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On Thursday, May 18th at 2:00 p.m., Jeanne Finnegan, CDP, will present “Sensory Stimulation for Individuals with Dementia.” Sensory stimulation helps people with dementia by triggering positive emotions and memories in those who have lost their ability to connect with the world around them. Using sensory stimulation to arouse one or more of the five senses can help them feel safe and relaxed and may improve their mood, self-esteem, and sense of well-being.

This workshop is presented at no cost to the public by the National Family Caregiver Support Program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. The workshop will be held at the North County Office/Hein Building at 7320 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. You can register for this workshop online at www.aacounty.org/aging or call 410-222-4375 or 410-222-4339. 

Anyone needing accommodations must contact Mary Chaput at 410-222-4339, or by e-mail at agchap01@aacounty.org at least seven days in advance of the event. TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1. All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.

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Join engAGED and Commit to Connect
for the 2023 Social Engagement Virtual Summit

Tuesday, May 9, and Wednesday, May 10, 2023 | 1:00-4:00 PM ET

Registration is now open for the 3rd annual Social Engagement Virtual Summit, hosted by engAGED, the ACL-funded National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults, and Commit to Connect . This online event will take place over two afternoons on May 9 and 10 from 1:00-4:00 PM ET each day. The Social Engagement Virtual Summit will focus specifically on social engagement of older adults and people with disabilities in rural communities and their family caregivers. 

The summit will include keynote addresses from Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Alison Barkoff and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a Brigham Young University professor and researcher, will describe the latest research on social isolation and loneliness.

The summit is free and open to the public. We encourage all organizations and individuals committed to social engagement and connection to register and plan to attend this event. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided. Visit the Social Engagement Virtual Summit webpage to review the full agenda.


June 9-11 at the National Mall in Washington DC

Save the date for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s three day long Innovative Housing Showcase, featuring new building technologies and housing solutions that are making housing more innovative, resilient, and affordable for American families. More than 2,500 people, including policymakers, housing industry representatives, media, and the general public, are expected to attend.

The Showcase will include exhibitor demonstrations, entrepreneurs and leaders in the housing industry. There will be more than a dozen exhibits, including full-sized prototype homes, displaying innovative building technologies that address affordability, resilience, and the future of housing.

The Showcase will be open to the public and free of charge.

Innovative Housing Showcase June 9-11 National Mall Washington DC


Alcoholics Anonymous in Maryland (Area 29) is continuing to learn how to reach and meet the needs of those in the deaf population seeking recovery or more knowledge about alcoholism. Resources include a directory of online meetings that use ASL, recorded meetings with ASL interpretation, literature and more. The Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous (OIAA) at aa-intergroup.org has virtual online meetings with filters for ASL interpretation and Deaf/Hard of hearing accessibility. This is an anonymous fellowship and members are encouraged to use their last name only and for online meeting persons may choose to keep their camera turned off. The pamphlet “Understanding Anonymity” P-47 is available at https://www.aa.org/understanding-anonymity with more details about anonymity. 

Find information and registration for the 51st annual Area 29 state convention of Alcoholics Anonymous with Alanon participation at www.marylandaa.org  or www.maryland state convention.org. The convention will have ASL interpretation, deaf members of AA and Alanon attending and a deaf blind speaker at one of the workshops. The convention is open to anyone wishing to attend, even just to find out more about local AA (consider yourself invited too!).  

More information about Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is available at: 

www.AA.org – International website. 

www.Marylandaa.org– – State/Area 29 website. There are links to your local intergroups here. The intergroups coordinate local services and have answering services staffed by recovering alcoholics to speak to those in immediate need. Of note, there are now two deaf intergroups in America, New York has one at https://nycdacaa.org and Texas has one at https://centexdeafintergroup.org, they can also be contacted for resources and assistance. 

www.alanon.org The international website for Alanon, which assists the family, friends and loved ones affected by someone’s drinking. 

www.alanon-Maryland.org The link for Alanon in Maryland. 

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET; 6:00–8:00 PM ET

The ACL-funded Transit Planning 4 All (TP4A) program is hosting two virtual town halls to identify unmet and emergent transportation accessibility barriers, obstacles, and needs for people with disabilities and older adults across the nation.

People with disabilities, older adults, and caregivers are encouraged to share their lived experiences around transportation access and inclusion in transit planning and operations. Staff and volunteers with transit agencies, regional planning organizations, government agencies, and human service agencies also are welcome to share their experiences.

Both sessions will be held on Tuesday, May 9 — one at 10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET, and the other at 6:00–8:00 PM ET. The sessions will be identical, so please select ONE of the two sessions. Registration should be completed by May 3, 2023.
An ASL interpreter and captioning will be provided. For any additional accommodations to participate in the town hall, please e-mail lee@ctaa.org.

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The Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) is charged with coordinating and improving the delivery of services to individuals with disabilities in the state of Maryland.

Benson's Corner Harford County
The IMAGE Center works with the MDOD to find accessible housing, provide community living resources and other initiatives to our consumers.
If you or a loved one wants to learn more about programs they offer, we have provided links below.
Affordable and accessible housing, including an online workshop:
If you would like to discuss options for your current housing situation, or require an alternative format of our resources, please email housing@imagemd.org or call 443-320-4008.
Nursing Home Transition Out and About Program: Nursing Home Transition Click Here
If you would like to discuss transitioning out of a nursing home, please email Out&About@imagemd.org or call 443-219-7407.


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