The Department of Aging and Disabilities has updated a booklet on community support groups. The booklet focuses on groups for caregivers, Alzheimer's disease, bereavement for adults and children, diabetes, brain injury, cancer, stroke, cardiac and pulmonary problems, Parkinson's and bowel and urinary diversions. The booklet is free and available at the department, 2666 Riva Road, fourth floor, Annapolis, or online at aacounty.org/aging/resources/community_support_groups.pdf. Information: 410-222-4257.
Trips for 2013
Members of the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave., can stop by the center's trip desk for a preview of 2013 outings and to make reservations and deposits. Information: 410-222-1818.
Brochures on residents' rights in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and another brochure on the ombudsman program protecting those residents are available from the Department of Aging and Disabilities. The brochures are titled "Resident's Rights in Nursing Homes/Rehabilitation Centers in Maryland," "Resident's Rights in Assisted Living Facilities in Maryland" and "Ombudsman: Your Resident Advocate." Information: 410-222-4464 or aacounty.org/aging.
The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities has published its 2012-2013 edition of Services for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities and Caregivers. The free directory is printed annually in May (Older Americans Month) and includes information on rental and housing assistance, legal help, county social services benefits and caregiver information. Copies are available at department headquarters, 2666 Riva Road, fourth floor, Annapolis; the seven senior activity centers; county libraries; at CVS, Food Lion and Wawa stores; and online at aacounty.org/aging. Information: 410-222-4257.
Information on assisted-living homes and other housing options for seniors has been updated on the county Department of Aging and Disabilities website at aacounty.org/aging.
These activities will be offered at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Information: 410-222-1818:
Safe-driver training The American Association of Retired Persons offers this course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Registration is required.
The following activities will be offered at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. Information: 410-222-1922:
Ask the Undertaker Ryan Helfenbein leads a discussion about the emotional and financial advantages of planning funeral and cremation services in advance at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 27. Light refreshments will be served.
Cultural Influences of Motown Music with instructor Nat Martin meets from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Registration and fees required.
Art History: 19th-Century French Painters with instructor Deb Boudra meets from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays. Registration and fees required.
American Political Perspectives with instructor Joanne Tetlow meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Registration and fees required.
Origins of Religious Ideas with instructor Clinton Logan meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Registration and fees required.
Scrabble Challenge your brain by playing Scrabble, 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. New participants are welcome.
The following activity will be offered at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1270 Odenton Road, Odenton. Information: 410-222-6227:
Quilt Club Participants can help one another with projects and learn ideas and techniques at 1 p.m. Fridays at the O'Malley Annex. Machines are available. New members are welcome.
The following activity will be offered at the Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-222-6680:
Weight-loss program Dietitian Sheryl Hoehner will offer a seven-session class on weight loss from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Topics will include pointers on losing weight, decreasing sodium and increasing fiber in your diet. Fee is $25.
The following activities will be offered at the South County Senior Activity Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Information: 410-222-1927 or 410-798-4802:
Beginning tap dance: An introduction to the basics of tap will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. No experience is needed; the instructor is Vicki Smith. Fee is $40.
Jazz dance: Vicki Smith leads a class from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. All levels of experience are welcome. Fee is $40.
Creative Crafts: Evelyn Bacon will lead classes from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays. Fee is $40.
Aquacise: An exercise program conducted in warm water to improve flexibility, mobility and range of motion and boost stamina will take place from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Arundel Olympic Swim Center, 2690 Riva Road in Annapolis. Cost is $40.
Single seniors group The Single Seniors Group encourages companionship, support and group participation in activities such as movies, dances, picnics and tours. Information: 410-222-6680 or http://www.aacounty.org/aging (click on the senior center).