The Maryland Department of Aging, in partnership with Story Tapestries (a local non-profit), is pleased to announce the launch of Share Your Life Stories, an initiative designed to address the issue of social isolation many older adults are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. Share Your Life Stories is designed to give older adults throughout the state a chance to engage and connect with others in a safe and creative environment.
Share Your Life Stories is a series of virtual presentations and workshops where participants listen, learn the art of storytelling, and share their life stories. For those without smart phones and computers, there is telephone access to all events. There are two types of events 1) Storytelling Broadcast and 2) Story Circles. The “Storytelling Broadcasts” offer participants a chance to log on or dial in to hear award winning storytellers. The "Story Circles" events are interactive and give participants a chance to log in or dial in and be a part of small groups to learn the art of storytelling, and share their stories. All events are free of charge for Marylanders 60 and older. Registration is required and available on a first come basis.
We hope you will join us and please share this invitation with friends, family, program participants, colleagues, and partner organizations. Click here for a flyer and frequently asked questions. Stay tuned for additional events coming soon.
UPCOMING DATESStorytelling Broadcast (Watch/Listen)
or call (301) 916-6328 ext #2
Story Circles (Watch/Listen, & Share)
or call (301) 916-6328 ext #2
Our first storyteller is Noa BaumWho is Noa Baum? Born and raised in Israel, Noa Baum is an award-winning storyteller, author, public speaker, and coach. She focuses on the power of storytelling to heal across the divides of identity and build bridges of peace. Noa is a winner of Parents’ Choice and StorytellingWorld awards and is a member of the National Storytelling Network. https://www.noabaum.com
This project is made possible by the Maryland Department of Aging in collaboration with Story Tapestries, Inc.
For additional information or media inquires, please contact:
Susanne Forno at 410-767-1076 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordana Carmel, our neighbor in 20895, invites us to join her
Community Yoga classes (4:30 on Wednesdays and 4:30 on Fridays) to help de-stress
during the pandemic. The invitation includes the caveat “Please do not let money
influence your decision of whether or not to join us.” Learn more at Virtual
Recording, Powerpoint, Briefing Note: A Conversation with Christina M. Puchalski, MD - Director, GWU Institute for Spirituality and Health
Villages of Kensington brings you a discussion with Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP, FAAHPM, is a pioneer and international leader in the movement to integrate spirituality into healthcare in clinical settings and medical education. As founder and director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish) and Professor of Medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, she continues to break new ground in the understanding and integration of spiritual care in healthcare settings.
Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP), a nonprofit housing developer and counseling agency, is launching a Home Sharing Program in Montgomery County, beginning December 1, 2020. The goal is to successfully identify and match renters who are seeking affordable housing options with homeowners who have attractive and safe spare bedrooms in their homes, or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on their property, to rent long-term. The homeowners must live in the home full time to participate.
HIP’s Montgomery County Home Sharing Program is supported by Montgomery County’s Department of Health & Human Services, and uses Silvernest.com to match Homeowners (HO) with compatible Home Seekers (HS). No housing subsidies are available.
Below you will find the links to a survey for Homeowners and a separate survey for Home Seekers. We would love to get your input on whether a Home Sharing arrangement is something you would consider. Feel free to also forward the survey links to friends and family members who might also have an interest in learning more about this new initiative.
For more information, please call HIP: 301-85-SHARE (301-857-4273)
For home owners: https://hiphomes.org/home-sharing/
For home seekers: https://hiphomes.org/home-seekers/
HIP Home Sharing Team
Guidelines for staying safe and sane for members and volunteers, for all of us
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COVID-19 Testing Now Available at More than 45 Sites in County; 14 Upcoming Opportunities at Free County-Operated Clinics
There are more than 45 sites in Montgomery County where residents can get tested for COVID-19, including County-operated and privately operated clinics. There will be County-operated testing at 14 clinics on the upcoming schedule.
Testing at County clinics is free, does not require a doctor’s referral and is available by making advance appointments or on a walk-up basis. Reservations can be made online at www.MoCoCOVIDtesting.org.
Marilyn Emery has been a resident of Kensington for over 30 years. Through her job as a Realtor she often works with residents and their families who are facing the decisions to age in place, or move. This gives her a view of the many decisions that go into what it takes to safely stay in your home.
Over the years Marilyn has been very active as a volunteer in her neighborhood, local schools and her church. She finds these activities rewarding and energizing.
In her free time Marilyn loves spending time with her family, doing gardening, photography and spending time in the quiet of the woods.
We are excited that our masked Vok president, Mike Landa (upper right hand corner) was featured in a flyer promoting Good Neighbor Day that appeared in The Washington Post. To learn more about this initiative, visit https://www.nationalgoodneighborday.com/