Baltimore City
Health Department

Senior Services and Senior-Related Initiatives

Overview

The Health Department offers a variety of services and initiatives to improve the lives of seniors in Baltimore, including health evaluation, personal care, medical transports, and job and volunteer placement.

Services and Initiatives

The Baltimore City Health Departmentís Office of Aging and Care Services oversees 13 Senior Centers in Baltimore City. To view the listing of Senior Centers Click Here.

The Advocate Newsletter Enjoy the March 2014 issue of the Advocate Newsletter and learn information on all things Long-Term Care. This issue explores the importance of care plan meetings which are intended to enhance and maintain the health status of nursing home residents; as well as an interesting overview of the no wrong door approach to MAP service delivery. Relax & enjoy this issue and look forward to our Older Americans Month issue in April spotlighting free Hepatitis C testing for baby boomers who have the highest rates of Hepatitis C.To view the March 2014 Advocate Newsletter Click Here.

The TaxiCard program provides subsidized transportation to eligible Baltimore City residents 60 years or older or individuals with disability. The program is funded by the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Baltimore City Health Department Office of Aging & CARE Services and is subject to change. Registration is required. All individuals must meet eligibility requirements. TaxiCard can be used with participating taxicab companies to pay for an entire fare or a portion of the fare 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. To learn more about the Taxi Subsidy Click Here.

The Eating Together program is a federally funded, congregate nutrition program, established under the Older Americans Act in 1972. The programís goal is to promote health, reduce isolation and provide a nutritious meal in a congregate dining setting. Eating Together offers Baltimore City Seniors nutritious meals in a friendly and social atmosphere and opportunities to explore different areas of interest, broaden horizons, make new friends, attend education events and socialize. To learn more about the Eating Together program Click Here.

Home Safety Checklist for Seniors Learn more about home safety by reviewing the Home Saftey Checklist for Seniors.

The Baltimore City Commission on Aging and Retirement Education (CARE) envisions Baltimore as the most elderly-friendly city in America, where all of our older adults will have the opportunity to age with choice, independence, and dignity as they move along the aging continuum. To learn more about the ommission on Aging and Retirement Education (CARE) Click Here.

Adult Evaluation and Review Services (AERS) provides elderly and disabled adults with free comprehensive evaluations, including medical/nursing, environmental and psychosocial assessments. This evaluation is used to develop a care plan, outlining the services needed to help the individual remain at home, or in the least restricted environment possible. To learn more about AERS Click Here.

The Senior Companion Program provides companionship to homebound seniors with physical and mental health impairments. To learn more about the program Click Here.

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) places individuals age 55 and older in volunteer positions with private and public agencies throughout Baltimore City. To learn more about the program Click Here.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program provides useful, paid, part-time community service training assignments for older, low-income Baltimore residents in order to promote the transition to unsubsidized employment. Eligible seniors are placed with government or non-profit agencies for on-site training. To learn more about the program Click Here.

Transportation to Medical AppointmentsThe Office of Field Health Services at the Health Department provides help with transportation so that Maryland Medical Assistance recipients who live in Baltimore can receive needed health services. To learn more about the program and who is eligible for the program Click Here.

Announcements

April 2, 2014

Get Ready Get Set Get Fit and make sure you wear your sneakers. Come join us at Patterson Park on Wednesday, May 28,2014 for Senior Fitness Day. For more details call 410-396-2920. Registration cost is $15 and transportation can be provided from some senior sites. Enjoy a good old fashion picnic! For additional information Click Here.

March 14, 2014

Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus and can lead to liver cancer and death. It is most common amongst baby boomers (individuals born between 1945-1965). Millions of Americans donít exhibit any symptoms and do not know they are infected, but individuals can now benefit from simple and effective treatment. Through initiatives such as hepatitis C testing at our senior centers, Baltimore City is expanding access to testing and linkage to treatment for those infected with Hepatitis C. Please see the attached flyer for more information on the Hepatitis C testing events in May.

January 24, 2014

Community Resources 2014 Ė Guiding Your Path to Resources in the Region is a Baltimore City/Baltimore County Regional Resource Directory. This publication is a comprehensive listing of agencies and organizations to educate consumers about resources and benefits they may be eligible for and other important service options. The listing includes public, private and non-profit organizations, and health and social programs that serve older adults, baby boomers, families, caregivers, persons with disabilities and professionals. Special added features in the directory include hotlines, websites and financial eligibility guidelines. You can obtain a copy at your nearest Senior Center, download the PDF document here or contact Baltimore City Maryland Access Point at 410-396-2273.

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment The Baltimore City Office of Aging and CARE Servicesí State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is offering one-on-one Part D counseling and assistance during the 2013 Medicare Part D Open Enrollment through December 7. Any changes in Part D coverage will become effective January 1, 2014. Call the SHIP office at 410-396-2273 to schedule an appointment. The SHIP staff will assist Medicare beneficiaries and their families to evaluate their current plans and review changes in coverage and costs. Counselors will also compare available plans to help beneficiaries select the most economical plan that covers their needs and recommend benefit programs that may reduce health costs. More information click here and here.

NEW Community Resource Guide for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities in Baltimore City and County - For the first time, the Departments of Aging for Baltimore City and Baltimore County have combined efforts to provide one free directory of health and wellness resources for older adults, caregivers and the disabled throughout the region. Seventy-five thousand complimentary copies of Community Resources will be circulated throughout Baltimore in 2013 as part of our shared commitment to promote a better quality of life by reducing health risks and improving the health status of our seniors, disabled citizens and their caregivers.

Baltimore City Health Department Community Resource Guide by Baltimore City Health Department

 

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