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About this year’s Caregiver Conference hear too often about the importance of caring for oneself. We know the first rule on an airplane is to place our own oxygen mask on before assisting a child or companion. We know we are to help ourselves before helping others and that caring for ourselves is one of the most critical – yet most forgotten – things do as a caregivers. When our own needs are taken care of, the person we love and care for will benefit too. Researchers know a lot about the effects of caregiving on health and well-being. Family Caregiver Alliance research suggests that if you are a caregiving spouse between the ages of 66 and 96 and experiencing mental or emotional strain, you have a risk of dying that is 63% higher than that of people your age who are not caregivers. The combination of loss, prolonged stress, the physical demands, and age-related changes place you at high risk for significant health problems, hospitalization, and an earlier death. Caregiving is an emotional roller coaster. While it can be a very rewarding experience demonstrating love and commitment, exhaustion, worry, financial

“There are four kinds of people in the world: Those who have been caregivers; Those who currently are caregivers; Those who will be caregivers; And those who will need caregivers.”

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resources, and care demands are highly stressful. While we can’t stop the impact of a chronic illness, there is much you can do to take responsibility for your own well-being and ways to meet your own needs to stay strong. Caregivers need support and community programs to help them remain strong physically, as well as emotionally.The Elder Services Provider Council (ESPC) is dedicated to providing education and support to the community about issues relevant to older adults.There are more than 65 million family caregivers and unsung heroes in

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our country. Many receive almost no information or training on providing care and are challenged by a fragmented health care system that causes caregiver burden and stress. We must change the way caregivers are supported, educated, and informed about resources to support them. The ESPC welcomes the community to the second Caregiver Conference being held on Tuesday, October 3, the evening before the Annual Elder Expo. Attendees have the opportunity to preview the nearly 80 regional EXPO vendors in a quieter venue, ask questions, learn about resources to help them, and collect information. Registration is free and includes a complimentary boxed dinner. Caregiving services will be made

available, courtesy of Daybreak Adult Day Services, with music therapy services offered by Darcy Lipscomb, Maryland Board-Certified therapist and Owner of Noteable Progessions in Frederick. The ESPC is proud to welcome Frederick County resident and caregiving chamption Joe Princehouse, who will share his own caregiving journey with his beloved wife Fran. His welcome remarks will be followed by a dynamic presentation by dementia care expert Linn Possell with Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach team. Free registration is required and can be made through the website: www.espcfrederick.com and follow the link to Family Caregiver Conference Registration, or go directly to frederickespc.wufoo.com/forms/ family-caregiver-conference/ or call 240.490.4181 to register. Hurry! Space is limited!

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About this year’s Elder Expo

The Expo features health screenings, flu shots, and more!

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he Elder Services Provider Council of Frederick (ESPC) is happy to present the 25th Annual Elder Expo on October 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Frederick Fairgrounds. For over 25 years, this event has grown to host more than 700 attendees who are exploring information and resources related to aging, senior care and services. This premiere Expo will showcase 79 vendors sharing resources and information about local home heath, nursing and assisted living, senior care, home care, legal services, downsizing and realtors, home improvement, and end of life planning services. The first Expo was held in the cafeteria of Frederick High School in 1991 and since then, the event has grown significantly. Monthly ESPC meetings are held at the Frederick Co. Dept. of Aging and provide ongoing opportunities for professionals working in older adult settings to network, hear educational speakers, and get involved in community activities. The ESPC is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to supporting the lives of our community’s seniors and as part of its mission, contributes to programs that serve the needs of older adults. Since 2012, over $40,000 has been awarded through a charitable grants process. The Expo would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, vendors and those serving on the planning committee. This year’s Premier sponsors include the

The Elder Expo is not just for seniors, but for information seeking adult children, caregivers, friends, faith-communities and employers. ESPC, Dept. of Aging, and the Frederick News-Post. This year’s Elite sponsor and supporter of the A Positive Approach professional training and Caregiver Conference, is Frederick Regional Health System. Platinum sponsors include Baker Rehab Group, Citizens Care-Odyssey Assisted Living, Edenton, Five-Star Senior Living, Homewood, Hospice of Frederick County, Stauffer’s Funeral Home,

