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A NewWay of Living How older adults fight loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic Graham Cullen

When Carl Close (right), who lives at HeartFields Assisted Living at Frederick, need a boost, he goes for a walk, sometimes strolling indoors, and other times getting out with friends. Here, he takes a walk with activities director Melissa Hanshew in November.

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Country Meadows of Frederick resident Jean Dunlevy has stayed connected to her family during the pandemic via technology and drive-by visits. By Mary Grace Keller News-Post Staff Writer

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hen 82-year-old Carl Close needs a pick-meup, he goes for a walk. Sometimes he strolls indoors, saying hello to his neighbors. Other times, he walks with friends—at a distance—outside. He gets his feet moving every day. “If I’m feeling particularly lonely, I’ll get up and walk around,” he said. At HeartFields Assisted Living at Frederick, where Close and his wife 4

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Martha have lived since August, life looks a little different these days. Masked faces greet them at every turn, and people move in 6-foot invisible bubbles. They are among many in assisted living or retirement facilities in a time when older adults in particular need to limit interactions to protect their health. Older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions have a greater risk for serious illness and possibly death if they contract COVID-19, according to the Maryland Department of Health. As of Nov. 27, Frederick County residents

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60 and older represented 94 percent of COVID-19 deaths, according to the Frederick County government website. As a result, more seniors are isolating, or interacting with others less often. With that new way of living can come feelings of stress, anxiety and loneliness, according to Lynda Sowbel, a doctor of social work and former Hood College professor. “I would say COVID has been a crisis for a lot of people,” said Sowbel, who has been practicing clinical social work for more than 30 years.

She primarily sees adults and older adults; her specialties include helping clients through bereavement, grief and aging. “Isolation and loneliness can affect people at any age,” she said, “but it may be a little more amplified in older adults in the sense that some of them are afraid to go out, or their families are afraid for them to come out.” Since the pandemic began, many of Sowbel’s clients’ existing struggles have been exacerbated by COVID-19. A copSee Loneliness, 23


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How to Downsize By Erika Riley News-Post Staff Writer

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rganizing and downsizing definitely aren’t everybody’s favorite activities. But when it’s time to move into a smaller home, either in a retirement community, assisted living facility, condominium or accessory dwelling, preparation is a must. Donna Eichelberger, senior living specialist at Graceful Transitions in Mt. Airy, always gives a few key pieces of advice to her clients: start early, take your time, and consider available space. “Prior to your transitioning into a new apartment or condo, you need to have a sense of space and if everything’s going to fit,” Eichelberger said. “If you try to eye it, you could really run into trouble because you might bring too much stuff.” Eichelberger suggests measuring the new space well before moving if possible, or at least getting the dimensions from a leasing office. Seniors can then draw out their new space on graph paper or by using software as a reference when choosing what to keep. But it’s important to do it to scale. Ryan Burns, president and owner of Stress Free Solutions in Frederick, said it’s best to begin this process as early as possible. “The number one thing I tell people is don’t wait for injury or illness to dictate your move. Because a lot of times it’s very emotional,” he said. “So if they keep putting it off and they don’t start early ... something will happen and then they’re kind of taken out of the conversation.” Eichelberger agrees that starting early is best—about a year prior to the goal move date. This will allow the process to be more spread out, so a senior might 6

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Graceful Transitions president John Newell, above, consults with client Mary Jack, as his crew, left, works in her New Market home.

only have to dedicate two hours to downsizing each week. She noted that, throughout the process, many seniors will find old items that

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evoke memories, which can lead to a lot of time reminiscing. “If you’ve started your project well in advance, you can take the time to en-

joy those memories,” Eichelberger said. “That’s why it’s important to start sooner than later if you’re planning on moving.” While many seniors have been putting off their moves because of the coronavirus pandemic, Burns said this is a perfect time to begin paring down belongings. When they are deciding what to get rid of, he tells his clients to remember the acronym OHIO: only handle it once. “So, make the decision. Don’t make one pile into two piles, and two into three, and then three back to one,” Burns See Downsize, 21


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Q&A:With Pete Plamondon Jr. Pete Plamondon Jr. is co-president of Plamondon Hospitality Partners, a hotel and restaurant company based in Frederick that owns 13 hotels, and 24 corporate-owned hotels and 24 franchise-owned restaurants. By Ryan Marshall Frederick News-Post Staff

