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

Online Classes
Tuesday - Strength Training 9 am on Zoom

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

​Thursday  - Drawing Class with Alina on Zoom - 11 am  (project posted on Facebook)

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

Thursday - Core & Strength on Zoom 9-10 am

Fridays - Strength Training at 9 am on Zoom

Upcoming Virtual Programs:

Feldenkraise Returns with two new programs in October and November!  

Greater Ease of Your Spine - Wednesday, October 14, 21 and 28 at 1:00PM
The movement of the Eyes, Mouth, Jaw and Tongue are intimately connected and have functionally relationships with the movement of your spine. Your spine is your central support system. It connects to your head, chest, pelvis, arms and legs. Creating greater flexibility of the spine with the
teleceptors in the head is a novel approach to improve your well-being. Marika plans on offering a three-class series so that you can learn to communicate with that older part of your brain to help you re-organize your spine movements. You'll be able to explore these small, gentle neuromovements in the comfort of your home while lying on top of your bed. Join Marika Hicks, certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® , in a Zoom class on Wednesday, October 14, 21 and 28 at 1:00PM

Take back your Back - Wednesday, November 4, 11 and 18 at 1:00PM
In this Feldenkrais Method® based three -class series, you will learn how to use your entire Self more effectively and learn how to balance your Flexors and Extensors to create greater ease in your Back. Marika Hicks, certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® will lead you through gentle, sequences of Feldenkrais neuromovements explored on your Back. Need ability to lie down in the comfort of your home. Join Marika on Wednesday, November 4, 11 and 18 at 1:00PM

Ask the Expert Panel with Seven Oaks – Tuesday, October 13 at 1 pm                                         

Description: Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) is a local organization of industry experts servicing the senior community. There is no selling, just education and sharing of information on topics of importance for seniors. Each member on the panel has 5 minutes to present an overview of their industry or service such as In-Home Care, Medicaid, Legal, Senior Living Community, Occupational Therapy, Hospice, Real Estate, Assisted Living Recommendations followed by an open Question and Answer session.

Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen for Fire Safety Month – Monday, October 19 at 11 am
October is National Fire Prevention Safety month and this year’s theme is Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen. Join EMS Lieutenant, Jen Martucci and Fire Specialist, Dave Blenman from the Fire Marshal’s office to discuss kitchen safety, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and fire escape planning.

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

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

Password: 5D+5!9?1

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

Password: AX0I%N6D

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

Password: l!VX+&6m

August 4 -https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/5JR7MO3y-lJOW4GR43rbZPEQQYr6eaa82ykd8qAJmEu638sA8CB8V_EuwMUGk7QI?startTime=1596544868000 

​Password: N.ScK15P

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

​​Password: 2$=*d9HC

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. 

  •   September Newsletter - https://www.fataonline.com/bulletin/bulletin-1681598641177.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! 🎶🎵

  • ​Fall Prevention Made Easy With Mary Lewis!

  • 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. 


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. 


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