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and Whitesell’s Pharmacy. Please visit our major sponsors and thank them for their support! This year’s Expo will be an unforgettable experience! The Elder Expo is not just for seniors, but for information seeking adult children, caregivers, friends, faith-communities and employers. Our rapidly aging population engages us all and you will find experts and resources to meet everyone’s needs. The

corporate community recognizes that the Elder Expo is the place to be and allows you to explore all the senior services our county has to offer. Activities include health screenings, flu shots, and health education. Delicious box lunches are complimentary to all attendees aged 60 and older. Guests will have the chance to win one of a kind door prizes drawn during each lunch seating in Building 13. To learn more about the Elder Services Provider Council (ESPC), visit www.espcfrederick.com. See you at the Elder Expo on October 4, 2017!

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iving well with any chronic, progressive condition is difficult; yet to live well with one that carries with it a stigma and so many misconceptions creates a bigger challenge still. How can we, family and professional care partners, support the people we know living with dementia and help them to live well and thrive? Instead of looking back on what a person was capable of, and lamenting on the losses in their life, Teepa Snow, one of the leading educators on dementia, has opted to see things a little differently. She sees great value in shifting the focus to what is possible now. Ask yourself if you have ever considered what a person affected by dementia is capable of at any given moment. How is the person attempting to relate to you? What are they interested in now? What skills and talents do they have today? Which communication cues are helpful

to them? What environmental supports are making a positive difference to those in your care? This is the approach that Teepa takes to ensure that someone with dementia is living well when experiencing brain change. As an Occupational Therapist for over thirty years, her wealth of experience led her to develop Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) techniques and training. Her company strives to educate family and professional care partners all over the world. The goal? Help them grow their dementia related awareness, knowledge, and skills to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.Teepa has dedicated her life to advocating for people living with dementia and to creating positive opportunities for these individuals and their families. After working several years independently to change the culture of dementia care,

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Linn Possell is the Head Mentor Coach for Positive Approach™. Linn is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, has her Master of Divinity, Master of Exercise Physiology, National Certification in Athletic Training and the Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, and Bachelor in Education. Linn has worked with individuals living with dementia, families and staff for the past 10 years as a counselor, Resource Coordinator, Memory Care Director and Dementia Educator. She is certified in FL to provide the State required dementia education and is a National CDP trainer. Linn has been a teacher for 15 years in middle and high school in the public school and has taught at the University of Connecticut. She has worked as a crisis intervention coordinator with at risk youth, a senior pastor of a local congregation in FL, a consultant for the Florida Conference of the United Church in Older Adult Ministries, a speaker for Orange County Public Schools on conflict resolution, and the Alzheimers Association, and United Church of Christ on Spirituality and Aging. Linn’s interest in dementia care started as a nurse’s assistant as a student in college

Teepa Snow has expanded her company to include many team members who believe in her methods of Positive Physical Approach™, Hand-under-Hand®, and the positive model of the GEMS® states as tools for change. Rev Linn Possell has been a member of Teepa’s team for many years, and is a Positive Approach to Care Mentor as well as a PAC™ Skills trainer. Linn has been working with people living with dementia and their families for the past ten years. She began her journey in dementia care when her mother was diagnosed with early onset Frontal Temporal Dementia. Linn is the author of Alzheimer’s A Beautiful Spirit Celebrated and A Heart Full of GEMS, a heart-warming story that

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however, her formal education in dementia care came in the way of being both and advocate and care partner to her mother who had early onset frontal temporal dementia and as a student of Teepa Snow. Linn and Teepa’s paths crossed when Linn wrote her first book, ALzheimers A Beautiful Spirit Celebrated. This book helps guide loved ones as they recognize and celebrate the spiritual life of someone living with dementia. Linn brings her varied background and experience of teaching, sports medicine, ministering, counseling, coaching, speaking, and care giving to PAC. Linn is an ultra- runner and has combined her passion for running and commitment to bring awareness to individual struggles in many ultra -marathons to raise awareness and funding for causes such as ALS, JRA and dementia. Linn is also a reiki master and works with many modalities to promote balance and synergy in the lives of others.

