Medicare D Plan enrollment begins soon
Medicare D Open Enrollment Open enrollment will be held Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. During this time, Medicare 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 available
The Aging & Senior Programs Division maintains a medical equipment loan closet to facilitate temporary provision of durable medical equipment to qualified persons. Supplies are limited, but generally consist of walkers, canes, bath/shower benches, and wheelchairs. Donations accepted. Call 1-855-843- 9725.
Videos available for seniors
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 www.youtube.com/user/StMarysCoMDGov/playlists and find the icon for Department of Aging & Human Services.
Festive fall frontway contest set to begin
Take part in the Festive Fall Frontway photo contest by decorating your front doorway and the surrounding area Monday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Oct. 16.
Entrants must be 50 years of age or older and live in St. Mary’s County, only one photo per entrant, photo may be of entire front porch, a portion of it or front door and surrounding area but front door must be visible, Photo must be taken during the contest and no people or pets in photo.
Voters must go to the original post to click ‘like’ or ‘love’ and may vote for more than one person. Voting will take place on the Office of Aging’s Facebook page from Monday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Oct. 23. Email photos to Sheila.Graziano@stmarysmd.com.
Get creative in the virtual studio
The Creatively Crafted Virtual Studio will be open 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9. The studio is open 10 a.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Registration is required. Email Rachel.Gould@stmarysmd.com.
Loffler Book Club to review ‘Rebecca’
The Loffler Book Club will virtually discuss Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca” 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. The 1938 novel tells the story about a young woman who impetuously marries a wealthy widower, only to discover that he and his household are haunted by the memory of his late first wife. The Lexington Park Library will hold a few copies a first-come, first-served basis. To join the club or to reserve a copy of the book, email Sheila.Graziano@stmarysmd.com.
Tai Chi for Arthritis moves to Mondays
Tai Chi for Arthritis has been moved to 10 a.m. Mondays. Learn this evidence-based, Sun-Style routine developed by Dr. Paul Lam to provide gentle and effective exercise. The movements are for all ages. No Tai Chi experience required. Registration is required. Email Rachel.Gould@stmarysmd.com.
Learn Tai Chi for arthritis, fall prevention
Shellie will hold virtual review classes for Tai Chi for arthritis and fall prevention on ZOOM if enough people are interested. If you’ve ever taken this class and would like a refresher, email Sheila.Graziano@stmarysmd.com.
Online newsletter offered
If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the online newsletter “The Connection,” call Ed Sullivan at 410-535-4606, ext. 121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual senior center launched
The Calvert County Department of Community Resources, Office on Aging recently launched a virtual activity center. The center features fitness lessons, nutrition tips, recipes, safety information and more. New videos and programs will be added shortly. Go to www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/VirtualSeniorCenter.
Representatives opening available
The Commission on Aging has openings for representatives from District 1, the southern district of Calvert County. For more information, call Liz Youngblood at 410-535-4606, ext. 130 or go to www.calvertcountymd.gov/2100/Commission-on-Aging.
Diabetes workshop offered
A 6-week Living Well with Diabetes virtual workshop for adults with Type 2 or pre-diabetes will be held Tuesdays from Oct. 6 through Nov. 17. Registration required. Call 410-535-5400, ext. 459.
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.
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 charrell@Asbury.org or Dennis Poremski at dporemski@Asbury.org.
Talking with veterans
Veterans, Let’s Talk virtual discussions will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, and 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Join other veterans for casual conversation. The event is hosted by Calvert Hospice. Email Bill email@example.com.