Who were your role models when you were growing up or just starting out in business? First and foremost would be my father, Pete Plamondon Sr., who we sadly just lost in August. He was a senior executive for Marriott, and I actually grew up in the business, so to speak, with my summer jobs in high school or college. And my interest in hospitality allowed me to go to Cornell University and attend the School of Hotel Administration, which my father did as well. He was somebody who I respected first as a father and a mentor, but obviously as well as a leader in our industry. His focus was more restaurant-focused with Marriott, where now our business is a second-generation family business in both restaurants and hotels. All hospitality, obviously, but we branched in a big way into the hotel side as well. I certainly had some role models while I was working at Marriott. My first job out of Cornell was, I spent five years at Marriott in the hotel division. I naturally had some role models that I reported to as a young sales guy when I was at Marriott. But suffice it to say, my dad, he’d be the guy. Were there any national business leaders whose techniques you studied? I would suggest Bill Marriott. That’s who my dad worked for. But Marriott 8

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as a family business. It used to be that Bill Marriott, who’s my dad’s age, 88, he was very famous for visiting his mostly restaurants, back in the day, not hotels, but would know the names of employees, know a little bit about the family of employees, and would be able to ask personal questions. Just being visible in the operations and being interested in the employee, because the old adage at Marriott [was], if you take care of the employee, they’ll take care of the guest, and the guest will keep coming back time and again. And that really holds true to this day, particularly in our industry, the hospitality space. It’s always going to be a labor-intensive business, so the more you can be close to your employees and they really feel a genuine relationship with the owner, I think it really goes a long way. Did you always plan to follow your father into the business? Did you consider any other careers? I considered getting into broadcasting.When I was applying to colleges, I went to Cornell for the School of Hotel Administration, but I also fancied myself the next Walter Cronkrite and I applied to Syracuse University for their communications school, and I thought that would be a great career.Then as I thought about it more, I thought, only the very top of the mountain get to do the major markets, so I could be the anchor guy in Schenectady, NewYork,

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for the rest of my life, and that wasn’t so appealing. Forgive me if you’re from Schenectady. But anyway, I chose hospitality, with five years at Marriott. I did make a career change after that; I spent eight years in Washington, D.C., in the commercial real estate space as a broker. So I did deviate. Then, after those eight years was when I approached my dad about joining what was then his company. And so … to answer your question, no, I didn’t always plan to get into the family business. I did something else for 13 years before that conversation was had.

I didn’t always plan to get into the family business. I did something else for 13 years before that conversation was had. Does that commercial real estate background come in handy when you’re looking at new properties? It does. Having a good eye for real estate—my dad had a great eye for real estate, in terms of looking at a market and where’s the growth, not only now but five years from now and being able to project out a bit. He was very good at that; he had more winners than losers in terms of site selection over his career. And Dad once told me that he considered himself a developer, as well, which I thought was kind of interesting. Because

I considered my dad a restaurant executive and owner, which obviously he was. But he said, no, we’re building buildings, we’re taking a piece of ground that’s undeveloped and building something on it. How do you define success? I’m going to borrow Bill Marriott’s quote: He had a famous saying that, “Success is never final.”Truly, it’s hard to define success. Success is when a number of boxes get checked: you’re profitable, that’s obviously a box that you have to check to be successful. But there are other ways to measure success, and that is attracting quality people and developing them and providing career opportunities for them to grow as well. I think as an entrepreneur, that’s one of the most satisfying things. We employ over 1,100 people, and it’s wonderful as we grow in numbers of units that there’s that need for additional people. And who’s promotable, and who has demonstrated that they’ve been successful and are worthy of that promotion? Most of the time, it’s better to promote from within, because that means that you’re doing a good job of providing the right training and opportunities for people you already have on your payroll to move up and earn more money and more rank and all that stuff. I think that is part of how I might come to define success is seeing people grow in their roles from when they join the company. And the longevity of a lot of people at our company over 40 years. We’ve got a couple people who are more than 30 years in the company. And that’s huge.That speaks volumes, in my book. See Plamondon, 10


Pete Plamondon Jr., co-president of Plamondon Hospitality Partners, says that when you can be close to your employees so they really feel a genuine relationship with the owner, that goes a long way for both them and the company. BILL GREEN

