Resource Center - Health and Wellness
Sharing Traditions for Life Decisions (Social Isolation)
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all feeling the effect of being distant from our friends, loved ones, and society – for many of us, a case of extreme social isolation. This event is in partnership with: The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care(C-TAC); The Asian American Health Initiative(AAHI); The African American Health Program & The Latino Health Initiative.
COVID-19 Mental Health Videos
COVID-19 has greatly affected both our physical and mental health. Early on, AAHI recognized the deleterious impact of COVID-19 on our emotional and mental health and set out to develop multilingual resources to support Asian American communities as they practiced social distancing.
AAHI is proud to share our COVID-19 and Mental Health Video Series which includes a series of ten videos that tackle different mental health stressors brought on by COVID-19. Each video in this series is available in English and four other Asian languages: Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and Vietnamese. Videos provide education on how COVID-19 has impacted different facets of our mental well-being and highlight different relevant and available resources.
Video topics include self-care, coping with grief and loss, building resilience, supporting children, guidance for older adults, and more. The multilingual versions of all ten videos are available on AAHI's Resource Library, and on AAHI's YouTube page.
Check the below links from AARP
It Takes a Community to Age Safely Resources to Safeguard Against Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation
WHAT IS ELDER ABUSE? Elder abuse is the mistreatment of older adults, which can occur in any setting including the home, community, or facility. Older adults, and adults living with disabilities, often referred to as “vulnerable adults,” can be harmed in the following ways: (Keep reading...)
The Cost Of Alzheimer’s Disease: How To Handle A Diagnosis
Receiving a diagnosis related to Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating, but more than that, it can come with the worry that you won’t be able to pay for care. For many Americans, this is an increasing fear as health insurance premiums go up and up and Medicare policies only cover a portion of the bill. It’s important to know your rights, get familiar with what your health insurance policy will cover, and start planning right now for the future, as many Alzheimer’s patients require long-term care (Read Full Article..)
Islamic Aspect of Vaccination for Adults
By Sheik N. Hassan, M.D., FCCP
Health is one of the most basic human rights and this principle is especially true in Islam. Health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, and treating illness (physical and mental) are the cornerstones of healthy living. Allah (SWT) placed the soul in the body on a temporary basis to dwell in this world for a short period with the sole purpose to worship Him. Allah (SWT) states in the Glorious Qur'an I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me Qur'an 51:56. It is therefore incumbent on humans to take care of the soul by our deeds and of the body by attention to physical and mental health. This brief article will focus on one aspect of disease prevention - vaccinations. (Read more....)
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Latest COVID-19 updates
Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation
If you are concerned that an older or vulnerable adult is experiencing abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation, call Adult Protective Services:
∙ Montgomery County: 240-777-3000
∙ Other Counties in Maryland: 1-800-332-6347
∙ Washington, DC: 202-541-3950
∙ Northern Virginia: 703-324-7450
The ElderSAFE Center, a program of Charles E. Smith Life Communities, is dedicated to protecting older adults experiencing abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Our language-accessible helpline remains open Monday –Friday 9 am – 5 pm (301-816-5099). You can call ElderSAFE to make a referral to our temporary shelter program or for more information on community services for victims of elder
COVID-19: Local Food System Resources
Get More Food From Manna
Community Resources during COVID-19
Here is an excellent resource for a wide range of services to meet the community members' needs.
COVID-19 Resource List for Montgomery County Older Adults
Check the Information on Testing and Care (Open PDF)
COVID-19: Emergency Assistance Relief Payment (EARP)
Check the Emergency Assistance Relief Payment (EARP) Program, Click here.
If you or someone you know needs mental health support, below please find local organizations that may provide the help you or your loved one needs.
Montgomery County 24-hour Crisis Center Hotline: 240-777-4000. For more information, please click here.
EveryMind Montgomery County Call/Text Hotline: 301-738-2255. For more information, please click here.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Montgomery County chapter. For more information, please click here.
Child Trends, a resource to support children’s emotional well-being during COVID-19. For more information, please click here.
CaringMatters, a resource to help families cope with grief and loss. For more information, please click here.
Montgomery County Faith Leaders Town Hall (03/19/2020)
A virtual Town Hall for Faith Communities in response to COVID-19 included the county’s top agencies and non-profit organizations to exchange information and resources. Click to see the Virtual Town Hall for Faith Communities Responding to COVID-19. Both meetings were coordinated by the Reverend Mansfield Kaseman, Interfaith Liaison, Montgomery County Office of Community Partnership
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Montgomery County Recreation Department
The Montgomery County Recreation Department has many active adult programs throughout the County including adult fitness, art classes, and more.
'Senior Sneaker' Exercise Program
Montgomery County Recreation's popular Senior Sneaker Program helps adults age 55 and older have access to quality exercise/weight rooms across the county at a very affordable $50 annual membership charge. For this low fee, members can use the exercise/weight rooms during regular hours at any of our community recreation centers.
Indoor Walking Program
Many County Recreation Centers offer indoor walking programs that can help get you moving even in the heat of summer and the cold of winter.
Vital Living Networker Guide
The Vital Living Networker Guide is filled with resources for life enrichment as you plan for retirement and beyond. It includes opportunities for life-long learning, volunteering, and recreation.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Health Resource Updates
During these challenging times as we fight together with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Since accurate information about emergency services and resources is essential for the safety and well-being of our members, please check the following resources.
The Resource Packet for Older Adults During COVID-19
HHS Aging and Disability Services have produced this outstanding resource package for older adults. Among many important contacts and resources, you will find information and benefits for those without internet access, the low income, and the uninsured.
Food Assistance for Families and New Innovative Nutrition Program
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Montgomery County Recreation (MCR) have partnered to make frozen meal packs available to seniors through the County’s Senior Nutrition Program.
Manna Food Center is temporarily waiving income requirements to provide food to any Montgomery County resident impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Residents are encouraged to contact Manna as soon as possible to begin receiving food through regular distribution channels.