Welcome to the Winter 2017edition of In Touch, the quarterly newsletter of Independence Now. Please use the in-page links below to naviagte to the various articles. For your convenience there is a "back to top" link after each article.

In Touch

Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) in Maryland helps people with long term care Medicaid move from an institution, like a nursing facility, to community living in an apartment, private home, or small group setting. Independence Now has had a contract with the Maryland Department of Disabilities to carry out the services needed for such a transition for about 5 years. The Peer Support Counselors, Mike Saunders, Carlos Garner, Davon Harrison and Wanda Barber meet with people living in the nursing facilities and through peer mentoring help residents set and meet transition goals.

Every month the Peer Support Counselors are quite busy meeting with residents of 64 nursing facilities in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. They coordinate with facility Social Workers, Ombudsmen, and staff to identify potential participants. While waiting for discharge, Peer Support Counselors meet with participants monthly to work on socialization, the development of nat

In the past year, 34 nursing facility residents have returned to the community and are living full lives with the services to them available through the Home Community Based Waiver and the Community First Choice Waiver.

One success we would like to share is about Mr. Z who lost his home while living at a nursing facility for three years. We met with him to share the different options through the waiver program. With our help he applied for the Home Community Based Waiver and obtained a Supports Planner who worked with him and us to find housing in the community. He received ongoing Peer Support while waiting to transition out into the community. He is now living in his own apartment with services provided by the Waiver.

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Health Vision Seminar

Tuesday Mar 21, 1-3PM
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. While glaucoma can develop in anyone, people over age 60, who have a family history of glaucoma, or who are African-American are at especially high risk. Certain types of medical conditions, such as diabetes or extreme near-sightedness, can also increase the risk for glaucoma. An expert from one of the Glaucoma eye center in Maryland will be providing you with all the knowledge you need about this eye condition. We will also share other eye related resources. Remember that knowledge is power!

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Creative Cooking Class

Join Independence Now to learn how to prepare a simple, quick, low cost meal with hands-on cooking. Contact Victor Murrana at 240-898-2185 to register or to request accommodations.

Jan 19th - 11AM - 1:30PM
Is one of your new year's resolutions a commitment to remain healthy throughout 2017 by losing weight? We will share a wonderful recipe to make your own salad. Healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to prevent and control health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.

DINNER & A MOVIE (Creative cooking class and Advocate's Theater combined)
Thursday, Feb 16th, 4:30PM - 7:30PM

Movie "Don't Breathe" is a 2016 American horror film directed by Fede Alvarez and written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues. The film stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang, and focuses on three friends who get trapped inside a blind man's house while breaking into it. Contact Shannon Minnick at 240-638-0070 to register and to request accommodations.

CREATIVE COOKING CLASS
Contact Victor Murrana at 240-898-2185 to register or to request accommodations.
Mar 16th - Creative Cooking Class: 11AM - 1:30PM
Try some vegetarian cooking with meatless products to taste. Have you ever taken some time to consider the importance of vegetables in your diets?

Here are some facts from the US Department of Agriculture to consider:
Nutrients in vegetables are vital for health and maintenance of your body.
Eating a diet rich in veggies may reduce risk for stroke, cancer, heart diseases and type-2 diabetes.
1 to 4 cups of vegetables are recommended each day, depending on how many calories you need.
You will learn how to cook a vegan curry with rice.

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Financial / Budgeting Seminar - Managing Your Credit

Wednesday, Feb 8th 1PM – 3PM
Understanding and reviewing your credit report II presented Dan Florea of Guidewell Financial Services. How to retrieve your credit report and check for Errors to dispute.

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Youth Event - Making My Mark

Friday Feb 3, 4:30-7:30PM
Contact Shannon Minnick 240-638-0070 or sminnick@innow.org to register or request accommodations.
Location: 12301 Old Columbia, Suite 101, Silver Spring MD 20904

"Making My Mark" empowering youth to use their personal power to set and reach their Independent Living goals. You Have the Power! Join us in learning how to use your power to lead a self-directed life, both on our own and with selected community supports.

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Women's Tea in honor of WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

Wednesday Mar 8, 1-3PM
It's our Annual celebration honoring Women's History Month. This year it will be a Tea social here at Independence Now Silver Spring office. Speakers to be announced.

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