teaches children how a human connection can be maintained when someone is living with dementia. What is possible when it comes to dementia care? Linn says “Connection, joy, meaningful relationships, purposeful and playful engagement, the ability to share wisdom and love…these are the possibilities for individuals living with dementia and those who love and care for them. The possibility for wholeness of life belongs to those who believe in possibility.” Please join us October 3rd for an interactive and engaging session with Linn to see for yourself what is possible and why PAC skills make the difference. Register now www.espcfrederick.com

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ur office prepares hundreds of wills and trusts for our clients each year. Most clients’ universal desire is to make sure they do not unduly burden their beneficiaries, usually children, with complicated estate plans and unnecessary red tape.With proper legal advice, many of the potential pitfalls of probate (the court supervised process of settling a deceased person’s affairs) can be avoided, and the administration process is merely a formality. However, I often hear from clients that they have made other arrangements to avoid probate, such as joint ownership, paid on death and transfer of death designations, and beneficiary designations. These arrangements often defeat all the plans that a client has set forth in

his will, without the client even realizing the implications. Joint ownership is one of the easiest ways to avoid probate. Upon the death of one owner, the property or account passes by operation of law to the surviving owner. Joint ownership involves minimal paperwork to establish, and often people do so without any awareness of the consequences. Adding a joint owner to an account or real property can cause you to lose control of the asset. In terms of real estate, the property can not be sold or borrowed against without the cooperation of the joint owner. The joint owner has the ability to withdrawal all the funds from a joint bank account without the original owner’s knowledge or consent. Jointly held assets could

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also become subject to the joint owner’s divorce or available to his creditors. In terms of an estate plan, a jointly held account passes to the surviving owner, regardless of what the decedent’s will provides. Beneficiary designations on life insurance or retirement accounts can also derail a testator’s plans just as easily. Although these assets are not usually “probate” property, clients often fail to coordinate their beneficiary designations with their wills. Numerous clients have told me that they named only one of their children as the beneficiary, but they “know” that the child will split the proceeds with their siblings. I always take time to ensure the clients understand that the designated child is under no obligation to share with his siblings, and the child may even face tax and gift implications if he does choose to divide the proceeds. Paid on death or transfer on death designations often suffer the same pitfalls as beneficiary designations by not reflecting the wishes stated in a testator’s will.

With proper legal advice, many of the potential pitfalls of probate can be avoided

Let’s take a widower, Betty, as an example. Betty owns a home outright, has $100,000 in a savings account, and a life insurance policy with a death benefit of $30,000.00. Betty has three children, and she wants each child to receive an equal share of her estate. Betty has retained our firm to prepare a simple will that specifies that her estate is to be divided equally among her three children. In further discussion, Betty indicates that she has named her oldest son the beneficiary of her life insurance policy because she knows he will share with his siblings, added her

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his name to the deed. Only assets in Betty’s sole name would be divided according to the will, and her children would each receive drastically different inheritances based on the beneficiary and joint ownership designations that bypassed her testamentary wishes. Clients put so much thought and planning into their wills; I hate to see situations where simple oversights have caused their wishes to be marginalized. We encourage everyone to examine their wills, beneficiary designations, and titles to accounts to ensure that their plans are not derailed. Scott Morrison, President The Law Offices of Scott Alan Morrison, P.A.

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In the days and weeks following her mothers’ death, Sarah found herself second guessing the decisions she’d made regarding her mothers’ care. She had heard many stories of folks wondering if they did enough for their loved ones as they approached the end of life. Working in healthcare, Sarah struggled, wondering if they had done too much. She wondered if, in an attempt to honor her mothers’ wishes, had they needlessly prolonged her mothers’ suffering. Several weeks later, while digging through a box of her mother’s papers, Sarah came across the papers from her rehabilitation stay. Tucked between her discharge summary and medication list was her mother’s completed MOLST. “Before reading the form, I closed my eyes and whispered a prayer that I hadn’t made a horrendous mistake. Glancing at the bottom of the page, relief washed over me as I saw a check in front of “full code.” To, me, this meant that she wanted us to do whatever we could, within reason, to treat her and keep her alive.” “Turning the form over, I looked to see if Mom had declined any life-saving interventions such as dialysis or artificial nutrition or hydration. Tears fell as I saw her health care directives outlined in black and white: she wanted to try everything if there was a chance to save her life. Her last gift to me was the reassurance that I’d followed her wishes, even when she couldn’t verbalize them.” There is no right or wrong answer when someone is making decisions about their own healthcare wishes but it’s import-

