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. We will update this page weekly with classes, resources, announcements, etc. We will send an e-mail/text alert when it's been update with new information. Other BCDA Senior Centers are also offering free Zoom classes - a schedule is sent out weekly via Remind. Contact us if you didn't get it. 


Please check your email or text for the links on Monday morning - you'll need to click on the attachment!  Be sure you are using the most up to date links.  They usually  don't change but if they don't we'll make sure you are aware. 

If you are not able to click on the link in the google doc file sent to you just go to www.zoom.us and click "join a meeting" and then type in the meeting id and the password we sent. If you receive alerts on your phone but need to access Zoom on your computer just use the meeting id and  password by going to www.zoom.us. The links are not required! 

If you didn't receive the e-mail/text please 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. 


When will we re-open?!?Per Governor Hogan, senior centers are part of Phase 3 and therefore we can not open until the state of emergency ends and we enter Phase 3. In addition per new policies from BCDA, Seven Oaks can not arrange or promote any outdoor activities. Therefore we have to cancel the Let’s Move class and the Barre Fit class that we notified some folks about. Members can certainly coordinate social gatherings on their own. Snyder Park has a nice covered pavilion as does Honeygo Park.  


Refund Pick-Up - Tues, July 14 from 9-12, Thursdays, July 16 from 9-12 and Wednesday, July 22 from 9-12. Drive by at Seven Oaks - stay in your car and pull up at the front of the building. You can send someone else for your refund if you are unable to come. If you are requesting a refund for a particular class please contact staff. All Core and More classes are being refunded, recent special events, and travel. The rest of class payments we will carry over to the next semester unless we hear from you. Please help spread the word to your friends that may not have text/e-mail alerts from us. 

Weekly Online Classes

 Kim’s classes have been cancelled due to personal reasons (Somatics, Flow and Zumba).


Online Classes for the Week of July 6
Tuesday - Strength Training 9 am on Zoom

Wednesday -  Watercolor 10:30-12:30 on Zoom  - Project posted on Facebook 
Wednesday - Ch'i Gung/Solo  Drills with Jeff Herrod - 6:30-7:30 pm

​Thursday  - Drawing Class with Alina on Zoom - 11 am 

Thursday - Yoga with Jana 2-3 pm on Zoom  

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


Course Descriptions:


Sam Miller 50’s Dance Party - Live on our Facebook Page! - Wed, July 8 at 7:30 pm - This live musical event is just for our members (but we invited other Baltimore County senior centers to join in). Please tune in! 


How to Grocery Shop Online – Friday, July 10 at 12 pm
If you're interested in learning how to shop online, join Mandy Katz, from Giant Nutrition for a step by step guide on how to fill your basket to meet your health and wellness goals all while saving time and money! Learn the secrets to finding healthier choices and shortcuts that make filling your online basket easier.

Capture the Flavor – Wednesday, July 15 at 11 am
Join Jennifer to learn how to use herbs and spices to improve health. Email staff for the Zoom link.


How to Recycle in Baltimore County - Monday, July 27 at 10 am

Confused about what can or can’t go into your recycle bin? Join Baltimore County speaker, Richard Keller to learn best practices. Learn what Single Stream Recycling is all about, learn how to prevent contamination of the recycled material, and learn what those “recycle” numbers on the products we buy really mean.


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

Strength Training 6/19 - Copy and paste the link and then copy and paste the password to access this video.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/puxtc4vR2kROU9LkslHxSI0GI63Ieaa81ClIqKIKzEyvvbbMrqb9FmyNC9C-EVN4

Password: 2J%&!+=^


Strength Training 6/23 - https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/u-tLdb_XyERITJXE7XzjQ5MTOZvKeaa81yga-KEEyR2mNWCtwxxeh7DXWx1XbNjq Password: 4c*h+P1.   (include the . in the password!)


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.  

  • April Newsletter - https://www.fataonline.com/bulletin/bulletin-1651585682870.pdf
  • ​May Newsletter-  https://www.fataonline.com/bulletin/bulletin-1791587997491.pdf 
  • ​June Newsletter - https://www.fataonline.com/bulletin/bulletin-2101590510787.pdf


Travel Updates for 7 Oaks Trips:

All Trips for 2020 are now cancelled. Most refunds have been mailed for trips scheduled through July. More will be mailed and the rest will be avaiable for pick up at the drive through in July. 


  • Grumpy Old Men - March 14  - Cancelled - Refunds have been mailed.
  • Delaware Park (March, April, June & July trips are cancelled) - Refunds pending
  • International Spy  Museum- April 21 - Cancelled - Refunds have been mailed
  • Spring Fest - May 7 - Cancelled - Refunds have been mailed
  • Dover Downs - May 19-20 - Cancelled - Refunds have been mailed.
  • Vermont/New Hampshire - June 22-26 - Cancelled - Refunds have been mailed.
  • Beehive - July 16 - Cancelled - Refunds have been mailed
  • Blennerhassett Island - July 29-31- Cancelled - refunds have been mailed
  • Riverside Crab Feast - August 20  - Cancelled -pick up refunds at drive through
  • Tea Lovers Trip - Sept 2 - Cancelled - pick up refunds at drive through
  • Finger Lakes, NY - Cancelled -refunds pending - Refunds were mailed
  • Sunfest - Oct. 1 - Cancelled - refunds being processed
  • Fall Foliage Train Ride - Oct. 21 - Cancelled - pick up refunds at drive through
  • Deck the Halls - Dec. 2 - Cancelled, refunds being processed
  • Nashville - Dec. 6-11 - Cancelled, refunds being processed
  • ​Longwood Gardens - Dec. 10 - Cancelled, refunds being processed

Get Ready, Get Set, Get Fit 5k Run/ Walk 

CANCELLED - The Department of Aging made the difficult decision to cancel this event which was scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2020. 


