Created by the National Council on Aging, Aging Mastery is a guide to building a playbook for aging well and making the most of the gift of longer life.
Aging Mastery comes in two formats. Click on format below to learn more:
Both versions provide a comprehensive and fun approach to positive aging by focusing on key aspects of health, finances, relationships, personal growth, and community involvement. Central to the Aging Mastery philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results. Mastery comes from turning these lifestyle changes into habits that lead to improved health, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being, and increased societal participation.
Results show that program participants have increased their physical activity levels, healthy eating habits, use of advanced planning, social connectedness, and participation in evidence-based self-management programs.
If you’re feeling anxious or depressed during these stressful and uncertain times, make sure you call your doctor or a healthcare professional. Medicare covers a number of services to support you, including outpatient mental health services like a depression screening, individual and group psychotherapy, and family counseling.
Counseling services via telehealth may be available to you. Be sure to check, as some healthcare providers and plans are reducing or waiving the amount you pay for telehealth visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Always take care of your mental health, and call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
The Maryland Primary is June 2. You should have your mail-in ballot by now. If you have not received it yet please open this link and call the numbers given. https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/lwvmc/pages/1/attachments/original/1588359119/Voter_Hotline_flyer_with_vote411_logo.pdf
This great website that has clear usable information for each state about voting deadlines, registration deadlines and includes information on how to ask for an absentee ballot, etc. There are relevant deadlines in May for each DMV jurisdiction so this is a good time to get this out. The organization is called Election Protection:866ourvote https://866ourvote.org/state/washingtondc/
Check your voter registration at https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch
The highly respected non-partisan Voters’ Guide from the League of Women Voters will be coming soon in both an English and a Spanish version. Check our website for updates or go to vote411.org now. http://www.lwvmocomd.org/
The first coronavirus relief stimulus payments have been issued. Here’s what you need to know about how much you and your family could receive. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/15/stimulus-checks-how-much-when-everything-else-you-want-know/
If you are self employed or normally would not be eligible for Unemployment Insurance you will now be eligible under the Cares Act in Maryland (check DC and VA for their requirements by Googling Cares Act DC or Va.) This link will tell you how and where to file. Filing in MD begins today, April 24. https://mailchi.mp/60fc53320bd3/covid-2980565?e=ade2626c66
MD, DC and VA have suspended the processing of evictions and foreclosures during this pandemic. They will however resume once this emergency is over. In the meantime contact your mortgage holder or your landlord and try to come terms with them for the duration of the pandemic. https://mdcourts.gov/media/news/2020/pr20200318a
Everything you need to know about paying your rent or mortgage during the pandemic. https://www.npr.org/local/305/2020/04/13/833321521/everything-you-need-to-know-about-paying-your-rent-or-mortgage-during-the-pandemic?utm_campaign=npr&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_term=nprnews
To learn about how patient advocates can help with health care and insurance issues, click on the following link:
There are a number of online support groups and resources for those of us who struggle with depression during the coronavirus pandemic. The Greater Washington for Clinical Social Workers listserv has recently provided a listing of such groups and resources. Click on the following link to check them out: Depression Covid Resources