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ant to share them so family members or loved ones are not left in turmoil trying to decide what would have been wanted. Uncertainty places more stress on a family at a time when peace and support should rule the conversation. Stop by the Frederick Memorial Hospital Advance Care Planning booth at the Elder Expo to pick up or complete an Advance Directive and MOLST form so you can give the gift of peace of mind to your loved ones. Learn more about how to begin the advance care planning

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More specifically, it would have avoided undesired medical care for the patient and reduced trauma for the family regarding the care and management of their loved one. Knowing this, a magnetic, red plastic folder was created by FMH Social Worker, Nicole Wetzel, LGSW, MSW, with the intention of providing Frederick County residents with a mechanism to store their advance care planning documents. The folder is imprinted with a medical symbol on the front and magnetic strips on the back, so that it can be placed on the refrigerator door to be easily recognized and accessed by EMS providers and loved ones. Learn more and get your red folder at the FMH Advance Care Planning Booth at the Elder Expo. Nicole Wetzel, LGSW, MSW FMH Social Worker

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MAP OF VENDORS

Booth Company

Booth Company

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Frederick County Department of Aging

40

AAA Mid-Atlantic

2

Commission on Aging

41

Record Street Home

3

Daybreak Adult Day Services

42

Masters Specialty Pharmacy

4

Transit Services of Frederick County

43

The Law Offices of Michael G. Day and Associates, P.C.

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Alzheimer’s Association

44

Comfort Keepers

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MD Vision Center - Dr Thadani

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Integrace-Buckingham’s Choice

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Home Instead Senior Care

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Law Office of Lena A. Clark, LLC

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Ramar Moving Systems Inc.

47

Potomac Dental Centre

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Hospice of Frederick County

48

Helping Hands In Home Care, Inc.

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FMH Select!

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Brooklawn Apartments

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Maryland Insurance Administration

50

Red Canyon Physical Therapy

Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc.

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Carroll Hospice

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Frederick County Health Dept

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CareFirst MedPlus

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Accessible Home Health Care

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Frederick Medical Supplies

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CarePatrol of Central MD and Loudoun VA

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Vindobona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

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SOAR, Supporting Older Adults through Resources

Building 9 Maxim Flu Shots

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FMH Health Screenings

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Mental Health Association

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Lorien Health Services

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Visiting Angels

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Law Office of Cristine Evans LoVetro, LLC

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Shepherd’s Staff In-home Care

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Stauffer Funeral Home

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Baker Rehab Group

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Federated Charities

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Five Star Senior Living

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Frederick Magazine

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Whitesell Pharmacy

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SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice

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Unique Enterprises, Inc

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Register of Wills for Frederick County

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Frederick Foot & Ankle

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Spring Ridge Chiropractic

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Genesis Healthcare Ballenger Creek Center and Glade Valley Center

Fahrney Keedy Senior Living Community

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Partners In Care Maryland

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Frederick County DSS, Adult Services

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Amada Senior Care

68

Law Offices of Scott A. Morrison, PA

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Right at Home

70

Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook

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Frederick Health and Rehabilitation

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Country Meadows of Frederick

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Habitat ReStore

74

MedStar Visiting Nurse Association

75

Center for Vein Restoration

76

Home Care Assistance

77

Sandy Spring Bank

78

The Frederick News-Post

79

ESPC

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ENTRANCE Registration

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Building 13 Lunch Seating

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Maryland Relay

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Frederick Memorial Hospital Home Health Division

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Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center of Frederick / Montevue Assisted Living

29

Victoria Park at Walkersville

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Keeney & Basford Funeral Home

31

Options for Senior America

71

32

Stress Free Solutions

70

33

St. Joseph’s Ministries

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HomeCall

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Bankers Life

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Edenton Retirement Community

37

Homewood at Frederick

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Community Living, Inc.

