Energizing the Lives of Seniors in Perry Hall, MD

Online Classes, Programs & Resources during Covid-19

While we are under the Stay at Home order and patiently waiting for the day when we can all be together again at our center. At this time Senior Centers are in Phase 3 of Governor Hogan's reopening plan. The staff is doing their best to keep you engaged and informed! Many Seven Oaks instructors are offering weekly Zoom classes and the are offered at no charge to our members as they are subsidized by the Center Council.  Other BCDA Senior Centers are also offering free Zoom classes and members were sent a google doc with all of the information and links - this document is updated frequently. You should always check the google doc before logging into a program or class to make sure there are no changes.   


We no longer send out weekly updates - please check the google doc each Monday for weekly updates. It is the same document/link each week and never changes! Within this google doc is the link for the other document which has all programs and classes from all 20 Senior Centers. 


If you need the google doc sent to you please contact e-mail kyoung@baltimorecountymd.gov or cgonce@baltimorecountymd.gov. We do not share our Zoom links online or on social media. Please do not post a link when you receive it. 


Weekly Online Classes from Seven Oaks


Tuesday - Strength Training 9 am on Zoom (No class 11/24, 11/27, 11/30 & 12/4)

Wednesday -  Watercolor 10:30-12:30 on Zoom  - Project posted on Facebook each week
​Thursday  - Drawing Class with Alina on Zoom - 11 am  (project posted on Facebook)

Thursday - Yoga with Jana 2-3 pm on Zoom (on break now until Thursday, Jan 7)

Friday - Tai Chi 10-10:30 am Beginners/New Students & 10:30-11:30 Experienced Students -on Zoom

Thursday - Core & Strength on Zoom 9-10 am (No Class 11/26 or 12/3)

Fridays - Strength Training at 9 am on Zoom (No class 11/24, 11/27, 11/30 & 12/4)


Polish Cookbook - Gosia, our intern from last winter created this cookbook which includes all of the recipes she made live on Facebook back in the spring. You can still the view the cooking demos, Cooking Live with Gosia, by searching the videos posted to our Facebook Page. 

Click on the button to download the cookbook. 




Upcoming Virtual Programs:


Holiday Safety with the Baltimore County Police & Fire Department – Monday, December 7 at 1 pm
Join Jennifer Martucci, EMS Lieutenant from the Baltimore County Fire Department and Officer Kathryn Saltzer from the Baltimore County Police. They will discuss safety tips during the holidays and cold weather.

Mindfulness – Tuesday, December 15 at 1 pm
Mindfulness Class - an introduction to the value of using mindfulness as a healthy life style activity. Some practice will be offered to show how it can be applied to prove its value and effectiveness - basically by "paying attention to your intentions in the moment". PS - This NOT a meditation class.

Instructor - Al Muehlberger- Holistic Health Practitioner 

Food Fighters: Your First Line of Defense – Friday, December  18 at 1 pm
Learn how to fill your cart and plan your menu to support a healthy immune system and reduce your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.  We'll cover ways to reduce salt, fat, and sugar as well as the food fighters you should be including for long term wellness. After this webinar you'll be armed with helpful tips and strategies to maintain the healthiest you.


Holiday Donation Drive - Dec. 15 & 16 - Collecting Food, Winter Items, PJ’s and More! 
We know our volunteers are still working hard at home with their hand made knitted hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, etc! Just because the center is closed doesn’t mean we can’t support our community this holiday season like we have done in the past! 
We will be hosting a holiday donation drive at Seven Oaks on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 10 am - 12 pm and Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 1-2:30 pm. You can drive by and drop off your donations! 
We will be collecting the following items for:
Eastern Family Resource Center - hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, blankets, socks. Handmade or store bought. 
Food Drive - Shelf stable food drive to support the Perry Hall United Methodist Church (See list below) 
New Pajamas for The Casey Cares Foundation - We are collecting new Pj’s for children ages 18 months to 18 years; both for males and females. If you would rather donate gift cards they are accepting those from: Walmart, Target, Fast food chains, or Visa.  
Needy Seniors - Please click on this link (or copy and paste it) to sign up to purchase specific gifts for seniors in our community -  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44afad22a31-donation

