Wandering Remains A Growing Concern For Citizens With Dementia

MD State Police
November 9, 2017 (PIKESVILLE, Md.)

With more and more people caring for a family member with some form of dementia, the risk of that person wandering off is becoming more prevalent.

So far in 2017, Maryland has issued 69 Silver Alerts. Of those, one person died and another was hospitalized after a motor vehicle collision. In 2015, Maryland issued 87 Silver Alerts and three of those were hospitalized after a motor vehicle collision. In 2016, Maryland issued 84 Silver Alerts, and of those, one person died and three were hospitalized after a motor vehicle collision.

Maryland is one of at least 36 states with a similar alert system, which is designed to alert public safety agencies and the general public in instances of an adult, suffering certain cognitive impairments, who has been reported missing.

Only law enforcement agencies may request a Silver Alert, which was created in Maryland in 2009. Law enforcement agencies making such requests must first determine the following:

– The missing person is at least 60 years of age, AND
– The missing person suffers a cognitive impairment, including a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, AND
– The missing person’s disappearance poses a credible threat to the health and safety of the individual, AND
– The missing person is traveling in a vehicle and there is enough descriptive information about the missing person and the vehicle for law enforcement to issue an alert, AND
– The investigating agency has already activated a local or regional alert by contacting media outlets in their jurisdiction, AND
– The missing person has been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC)​

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six in 10 people with dementia will wonder. Some tips to prevent wandering include:

– Develop a routine for daily activities to provide structure
– Identify times wandering in most likely to occur
– Reassure the person if they feel lost, abandoned or disorientated.
– Ensure all basic needs are met
– Avoid busy places that are confusing and can cause disorientation
– Place locks out of the line of sight
– Use devices that signal when a door or window is opened
– Provide supervision
– Keep car keys out of sight

For more information on Silver Alerts in Maryland, click mdsp.maryland.gov/Organization/Pages/CriminalInvestigationBureau/CriminalEnforcementDivision/SilverAlert.aspx.

For more information on caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, click www.alz.org.

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Washington College Opens Call for The President’s Medal; Nominations

Washington College
CHESTERTOWN, MD—November 8, 2017

Nominations are open for the Washington College President’s Medal, which is presented annually to community residents and organizations for meritorious service to the Chestertown and the greater Kent County community.

“These awards are intended as an annual way to recognize excellence and leadership and, with your help and participation, contribute to a strong sense of community,” says College President Kurt Landgraf, who accepts the recommendations of the Awards Advisory Committee and makes the final decisions on recipients. “I hope you will nominate a colleague, community member, or local organization for one or more of these special honors.”

Nominations are due by Friday, December 1, 2017. The awardees will be honored at the George Washington’s Birthday Convocation on February 23, 2018.

The President’s Medal recognizes the accomplishments of an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of Washington College and/or the region. Last year’s recipients of the President’s Medal were The Lions Clubs of Kent County and Richard S. Bookbinder P’10.

Here are the particulars:

– A cover sheet that includes the following information must accompany each nomination: (1) the name of the nominee; (2) the award for which the individual or organization is being nominated; and (3) the name of the nominator.
– Nominations should be sent to: President’s Awards Advisory Committee c/o President’s Office, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620
– Criteria: The recipient of the President’s Medal will be an individual or organization with an exemplary record of sustained and acknowledged contribution to the quality of life in Chestertown, Kent County, and/or at Washington College. The candidate’s career or organization’s work should be distinguished by a dedication to the fulfillment of the ideals represented in the Washington College Mission Statement and by service to their fellow human beings. Particular emphasis will be placed on contributions that have had a wide-ranging positive influence on Chestertown and the Washington College community.
– Eligibility: Any individual or organization may be nominated for the President’s Medal. A nominee should have at least five years of demonstrated service. Normally, one President’s Medal will be awarded each year.
– Nomination Materials: A letter of nomination should be submitted, clearly indicating why the individual or organization should be so honored and how the individual or organization exemplifies the criteria for this award. A résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief background sketch of the nominee should accompany the nomination letter. At least two, but no more than three, seconding letters of nomination may accompany the nomination or may be sent under separate cover. In subsequent years, nominations submitted in the past two years will automatically be reconsidered; however, updated information is encouraged.

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Julia Portmann & Seth Wrigley are Shorewoman and Shoreman of the Week

Washington College Athletics
November 7, 2017

Julia Portmann – Shorewoman of the Week

Junior swimmer Julia Portmann (Palatine, Ill./William Fremd) is this week’s Shorewoman of the Week. Portmann won three events in the Shorewomen’s 164.5-96.5 loss to Gettysburg Saturday.

