Resources for Senior Living

May is Older Americans Month

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. This year’s focus will be on aging in place. In other words, planning for seniors to stay in their homes and live in their communities as long as possible. Visit the ACL website: bit.ly/OAM2022Theme.

This year’s theme is Age My Way. Below are programs sponsored by Prince George’s County Advisory Committee on Aging. Register for them at: shorturl.at/yJPT8.

Age My Way

On May 2nd, Prince George’s County Advisory Committee on Aging is presenting Part 2 of its Age My Way series: Elder Law Day – a motivational legal representation on essential documents needed by Age 55.

On May 25th, Part 3 will be offered: Prince George’s Centenarians Seminar – What it truly means to “Age My Way”.

Register here: shorturl.at/yJPT8.

Friday Night Live in College Park

The College Park Senior Committee will be one of the featured organizations at College Park’s first summer concert series, May 13th. All concerts will be held at City Hall Plaza, 7401 Baltimore Ave. Parking is free at the Downtown College Park parking garage on the corner of Yale and Knox Avenues. For more information, visit: bit.ly/FridayNightLiveCP.

Caregiver Support Services for Veterans

Are you interested in learning more about the services offered by the Department of Veteran Affairs? A webinar will be offered Thursday, May 12th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This webinar will provide local resources and information about caregiver support groups. This program is sponsored by Dementia Friendly America Prince George’s County Northern Sector. You can register for the webinar at: https://tinyurl.com/54fbwujc.

211 is There to Help

Don’t know where to turn? Don’t know who might have the answer? Call or text 211, Maryland’s statewide network of call centers which can provide you with information on many topics including: aging and disability, veterans, housing and shelter, food and healthcare. You can also visit their website at: https://211md.org/.

Nonprofit Prince George’s County is Working for You

Nonprofit Prince George’s County is working for you. NPGC networks and collaborates with non-profit organizations across the county. For immediate resources on issues from health to pet care, check their website at: https://nonprofitpgc.org/ or call (240) 582-5654 between 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

PTSD and Seniors

Aging means different things to different seniors. The Senior Living website has a variety of helpful articles concerning issues experienced by many.

One of those is PTSD, and although it can be experienced by individuals of all ages, it is a very common issue among aging adults who have most likely experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, including military combat, car accident, expected illness or death of a loved one.

To learn more about PTSD among seniors, visit: bit.ly/PTSDseniors.

Understanding Your Prescription Coverage

Join the Maryland Insurance Administration, the Maryland Department of Health and United Way of the National Capital Area on Thursday, May 19th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for this informative presentation about prescription coverage. Register at: https://tinyurl.com/55nfkc2n.

City of College Park Seniors Program Moves

Did you know the College Park Seniors Program has moved to a new location? It is now found at 10007 Rhode Island Ave., College Park. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Staff may be reached at 240-487-3614. They encourage appointments but drop-ins are welcome.

Council to Discuss Possible Amendments to Tree Canopy Protection Ordinance

At the City Council Worksession on April 19, 2022, the Council reviewed Tree Protection Ordinance 21-O-09 and discussed options to move forward to approve the Ordinance. The Mayor and Council indicated they were leaning towards approval of an Ordinance but continued to have reservations with Ordinance 21-O-09 as drafted.
At next week’s meeting, the Council will discuss a modified proposal. The proposal asks to delay the implementation of fines and fees regarding the permits as outlined in the original ordinance for six months. During these six months, the proposal asks to implement the following steps:
1. Simple Permit  for Trees with 36 – 100” in circumference
A “simple” permit shall be required for trees from 36″ to 100″ on private property; however, the application would not require any criteria to be met to remove the tree – removal will be at the discretion of the property owner (or designee). The “simple” permit shall include educational information on the importance of canopy trees and have an opt-out for a visit from the city arborist (or designee). A “Simple” permit is essentially like a visitor parking pass – it’s valid for up to 1 year, requires no fee, is available online & in a paper form, and must be signed by the property owner (or designee). No permit shall be required for pruning.
(a) Applicants can opt-out of a visit from an arborist before tree removal.
(b) A later visit from the city arborist (or designee) to confirm compliance with tree replacement(s) is required regardless of opt-outs
(c) fines/fees in lieu, a notice (e.g., warning) will be provided to property owners.
2. Full Permit for Trees with 100+” circumference
A “Full” permit in accordance with the TLB recommendations shall be required for Heritage Trees (100″+). As the TLB recommended ordinance states, this includes limited allowances for removal, a city arborist or designee visit, and other requirements.
Staff and the Tree and Landscaping board members have expressed concerns about the modified proposals because delaying the implementation of the original proposal will most likely cause continuing losses City’s tree canopy. The staff is recommending not to support the revised proposal. Instead, it asks to support the original ordinance or meet the TLB to discuss a possible revision of the original ordinance.
At next week’s meeting, the Council will discuss the modified ordinance and whether to vote on its implementation in two phases.