January: South County Senior Center Events and Activities

The South County Senior Center in Edgewater is one of seven senior centers operated by Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. Membership to the Center is free and available to country residents 55 and older. Membership is required to participate in programs. The Senior Center is online, and at 27 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater. Call 410-222-1927 for more information.

The Center’s trip booklet “Trips for 2013” is now available and deposits are being accepted. Pick up your booklet today and see what great fun the center has in store for you this year.

Here are this month’s events:

  • 10 a.m. Jan 14: Energy Assistance Program
    A representative of the local Community Action Agency will be here to help you apply for the Maryland Energy Assistance Program which provides assistance grants to help with home heating bills. Payments are made to your fuel supplier and utility company on your behalf. In order to apply one needs to supply copies of the following:

    • Proof of ALL income for the past 30 days for the entire household (Employment, Social Security Benefits, TCA, unemployment benefits, retirement, child support, etc)
    • Copy of current lease, proof of mortgage or property tax bill (if rent is subsidized, include a copy of Section 8, HUD, or RAP certificate.
    • Recent BGE bill
    • Social Security cards for everyone in the household
    • Applicant’s photo ID.
    • Assistance will be provided in helping you fill out the required forms.
  • 11 a.m. Jan. 16: Hearing Aid Cleaning and Free Hearing Screening
    Allied Hearing Associates of Annapolis will provide licensed healthcare professionals for FREE hearing aid cleaning, so that wearers can get the most benefit from their instrument.  Allied will also give FREE hearing screening tests.  If you or a friend have an instrument in need of repair, bring it to the center for a FREE inspection and repair estimate for any make or model.
  • 12:30 p.m. Jan. 16: Movie on the Big ScreenMr. Popper’s Penguins
  • 1 p.m. Jan. 22: Cruise Presentation on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas
    This trip is scheduled for Sept. 15-22, sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. By attending this presentation you’ll learn about all the fabulous amenities this cruise ship has to offer.

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    Allure of the Seas trip is scheduled for Sept 15-22. Come learn about the amenities this cruise ship has to offer.

  • 10 a.m. Jan. 23: Managing Everyday Stress
    Would you like to feel better? Have more energy? Enjoy life more? This one hour presentation will help you identify the causes of stress and kick the worry habit.  Leave with tried & true techniques to reduce everyday stress.
    Kater Leatherman is a professional organizer, yoga teacher, and the author of two books, “The Liberated Baby Boomer” and “Making Peace with your Stuff.” She also writes a monthly column in The Capital.
  • 1 p.m. Jan. 23: Tim Marrone – Clowning Around with Shakespeare
    The production opens with Shakespearean clown, Will Kemp, preparing to audition for the newly crowned King James I, backstage at Whitehall Palace in April, 1603. Kemp performs a series of funny Shakespearean monologues prior to his supposed royal audition. Audience members are recruited to portray the minor roles.
  • 10 a.m. Jan. 28: Introduction to Electro-acupuncture
    Presented by James I. Matalik, CNC, MIHS.
    Electroacupuncture is acupuncture without the needles, that is, therapy using low frequency current impulses. This action is said to restore vitality, reduce pain, and accelerate tissue healing. Each acupoint has a different function, for example, there are acupoints located in the feet that are successfully used to relieve headaches or low back pain. The overall aim of acutherapy is to restore the balance of energy flow throughout the body by stimulating a series of acupoints relating to the problem.
    The World Health Organization  (WHO) has listed a series of disorders for which acutherapy has proven effective throughout the world: neurological and orthopaedic disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory track disorders, bronchopulmonary disorders, disorders of the mouth cavity, and much more.
  • 1 p.m. Jan. 28: Ask The Undertaker. Considering Cremation?
    Presented by Ryan Helfenbein.
    The rise in popularity of cremation may raise a multitude of questions for the average consumer. Choices surrounding cremation not only encompass services, but merchandise as well. Through this educational presentation, you will have the opportunity to gain a little more insight into the options available today and a better understanding of what cremation is all about.

    • What exactly is cremation?
    • What questions regarding cremation should I ask when sitting with an undertaker?
    • What service and merchandise options are available if I choose cremation?
    • How does cremation impact my veteran benefits?
    • Is cremation less costly than traditional burial?
    • Who can authorize cremation?
    • And..can I actually be turned into a diamond?

    Ryan Helfenbein is a columnist for Outlook by the Bay magazine. Come and enjoy some refreshments with us while we clear up some of the common myths regarding cremation.

  • 10 a.m. Jan. 29: An Update to Housing Opportunities for Seniors in Anne Arundel County
    Marie Simpson, a Certified Senior Real Estate Specialist ,will provide her popular update on 55+ housing communities, and options for aging in place.  Learn about age challenges, opportunities for  downsizing, financing, and  resources unique to Anne Arundel County.   Register at the front desk to assure handout availability.
  • 1 p.m. Jan. 30: Charles Taylor and the Availables
    Put on your dancing shoes for their return engagement.
  • 10 a.m. Jan. 31: Latest Technologies in Hearing Assistance Devices
    Audiologist Kristin A. Krotz of Advanced Hearing Centers, Inc. will speak on hearing loss and hearing aids, assistive listening devices, alerting systems, telecoils and loops – what they are and where to find them, and Medicare FAQ’s.
  • 10 a.m. Jan. 31: Chocolate Through Time
    Presented by Joyce White.
    Learn about the history of chocolate from its ancient beginnings in Meso-America through the centuries to the modern day. An interactive presentation will focus on how chocolate has changed through time both in terms of its cultural value and how mechanization has altered its production process over time. The presentation will be followed by a chance to taste hot chocolate the Aztec way, an 18th century style chocolate tart, a 19th century style chocolate pudding, the 20th century chocolate bar, and the latest  21st century chocolate incarnation, with sea salt! Sign up in advance to be assured a seat at this event.

The center director is Sharon Poet. For further information on any of the programs at the South County Senior Center, call 410-222-1927.

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