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Happy Hands Deaf Seniors Luncheon Event – May 4th

May 1, 2016 in Community Events, Happy Hands

 

 

Location:
Northern Virginia Resource Center
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Date:
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Time:
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Event Program will feature:

  • Open Forum
  • Lunch – Meal for $8 (or bring your own brown bag lunch)
  • Video Texting by Nancy Rarus
  • Sudoku Puzzle Techniques by Bill Center
  • Drawing: 50/50 Raffle
  • Socialization

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MDSC, St Patrick’s Day Events – March 17th

March 1, 2016 in Community Events

 

MARYLAND DEAF SENIOR CITIZENS, INC.
Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center
1000 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD

Thursday, March 17, 2016

PROGRAM
10:30 a.m. – Doors Open
Members: $5
Non-Members: $10
Express Passes

11:00 a.m.
Mike Moore, Chair of Investment Committee
Explanation of MDSC Investments & Open Discussion

11:45: Bank Day – (If no Bank Day winner, we will have Door Prizes)

12:00   St. Patrick’s Day Lunch
Menu:  Irish Stew, Green Salad, Apple Pie, Water will be provided

IMPORTANT: Please RSVP to Roy White (rwhite8088@aol.com) by 9:00 p.m.
March 6th. There will be a $5 additional admission charge if no RSVP

1:00 p.m.             Trivia Game (Bring your thinking caps)

2:00 p.m.`            Drawing for winner of the 50/50 Raffle

2:15 – 3:15 Socialization

3:30 p.m. – End of Program

ATTENTION: Tickets for the 50/50 Raffle are $5 each. The winner gets 50% of money raised and 50% will go to the MDSC General Fund.

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Happy Hands Deaf Seniors Luncheon Event – March 2nd

February 18, 2016 in Community Events, Community News

 

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Northern Virginia Resource Center
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
Fairfax, Virginia 22030


Event Program will feature:
*

  • Open Forum
  • Lunch – Meal for $8 (or bring your own brown bag lunch)
  • “Who Is Wearing The Most Green?” Contest
  • Presentation: Trip to Thailand/Australia by the Daniels
  • Drawing: 50/50 Raffle
  • Socialization

MARYLAND DEAF SENIOR CITIZENS, INC. Event – Feb 18th

February 11, 2016 in Community Events

 

MARYLAND DEAF SENIOR CITIZENS, INC.
Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center
1000 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20901

Thursday, February 18, 2016
PROGAM
10:30 a.m. – Doors Open
Members: $5
Non-Members: $10
Express Passes

11:00 a.m. – Open Forum
11:45 a.m. – Bank Day – $125.00

If no Bank Day winner, we will have Door Prizes

12:00 – Lunch
Bring your own brown bag lunch & drinks (if desired)
We’ll provide desserts, water, & hot drinks.

12:45 p.m.
Captioned movie: “Unbroken”

2:45 p.m.
Drawing for the winner of the 50/50 raffle

3:00 p.m. – Socialization
3:30 p.m. – End of program

ATTENTION:
If Montgomery County Schools are closed due to Inclement weather on the 18th, we will not have a MDSC event that day. Check your TV weather alerts.

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Older Adults’ Hearing May Be Tied to Earlier Death

September 29, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research

 

 

Findings don’t prove that impaired hearing is to blame, but draw attention to quality-of-life issues

By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older adults with impaired hearing may have a shorter life span than their peers without hearing problems, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that among nearly 1,700 U.S. adults aged 70 and up, those with hearing loss were 21 percent to 39 percent more likely to die over the next several years.
Experts stressed that the findings, published in the Sept. 24 online edition of JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, do not prove that hearing impairment, itself, shortens people’s lives.
“This is an interesting observation, but it also needs to be taken with a grain of salt,” said Dr. Ana Kim, director of otology research at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, in New York City, who was not involved in the research.

Read Article  . . . Hearing Loss

Staying Home: Making Smart Choices for Easy Living–May 16

April 9, 2015 in Community Events

 

 

Small changes in your home can make a big difference in your life. They can make your home a space that enables you to thrive as your living situation changes and make life easier for visitors to your home—from grandchildren to adult children and friends. Attend this free workshop to find out how simple changes to your home can create an environment where everyone is welcome, and everyone can flourish.

AARP is teaming up with Mt. Vernon at Home, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, and Fairfax County Building for All Committee (BFAC) to bring you this free community workshop; it includes a panel of experts will share practical tips to minimize the financial costs of home modifications, avoid frauds and scams, and learn about local resources available.

Staying Home: Smart Choices of Easy Living

Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:00 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.