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What is one thing that someone needs to have to be a success in business? Don’t consider yourself to be the smartest person in the room, and surround yourself with smart people and ask a lot of questions and allow them to come up with the answer, because then they will own that. Not saying, “This is how you do it,” say, “How do you think this should be done?” And they might not have the right answer a hundred percent of the time. But if they’re good, they probably will have the right answer more than not. So keep asking questions. …Going back to my dad again, he was always good, even when business was good, he’d keep asking questions. How do you get better? Don’t just sit back and say, well, we’re making money and it’s all good. Not wanting to fall into a level of complacency, I guess, is really what it amounts to. Always ask questions about how you can improve.That’s just having a genuine interest in the business. We’re a franchiser for Roy Rogers, which is considered in the quick service space a kind of premier brand, and being a franchisee in hotels with both Marriott and Hilton, they’re two of the best out there, and so we learn a lot from them. And we’re able to apply it to our businesses. Just the art of listening and doing more listening than speaking and allowing people around you to make decisions and don’t feel like you, as the owner, have to be the one that makes every and all decisions. Because otherwise, nobody’s stimulated around you to want to think— it’s just being told what to do. I don’t have all the answers. Coming out of the holiday season, what role does charitable giving play in your life? Going back to my dad again, when he first started with one restaurant here in Frederick, he was all about how do I give back to the community, how do I get involved in the community, whether it’s time or financial resources. Because people will notice, and they’re going to say, “He is here to be a part of the community, not just take from the community.” I can’t tell you how many times

someone will come up to me and say, I really appreciate what you did or what you gave, and a lot of times I don’t even realize it happened. And I chuckle a little bit, because that is the power, I’m glad we could help you out at doing something, because that’s the culture that we promote here.Whether it’s a gift of food or overnight lodging, rather than just writing a check. They’re all important, and the importance is depending upon who’s asking and what it’s being used for. We give, like most companies do, yearround.We do an annual United Way campaign that has lots of different directions based on the agencies and the recipients who get help from the United Way. Dad believed in that from Day One, and we continue to grow that.We can be a sponsor of events, when people are coming in

Your reputation is only as good as what you say or do. And if all you’re doing is you’re in the background and you’re not getting involved, I think you’re just taking from the community... from out of town, we can house them in a hotel at no charge because they’re doing some charitable event. There’s lots of ways to provide charitable giving. And people do recognize that—if you’re doing it and your competitor is not, well, people remember that. Your reputation is only as good as what you say or do. And if all you’re doing is you’re in the background and you’re not getting involved, I think you’re just taking from the community. …. Our success is based on the people around us. It pays dividends in ways that probably I can’t put a finger on, but you just know it does.


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And what about the cost to personal relationships? Feeling slighted by a late relative and missing out on a potentially large inheritance can be painful. But realize that there’s an emotional strain to going to court. Contesting the will may very likely affect relationships with the adversary; you may end up never speaking to that person (or those persons) again. And you should be warned: Successful will contests are few. Many are settled out of court. How about contesting a trust? Has a trust omitted you in favor of your brother or sister? Like wills, these can be set aside based on the same reasons as a will, but again, this result can be difficult to achieve. You need to take timely action. Courts consider accounts of convenience, too. If you know that the deceased didn’t intend to keep a joint owner on a bank account, but only added the name as a convenience to help with bill paying or financial management, or as a “poorman’s will” to save money, courts can and do order the asset to be turned over to the estate and shared with other beneficiaries. This also can apply to brokerage accounts and stocks. The key is always the intent of the person who added the name at the time it was created. If you feel there’s a reason to challenge a will or trust, first set aside your emotions, and then act with logic and consult your attorney.

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About Aging and Medications A s you get older, body changes can affect the way medicines are absorbed and used. For example, changes in the digestive system can affect how fast medicines enter the bloodstream. Changes in body weight can influence the amount of medicine you need to take and how long it stays in your body. The circulatory system may slow down, which can affect how fast drugs get to the liver and kidneys. The liver and kidneys also may work more slowly, affecting the way a drug breaks down and is removed from the body.

