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November 17, 2018 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Maryland Senior Call Check

Projections are that roughly 25 percent of the population will be in the senior category by the year 2030. The Maryland Department of Aging has been looking at ways to help seniors stay independent, out of institutions longer and to “age in place.”  A new pilot program has started for those over 65 that could help […]

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August 2, 2018 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: All About Your Eyes

Do you have blurred vision, not sure if it’s a cataract, scared and not sure which kind of eye doctor you should see then this is a perfect show for you! Host Pat Shoemaker discusses various eye diseases and treatments with Ophthalmologist, Dr. Maria Scott. This is a very informative show. Dr. Scott talks about […]

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July 23, 2018 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community ep. 125: New Smoke Alarm Law

Smoke Alarms! Do you know about the new law that took effect January 1st? Is your smoke alarm going to help keep you safe in the event of a fire? On this episode of Connecting Our Community, host Pat Shoemaker discusses the changes in the Maryland law concerning smoke alarms, with Jim Resnick from Montgomery […]

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May 4, 2018 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: The Art of Fire

On this episode of Connecting Our Community we visited a local glass blower, Foster Holcombe, owner of the Art of Fire. Host Pat Shoemaker speaks with Foster Holcombe about how he got involved with glass blowing. We took a tour and watched some of his students at his up-county studio. Foster talks about the amazing […]

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March 9, 2018 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Yoga for Seniors with Cheryl Karvitz, Part II

The Gentle Yogi comes back for part II. Yoga CAN be done by everyone, even those with physical limitations or seniors. Cheryl Kravitz, the Gentle Yogi, joins Pat Shoemaker for this 2nd episode on some gentle yoga moves. Watch the first episode: “Connecting Our Community: Yoga for Seniors with Cheryl Kravitz”  

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March 6, 2018 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Transportation for Seniors

To drive or not to drive… that is the big question that faces many seniors and their families. On this episode of Connecting Our Community host Pat Shoemaker discusses some options with guests Shawn Brennan, the Mobility Manager with Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services and Denise Isreal from the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. Smartrip card for […]

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December 16, 2017 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Human Trafficking in Montgomery County (VIDEO)

Human trafficking is going on right here in Montgomery County. On this episode of Connecting Our Community, host Pat Shoemaker discusses human trafficking in Montgomery County with expert, Dr. Wendy Stickle. Dr. Stickle is the Director of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, Shady Grove. Dr. Wendy Stickle discusses things to look […]

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December 4, 2017 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Age and Dementia Friendly Montgomery County

On this episode of Connecting Our Community host Pat Shoemaker is joined by guests, Marcia Pruzan and Lylie Fisher. Marcia Pruzan is a Senior Fellow in the office of Aging and Disability Services. Marcia is working with the Age-Friendly program which is being incorporated into Montgomery County. https://youtu.be/Sh0qKoeBPds Lylie Fisher is working with the Dementia […]

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September 9, 2017 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Yoga for Seniors with Cheryl Kravitz (VIDEO)

On this episode of Connecting Our Community host Pat Shoemaker learns some special Yoga moves with the Gentle Yogi, Cheryl Kravitz. These special moves can be done by people who are wheelchair bound, seniors or just those that might need a little extra help. Yoga can be for anyone so you can get started too! […]

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June 23, 2017 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Villages Support Aging in Place (VIDEO)

Is aging at home a possibility? In Montgomery County there has been a grass roots effort to rebuild the “Village” concept of neighbor helping neighbor. On this episode of Connecting Our Community host Pat Shoemaker speaks with Pazit Aviv the Village Coordinator with the Aging and Disability Services for Montgomery County. Joining the discussion is the Board […]

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