RSVP requested as seating is limited.  Register online or call 1-877-926-8300.

In an AARP survey, eight out of 10 people age 45 and older say they want to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible. If you’re one of them, this workshop is for you! You will get comprehensive advice, tips, and checklists for getting your home in top form for comfort, safety and long-term livability and you’ll hear from experts on how to fund home renovations both large and small.

Light complimentary refreshments will be served.

No products or services will be sold or promoted.

Download our event flyer to share with your friends and neighbors.  All are welcome!

Register online or call 1-877-926-8300

To request an ADA reasonable accommodation, contact Matthew Barkley, Director of Disability Services Planning and Development, Fairfax County, by phone: 703-324-5868, TTY: 703-449-1186,or e-mail: matthew.barkley@fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

Senior Safety Conference – Registration Deadline April 15

April 7, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Loss & Deafness

The Senior Safety Conference is fast approaching and we already have 50 registrations. Registration is limited to the first 150 people. You have until April 15th to register.

I have been receiving calls about the conference.  People are very impressed with what has been set up.

We will not take any walk in and people must register as the Virginia Department for Deaf and Hard of Hearing is providing lunch for all attending.


The Senior Safety Conference

Age in Place, Keep Your Independence
April 23, 2015

8:30 am – Conference Registration
9:15 am – 3:00 pm Conference
John F. Fick, III Conference Center
1301 Sam Perry Blvd.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Please pre-register with Health Link at:
540.741.1404 or email Arva Priola apriola@cildrc.org.

ASL interpreter and real time transcription

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Keynote Speaker
Michelle Porthouse, RN, NP-C, ACHPN

Topics Include

  • Aging and Depression
  • Medications
  • Falls Prevention
  • Advanced Directives
  • Senior Fraud
  • Emergency Preparedness

Sponsored By
Mary Washington Healthcare and Virginia
Department for Deaf and Hard of Hearing /
disAbility Resource Center

ASL interpreter and real time transcription

Give aways! Prizes! Lunch will be provided!

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APPLY TO METRO: Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)

March 10, 2015 in Community News

 

 

Apply now to join our Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Senior citizens and people with disabilities have a chance to help make Metro better. We’re currently accepting applications from customers
for vacancies on our Accessibility Advisory Committee. The committee reports directly to Metro’s Board of Directors and advises Metro staff on ways to improve Metrobus, Metrorail and MetroAccess.

For more information or to apply:

Go to wmata.com, roll over Accessibility and click on Advisory Committee in the drop-down menu. To apply, click on Applications for Vacancies in the first sentence. If you’d like an application mailed to you or need the application in an accessible format, please call 202-962-1100.

Apply today. – Deadline to Apply is Monday, March 30, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Accessibility Advisory Committee Information Page

Call for Applications to Serve on the Accessibility Advisory Committee

 

Happy Hands – March 4th 10:00 AM

February 24, 2015 in Community Events

Happy Hands is a group of seniors who use Sign Language and meet monthly for potluck lunches, trips, workshops and other activities!

Guests are welcome!

Fairfax County Events & Volunteer Opps for Older Adults -December 2014

November 20, 2014 in Community News

 

 

EVENTS:

Fairfax County presents Medicare 101.  Dec. 03, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Join us for this free event and learn the facts about health insurance for seniors.  No registration necessary.  McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean.  For more information visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/vicap.htm or call 703-790-0123, TTY 711.

Fairfax County is offering a free Telephone Support Group for Family Caregivers of Older Adults.  Dec 9, 7-8 p.m.  Join us to discuss “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — Caregiving with Family and Friends.”   This telephone support group may be just what you need!  Share your experiences, gain support and get important information without having to travel.  The one-hour free sessions are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month.  Find out more and register atwww.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/ and click on Free 2014 Fall Caregiver Seminars. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

The Kingstowne Center for Active Adults in Alexandria needs a Van Driver to take participants on outings and an ESL Teacher.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visitwww.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and click on Volunteer Solutions.

Meals on Wheels needs drivers in Chantilly, Clifton, McLean and Falls Church on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Substitute drivers needed throughout the county.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and click on Volunteer Solutions.

The Wakefield Senior Center in Annandale needs a Chair Exercise InstructorSpanish-speaking interpreters, anExperienced Canasta Player to teach participants, and certified instructors for classes in Ballroom Dance and Pilates.  Volunteer instructor positions could lead to part-time employment.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and click on Volunteer Solutions.

Fairfax County needs volunteers to drive older adults to medical appointments and wellness programs; urgent need in Reston area.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and click on Volunteer Solutions.