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Because of these body changes, there is also a bigger risk of drug interactions among older adults. • Drug-drug interactions happen when two or more medicines react with each other to cause unwanted effects. This kind of interaction can also cause one medicine to not work as well or even make one medicine stronger than it should be. For example, you should not take aspirin if you are taking a prescription blood thinner, such as warfarin, unless your health care professional tells you to. • Drug-condition interactions happen when a medical condition you already have makes certain drugs potentially harmful. For example, if you have high blood pressure or asthma, you could have an unwanted reaction if you take a nasal decongestant. • Drug-food interactions result from drugs reacting with foods or drinks. In some cases, food in the digestive tract can affect how a drug is absorbed. Some medicines also may affect the way nutrients are absorbed or used in the body. 12

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Side effects are unplanned symptoms or feelings you have when taking a medicine. To help prevent possible problems with medicines, seniors must know about the medicine they take and how it makes them feel. Keep track of side effects to help your doctor know how your body is responding to a medicine. New symptoms or mood changes may not be a result of getting older, but caused by the medicine you’re taking or another factor, such as a change in diet or routine. If you have an unwanted side effect, call your doctor right away.

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• All medicines count. Tell your team of health care professionals about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, such as pain relievers, antacids, cold medicines and laxatives. Don’t forget to include eye drops, dietary supplements, vitamins, herbals and topical medicines, such as creams and ointments. • Keep in touch with your doctors. If you regularly take a prescription medicine, ask your doctor to check how well it is working. Check to see whether you still need to take it and, if so, whether there is anything you can do to cut back. Don’t stop taking the medicine on your own without first talking to your doctor. • Medical history. Tell your health care professional about your medical history. The doctor will want to know whether you have any food, medicine or other allergies. He or she also will want to know about other conditions you have or had and how you are being treated or were treated for them by other doctors. It is helpful to keep a written list of your health conditions that you can easily share with your doctors. Your primary care physician should also know about any specialist doctors you see on a regular basis. • Eating habits. Mention your eating habits. If you follow or have recently changed to a special diet (a very low-fat diet, for instance, or a high-calcium diet), talk to your doctor about this. Tell your doctor about how much coffee, tea, or alcohol you drink each day and whether you smoke. These things may make a difference in the way your medicine works. • Swallowing tablets. If you have trouble swallowing tablets, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for ideas. Maybe there is a liquid medicine you could use or maybe you can crush your tablets. But do not break, crush, or chew tablets without first asking your health care professional.

can answer your questions privately in the pharmacy or over the phone. Here are some other ways your pharmacist can help: • Many pharmacists keep track of medicines on their computer. If you buy your medicines at one store and tell your pharmacist all the OTC and prescription medicines or dietary supplements you take, your pharmacist can help make sure your medicines don’t interact harmfully with one another. • Ask your pharmacist to place your prescription medicines in easyto-open containers if you have a hard time taking off child-proof caps and do not have young children living in or visiting your home. • Your pharmacist may be able to print labels on prescription medicine containers in larger type if reading the medicine label is hard for you.

What to Ask Your Doctor or Pharmacist •W  hat is the name of the medicine and what is it supposed to do? Is there a less expensive alternative? • How and when do I take the medicine, and for how long? •S  hould it be taken with water, food, or with a special medicine, or at the same time as other medicines? • What do I do if I miss or forget a dose? • Should it be taken before, during or after meals? •W  hat is the proper dose? For example, does “four times a day” mean you have to take it in the middle of the night? • What does your doctor mean by “as needed?” • Are there any other special instructions to follow? •W  hat foods, drinks, other medicines, dietary supplements or activities should I avoid while taking this medicine? •W  ill any tests or monitoring be required while I am taking this medicine? Do I need to report back to the doctor? • What are the possible side effects and what do I do if they occur?

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•W  hen should I expect the medicine to start working, and how will I know if it is working? •W  ill this new prescription work safely with the other prescriptions and OTC medicines or dietary supplements I am taking? • Is there written information about my medicine? Ask the pharmacist to review the most important information with you. (Ask if it’s available in large print or in a language other than English if you need it.) •W  hat is the most important thing I should know about this medicine? Ask the pharmacist any questions your doctor did not answer. • Can I get a refill? If so, when? • How and where should I store this medicine?