The Perry Hall United Methodist Church Food Pantry has the following list of needed items:
Apple juice (64 oz. bottles), Boxed mashed potatoes, Canned fruit:  peaches, pears, mixed fruit, applesauce, pineapple; Canned pasta meals such a Ravioli, Canned protein:  Tuna fish, chicken, chili, beef stew, Spam; Canned vegetables:  diced tomatoes, butter beans, kidney beans. Baked beans, black beans, carrots, peas, potatoes.  But please, not green beans or corn. Cereal, Graham crackers, Jelly, Packaged side dishes such as noodles with sauce or Rice a Roni, Ramen noodles, Rice (2 lb. bag or boxed), Soup:  Chicken noodle or Tomato, Spaghetti sauce, Spaghetti or other pastas.
Infants/Toddlers:  Squeezable fruit or vegetable packets.

Toiletries: Bars of soap, Shampoo and Conditioners, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Adult diapers.

Household items: Laundry detergent and Dish detergent.

Re-Registration Information
Usually in October we begin our annual registration/re-registration program and Enhancement Fund donation campaign. We have decided to postpone this until we are physically back in the centers. Therefore, everyone’s 2019-2020 membership term will be extended until we re-open. You do not have to do anything to remain a member through the pandemic. All fitness memberships are also extended to cover the time that we are closed.


Stress? Uncertainty? Grief? Anger? We understand. 
While these are perfectly normal reactions to a pandemic, distressing thoughts and emotions can cause problems with our health, relationships, moods and behaviors. These days we really need to be mindful of our minds, understand the brain-behavior relationship and take steps to protect our mental and emotional well-being. Our goal should be to thrive, not just survive, during this pandemic. It is something we can do together.
The Mental Health Association of Maryland’s Older Adults: Vibrant Minds program is pleased to offer “Mind Your Mind Mondays,” a weekly opportunity for older Marylanders to learn about mental health and engage with others around mental wellness
When: Monday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkcO2oqzkiEtBLhY4x2m8ACz966KvS0iN2
You only need to register once. After you register, Zoom will send you a link that you can use to join us every week.​​​​


Recorded Zoom Videos for Strength Training with Karen

​FITNESS AND EXERCISE DISCLAIMER - IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS EXERCISE VIDEO OR ONLINE CLASS MAY PRESENT CERTAIN INHERENT RISKS. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN CONCERNING YOUR FITNESS BEFORE PARTICIPATING. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE PHYSICAL EXERCISES OR TRAINING ACTIVITY DEMONSTRATED IN THIS VIDEO OR ONLINE CLASS, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU DO SO ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK AND ASSUME ALL RISKS OF INJURY, ILLNESS, OR DEATH. THROUGH PARTICIPATION, YOU WAIVE ALL CLAIMS AND RELEASE BALTIMORE COUNTY, THE BALTIMORE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF AGING, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICIALS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AND VOLUNTEERS FROM ALL LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE OR INJURY OF ANY KIND THAT MAY ARISE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY.

Nov. 20 - https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/FeJSEvnwZPdTpmKLoBEnTLSZPNevrW8e_0B64UEagMekQdW10A-UjQkWiidwkBRU.jGY57dVG2bHXR7Xe?startTime=1605879000000

Nov 17 - https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/Qxxm4lxo2es7Li9dYRgqazSqDx8CqxIdyLmlDElze5IPWh3QfXsYe3EqWK_yyRYj.5jvvRURvFbon5YFy?startTime=1605620681000

