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Links to local agencies serving the elderly:

Frederick County Department of Aging
The Department of Aging offers programs and activities that support senior citizens in their effort to remain healthy, active and independent and to age in place.

Adult Evaluation & Review Services (AERS)
An evaluation and assessment program with nursing, social, and psychiatric components, AERS coordinates appropriate services for any person aged 60 or over who lives in Frederick County and needs help in planning for their continued care.

The Dementia Queen
A web site that explores dementia issues from rehabilitation perspective. Lots of articles, tips, and resources for the loved ones of those with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Also on Facebook.

Baker Rehab Group
Baker Rehab Group provides seniors in Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and northern West Virginia with occupational, physical, and speech therapy; dementia care; stroke and joint replacement rehabilitation; fall prevention; and other home health therapy services.

Baker Driving Rehabilitation
A partnership between Baker Rehab Group and driving rehabilitation therapist Meredith Lyons, Baker Driving Rehab works to ensure the safety and independence of seniors through a partnership with area physicians, residents, and the Motor Vehicle Administration. Occupational therapists who specialize in driver rehabilitation offer skilled and compassionate service to clients, family members, and caregivers.

Maryland Office of the Attorney General
The Attorney General’s office has a web page devoted to consumer information for senior citizens. Included is information on protecting older citizens from financial exploitation, as well as information regarding Medicaid fraud, elder abuse, and end-of-life issues.

Maryland Department of Aging
This site provides a central location for a variety of information, resources, and services of interest to seniors.

Links to local trusted service providers:

Anywhere Hair Design, LLC
Carol Davis and her associates offer traveling hairdressing services, including haircuts, shampoos, and perms.

Clearview Car Care
Steve and Lisa Duckson and their son Mike operate two locations in Frederick where you get “a clear view of your car’s needs” at a reasonable price.

Hampton Massage
Anne Hampton is a licensed massage therapist who can help with stress and pain relief.

Legacy Financial Associates
Get help planning your financial future with no up-front cost or obligation from Tracy Bush and his expert financial planning team.

Medicare Supplement Services
Everyone over age 65 must sign up for Medicare or face penalties, but Medicare only pays for about 80 percent of hospital costs and doesn’t cover certain services. Medicare supplements exist to fill the gap, but the costs of these supplements can vary widely. Mark Trent provides honest advice to help you find the right supplement policy for your needs at no cost.

My Confidant, Inc.
If you are buried under disorganized piles of paper, or need help paying bills or settling an estate, Mary Helen Dennis can turn your “piles into files to make you smile.” She provides personal bookkeeping, estate organizing, and daily money management.

Soul Garden Acupuncture
Courtney Luck, M.Ac., L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist who offers acupuncture and a variety of other healing modalities to help get to the root of symptoms and help the body to heal naturally.

Resources to help you find a caregiver:

The Senior’s Choice
If you or someone you know needs in-home care outside of the Frederick County area, we are pleased to recommend our colleagues throughout North America. As members of The Senior’s Choice, the nation’s largest network of independent private duty companies, we represent the highest level of senior care available for your loved ones. To find a member of The Senior’s Choice in your area, simply visit their website by clicking on the above link.

Best of Home Care
A service of Home Care Pulse, a company that conducts client and caregiver satisfaction surveys for private-duty home care agencies, Best of Home Care can help you locate a trusted home care provider in your area.

Home Care Association of America
Members of the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) subscribe to high ethical standards and are committed to ongoing education. Click here to find a member agency in your community.

Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association
The trade association for the home care sector in Maryland, MNCHA represents both non-profit and for-profit health care providers in Maryland and D.C, including Medicare-certified home health agencies, home medical equipment providers, and private-duty agencies and registries.

Information about diseases affecting the elderly:

The Alzheimer’s Association
The leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research. The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

American Diabetes Association
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and the number seems to be rising. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. This web site offers information on lowering your risk of diabetes, as well as statistics, meal planning guides, and  support groups for those affected by the disease.

National Parkinson Foundation
If you or someone you know has Parkinson’s disease you are not alone.  In the United States, 50,000 to 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have the disease. This web site has useful information for patients, caregivers, and professionals regarding this prevalent disease.

CaregiverStress
Caring for an aging loved one can increase the risk of disease in a family caregiver. This site offers humor and practical resources designed to help caregivers care for themselves while caring for an elderly family member.

Other resources:

American Health Assistance Foundation
AHAF is one of America’s leading supporters of scientific and medical investigations into Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, heart disease, and stroke.

National Council on Aging
NCOA offers programs to give older adults the knowledge and tools to prevent falls, manage chronic conditions, and improve their lives.

AARP
American Association of Retired Persons provides resources and advice on finances, travel, health, and technology.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
N4A’s primary mission is to build the capacity of its members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

HealthandAge.org
An educational web center to promote interaction between the public and healthcare professionals.

U.S. Administration on Aging
The mission of AoA is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC works with states, communities, and other partners to support public health interventions that are designed to promote and preserve the health of older adults. This page leads to a wealth of information on healthy aging.

Medicare
What will Medicare cost you? Find out about the premiums for Parts A, B, C, D (and what those letters mean) at the official U.S. government site for Medicare.

Drugwatch
This awareness group educates the public about drug and health issues affecting the elderly, provides seniors with information on dangerous medications, and offers resources to help whose who have been injured by medications and faulty medical devices and implants. The website includes information on lawsuits related to hip replacements and advice on nursing home abuse.

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