39

New Homes By George

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east or Famine was the most interesting, yet candid statement a member made when describing his Partners In Care (PIC) experience in Frederick; a service he so desperately needs for transportation. Fortunately, for him, it was a good week. Two volunteers had offered to drive him to Columbia for his appointment at John Hopkins. During that same week however, a member from Brunswick requested a ride to the grocery store. Due to a shortage of volunteers in that area, Partners In Care was unable to match the request. On any given day, many older adults who no longer drive are unThis photo is in memory of Ms. Gladys Poole. She was a kind and active member of Partners In Care since August 2007. Ms. Gladys recently passed sure of how they will make it to their next medical appointment or to away July 2017 at the age of 90. Picture is taken with a wonderful volunthe grocery store for much needed teer driver, Mary Duvall (l) and ride partner Gladys Poole (r).

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stores, and even recreational activities because those can be just as important. Member Care participants help with the basics of everyday living such as minor handyman repairs, friendly phone calls, and advocacy to ensure older adults maintain a healthy lifestyle. Despite best efforts, there is a shortage of volunteers throughout Frederick County. Partners In Care needs drivers to offer short distant rides in: Brunswick, Emmitsburg, Frederick, Ijamsville, Middletown, Mt Airy, Myersville, New Market, Thurmont,Walkersville,Woodsboro, and Taneytown. When Partners In Care is unable to coordinate a ride request, one of the most disheartening yet common questions asked is, “Is it me?” or “Am I the only one who did not get a ride this week?”. Too often, office volunteers and staff must encourage members who are distressed or disappointed with their current situation, but when the rides are matched, the gratitude is tremendous. If approximately 10 people from each community would sign up to volunteer, Partners In Care could fulfill pending ride requests and eliminate the applicant waiting list. One of the greatest benefits of serving with PIC is that volunteers can

Partners In Care has been actively serving Frederick County since 2001. Its mission is to empower older adults to remain independent in their own homes. sign up whenever their schedule permits. Simply commit 2-3 hours weekly, or a few times per month. So please join the team and experience the satisfaction of serving the treasures of our community. Partners In Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Monetary donations and community sponsorship are greatly appreciated. For more information, contact the Frederick office today at 301-682-7433. To complete an application or attend a scheduled orientation, visit the website at: www.partnersincare.org or email shannonbaskerville@partnersincare.org. Shannon Baskerville Site Volunteer Coordinator Partners in Care

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alliative care is specialized medical care that focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. It is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with your doctors to provide an extra layer of support. The goal is to improve your quality of life. To do this, the palliative care team will: • Relieve your symptoms and distress • Help you better understand your disease and diagnosis • Help clarify your treatment goals and options • Understand and support your ability to cope with your illness • Assist you with making medical decision • Coordinate with your other doctors

Will my insurance cover it? Most insurance plans cover all or part of palliative care, just as with other medical services. Do I have to give up my own doctor? No. The palliative care team partners with your primary doctor. Can I have curative treatment together with palliative care? Yes, absolutely. Your treatment choices are up to you.You can have palliative care at the same time as treatment meant to cure you.

Who else, besides the patient, can benefit? Everyone involved! Patients as well as family caregivers are the special focus of palliative care.Your doctors and nurses benefit too, because they know they How do I know if palliative care are meeting your needs by providing is right for me? Palliative care may be right for you care and treatment that reduces your if you have a serious illness. Serious suffering and improves your quality illnesses include but are not limited to: of life. cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic How does palliative care help me lateral sclerosis (ALS) and many more. choose the best treatment option? Palliative care is appropriate at any stage The palliative care team will spend of a serious illness, but at its best when time talking and listening to you and sought out upon diagnosis of a serious your family. They will make sure you illness.You can also have this type of care completely understand all of your treatat the same time as treatment meant ment options and choices. By deeply to cure you. exploring your personal goals, the palliative care team will help you match those goals to the options. They will What can I expect? In short, you can expect that your also make sure that your doctors are quality of life will be improved. You coordinated and know and understand will have relief from symptoms such as what you want. This gives you more pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, con- control over your care. stipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. You can also expect How do I get palliative close communication and more control or hospice care? over your care. Ask for it! You have to start by talking Palliative care will help you carry on with your doctor or nurse. with daily life. It will improve your ability to go through medical treatments. And Patricia Ortiz-San Miguel it will help you to match your goals to Community Liasion your treatment choices. Hospice of Frederick County

