Medicare enrollment begins soon

Medicare D Open Enrollment Open enrollment will be held through Dec. 7. During this time, beneficiaries can review their Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and make any necessary changes. New beneficiaries can select a plan and learn how the plan works and existing enrollees can change and update their plans. Senior Health Insurance counselors are available to assist. Call 301-609-5712 or 1-855-843-9725.

Medical loan closet offered

The Aging & Senior Programs Division maintains a medical equipment loan closet to facilitate temporary provision of durable medical equipment to qualified persons. Supplies consist of walkers, canes, bath/shower benches and wheelchairs, but are limited. Donations accepted. Call 1-855-843- 9725.

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Caregiver month symposiums planned

Registration is currently being accepted for the National Family Caregiver Month Virtual Symposiums, which will run through the month of November. The event will feature speakers, weekly informational videos, resources, prizes and more.

Contact Daphne Bennear at 301-475-4200, ext. 1069 or

Coffee with the Sheriff

Virtually meet St. Mary’s County sheriff Tim Cameron 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. Are you interested in learning about the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office? Do you want to know more about issues that affect you? A moderated question and answer session will follow Cameron’s presentation.

Registration required. For more information or to register, contact Sarah Miller at 301-475-4200, ext. 1073, or

Loffler book club to discuss “Seven Days”

The Loffler Book Club will discuss “The Seven Days of Us” by Francesca Hornak 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the Facebook chat room. The book tells the story of what happens when a scattered family comes together for the first time in years and ends up forced to spend a week together in quarantine over the holidays. Some copies of the book are at the Lexington Park library. Schedule a pickup by e-mailing Catherine DiCristofaro at Registration required. Email for instructions and details.

Tasty Christmas Cottage workshop offered

A virtual workshop to build an edible Tasty Christmas Cottage will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, and Thursday, Dec. 17. The first day will be spent on constructing the cottage out of Pop Tarts and the second day will be spent decorating. Registration is required and limited to eight participants. Email

Volunteer discussion leaders wanted

Volunteer leaders for discussion groups and classes such as Pain Management Support Group, Current Events, Craft Classes and others are being sought. Email

Videos now available

Videos have been made by the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services for seniors’ use, and more will be added soon. Go to or and find the icon for Department of Aging & Human Services.


Representatives opening available

The Commission on Aging has openings for representatives from District 1, the southern district of Calvert County. Call Liz Youngblood at 410-535-4606, ext. 130 or go to

Alzheimer’s support group offered

A virtual Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Call 410-394-3000 or email Charles Harrell at or Dennis Poremski at

Blood pressure monitors available

The Calvert County Health Department and the state of Maryland, has issued a mini-grant to assist those with new or preexisting conditions of high blood pressure as a result of the most recent nationwide pandemic.

Monitors will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to county residents with a blood pressure of 140/80 or higher. If you or a loved one has a history of high blood pressure or are in need of a blood pressure monitor, call Jen Schindler at 410-535-5400, ext. 459.

Online newsletter offered

If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the online newsletter “The Connection,” contact Ed Sullivan at 410-535-4606, ext. 121 or

Virtual senior center now open

The Calvert County Department of Community Resources, Office on Aging offers a virtual activity center with fitness lessons, nutrition tips, recipes, safety information and more. New videos and programs will be added shortly. Go to