Portmann took the 1000 freestyle in 11:11.19, the 200 freestyle in 2:00.15, and the 500 freestyle in 5:28.72.

Seth Wrigley – Shoreman of the Week

Sophomore swimmer Seth Wrigley (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area) is this week’s Shoreman of the Week. Wrigley had one individual first-place and one individual second-place finish in a 164-98 loss to Gettysburg Saturday.

Wrigley won the 100 butterfly in 53.81 and placed second in the 200 butterfly in 2:02.65 for the Shoremen.

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Three Leading Eastern Shore Conservation Organizations to Join Forces

Easton, MD. (November 6, 2017)

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Chester River Association and Sassafras River Association will hold a public event to officially announce the planned merger of their three organizations to form ShoreRivers, a nonprofit dedicated to healthy waterways across Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The new organization’s mission is to protect and restore Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education. ShoreRivers will include four Waterkeeper programs: Chester Riverkeeper, Choptank Riverkeeper, Miles-Wye Riverkeeper and Sassafras Riverkeeper.

The launch event will be held at the new ShoreRivers headquarters at 10:30am on November 17, 2017 at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, 114 S Washington Street, Suite 301, Easton, MD. The event will feature a ribbon cutting and remarks from dignitaries. Visuals will include the Choptank Riverkeeper boat and water quality monitoring equipment displays.

ShoreRivers protects and restores Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education. We work collaboratively with our community yet maintain an uncompromising voice for clean rivers and the living resources they support. Learn more at www.shorerivers.org.

ShoreRivers Staff Photo - From their Web site

ShoreRivers Staff Photo – From their Web site

Editor’s Note:
On their Web page it says “Beginning January 1, 2018, ShoreRivers will be a strong clean water voice for Maryland’s Eastern Shore as we work with our communities for healthy waterways.”

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Compass Regional Hospice Hosts Candlelight Remembrance Service in Queen Anne’s County

Compass Regional Hospice
November 6, 2017

Compass Regional Hospice’s Hope & Healing Center will host the annual Candlelight Remembrance Service in Queen Anne’s County on Sunday, November 19, 2017. The service begins at 4:00 p.m. at the Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road in Centreville. The service is free and open to the public.

The centerpiece of the Candlelight Remembrance Service is the reading of the names of Compass Regional Hospice patients who have died in the past 13 months. Members of the community are also invited to bring the names of their loved ones whom they would like to be remembered during the holiday season.

If you are unable to attend the Candlelight Remembrance Service in Queen Anne’s County there will be another held in Kent County on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross St. in Chestertown. For more information about the Queen Anne’s County Candlelight Remembrance Service, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org.

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Benchworks Sponsors Baltimore Metro Business Development (BMBD) Event


Event features panel discussion of local women business leaders.

Baltimore— November 6, 2017

On November 7th 2017 at Delta Hunt Valley, the networking group Baltimore Metro Business Development (BMBD) will host a panel discussion with local women business leaders. The panel is sponsored by Benchworks, a full-service marketing firm and moderated by Melissa Johnston, President of Benchworks. Other speakers include Cindy Carson, President of Enradius, a company specializing in geo-targeted digital campaigns; Kara DiPietro, President and CEO of HMC Inc., a full-service design, manufacturing and construction firm specializing in food service design and custom manufacturing; Natalia Luis, Chairman and COO, M Luis Construction, a Maryland-based, woman and minority-owned road construction company; and Jennifer Meyer, CEO of Betamore, an award-winning coworking space, incubator, and campus for technology and entrepreneurship.

The event is BMBD’s third of the year, with previous 2017 events in January and May featuring keynote addresses from Donald Fry (President & CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee), and Tom Geddes (CEO, Plank Industries). The audience will be comprised of approximately 125 executives from numerous companies and industries across the metro area.

“We are excited to sponsor the event and facilitate the discussion with these impressive female leaders. As we expand our services into the local community, we want to get to know the issues and needs of the greater Baltimore area. We are looking forward to meeting the companies and organizations that will be represented Tuesday evening. It’s a great reminder of the amazing talent and promise existing in this area,” said Benchworks CEO Thad Bench, Sr.

“There are numerous local networking groups and events. If you are going to ask people to take the time from their schedule to join you, it’s important to provide value. We’re anticipating high-level discussion and could not be more appreciative of the support provided by Benchworks, allowing this event to occur,” said BMBD Founder Chris Stoner.

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