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The Difference Between

Palliative Care and Hospice Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort and are meant to prevent and relieve symptoms of a serious illness by using a combination of medical, emotional and spiritual support. But palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and at the same time as treatment. Hospice care begins when treatments to cure the disease are no longer working, available or wanted by the patient. The goal of hospice is not to cure but to provide symptom management, control pain and discomfort, and provide quality of life for the time that remains. It is a shift in focus from aggressively trying to cure the illness that is no longer responding to treatment to focusing on your love one’s needs and aggressively managing their symptoms. Hospice is 100% covered by Medicare/Medicaid and most private plans. Even if uninsured, hospice will provide you services at no cost. Hospice services include: hospice physician, registered nurse, medications and medical equipment, social worker, home health aide, chaplain, music therapy, volunteers and grief counselors. Your hospice team comes to you, wherever you call home.

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Understanding

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he Frederick County Department of Aging is the “one stop” for citizens who want to learn more about their options in order to enroll in Medicare Part D or to change prescription drug plans. Open enrollment begins on October 15, 2017 and citizens should contact the Department to learn more about the prescription drug plans that are available beginning on January 1, 2018. What is Medicare Prescription Coverage? - Medicare Part D is prescription drug coverage offered by the federal government.This insurance covers brand name and generic prescription drugs. Medicare Part D is administered by private insurance companies approved by and under contract with Medicare.

WhatYou Need to Know and Consider for 2018 – During open enrollment, appointments are available at the Frederick County Department of Aging, beginning Monday, October 16, 2017 - Thursday, December 7, 2017. Trained staff and volunteers can help you search for a drug plan that is appropriate for your prescription needs. Please call 301-600-1605 to schedule an appointment. Please bring with you a list of every prescription you take and the dosage. Some evening appointments will be available. Please be aware that no appointments will be scheduled on November 10, 2017 and November 23-24, 2017 because of the Veterans and Thanksgiving Day holidays. • Cost - Will your premium and costs change in 2018? To find out, make an appointment at the Department of Aging or visit www.

medicare.gov. You will need to know the name of the drug(s) you take and the dosage. • Coverage - Do you need more coverage in 2018? Will the prescriptions you take be covered by your plan? • Customer Service - Are you satisfied with your plan’s customer service? If not, consider changing to another insurance plan. If your health status has changed since you last enrolled in Medicare Part D or you are taking different medications now, Medicare recommends that you evaluate your current plan. In some cases, the plans change every year and what is covered in your current plan may not be covered in 2018, or it is covered but at a different (usually higher) cost to you.

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or anyone who’s been injured and had a stay in the hospital, things can happen quickly as discharge nears, causing your stress level to escalate. The social workers and discharge staff are wonderful resources that will help you navigate the sea of information given to you. They work with the clinical team to make recommendations on where you will be best served after you leave the hospital.You may have options, including level of care and vendor choices. Sometimes the destination from the hospital will be a subacute rehabilitation facility, where you will work to improve motor skills and strengthening, as well as any physiological needs you have. Once your condition has stabilized/improved to the point that you are able to return home, the next decision will be upon

One of the great benefits of receiving home health services is that the services come to you you. Again, you should have social workers and/or discharge staff that will help you with vendor options and advice on what might be the best next step. One of the decisions you may have to make is the level of service to accept, meaning either Home Health services or Outpatient Therapies. Home Health services can include services such as intermittent skilled nursing care, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy services, medical social services, part time

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2. A doctor must certify you need 1 or more of the following; • Intermittent Skilled Nursing Care • Physical Therapy • Speech-Language Pathology • Continued Occupational Therapy 3. The Home Health Agency must be Medicare certified. 4. A doctor must certify that you’re home bound. The beneficiary shall be considered homebound if the following two criteria are met.

Criteria-One: The beneficiary must either: Because of illness or injury, need the aid of supportive devices such as crutches, canes, wheelchairs, and walkers; the use of special transportation; or the assistance of another 1. A doctor must be establishing person in order to leave their place [con’t. page 22] and reviewing a plan of care for you.