Nov. 13 -https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/kyGz1zq_EWaX37r0SlEwDRxtNxXFmcgfLp1mDTk5qyWhPRK-lrg0KkuTwRo8y2k.gAkAZMczBAczmgf4?startTime=1605274832000

 July 14- https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/x8t3bOH69HtISavm-EyEfp54Iqv5T6a8hCYer_NfyUZbPo_BCRY9vXYdCSYVuGil

July 21 - https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/-_R8A5fX93hITKfosnyHfawvBZa0eaa803IZ-qcNmB15uTan-1h5ifsaJztACVzi

​July 28 - https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/7JdyBYvQyjJLa4nfr1j_ZrQbHYS4T6a8gXUaqKAPzkm4w1FhX6PSC52nmDrFHdBM

​Sept. 22 - https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/Ff_jbtvVKaaidU7dshR-C-JF_HwWhT9gQWPCDvUXIF7QeIm2Gr0U0MmBSPMUfYZZ.x09nPz-DNOeWeFZw?startTime=1600777708000

Oct. 30- https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/3KWyNrC_lXPqtjBUkKfsvJq-AHnhPqsgSZ30v4xQy8yV4oK866iWpja3jk9tcg_G.vTadt96vSkoPZZzP?startTime=1604061148000

Aug 18 - https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/-ul6LuqrrjlLGpXNuW_5Z_YlRb_4eaa82ygZ_fFfzhuSfiHUjJhLYOkryCyZp_sW?startTime=1597754342000


Jana Long, Our Yoga Teacher has a few online videos:

Copy and paste these links in your browser:

https://vimeo.com/358513718 - Chair yoga Sequence

​​https://www.yogajournal.com/videos/joint-freeing-series - Helps maintain or improve mobility and stability for healthy aging.     


Senior Center Monthly Online Newsletter

Since the centers are close BCDA is creating one monthly online newsletter. Copy and paste the link below to view the newsletter. 

  •  November - https://www.fataonline.com/bulletin/bulletin-2101603821841.pdf
  • ​December - https://www.fataonline.com/bulletin/bulletin-2101606333669.pdf



Travel Updates for 7 Oaks Trips:

All Trips for 2020 are now cancelled. All refunds have been mailed for trips scheduled through July.  If you did not receive a refund for a trip you paid for please e-mail kyoung@baltimorecountymd.gov. 



Stretch, Balance, and Other Fitness Video Links

  • Walk with Arthritis - https://oaaction.unc.edu/resource-library/living-with-osteoarthritis/wwe/
  • Let's Move with Balance: 30minute Chair exercise class - https://youtu.be/iLqyeVeRHGQ
  • 25 Minute standing workout - https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLwMObYmlSHaPIArTOC4JBZfeuU7LN7KVJ&v=eLClKvN9Qag
  • 20 Minute Indoor Walk with Weights -  https://youtu.be/brOtds0XZ3Y
  • Balance Exercises:  https://youtu.be/EO42oECKtl
  • Arms:  https://youtu.be/7PaxVnTjLUk
  • Legs:  https://youtu.be/JlKRtrWGNFQ
  • Stretches:  https://youtu.be/fNFeNljprBo
  • Core:  https://youtu.be/4a_pCy91HW4
  • How to get up from a Fall:  https://youtu.be/EL1IdespmCY
  • ​If you're in the mood to dance or learn some line dances check out this YouTube Instructional video! 🎶🎵
    https://youtu.be/uZXQuqPnp8g

  • ​Fall Prevention Made Easy With Mary Lewis!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijo-EDRk12o&feature=youtu.be

  • Penny's Pajama Party  Workout - ​https://youtu.be/XRLQxZbTW44
  • Best Lower Back Stretches - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm8iSSdU3I0
  • 30 Minute Senior Workout - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASXG
  • 30 Minute Fitness Walk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvEJ5WFk2KE
  • Daily Qigong Routine to help Your Immune System Stay Strong - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC9MvsxZrW4
  • Indoor Power Walk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4IH12Piuf4
  • Low Impact Beginner Workout - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0c-4nZjIWQ


Home Leisure Activities
This program was developed to encourage you to stay engaged in activities during your time at home. Participation in leisure activities is associated with improvements in physical, mental and emotional health and overall well-being. For any of the activities listed, encourage your family members to join you in the fun. Also feel free to call your loved ones that do not live with you to share what you have done or completed! Staying connected is important! Click on the box to open. 


