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Annual Joint Training for State and Local Commissions on Aging

The Maryland Commission on Aging and the Maryland Department of Aging have sponsored four training events in this series. Attendees include State Commissioners and representatives from local Commissions on Aging in Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions

Communities for a Lifetime, September 12, 2013, Annapolis, Maryland
Attendees examined the Communities for a Lifetime model as way to address the aging-in-place
preference of current and future seniors. The Communities for a Lifetime Act, which was based
on recommendations from the Statewide Empowerment for Seniors Commission, was enacted
in 2011. 

Communities for A Lifetime Act

Village Movement, September 10, 2014, Hagerstown, Maryland
Building on the discussion about Communities for a Lifetime, participants learned more about the
“village” concept, which attempts to connect like-minded people with an array of services to help
them stay in their own homes as they get older.

Montgomery County Commission on Aging Study on Villages — Summer 2013
Building Community to Support Aging, Candace Baldwin, Capital Impact Partners
Creating Livable Communities for All Ages, Sandy Markwood, n4a
Michael Marcus, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
A National Overview of Villages: Results from a 2012 Organizational Survey: Emily A. Greenfield, Andrew E. Scharlach, Carrie L. Graham, Joan K. Davittand Amanda J. Lehning
Resources on Villages Compiled by Montgomery County Office on Aging

Transforming Maryland’s Long Term Care System, September 24, 2015, Wye Mills, Maryland
Participants learned about the findings from AARP’s 2012 member survey (including post-2012 data
updates) as well as Maryland-specific findings from the member study from Joanne Binette, Senior
Research Advisor, State Research, AARP. Ms. Binette’s presentation was followed by that of Teja
Rau, Chief, Long Term Services and Supports, Maryland Department of Aging, who spoke about
Maryland Access Point and its role in preparing for the changing and growing long term needs of
Maryland’s older adults. Building on Ms. Rau’s presentation, a panel of executive directors and senior
staff of three Area Agencies on Aging discussed trends, best practices, and action steps in which
agency staff, community leaders and other stakeholders could engage to better meet the needs of
older adults at the local level.

Maryland Access Point: Preparing for the Changing and Growing Long Term Needs of Maryland’s Adults
Findings AARP’s 2012 Member Opinion Survey (MOS)
AARP Maryland Member Profile 
AARP Members in Maryland: Interests, Concerns and Experiences
Maryland–specific data which correspond to topics covered in AARP’s MOS 

2016 Symposium

ACTIVE Memory Works - George W. Rebok
Decreasing Health Disparities with Older Adults - Sarah L. Szanton
Health Benefits of Caregiving - David L. Roth, William E. Haley
Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging - Frank R. Lin
Investing in Research that Promotes Healthy Aging and Independent Living - Marie A. Bernard
Is Disturbed Sleep a Modifiable Risk Factor for Cognitive Decline and AD - Adam P. Spira
Maximizing Independence at Home (MIND at Home) - Quincy M. Samus
Overview of the Baltimore Experience Corps Trail - Michelle C. Carlson
Prescription Drug Safety Among Older Rural Adults - Zanjani, Allen, Clayton, Martin, & Schoenberg
Recovering from Hip Fracture - Jay Magaziner
The Ideal Study - Luigi Ferrucci
Understanding Health Disparities in Late Life - Roland J. Thorpe

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