The Power of Aging

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

Seniors are an important part of society and helping to keep them healthy and happy should be an important part of everyone’s life. The Baltimore County Department of Aging is doing its part to help with the 2016 Baltimore County Power of the Aging Expo.

On October 26th and 27th, older adults, baby boomers, caregivers, families, persons with disabilities and professionals can visit the expo to learn more about 300-plus exhibitors and vendors and how to take advantage of the many County resources designed for seniors and those with disabilities.

Incredible entertainment, a silent auction, and a wide assortment of free health screenings await visitors to this year’s expo as well. Delight in the talents of older adult artists competing in the Art and Craft Contest and Show, receive an annual flu shot or energize by trying a new exercise class in the Senior Center Demonstration Area. Investigate career and training opportunities at the Job Fair or visit the Veteran Resource Muster for resources and information.

Admission is $2 or two cans of non-perishable food. With paid admission, guest will be entitled to a free gift and full access to a multitude of opportunities for resources, enjoyment, and options. Proceeds from Baby Boomer and Senior Expo support the Seniors In Need Fund.

Learn more about the expo by watching Oak Crest Now on Friday, October 14th at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM as Chris Taydus sits down with Joanne Williams, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Aging. The show will also be available the following day on www.oakcresttv.com.

You can also find out more about the expo by visiting its website: www.seniorexpoonline.com

 

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A Better End

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

As human beings, we strive to control every aspect of our lives. Our food, our accommodations, our bills, and even our medical care. But one aspect that many overlook is their final days.

Advances in modern medicine have increased the average life expectancy in the United States from approximately 61 in 1935 to just shy of 80 in 2010, but death is still inevitable. It’s the one common bond between all human beings on this planet.

How do you want to die? When do you want to die? Where do you want to die? Documents such as advance directives, MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) forms, and AND (Allow Natural Death) forms (formerly known as Do Not Resuscitate) can help you to plan for an easier, less painful, and more respectful end of life.

Coming up this week on Oak Crest Now, Dr. Dan Morhaim, a practicing physician, and Maryland state legislator, speaks on his book The Better End and guides viewers through the medical and legal maze of end-of-life care. He details the care choices available to patients and explains why living wills and advance directives are a necessity for every American. He tells readers where to find free and readily available living wills and advance directives and why it is so important for everyone—young and old—to complete them.

Dr. Morhaim’s presentation (which was organized by the Oak Crest chapter of MaCCRA) will air on Tuesday, October 4th at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM on Channel 973. The show is also available right now at www.oakcresttv.com. For more information on Dr. Morhaim and his book, check out his website www.thebetterend.com.