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Free Online and TV Classes from other Organizations Plus Access to the BCPL

  • ​Mandy Katz, one of Giant's in store nutritionist, presents their Nutrition series, several times a year at Seven Oaks. During this time Giant's nutritionist are doing an online series called Nutrition at Noon. Check out their informational videos on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVH8tm4ZhA4&list=PLox1V4FCuM-eepHE7RgFZFQ0Lk21SKQaT
  • PBS WHUT (with Verizon it's channel 32 or 532) shows different workout programs each morning M- F at 5am, 5:30am, 6am, 10:30am and 11am. There's a variety of workouts including Yoga, Stretch class, Body Electric, Weight Loss and Strengthening, and Sit & Be Fit. 
  • ​​Step by Step acrylic painting on canvas for beginners | moon light night Painting | Tree of Magnolia on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyWM_cH5ZOI&feature=youtu.be
  • Learn some Sign Language with Harford County Park & Recs: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/2841/Sign-Language
  • With your library card you can access free materials on the Baltimore County Public Library's website https://bcpl.info/books-and-more/downloadables.html
  • Entertaining or Motivating Videos  
  • Enjoy "The Great American Song Book" performed in their home by two of our favorite performers at Seven Oaks -
  • Trish and Frank Curreri:​ https://youtu.be/fT-qcixsXFE
  • Inspiring Ted Talk - https://www.ted.com/talks/travis_roy_the_art_of_practicing_gratitude_and_life_s_simplest_pleasures?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
  • ​Ted Talk - How to Create Meaningful Connections While Apart - https://www.ted.com/talks/priya_parker_how_to_create_meaningful_connections_while_apart?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
  • Garden Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kRD6TWUq2A&list=PLBwhoK0hSpr2OLL3m5PKIs5


Towson University Nursing Students Presentations

Since students could visit in person to present their research they shared the following presentations with us on Facebook:

Germ Prevention Presentation - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZUpYQjYluJp5NP3XOuBGshazAlDlS7-7/view?usp=sharing

Fall Prevention Presentation -  https://drive.google.com/a/students.towson.edu/file/d/158DtLkLvDmjoOuc-Zrsyn9CBo0hB5Ln-/view?usp=drive_web


Food Resources/Community News/Support:

For details regarding meal distribution for older adults visit the site below. There will be weekly food  distributions at 4 senior centers. You  need to call a week ahead  to reserve your meal at 410-887-2040. Fresh produce is also distributed now with the shelf stable meals and now each senior in the household can receive a meal. 

https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/foodresources.html.


Need a friendly check in phone call? Volunteers of Seven Oaks are calling members that live alone and checking in with them weekly. If you know if someone who could use a friendly phone call please contact sevenoakssc@baltimorecountymd.gov or call us at 410-887-5192. 


Volunteers needed for the new Connections Project!
In response to the circumstances right now, MHAMD and NAMI have partnered to provide supportive phone and video visits to older Baltimore County residents who are struggling with anxiety, fear, depression, hopelessness, loneliness and other challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently seeking individuals to volunteer their time to visit with older adults over phone and video. Learn more about the opportunity and apply here:https://forms.gle/8ymLfEVSZLCf5N8YA

Posted 4/16

  • https://eatsmart.umd.edu/recipe/recipesearch - this one is very helpful for people receiving boxes of canned food because they can type in the canned ingredient and it will show them recipes with that in it.
  • http://eatsmartmd.blogspot.com/ - this includes activities around food