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JANUARY CALENDAR Frederick County Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center live virtual fitness classes. To buy an all-access fitness pass, a single fitness class pass, or make a donation to the virtual center: http://frederickcountymd-gov .3dcartstores.com/-Virtual-50-Programs_c_24.html Virtual 50+ Community Center Programs and Registration Preregister. $60 fitness pass for January-March classes. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov Mondays, 1:30 p.m. Line Dance — Improve your balance, get moving and have fun! Mondays, 2:45 p.m. Floor Yoga — Focus on alignment of the mus14

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cular and skeletal structures, along with breathing techniques using both held and moving postures. Mondays, 5 p.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio, low-impact dance moves and fun, energizing music. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. Strength Training/Gentle Stretching — Using light weights (or soup cans or water bottles). Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Morning Flow Yoga — Incorporating traditional and nontraditional yoga moves to energize and awaken the body. These will include standing and sitting asanas (postures). Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio low-impact dance moves and energizing music. Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio low-impact dance moves and energizing music. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Meditation and Movement (M&M) — Tai chi|

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inspired seated exercise class. The focus is on releasing tension in the body through slow movement and deep breathing. Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. SPARK! — Strength training mixed with simple cardiovascular movement and stretching. Use body weight and light hand-held weights. Class is primarily standing or using a chair for some activity. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Yoga Nidra (aka yogic sleep) — Helps induce a conscious meditative state between waking and sleeping. The practice reduces stress and improves sleep. You may lie on the floor, bed or recliner. Key is comfort. Thursdays, 9 a.m. Strength Training/Gentle Stretching — Use light weights (or soup cans or water bottles). Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Morning Flow Yoga — Incorporating traditional and nontraditional yoga

moves to energize and awaken the body. Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. Line Dance — Improve your balance, get moving and have fun! Fridays, 9 a.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio low-impact dance moves and fun music. Saturdays, 9 a.m. Joy of Movement — Aging Backwards: Eccentrics for Seniors® is a dynamic gentle full body movement that increases cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and joint mobility. Done seated and standing, with modifications, to be safe and accessible for everyone. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Yin Yang Yoga — Brings together the benefits of passively holding yoga poses with more active dynamic sequences and standing postures; working on the muscles and blood flow, building strength, stamina and flexibility.


JANUARY CALENDAR Jan. 4 The Book Shelf Book Club Discuss the book “The Morning and the Evening,” by Ken Follett. Free, preregister. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov

Jan. 5 Dining with Diabetes National program designed for adults with type 2 diabetes. Learn skills needed to identify and understand important information about managing this disease. Via Zoom. Preregistration is required. Sessions continue Jan. 12, 19, 26. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Via Zoom, through the University of Md. Extension office. Contact: To register: Cheryl Bush, 410-758-0166 or cherb@umd.edu. Drawing Class For all skill levels. Also meets Jan. 12, 19 and 26. Free. Preregister. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online, hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov Badminton BYO racket. $3 city residents, $6 non-city residents. On Tuesdays. Time: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Location: Trinity Recreation Center, 6040 New Design Road, Frederick Contact: www.cityoffrederickmd. gov/webtrac Craft and Conversation: Up-cycled Animal Drawings Free. Preregister. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov

Jan. 6 Genealogy: Writing Family History Explore prompts and writing strategies to tell our stories to future generations. Low-key writing class focusing on getting started or continuing a project. Preregister. Free. Also meets Jan. 13, 20, 27. Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov Good News Only! Coffee and Conversation Free. Preregister. Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov An Introduction to the Wonder, Curiosity and Adventure of Studying World Religions Religious tolerance, bigotry, skepticism and resistance—every human society, culture and tradition has had a religious dimension. Even those who reject being religious have responded to religious influences. So how may we appreciate the diverse contributions of religion while still critiquing the excesses and mistakes? Explore a fresh overview of some of the world’s major religions. Share struggles, breakthroughs and affirmations and concerns. This three-week program is led by Rev. Dr. Tim Dissameyer. Preregister. Free. Also meets Jan. 13 and 20. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov

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Jan. 12 Maryland Access Point (MAP) 101 MAP is a door that opens pathways to services in the community for anyone 55 or older or anyone 18 or older with a disability. MAP assists residents with obtaining services to remain independent in the community. Preregister. Free Time: 4 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov

Jan. 7 Knit/Crochet Socialize while working on your projects. Preregister. Free. Also meets Jan. 14, 21 and 28. Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov

Jan. 9 Virtual Program: Our Favorite Cookbooks for Winter Discover your next recipe with FCPL favorite winter cookbooks. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Frederick County Public Libraries Facebook page Contact: 301-600-1630 or www.fcpl.org

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Jan. 11 Caregiver 101 Join Frederick County Senior Services Division’s Caregiver Support Program Coordinators Mindy and Mary as they share information and resources about caregiving and tools for confident caregiving. Preregister. Free. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov Film Club Do you like movies? Discuss the film “Driving Miss Daisy.” Preregister. Free. Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov 16

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Virtual Program: Introduction to Model Railroading Learn model railroading tips from the pros and see examples of different displays and gauges, scenery and building techniques, more. Free. Time: 1 p.m. Location: Frederick County Public Libraries Facebook page Contact: 301-600-1630 or www.fcpl.org Good Stories Book Club Discuss the book “Beneath a Scarlet Sky,” by Mark Sullivan. Preregister. Free. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov Ukulele Jam Session Learn and play a new song each month. Preregister. Free. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov

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Jan. 15 CSI: The Historical Edition Did you ever watch “CSI”? Advances in science have allowed detectives to crack complex cases that once went cold. Drawing on notorious crimes and real mysteries from yesteryear, see how science has helped detectives catch and convict criminals and close once unsolvable cases. Preregister. Free. Time: 1 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov Become a CORE Program Mentor with Woman to Woman Mentoring Inc. Women who have life experiences to share, who are great listeners, have a caring heart and who are interested in having a major impact in the community are who we are looking for. Due to implications from COVID-19, instead of in-person workshops and meetings, workshops connect mentees and mentors virtually via Zoom. So, this a volunteer opportunity that you can do remotely! Submit application via website. Time: 6:45 p.m. Location: Via Zoom Contact: www.womantowomanmentoring.org

Jan. 19 Carroll’s African American Soldiers and Sailors in the Civil War Carroll County contributed a large number of its free and enslaved African American men to fight for the Union during the Civil War. Most ended up in the infantry, but some were assigned to the cavalry and others to the U.S. Navy. Join Mimi Ashcraft in exploring the stories of these men, the challenges

they faced in segregated military service, the battles in which they fought and their families’ efforts for pensions after the war ended. This program will be live via Zoom and preregistration is required. Free, but donations accepted. Time: Noon Location: Via Zoom through Historical Society of Carroll County Contact: https://hsccmd.org/exhibits/virtual-exhibits Powerful Tools for Caregivers: A Virtual Online Class for Family Caregivers Instructions on accessing the class will be provided to registered participants. Internet access is required. Access the class using Microsoft Teams (a meeting app similar to Zoom); a short preclass Teams orientation is required for those not familiar with the platform at 4 p.m. Jan. 12. An evidence– based educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. Covers reducing stress, effective communication, self-care, reducing feelings of guilt, anger and depression, making tough decisions, setting goals and problem solving, and more. Six sessions on Tuesdays, Jan. 19 to Feb. 23. Free. Time: 4 to 6 p.m. Location: Via Teams, preregistration required. Contact: 301-600-6001 or mlohman@frederickcountymd.gov The Science Hour Join us for simple experiments, trivia and discussion. Preregister. Free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov


JANUARY CALENDAR Jan. 20 Nutrition with Leslie: Nourish Mind, Body & Spirit Food provides nourishment for the body and enjoyment for the mind and spirit. How can you achieve balance in your relationship with food? Learn how to add mindful eating, meditation and calming foods into your lifestyle. Presenter: Leslie Jefferson, RD, LDN, Giant. Preregister. Free. Time: 9 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov

Jan. 21 Are you new to Medicare? Join Senior Services Division State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) staff to learn the Medicare maze! Staff will review Medicare Parts A, B, C and D. Preregister. Free. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov

Jan. 25 Caring for Your Family Treasures Learn how to preserve and protect your family’s scrapbooks, photographs, and other personal treasures. Discuss where to store items, what boxes and other storage options are best, and what environments and other factors are most damaging to your materials. Gain the knowledge to ensure your family treasures last. Led by Debra Elfenbein, Special Collections, Enoch Pratt Library. Preregister. Free. Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD.

gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov Craft and Conversation: Snowflakes Preregister. Free. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov

Jan. 27 Virtual Field Trip: Jewish Museum of Maryland Have you ever looked up at the sky and wondered, “What’s up there?” Jewish people have been wondering about the stars and planets for centuries. The museum’s newest exhibit, “Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit,” explores the discoveries, stories and adventures of those people. This virtual tour gives you an inside look, sharing how Jewish people thought about space in the past, the creativity of Jewish science fiction writers and the bravery of Jewish astronauts. Preregister. $5. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov

Jan. 29 Six Word Stories Legend says that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Can you tell a story in just six words? Preregister. Free. Time: 1 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov

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said. “Try to make the decision the first time and really pay attention to the emotional side of it.” The main options for getting rid of items are selling, donating, giving to a family member and recycling or trashing. Both Graceful Transitions and Stress Free Solutions offer services to help make these decisions and can also help with moving things out. Eichelberger suggested reaching out to family members to see if they might want any items, but to give them a deadline. “Give them a month, and if they ... haven’t gotten it [by]then, give it away to charity or something,” she said. She also cautioned against trying to sell too many items. Many seniors believe they might be able to break even on their move by selling some of their belongings, but should bear in mind that not everything might sell. An auctioneer or consigner can help assess what might. “It might offset a little bit, but the furnishings that people are interested in

Many believe they might be able to break even on their move by selling some of their belongings, but should bear in mind that not everything might sell. An auctioneer or consigner can help assess what might. today our seniors may not have in their home,” Eichelberger said. Stress Free Solutions has its own auction area on its website where it auctions off seniors’ discarded items about once every two weeks. When it comes to the actual move itself, both companies offer full-service moving for seniors. But having everything ready ahead of time will make this second step much smoother, both Eichelberger and Burns said. “You don’t want to injure yourself, you want to pace yourself,” Eichelberger said. “Remember, it’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon.”

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ing mechanism that worked for someone in the past—such as visiting friends or family—may not be options now. Exercise, gardening, reading, journaling and listening to music can help someone shift their thoughts to a more positive sphere, she suggested. Finding a sense of belonging, even to a Facebook group, can be critical to a person’s well-being. And while social media can be helpful in that regard, Sowbel said it’s good to take breaks from scrolling through it, as it can be a bit much, or overwhelming. Jean Dunlevy, a resident of Country Meadows Retirement Communities in Frederick, takes comfort in the arts. The former school teacher formed a porch group for residents to watch the sunset and talk—social distance style.

They ask each other thought-provoking questions like, “What was the best advice you ever received?” One gentleman suggested they write poems. In hers, 89-year-old Dunlevy described life at Country Meadows, where she has lived for about five years. “Since COVID has happened, things have changed to be sure, no hugging or touching, no, not anymore.We can curtsy, salute or take a quick bow. Indeed things have changed, but only for now,” a snippet of her poem reads. Dunlevy further occupies herself with music. She plays piano and the harp. At the beginning of the pandemic, Country Meadows Director of Dynamic Living Melanie Long said residents had to stay in their rooms for the most part, which caused loneliness for some. Staff left activities packets on their

doors, checked on residents frequently and got creative by offering hallway exercise classes. At HeartFields, staff have taken a similar approach, said Activities Director Melissa Hanshew. She’s led walks, offered bingo and brought in a singer to serenade residents through cracked windows. Both Hanshew and Long said technology has been a godsend for keeping people connected and entertained. Through video chats, Dunlevy can see her great-grandchildren put to bed, attend birthday parties and stay involved in her family’s lives. Fellow Country Meadows resident Mary Huber said she gets phone calls constantly from her loved ones, and she’s been glad to enjoy small, socially distant group activities when she can. She looks forward to a maskless world.

“When people have to wear a mask, it’s sort of sad,” Huber said. “I like to see their smiles.” As a mother of nine, she sees herself as one of the lucky ones with a closeknit family. Huber acknowledged some residents don’t have relatives as doting as hers. She encouraged people to reach out to their loved ones, however they can. Close and Dunlevy echoed this sentiment. “Don’t get centered on yourself, because if you want to keep yourself healthy, in terms of your mental outlook, you really need to talk with other people,” Close said. And while Dunlevy would love to visit relatives far away, she feels a responsibility to stay put. “Those are hard things to sacrifice, but I do feel we need to do it,” she said.

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