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


Rescheduled Dates for Upcoming Events:

The Shred-a-Thon will be rescheduled for the Fall

Stepping On Workshop - Starts Fridays in the Fall

​Volunteer Week - August 24

Tea and Scones - Sept. 11

Concert in the Park - Sept 1

BCDA's Volunteer Luncheon - Cancelled

AARP Driving - Aug 15

Wedding Dress Fashion Show - Sept. 25

Polish Event - October 16

Maryland Day - November 17

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. 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.
















Posted 6/9

Farmer's Market Coupons:

Registrations will only be taken by online form (at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/eatingtogether) or by calling 3-1-1. There will be NO in-person check distribution.
The registration period will be between July 6 to July 10 only.
The following week, a lottery process will select the individuals who will receive the checks (Valued at $30).
Persons selected in the lottery will have their checks mailed to them with the supporting material.
Only 1 book will be mailed to a household.
Eligible individuals will need to be 60 years of age and older, live in Baltimore County, and meet the income guidelines.

Posted 4/28

Here is the link for advance directives prepared by the Maryland Attorney General's Office: 

http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/HealthPolicy/AdvanceDirectives.aspx 
Here is the link for MyDirectives, which may be used to create an advance directive online, and does not require witnesses: 

https://mydirectives.com.


Posted 4/27:

AA Group For Older Adults - Better with Age
Video Meeting with Teleconference Option
This is an open AA meeting oriented toward Older Adult (55+) issues, but all ages are welcomed.
Open discussion based on the day’s reading from Daily Reflections.  This is a recurring meeting on Mondays from 10:30 am to 11:30 am EDT/EST
and Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT/EST
Join Zoom Meeting by going to Zoom and entering:
Meeting ID: 889 2298 5420  Then enter the Password.
Available as a phone meeting by dialing 1-646-876-9923 and entering password.
For Password information, please contact 2020betterwithage@gmail.com or intergroup@baltimoreaa.org or call 410-663-1922.


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 4/20 

  • Call 211 for Food Resources
  • Look on Baltimore County Government's page at https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/foodresources.html#
  • You may be eligible for SNAP (food stamps) benefits. You can call 1-800-332-6347 or see if you're eligible here https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program
  • ​Baltimore County Together Pop-up Market - The "pop-up market" menu is listed at https://www.baltimorecountytogether.org/shop/ 

You can purchase a box of produce, donate a box or request a box if you're in need. The current Pop-Up Market is scheduled for APRIL 25th. All pick-up appointments will be between 10:00AM-12:00PM. Your specific appointment time will be emailed after your order is confirmed. If you are placing an order, please be sure to use an email that you use and check for your spam as all notices will be provided by email. All orders will close at 6:00PM on Wednesday of each week for that Saturday's markets.
To ensure compliance with social distancing and the Governor's state of emergency proclamations, this pick-up service is made available by appointment only at select times in select locations. Participants must reserve their orders online, and will be provided an appointment time and instructions to adhere to safety precautions. All pick-up locations will occur outside in the premise's parking lots, so please look out for weather related updates to the email you use to make your order. No resources will be provided on-site without prior digital reservation and appointment.

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


Posted 4/15: 

MUST order by 6 pm on Wednesday &  you will get an appointment time  to pick up  your items – primarily  fresh produce.
You must pay online with a  credit card
This is NOT just a show up & pick up  food  location
www.baltimorecountytogether

The Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc. has offered up the Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate area for pop-up markets in Baltimore County.

The appointment only meal and resource kit pick up site is Baltimore County Together Pop-Up Markets, where fresh meal kids are provided by local Keany Produce and resource kits will be provided by other local companies.

The charitable campaign was launched by a multiple Baltimore County businesses and charities to help with COVID-19 emergency response efforts, and over the last two weeks have provided more than $25,000 of produce and meals around the county, according to a press release.

All car pick-up appointments will be between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Since the service is appointment only, orders must be received by 6 p.m. Wednesday of each week for that Saturday’s market.
Anyone who orders will get their specific appointment time emailed to them after the order is confirmed.
More info:
Baltimorecountytogether.org will facilitate the organization of orders and pick-up appointments, where volunteers will oversee the distribution of the boxes in business parking lots throughout the county.

Pick up locations are chosen once orders are placed and Baltimore County Together strives to have locations within a 10-15 minute drive for everyone.
To help with social distancing concerns and ensure compliance with Governor Hogan’s state of emergency proclamations, the tool will help coordinate the ability for orders to be distributed in car-lines in the parking lots where participants simply show their receipt on their phone and have the boxes loaded into their cars without having to exchange credit cards, cash or otherwise come in contact with others.
Up to 7,000 produce kits will be made available throughout the county for the first digital “pop-up market,” and the produce kits will be made available for a reduced cost of $20 for more than 15 pounds of fresh produce.
These prepared produce kits provide options for fruits, vegetables, and combination packages to support families for up to two weeks at a tim
All orders must be placed online, and no orders will be permitted to be made at the sites. Individuals submitting orders must adhere to their appointment and location time. Please use the “Shop” page on Baltimorecountytogether.org to select a distribution center and make a reservation for a family meal kit.Kits will be made available on a first come first serve basis. Upon completing your order, please be sure to save your email receipt on your phone so that it can be presented upon pick-up to redeem your order.