Smart Aging Program at Chesapeake College

“Smart Aging on the Eastern Shore, a free program organized by the United Seniors of Maryland Education Foundation, will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College, corner of Route 50 and Route 213 in Wye Mills. Presentations will be given from 1-4 pm, with light refreshments and information tables from noon to 1 pm.

Carolyn A. Quattrocki, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform, will open the program with “ Getting Smart About Healthcare”, what Maryland is doing to improve health care for Marylanders and how the Affordable Health Care Act will affect seniors. Prior to her appointment, Quattrocki served as Deputy Legislative Officer and health policy advisor in the Governor’s Legislative Office, with primary responsibility for health care, insurance, and labor issues. She also worked as a Special Assistant to Maryland Attorney General, J. Joseph Curran, Jr., was a litigation associate at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in D.C., and a law clerk for the Honorable Frank A. Kaufman, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

“Getting Smart About Senior Services” will the addressed by: Bernice Hutchinson, Chief of Client & Consumer Services, Maryland Department of Aging. She will describe the types of services available, qualifications for obtaining services, and ways to obtain detailed information.

What are the options to help make it possible to remain living at home? Steve Gurney, Publisher of the Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook and UMBC Erickson School of Aging Studies Adjunct Professor, will discuss “Getting Smart about Aging in Place”.

United Seniors of Maryland (USM) is a non-profit consortium of organizations and individuals who advocate for preserving and enhancing the mental, physical, and financial well being of older adults in Maryland. Taken together, the member organizations reach out to more than 2.5 million Marylanders. Member organizations include State and local governments, non-profits, associations, area agencies on aging, unions, provider groups interested in the welfare of seniors, retirement communities, and other consumer groups. The key USM event is an all-day Legislative Forum in Annapolis every winter at which the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House and other dignitaries speak.

The mission of United Seniors of Maryland Education Foundation is to provide reliable, factual, non-partisan information to older adults, people approaching older adulthood, and others interested in older adults’ issues. USMEF was formed in 2010 as an educational extension of the United Seniors of Maryland, a grassroots lobbying organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance the mental, physical and financial well being of Maryland seniors. The Foundation emphasizes bringing information to rural areas of Maryland.

The program is co-sponsored by Area Agencies on Aging in Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties and Commissions on Aging in Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties.