Energizing the Lives of Seniors in Perry Hall, MD
Re-Opening Plan - The Governor announced that he would like a plan in place to safely re-open senior centers. We will follow the phases as listed below. We are currently in Phase 2. Once we re-open it will be a few weeks before we start in-person classes. We will continue to offer online programs and classes until further notice.
Staffing - In addition to Kathleen and Courtney we will have additional temporary support staff at Seven Oaks as we welcome members back. Jan Heaberlin, Regional Manager, will work from Seven Oaks a few days a week. Kathleen Koenig-Stoffel, the assistant director at Jacksonville Senior Center, will work full time at Seven Oaks and Judy Seechuk will work 20 hours a week at the center. Please join me in welcoming the additional support staff to Seven Oaks.
Updates on Senior Center Reopening Plans:
For Online appointments to come in and register to be a member use the link below and click on Aging - Senior Center Orientation. Or call 410-887-2040 to schedule over the phone. The link is now active!
For online appointments to reserve food pick up on Wednesdays at Seven Oaks click on the link below (it’s the same link) and then click on - Aging - Food Distribution (must sign up on the Monday the week before the scheduled distribution). So for food pick up on May 19, make your reservation on May 10 by calling 410-887-2040 or use the link below and click on Aging - Food Distribution. (SEE MORE INFO BELOW)
Re-Opening Plan - We will be welcoming members back starting May 17! The first few weeks we will just be registering members. There will not be any classes or programs offered. Members will need an appointment to come in to register. Walks will not be allowed and you can’t just stop by the center to visit during this time. Once you are registered you won’t be allowed back into the center until classes start in July; unless you are volunteering. There will be interest sheets for classes available during orientation so we can properly plan our class schedule within the new capacity limits.
Anyone entering the building will have to wear a mask, complete a COVID screening at the door, and have their temperature taken. We have large room air purifiers, hand sanitizer stations and will be frequently sanitizing high touch points.
Volunteering - Would you like to volunteer at Seven Oaks and help us?! Use this link if you’d like to volunteer to help. We will put a schedule out every 2 weeks via Sign in Genius so you are welcome to help at anytime! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44afad22a31-reopening
If you plan to volunteer the first two weeks at the center then we ask you to sign up for May 12, 13 or 14 to get registered/oriented yourself and to review your volunteer job expectations with staff. Here is the link to sign up to get registered and trained if you will be volunteering (this link is only for volunteers who are signed up to help at the center) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44afad22a31-volunteer1
All other members - Anyone else that volunteers or attends the center can make an appointment to come in starting May 17. Starting May 10 you can call 410-887-2040 or make an appointment online www.baltimorecountymd.gov/seniorcenters.
All members will need to schedule an appointment to register. We expect to register members in groups of 24 people in our main room. There will be a video to watch plus filling out the registration form and release forms. We'll take appointments for 9 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm & 2:30 pm. We will not take walk in's. While we will have all the forms you need to fill out and sign at the center if you’d like to print and sign them in advance they are at the bottom of this website. The first 4 forms will need to be returned, not the Rules of Participation.
2021 Senior Food Distribution Program - Food Distribution Update! Coming soon to Seven Oaks on Wednesdays!
Please note on Wednesdays we will host an outdoor drive through food distribution at Seven Oaks for all seniors from 10-11:30 am. You will be able to call or sign up online to make a reservation. You can also make a reservation and pick up food for an elderly neighbor or friend. Our first food distribution will be May 19 (in conjunction with our donation drive. )Individuals who are in need of food can now make a reservation ONLINE by going to the Department of Aging’s website and clicking on the COVID-19 Food Distribution link. They then scroll down to the Schedule an Appointment link. https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/departments/aging/programsandservices/food-distribution.html
Or by calling 410-887-2040 on Mondays to schedule pick up for the following week. (unless Monday is a county holiday or snow day. Then the calls/online reservations will be taken on Tuesdays).
Please spread the news to anyone who you think would benefit from this service. They need to be a Baltimore County resident, age 60 and older (or a current senior center member). It is only 1 food “kit” per household. Each “kit” contains:
· A heart-healthy box of canned vegetables, soups, grains and pasta
· A box of fruits and vegetables
· A box of dairy products, including milk, eggs, yogurt and cheese
· A small frozen chicken
Classes Resume - Phase 4 – Classes will begin and registered participants will be allowed in to attend. Capacity limits will be set depending on room size. The ban on drop-in uses will continue. Where possible, hybrid classes will be offered so individuals can participate from home, as well as in person. Appointments will be needed to use the fitness room..
We are anticipating starting classes the week of July 6. We are currently working on putting a class schedule together. Registration will be held the week of June 21. Card/games such as mahjong, Canasta, Pinochle, Bridge, etc. will not be allowed to meet until a later time. Please put your name on the interest sheets if you plan to take classes in July so we can plan our schedule.
Fitness Centers members - Everyone will be required to have their doctor's clearance form filled out again. Membership for returning members will be waived through January 1st. You can schedule your 1 hour time slot a week in advance. The sign up will be in the room or you can call the fitness center directly. In the meantime plan to have your clearance form returned to the center by July 1. Your doctor can fax it, mail or e-mail it to us or you can as well. Go to our website and click on Programs then the Fitness Center tab for the application/form. We just need page 6 returned to us if we have your application on file.
Pickle Ball - At this time Honeygo is booked with summer camps. We are working on an option for Saturday play starting in July at Honeygo and waiting to hear from PHMS about indoor play. All players will need to come to Seven Oaks and join the center before playing. As we get more information we'll let you know.
Phase 4 – Classes will begin and registered participants will be allowed in to attend. Capacity limits will be set depending on room size. The ban on drop-in uses will continue. Where possible, hybrid classes will be offered so individuals can participate from home, as well as in person. Appointments will be needed to use the fitness room. Programs where physical distancing cannot be employed will not be offered. We hope this will happen by the beginning of July. We are currently working on putting a class schedule together.
Phase 5 – Travel (day trips) can begin to locations where members can drive themselves.
Phase 6 – Drop-in use of the centers will resume. Congregate dining will occur and additional programs will be offered. The fitness centers will allow drop-in use, but a maximum capacity will be monitored.
Phase 7 – Travel resumes on buses and overnight trips will be allowed.
Phase 8 – Remainder of senior centers open and programs will resume at full capacity.
The timing of each Phase is unknown at this time and will be determined by county staff and protocols established by the CDC. The goal will be to resume normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so.
Seven Oaks and other centers are still offering weekly Zoom classes. You can view these in our google doc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. 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
Tuesday - Mindfulness Meditation class at 11 am on Zoom
Wednesday - Watercolor 10:30-12:30 on Zoom - Project posted on Facebook each week. No class 3/31
Thursday - Core & Strength on Zoom 9-10 am
Thursday - Zentangle 10 - 11:30 Beginner & 1:30 - 3:30 Advanced (On break April 22 and 29. Resumes May 6 - June 10)
Thursday - Drawing Class with Alina on Zoom - 11 am (project posted on Facebook) No class 4/1
Thursday - Yoga with Jana 2-3 pm on Zoom (Resumes April 1)
Friday - Tai Chi 10-10:30 am Beginners/New Students & 10:30-11:30 Experienced Students -on Zoom
Fridays - Strength Training at 9 am on Zoom
Enhance Fitness Class
As you may have heard Carol Gittings has retired to Delaware but the good news is we have a new instructor Debbie Jobson! Debbie is teaching a 3 day a week Enhance Fitness Class virtually on Zoom. The class is held online on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 am-Noon and a second class held 12-1 pm. Limit 12 students per class. To register e-mail: Debbie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Students will need to have a stretch band and their own weights (or use water bottles or canned food). The class will be free while it’s online and we look forward to having Debbie teach in person in the fall.
Mindfulness Meditation - Tuesdays at 11 am
A regular practice of mindfulness meditation can help reduce stress and improve attention and general wellness. Meditating is a great way for seniors to care for themselves. This class will explore these themes and introduce different meditation techniques. A typical 50-minute class will devote approximately 30 minutes to a guided meditation and the remainder to instruction and discussion. Novice and experienced meditators are invited to attend.
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.
Vaccine Update: Click here: https://coronavirusvaccineoutreach-bc-gis.hub.arcgis.com/#appointments
for vaccine updates, to schedule and to see where you can go for walk-in appointments.
Upcoming Virtual Programs offered by Seven Oaks:
We can send you a google doc with all of the Zoom links. E-mail Kathleen at email@example.com or Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org
Democracy Café –Monday, May 17 from 1 – 2:30 pm
The Democracy Cafe is an opportunity to explore matters related to our democracy in 2021 by using topics selected by the group from suggestions offered by the moderator. There will be open discussion without argument, debate or efforts to persuade anyone to change their point of view. Participants prepare ahead of time for the topic then come together to discuss it and, if willing, explain any particular position they may have. We listen with an open heart and mind to the views of others to better understand relevant current matters and hopefully develop an informed more complete position about our democracy and its functions. Moderator - Al Muehlberger
Trivia with the BCPL – Tuesday, May 18 at 11 am
Have fun and compete against other trivia aficionados. Individuals and teams welcome.
Drum – deDrumDrum – just for the health of it! – Friday, May 21 at 11 am
As part of the Dept of Aging’s initiative, Rooted in Resilience this month’s theme is about Expressing yourself! Join Al Muehlberger and express yourself through music and beating the drums (or whatever you have around your house you can use to move to the beat).
Free Internet Tablets Becoming Available Soon! Apply Here!
In an effort to connect our members who do not have the technology or internet access to participate in our virtual programs, BCDA has purchased some small tablets from the Living Well Center of Excellence. These tablets have a 2-year data plan, so internet is not required. In addition, they can be used to access all our virtual programs, as well as those of our partners like Get Set Up. They will become the property of the individual at no cost.
If you desire to participate in an online program, but are unable to due to a lack of technology, please complete the form below. You will need to provide some income verification as this gift program is geared to low-income individuals. A staff committee will review the applications and rank the people to receive the tablets as they become available. Priority would go to anyone who wants to take an evidence-based class, but next would be all other online programs. Any questions let us know!
Pen Pal Opportunity with Local High School Students
LetterPals is a student-run organization with the goal of providing companionship and support for children in hospitals and senior citizens through letters and penpaling. These students live in Howard County, MD and would love to write to local seniors. If you'd like to participate in the program fill out the google form below.
Comcast/Verizon Channel 25 - BCDA is offering daily classes at 8:25 am on TV !
Monday - Chair Yoga
Tuesday - Power Up Cardio
Wednesday - Strength Training (with our very own Karen Kansler!)
Thursday - Tai Chi
Friday – Zumba
In addition, for more virtual program resources, here are some links that may be of interest:
Senior Planet also has a free technology advice service that can be accessed at 920-666-1959.
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
New Link 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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
2021 Trip postponed - Maine - Oct. 3-6, 2021 - Until we have a specific date of when we can resume travel by bus we are not scheduling any trips at this time. As soon as we are allowed to our travel coordinators will get right to work to re-book some of our trips from 2020.
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.
Free Online and TV Classes from other Organizations Plus Access to the BCPL
Entertaining or Motivating Videos
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 (the Monday the week before) to reserve your meal at 410-887-2040. Fresh produce is also distributed with the shelf stable meals and each senior in the household can receive a meal. Meals will continue through June 2021.