The Annandale Adult Day Health Care Center in Annandale needs Spanish-speaking social companions and a licensed hair stylist to wash, cut and style hair for participants.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and click on Volunteer Solutions.

The Hollin Hall Senior Center in Alexandria needs a DJ to provide a wide array of music from ballroom to line dancing, aBallroom Dance Instructor and volunteer with basic carpentry skills to build a “Little Free Library,” for people to donate and borrow books from.  Center will provide plans and materials.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and click on Volunteer Solutions.

The Sully Senior Center in Centreville needs a certified personal trainer twice a week, preferably with experience working with older adults.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and click on Volunteer Solutions.

Korean Meals on Wheels needs Korean-speaking volunteers to deliver meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday inCentreville, Reston and Annandale.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and click on Volunteer Solutions.

The Gum Springs Senior Center in Alexandria needs a Spanish teacher for a beginner’s class.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and click on Volunteer Solutions.

Volunteers, who are fluent in American Sign Language, are needed in Reston, Herndon and Vienna to provide clients with direct assistance (not interpretation) with computers, grocery shopping, or social visiting.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and click on Volunteer Solutions.

Respite Care volunteers give family caregivers of a frail older adult a well-deserved break so they can go shopping, attend a doctor’s appointment or just have coffee with a friend.  Volunteers visit and oversee the safety of the older adult for a few hours each month. Support and training are provided.  Contact Kristin Martin at 703-324-7577, TTY 711, orKristin.Martin@fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

Grace Lynch, MS, MSW
Manager, Communications
Division of Adult and Aging Services
Fairfax County, VA
703-324-5277, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/OlderAdults

Program on Planning for Your Family’s Future

December 20, 2013 in Community Events, Community News

SeniotServicesActAlexandria
Present
A 2013/14 Speaker Series Event 

PLANNING FOR YOUR FAMILY’S  FUTURE 

Wednesday, January 15
9:30 a.m.-Noon
Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Road

Hear from local experts who will provide
expert advice on financial and estate planning
Sally Hurme, Esq.  AARP
Kim Fiske, Esq.   Fiske & Harvey PLLC
Laurie Blackburn, CFP, Vice President, Investments at Speck-Caudron Investment Group
Moderator, Tristan Caudron, Managing Director at Speck-Caudron Investment Group

Light refreshments will be served
This event is FREE and open to the public! 

Please RSVP online at www.seniorservicesalex.org
or by calling (703) 836 4414 ext. 10

NVRC Note: We do not have information about whether this program will have accommodations.

If you need CART, sign language interpreters, a listening system, or other accommodation,
please call the phone number above to ask them about meeting your needs

 


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A Different Kind of Hearing Aid for Seniors

November 12, 2013 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

A Different Kind of Hearing Aid

By PAULA SPAN, The New York Times, 11/12/2013

Jim Cooke blames his hearing loss on the constant roar of C-119 aircraft engines he experienced in the Air Force. He didn’t wear protective gear because, like most 20-year-olds, “you think you’re indestructible,” he said. By the time he was 45, he needed hearing aids for both ears.

Still, he had a long career as a telephone company executive while he and his wife, Jean, raised two children in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Only after retirement, he told me in an interview, did he start having trouble communicating.

Mr. Cooke had to relinquish a couple of part-time jobs he enjoyed because “I felt insecure about dealing with people on the phone,” he said. He withdrew from a church organization he led because he couldn’t grasp what members were saying at meetings.

“He didn’t want to be in social situations,” Mrs. Cooke said. “It gave him a feeling of inadequacy, and anger at times.”

Two years ago, when their grandchildren began saying that Granddad needed to replace his hearing aid batteries — although the batteries were fine — the Cookes went to the Cleveland Clinic, where an audiologist there, Dr. Sarah Sydlowski, told Jim that at 76, he might consider a cochlear implant.

Perhaps the heart-tugging YouTube videos of deaf toddlers suddenly hearing sounds have led us to think of cochlear implants as primarily for children. Or perhaps, said Dr. Frank R. Lin, a Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist, we consider late-life hearing loss normal (which it is), “an unfortunate but inconsequential aspect of aging,” and don’t explore treatment beyond hearing aids.

In any case, the idea of older adults having a complex electronic device surgically implanted has been slow to catch on, even though by far the greatest number of people with severe hearing loss are seniors.

Often, when patients start to withdraw from conversation and activities, “families chalk it up to aging or the beginning of cognitive decline, when in fact their hearing loss has progressed to the point where they can’t engage,” Dr. Sydlowski said.

