Hope Connections for Cancer Support

The mission of Hope Connections is to help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through participation in professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness, and hope.

The organization, which is located in Bethesda, offers support groups for people with cancer and their caregivers; educational workshops with top oncology professionals; stress reduction and nutrition classes; and opportunities for people affected by cancer to connect with and support each other.

To learn more about Hope connections, click on the following link: https://hopeconnectionsforcancer.org/

Having “The Conversation”

This article by Tamara Sussman is titled “To die well, we must talk about death before the end of life.”

Research shows that as many as one third of seriously ill, hospitalized older people are receiving invasive treatments they don’t want at end-of-life, because no one has talked to them about their wishes for future care.  Sussman’s team has prepared pamphlets designed to stimulate advance health care planning conversations.  To learn more, click on the following link:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/to-die-well-we-must-talk-about-death-before-the-end-of-life

Low-vision resources: DC Council of the Blind

The District of Columbia Council of the Blind (DCCB) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, membership in which is open to blind, visually impaired and sighted individuals.  It advocates for full independence and equality of opportunity for all blind and visually impaired residents of the nation’s capital and surrounding metropolitan areas.  To accomplish this, it investigates both governmental and private services that may benefit its clientele.  In addition, it seeks to sponsor cultural, educational and athletic activities of interest to its members and to inform the public about sight loss.  Its members also provide mutual encouragement and support through social interaction.

To visit the website, click on the following link:  http://dccounciloftheblind.org/

Montgomery County program to provide services to seniors and reduce hospital visits

New WISH Program: Helps Seniors Stay Healthy at Home

Wellness and Independence for Seniors at Home (WISH) is a program of the Nexus Montgomery Regional Partnership and is supported by the six hospitals in Montgomery County, including MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.

WISH aims to reduce avoidable hospital visits by connecting people age 65-plus living in Montgomery County and parts of Prince George’s County to the support and services they need to remain healthy and independent at home.

Individuals who are 65-plus and have Medicare may be eligible for a free, confidential health survey. During the survey, individuals can discuss their health, identify support they need and learn about services available in the community. Individuals may qualify for free health coaching from The Coordinating Center if their health survey results show that the WISH program will help them stay healthy at home and out of the hospital.

To schedule a health survey for yourself or a loved one, call 301-628-3177. Language interpretation is available free of charge.

Personal Finance Academy at Montgomery College Institute for Lifelong Learning

the Montgomery College Institute for Lifelong Learning (http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/ce/lifelonglearning.html) offers a number of courses on financial planning that help participants plan their financial futures.  Courses include:

  • Health care insurance for retirement
  • The Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees and retireees
  • Maximizing Social Security Benefits
  • Probate in Maryland: An overview for executors-to-be
  • Protecting your hard-earned money (avoiding fraud)
  • Retirement distribution strategies
  • Retirement planning today
  • Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and ETFs explained
  • Wills and estates

Students 60 and over are eligible for reduced tuition.