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Clinical trials:

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linical trials are research studies conducted in people to determine whether treatments are safe and effective.Without clinical research and the help of human volunteers, there can be no better treatments, no prevention and no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. What’s the difference between a clinical trial and a clinical study? Clinical trials are sometimes referred to as clinical studies; the terms are often used interchangeably, but there are subtle differences between them. Clinical trials test new interventions or drugs to prevent, detect or treat disease. A clinical study is any type of clinical research involving people, regardless of whether it is testing a specific intervention. Clin-

ical studies can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving quality of life. Treatment trials Perhaps the best known clinical studies are those that test new treatments. Before a new drug or treatment can be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it has to go through three phases of clinical trials. Most of the time, a clinical trial is designed to compare a new therapy with the best-known existing therapy for the disease being studied. When there is no proven treatment to use as a comparison, researchers are likely to compare the new drug with a placebo, which is a sugar pill or other inactive substance that has

explore whether changing the dose, taking the medication on a different schedule (more or less often), or combining it with other medications might further reduce or delay symptoms. • Treatments aimed at slowing or stopping the disease. During this type of trial, new drugs designed to slow or stop Alzheimer’s are tested. Some of the experimental drugs no treatment value but made to look being tested in treatment trials replike the new drug in development. resent entirely new ways of treating There are two types of Alzheimer’s the disease. treatment trials: • Treatments aimed at reducing Diagnostic studies symptoms. During this type of trial, Many clinical studies focus on findnew drugs and variations of exist- ing better ways to accurately diagnose ing drugs that aim to reduce the Alzheimer’s disease, particularly in symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are the early stages. These studies will [con’t. page 23] tested. Studies of existing drugs

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Myth 1: Memory loss is a natural part of aging. Reality: As people age, it’s normal to have occasional memory problems, such as forgetting the name of a person you’ve recently met. However, Alzheimer’s is more than occasional memory loss. It’s a disease that causes brain cells to malfunction and ultimately die. When this happens, an individual may forget the name of a longtime friend or what roads to take to return to a home they’ve lived in for decades. It can be difficult to tell normal memory problems from memory problems that should be a case for concern. The Alzheimer’s Association has developed information to help you tell the difference. If you or a loved one has memory problems or other problems with thinking and learning, contact a physician. Sometimes the problems are caused by medication side effects, vitamin deficiencies or other conditions and can be reversed with treatment. Myth 2: Alzheimer’s disease is not fatal. Reality: Alzheimer’s disease has no survivors. It destroys brain cells and causes memory changes, erratic behaviors, and loss of body functions. It slowly and painfully takes away a person’s identity, ability to connect with other, think, eat, talk, walk and find his or her way home.

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everyday sources such as pots and pans, beverage cans, antacids and antiperspirants. Since then, studies have failed to confirm any role for aluminum in causing Alzheimer’s. Experts today focus on other areas of research, and few believe that everyday sources of aluminum pose any threat. Myth 5: Aspartame causes memory loss. Reality: This artificial sweetener, marketed under such brand names as Nutrasweet and Equal, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in all foods and beverages in 1996. Since approval, concerns about aspartame’s health effects have been raised. According to the FDA, as of May 2006, the agency had not been presented with any scientific evidence that would lead to change its conclusions on the safety of aspartame for most people. The agency says its conclusions are based on more than 100 laboratory and clinical studies. Myth 6: Flu shots increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease Reality: A theory linking flu shots to a greatly increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease has been proposed by a U.S. doctor whose license was suspended by the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners. Several mainstream studies link flu shots and other vaccinations to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease and overall better health. A report in the Nov. 3, 2004 Journal of the American Medical Association found that annual flu shots for older adults were associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes.