Beyond the social and emotional toll — isolation, withdrawal, depression — “the kind of hearing loss we’ll all develop increases our risk for cognitive decline, dementia and even physical decline,” Dr. Lin said. A brain constantly working to try to interpret degraded sound, he explained, has less ability to handle other kinds of thinking and memory-building.

Dr. Lin estimated that 150,000 Americans over age 70 could benefit from an implant.

See the rest of the story at http://nyti.ms/HPGS33

 

 


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12th Biennial Deaf Seniors of America Conference Aug 21-27

June 20, 2013 in Community Events

Coming Up Fast 

by
Willis Mann DSA2013Baltimore Public Relations Coordinator

Just think, two months from now, (August 21-27) the 12th Biennial Deaf Seniors of America (DSA) Conference will open at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. If you have not already registered for this huge conference, now is the time to do it.

What’s so special about the Baltimore Conference?? For one thing, this conference will have twice as many workshops as any previous conference ever had. In fact, there is a total of 68 workshops approved. These workshops will cover many, many interesting topics that will make you want to attend more of them. No other conference has ever offered so much variety in their workshops, which tells you how hard the Baltimore committee has worked for the last 4 years.

Not only will this conference set a new record for the number of workshops, it will also set a new record for the number of exhibits. A total of more than 70 exhibitors will display their goods and/or services during the conference, and the exhibit hall will be packed with displays and people each and every day This is a show you will regret missing if you don’t come!

The Baltimore DSA Conference will also have wonderful entertainment shows, 21⁄2 days of tours, a Red Hat luncheon, and a Sports Luncheon, evening activities every day, a baseball game, events for groups with their own unique interests, and a gala banquet with entertainment on the last evening. There will also be a live auction on Monday, August 26th from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. There will be something for everyone.

It’s not too late to register. Go to our website, www. DSA2013Baltimore,org, and fill out the registration form and get it in the mail, NOW!! We’re looking forward to seeing you among the hundreds of other deaf seniors coming to Baltimore in August.

 

 


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Housing Available: Deaf Independent

April 29, 2013 in Community News

Deaf Independent Residences, Inc.
806 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, MD 21804
410-742-5052 V/TTY 443-365-2647 VP
410-543-4874 Fax
April 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT

HUD Section 202/8 housing available. Deaf Independent Residences II, Inc. is announcing three units in Berlin, Maryland and Deaf Independent Residences III, Inc. is announcing the opening of four units in Easton, Maryland.

The units are rent subsidized and include utilities. They are available to adults willing to share a home. Each individual will have their own bedroom and share a bathroom, kitchen and living areas. Each home is equipped for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

The eligibility requirements to rent a room in one of DIR houses are as follows:

The applicant is 62 years old or over or is 18 years old or over and has a documented disability. Anyone under the age of 18 years may not rent a unit under any circumstances.
The applicant’s annual income meets the low and very low income level guidelines, established by HUD.
The applicant is a United States citizen or eligible immigration status.
The applicant must have a clear Criminal Background Check. Applicants who have been charged with drug related crimes (under the “One Strike” rule); or who were evicted from another federally assisted housing site for drug related criminal activity; or use illegal drugs; or are classified sex offenders will be not be accepted.
The applicant must be willing to share the common areas of the house.

All requirements must be met. DIR is an Equal Housing Opportunity provider. If interested, please call 410-742-5052 V/TTY or email laura.jones@dila.org or lisa.trolian@dila.org.

Laura A. Jones, Administrative Assistant
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. (DILA)
806 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804
410-742-5052 (V/TTY) 410-543-4874 Fax 443-365-2647 VP
www.dila.org

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Deaf Seniors in Florida Seek Retirement Home

April 27, 2013 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

Deaf Seniors Seek a Retirement Home of Their Own

By Diane C. Lade, SunSentinel 4/26/2013

Like many baby boomers, June McMahon has been thinking about a retirement move and touring South Florida senior communities.

She and her friends check out the activities offered, how the apartments are set up, if there is an on-site nurse. But their research so far has yielded few choices.

That’s because this informal search committee is from the Florida Association of the Deaf — severely hearing impaired seniors who are looking for accessible housing that will suit them and others like them.

“We asked several places, when we called to schedule a visit, if they would provide an interpreter for our tour,” said McMahon, 60, a retired teacher for the deaf from Boynton Beach and the Florida association’s president. “They said no. So we just stopped right there.”

Most retirements communities, assisted living centers or nursing homes say they can’t meet all the needs of the “signing” deaf, most of whom were born with their disability or lost their hearing before they learned to talk and are dependent on American Sign Language. But two South Florida senior communities are hoping to change that.

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