rough construction going on, but they are on schedule. The new senior center will be open 5 days a week. The new center will have several new jobs and those jobs are currently being posted.
A discussion was held concerning the recent resignations and recruiting new members. Kenny Gordon reported on meeting with Carol DeSoto with reference to recruiting new members and the status of applications. There are currently two applicants for positions on the Board and the Commissioners are going to send out a request for members for a number of Councils and Commissions, including the Council on Aging. Carol anticipates that the Commissioners will vote on the members sometime in July and new members can be installed at our meeting in September.
Roy Naraine indicated that he had contacted the AARP representative regarding tax preparation at Nanjemoy & Waldorf next year and they were amenable to going to those centers, but would need a secure fax line and also would like some indication of participation. It was agreed that we would contact the centers in November and have them do a survey of how many people would be interested and convey that information to Roy so that AARP could schedule the appropriate time. Also there was a suggestion of the possibility of transportation from Nanjemoy or Waldorf to the Clark Center if there was not sufficient volume of business.
An update on status of plans for a senior bus at Nanjemoy Senior Center was given by Kenny Gordon and Linda Stansbury. Donna Adebahr did a survey and identified approximately 16 seniors who would use the service if there was a separate bus. Kenny indicated that he had spoken with VanGo and they were amenable to looking into the possibility of a bus and they have been provided with the information on those who would use this service. We will continue to monitor the progress of this and advise. It was noted that the budget year starts on July 1 and that the budget for 2020 has already been approved.
Betsy Keesler mentioned that there was a transportation vendor meeting on May 22nd and asked if anyone was interested in attending. She also mentioned the Howard County Senior Ride Share program and wondered if it would be possible to establish a similar program in Charles County using volunteers. She also mentioned that the County has a loan closet for durable medical supplies and is always looking for donations. However, space is an issue because they only have a small space at present.
A discussion of revising the meeting schedule to include holding meetings at Senior Centers on a rotating basis was held and it was determined that we could meet at each center twice a year. The next meeting was scheduled for Clark Senior Center at which time we will discuss the schedule for the remainder of 2019 and the spring of 2020 with an eye towards holding meetings in the various centers on a rotating basis.
The business portion of the meeting was adjourned at 10:10 am.
Next ACA Meeting: June 6, 2019 in Calvert County at the Calvert Pines Senior Center. The Council will not hold meetings in July and August and will resume meeting in September at the Clark Center in La Plata.
WALDORF SENIOR CENTER
MAY 9, 2019
Lisa Furlow opened the session with a brief description of the mission and scope of the Area Council on Aging. She then explained that the purpose of the question session was to get information and feedback on the concerns of seniors in the Waldorf area.
The seniors indicated that the VanGo system works well in their area, it provides good reliable service and the drivers are very good.
They indicated that one of the items of concern was the rising cost of housing, specifically at Lakeview at Victoria Station. The rents continue to go up every year, but their income does not rise proportionately. They feel they need some relief in the form of better rent control.
Another problem was prescription drugs. The cost of prescriptions is high and Medicare prescription plan does not cover enough of the cost. Lisa indicated that the Clark Center has additional resources for seniors in need.
Seniors voiced an interest in better nutrition and fitness programs. Lisa indicated that there has been a problem getting qualified instructors and dietitians, but hopes that when the new center is opens this will improve.
There was also a concern about eye and dental care, neither of which is covered by Medicate.
For Senior arranged trips, could there be a pick up arranged in Waldorf so that seniors did not have to go to LaPlata to catch the bus. Lisa indicated that for those trips arranged by the Aging and Community Service department, they would attempt to provide that service, but for trips arranged by the Clark Center itself, we could only pass on the concern.