- There is a senior citizen water discount program. Eligible seniors (65+, $25,000 or less in combined income, property owner or tenant) receive a 30% water and sewer discount. Visit a senior center or call 410-396- 5398 to obtain an application.
- The property tax credit has been combined with the Homestead Tax Credit.
- All Maryland homeowners are required to make a one-time application in order to be eligible to receive or continue receiving the Homestead Tax Credit. The Homestead Tax Credit law limits each year the amount of assessment increase on which an eligible resident homeowner actually pays County, Municipal and State property taxes. The application is required to insure that all property owners receive the credit on the one property used as their principal residence and not on properties used for other purposes, such as a rental or vacation home.
- The Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs provides information about energy assistance programs and weatherization projects.
- The Senior Source is an informative consumer guide published by BGE for older adults.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
"Unintentional falls are a threat to the lives, independence and health of adults ages 65 and older. Every 18 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency department for a fall, and every 35 minutes someone in this population dies as a result of their injuries. Although one in three older adults falls each year in the United States, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. There are proven strategies that can reduce falls and help older adults live better and longer."
- Performing a home safety inspection
- Reviewing the mix of various medications
- Exercising and participating in balance training
- Checking vision and footwear
The CDC publishes a checklist of how to perform a home safety inspection. Many families are installing grab bars in bathrooms and showers, as well as discarding area rugs.
Even walking with a cane or walker can be dangerous. Elders and their families should review the equipment they are using with their doctor or an occupational therapist. Other families are helping their parents to review the shoes they are wearing. According to a recent Center for Disease Control study, more than 47,000 elderly Americans experience a walker- or cane-related fall each year. That is an average of 129 falls per day, according to a recent release from the CDC.
“Exercise classes designed with the safety, confidence, and special needs of older adults are springing up at community centers, gyms, senior centers, and elsewhere across the country. No matter where you live, it shouldn't be hard to find a gentle movement, dance, or yoga class designed with older bodies in mind. For example, the Arthritis Foundation offers a variety of classes through local chapters. Another option becoming more and more popular is Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, that's now offered through many health centers such as Kaiser Permanente facilities. Several studies have shown that Tai Chi improves balance and reduces the risk and the fear of falling among older adults. In one study, people between the ages of 70 and 92 who took Tai Chi three times a week for six months had a 55 percent lower risk of falling than a comparable group who didn't take classes.”