Maryland Lt. Governor Visits Ocean Pines

Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford and top staff members of the Worcester County Commission on Aging took to Ocean Pines on Thursday, Aug. 16 to announce the launch of a new program, entitled “Community for Life,” which is designed to help seniors age in place and remain active and healthy.

Ocean Pines, named one of the top places to retire in the country by Forbes Magazine in 2017, is expected to be instrumental in Maryland’s roll-out of this program that helps seniors live independently in the comfort of their own homes.

(From L to R) Boyd Rutherford, lieutenant governor of the state of Maryland; John Bailey, general manager of the Ocean Pines Association; and Doug Parks, president of the Ocean Pines Association.

The Worcester County Commission on Aging through Community for Life aims to enhance the availability of key services that may help seniors cope with aging without further burdening their caregivers or exhausting their financial resources.

The state-wide program with a focus on Ocean Pines offers a variety of services to its members: transportation to medical and vet appointments, the grocery store, the local senior center and social events; home repairs; vendor service referral; assistance with electronics; reminder calls for medical appointments; telephone check-ins; “friendly” check-ins; and much more.

Ocean Pines residents who are interested in the program would have to enroll as a paid member. Executive Director Robert Hart and Community Navigator Shea Wise will provide more information about Community for Life and its membership opportunities at a free informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. in the East Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer a preventative program to our local seniors,” said Wise. “We know there are so many people who need these services and it fills my heart with so much joy to see the smile on our members’ face when they find out we can help them to continue their independence. It all comes down to doing what we can to help people age in place and happily in their homes.”

The Worcester County Commission on Aging, Inc. (WorCOA) is a nonprofit agency established in 1978 to serve the Senior Citizens of Worcester County on behalf of the Worcester County government. This is accomplished through four multi-service Senior Centers, an Adult Medical Day Care, Meals On Wheels and multiple Direct Services for the homebound. Their dedicated staff ensures the professional delivery of quality, meaningful services.

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