Pop Up Library with Baltimore County Public Library
Baltimore County Public Library provides opportunities to explore, learn, create and connect. With 19 branches and four bookmobiles offering mobile engagement, we take pride in being embedded in our communities. The library provides materials in the form of books, movies, music, audiobooks and magazines. We have many online resources as well, including research databases, downloadables and streaming movies. Each branch offers internet access and many provide technology classes on basic computer skills, introduction to Microsoft Office and how to navigate the internet. We offer free programs for a range of customers, including book clubs, art programs, job search assistance and professional law services. You can even apply for a passport at three of our branches.
Here at the Power of Age Expo, we can connect you with books, technology and more. Experience virtual reality by trying our Oculus Rift software. Have no experience with tech but recently acquired a new smartphone or tablet? We are on hand to assist you with downloading the cloudLibrary, Libby and Kanopy apps so that you can take the library on the go. Looking for a great book? We have two book talk sessions each day to explore new titles for you to read or to share with your book club. There is even a spot to sit down one-on-one with a library staff member to ask questions, learn about the library and help point you in the right direction.
If you don’t have a library card, what are you waiting for? Stop by our table and say hello! Connect with us and be connected to a world of possibility.
Be all in at Baltimore County Public Library.
The Pamper Yourself Area of the Expo provides beauty services to Expo guests free of charge:
- Nail polish
- Hair comb outs
- Hair curling
- Beauty consultations
Services are offered courtesy of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology and Western School of Technology and Environmental Sciences students.
Flu and Pneumonia Shot Clinic
Flu shots (Quadrivalent and FLUAD) and pneumonia (Pneumovax 23) vaccines will be provided by Pleasant Health Services at the Expo by the Baltimore County Department of Aging in the Cow Palace.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a flu shot if you are over age 50 or have:
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- History of stroke or heart attack
- Chronic respiratory disorder
- Compromised immune system
The shots and vaccines will be provided at no cost for Medicare B beneficiaries. The cost to all others is as follows:
- $30 for flu shot (Quadrivalent)
- $62 for flu shot (FLUAD)
- $125 for pneumonia vaccine (Pneumovax 23)
You can pay by credit or a check made payable to Pleasant Health Services. Other insurances accepted are Atena, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna and United Health.
Flu shots and pneumonia vaccines will be available at Baltimore County senior centers as well as the Expo. Be sure to mark your calendars. You can also pre-register online.
Baltimore County State Health Insurance Assistance Program Outreach
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will offer one-on-one assistance to Medicare beneficiaries. Since the Expo takes place right before open enrollment for Part D Prescription drug plans, this is the perfect opportunity to verify that your drug plan is the most economical for your prescription needs. Bring your drug list including dosage and frequency, your Medicare card and any other information about your drug coverage.
Due to the fact that drug plan formularies, deductibles and costs are allowed to change each year, everyone should research their drug plan annually.
Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services
The Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under the direction of Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP, provides governance and administrative oversight to the Department of Health, Department of Social Services, Office of Housing, Local Management Board and the Office of Human Relations. HHS promotes well-being among individuals and families by providing quality health, housing and social services.
Stop by the HHS booth to take advantage of an onsite blood pressure check or to get a rapid Hepatitis C test. You can also receive information and consult with staff about addiction to opioids and other substances, HIV/AIDS, adult immunizations, dental health, prescription drug awareness, cancer and diabetes prevention and more. You can also obtain resources to help you stop smoking.
If you are looking to add to your family by adopting a pet, Baltimore County Animal Services’ Cuddle Shuttle can help. Offering a variety of animals to get to know, love and take home FURever, this mobile animal adoption unit also provides low-cost rabies vaccinations and spay/neuter services for your new or current pet.
Providing an array of valuable information and services during the Expo—and connecting visitors to resources following the Expo—is just one of the many ways that HHS staff is working to help those who live, work, play and age in Baltimore County to lead healthy, safe, productive lives. Be sure to visit our booth! Remain connected to us on Facebook, @BaltCoHHS.
Staying Connected Through Volunteerism and RSVP
It is estimated that up to one half of all Americans experience loneliness. This is especially true for people as they get older and face life changes such as retirement and widowhood. Research shows that loneliness is associated with a number of negative factors, including poor health and an increased risk of mortality. For this reason, loneliness has become the subject of recent studies and research shows that volunteering has the potential to combat it.
A study cited in The Journals of Gerontology surveyed nearly 6,000 married adults over the age of 50. Researchers followed the sample over the course of eight years to analyze the relationship between becoming widowed and loneliness. Their ultimate goal was to determine if loneliness is moderated through participation in volunteer work. Findings supported the expected—that those who became widowed were more susceptible to loneliness; however, findings also indicated those who became widowed but volunteered at least two hours a week were less likely to experience loneliness, concluding that regular volunteer work can serve as a protective factor.
Although the research can’t fully explain the mechanisms that lead to such benefits, it does render possible theories. Volunteering engages people in their communities, thus encouraging social connectedness. Volunteering also provides purpose, which keeps people motivated and active. Similarly, volunteering boosts one’s self-esteem providing an overall healthier state of mind.
Be sure to stop by the RSVP Volunteer Fair during the Power of Age Expo. There will be 13 agencies representing various needs throughout the County. Whether you want to work outdoors to plant trees, greet blood donors, or visit the terminally ill, the RSVP Volunteer Fair will be featuring a wide variety of available opportunities. The RSVP Volunteer Fair includes exhibits from the following agencies: AARP Tax Aide Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, American Red Cross, Baltimore County Association of Senior Citizens Organizations, Baltimore County Christian Workcamp, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore County, Churches for Streets of Hope, Gilchrist Services, Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, Maryland Food Bank, Pets on Wheels, and Pro Bono Counseling.