The first of three winter workshops will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Workshops will deal with dementia, the caregiving experience, and caring for oneself. The workshops will also teach essential behavior management skills to use in everyday life. To register, call 410-222-4464, ext. 3043 or go to aacounty.org/aging/needingcare.
A mixed-media painting workshop will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1270 Odenton Road. The instructor is Kathy Kniess. Participants will make a mixed-media acrylic painting infused with found material and textures. Most supplies are included, but students will need to bring paper towels, rags and scrap fabrics. Cost is $15. Information and registration: 410-222-6227.
Trips for 2012
Members of the Annapolis Senior Activity Center can stop by the trip desk for a preview of 2012 outings and make reservations and deposits. Trips include "Journey of Hope" to Gettysburg, Pa., and a visit to Washington to see the cherry blossoms, followed by a luncheon cruise. Information: 410-222-1818.
The Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie, will screen "Water for Elephants" at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Information: 410-222-6680.
Trained volunteers will be available Feb. 1-April 5 at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road in Odenton, to assist seniors with their federal and state tax preparation. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, beginning Jan. 23. Information: 410-222-6227.
The Department of Aging and Disabilities has revised and updated a booklet on "Community Support Groups." Information contained in the booklet focuses on groups designed for care-giving, 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.
The Senior Olympics Winter Games take place Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Gardens Ice House, 13800 Old Gunpowder Road in Laurel. Two sports are featured this year: ice hockey and curling. Games are open to athletes 50 and older. Registration fees are $30 per player for hockey and $10 per player for curling. The hockey portion is expected to have each team playing two games. The curling section will include a "learn to curl in an hour" introduction, followed by two four-ended games. For information and registration, go to thegardensicehouse.com or call 240-777-8080.
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 2011-2012 edition of "Services for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities and Caregivers." The directory includes information on rental and housing assistance, legal help, county social services benefits and caregiver information. Free copies are available at the department's headquarters, 2666 Riva Road, fourth floor, Annapolis; the seven senior activity centers; county libraries; at CVS, Food Lion and WaWa stores; and online at http://www.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 http://www.aacounty.org/aging.