Myth 3: Only older people can get Alzheimer’s Reality: Alzheimer’s can strike people in their 30s, 40s, and even 50s.This is called younger-onset Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that there are more than 5 million people age 65 and older and 200,000 people Myth 7: Silver dental fillings increase younger than age 65 with younger-onset the risk of Alzheimer’s disease Alzheimer’s disease. Reality: According to the best available scientific evidence, there is no relationship Myth 4: Drinking out of aluminum between silver dental fillings and Alzheicans or cooking in aluminum pots and mer’s. The concern that there could be pans can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. a link arose because “silver” fillings are Reality: During the 1960s and 1970s, made of an amalgam (mixture) that typaluminum emerged as a possible suspect ically contains about 50% mercury, 35% in Alzheimer’s.This suspicion led to con- silver, and 15% tin. Mercury is a heavy [con’t. page 23] cern about exposure to aluminum through

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1. Low Income Subsidy (LIS)/Extra Help - a federal program that will help with the costs of prescription drug coverage based on income and assets. Eligible recipients can apply online at www.ssa.gov. 2. Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP) – a state program that will pay up to $40.00/month toward the

monthly premium. This program is based on income only. Applications are available at www.marylandspdap.com. For more information, please call the Frederick County Department of Aging at 301-600-1605 or visit our website at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/aging. You can also visit www.Medicare.gov to enroll or obtain more information.

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hopefully lead to a trusted and easy-to-apply method that enables physicians to diagnose persons at risk for the disease — even before symptoms appear — and begin treatment (once such Alzheimer’s treatments exist) in time to prevent the development of dementia Diagnostic studies are vital to the advancement of research because they identify which individuals to treat and provide doctors with a way to track whether a treatment is working. An Alzheimer’s study, the IDEAS Study (Imaging Dementia-Evidence for Amyloid Scanning Study), has registered nearly half of its expected 18,000 patient enrollees across 824 study sites. This four-year research effort will determine whether a brain PET scan that detects amyloid plaques, a core feature of Alzheimer’s disease, can improve clinical decision-making and patient outcomes for people on Medicare. Other types of research Researchers are working to uncover as many aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as possible. Examples include: • Prevention trials, where researchers look for ways to stop Alzheimer’s disease from developing, oftentimes in groups of people identified as being at higher risk. These studies look at whether a certain medication, vitamin or lifestyle change (for example, healthy eating

or exercise) might prevent Alzheimer’s. • Quality of life studies, where researchers try to better understand and address the needs of people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and family members. These studies’ goal is to figure out what types of support, education or training solve some of the challenges that those impacted by the disease face. •Online studies, which often explore the same kinds of questions as other studies but are able to be completed online, without requiring a visit to a particular site.

• Advances in genetics research to help identify individuals at increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s.

About TrialMatch Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch® is a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that generates customized lists of studies based on user-provided information.You can easily see what studies you may qualify for. Our continually updated database contains more than 250 studies, including both pharmacological (drug) and non-pharmacological (non-drug) studies being conducted at sites What progress has been made? While current drug therapies only treat the across the country and online. symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have great hope that in the near future Help is needed to advance research there will be treatments that can stop or slow Individuals with dementia or those who are Alzheimer’s. at risk of developing it, caregivers and healthy The more scientists know about Alzhei- volunteers with no dementia issues are needed mer’s-related changes in the brain, the greater today to help advance Alzheimer’s research. the chance of finding a treatment that prevents By participating in clinical research, you can or reverses these changes. help to accelerate progress and provide valuable insight into potential treatments and methods of New developments in research include: • Imaging techniques allowing researchers to prevention. Without the participation of people see brain changes that may indicate Alzheimer’s. like you, finding a cure is nearly impossible. • Markers in blood and cerebrospinal fluid To learn more about ways to explore de(fluid that flows within the brain and spinal mentia trials, email TrialMatch@alz.org, visit cord) that may signal Alzheimer’s-related https://trialmatch.alz.org, or call 800.272.3900 changes in the brain. and press 1 for clinical trials.

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metal that, in certain forms, is known to be toxic to the brain and other organs. The Public Health Service and the World Health Organization endorses the continued use of amalgam as a safe, strong, inexpensive material for dental restorations. Several research studies concluded that current evidence shows no connection between mercury-containing dental fillings and Alzheimer’s or other neurological diseases.

Myth 8: There are treatments available to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Reality: At this time, there is no treatment to cure, delay or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. FDA-approved drugs temporarily slow worsening of symptoms for about 6-12 months, on average, for about half of the individuals that take them.

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