Nearly three-quarters of a million people over the age of 65 live in Maryland, a population that has risen 21 percent since 2000. It is expected to increase by another 25% by 2030. The Maryland Department of Aging "protects the rights and quality of life of older persons in Maryland" by providing programs and services to meet the needs of this growing group.
Those programs include:
-- Congregate Housing Services Program: Providing group housing for low and moderate-income seniors.
-- Continuing Care Retirement Communities: For a fee, live in a full-service retirement community.
-- Continuing Care at Home: Similar to the program above, instead services are delivered to a senior’s own home for a fee.
-- Elder Abuse Prevention: Awareness and investigation of claims of abuse, fraud and exploitation.
-- Home Modification: Help in making homes safer for seniors, such as installing grip bars, walk-in showers and ramps in the home.
-- League of Extraordinary Seniors: Telling the stories and honoring seniors who have lived amazing lives.
-- Life Long Learning Centers: Free classes at community colleges for people over the age of 60.
-- National Family Caregiver Program Services: Assistance for those caring for senior family members.
-- Nutrition and Meal Services: Serving nutritious meals either in a group setting or delivered to the home.
-- Public Guardianship Services: For seniors who can no longer make decisions on their own if there are no friends or family members willing to step up.
-- Senior Center Plus: A program of structured group activities and enhanced socialization.
-- Senior Community Services Employment Program: Job training and placement for low-income seniors.
-- Senior Medicare Patrol: Anti-health care fraud project.
-- Senior Transportation Services: Helping seniors get around who can no longer safely drive their own cars.
It is not offered by the state of Maryland, but it is recommended that seniors acquire a medical alert system, especially for those living alone. Seniors value their independence, but the last thing you want is to be alone in the event of a medical emergency. If that emergency is a fall, you may not be able to call for help, and the results could be tragic.
If you have a medical alert system, all you have to do is press a button and help is on the way. If you have a system with fall detection, you do not even have to press the button; the call will be placed for you.
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Maryland’s Department of Aging coordinates with 19 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to provide services and programs to its seniors.
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