Date: May 23, 2024

Author: Saron Messay

Bethesda Community Outreach

Montgomery County, Maryland, offers a wide range of adult services that cater to the specific needs of senior citizens. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is a vital resource in the county, providing a range of services for elderly adults. The Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services Division offers essential resources, including transportation assistance, home care services, and meal delivery.

The Montgomery County Public Library also provides various programming and services for adults aged 50 and above. These include book clubs, computer help, tax preparation, music performances, and health and wellness programs. The library offers a senior calendar that provides an overview of senior services and programs offered in the county, ensuring that no need goes unmet.

For eligible seniors whose disability prevents them from using bus or rail, MetroAccessParatransit is a reliable, shared-ride, door-to-door paratransit service.

In addition to these county-wide resources, a multitude of non-profit organizations and community groups offer a diverse range of support and services to adults in Montgomery County. GROWS (Grass Roots Organization for the Well-being of Seniors) is a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to helping seniors, especially the frail elderly, maintain their independence and dignity. They have compiled a list of resources and links to senior organizations and associations that provide useful information for senior citizens and their families, which you can access here. Those included on that list provide useful information for senior citizens and their families.

The Village Network is an innovative grassroots movement that coordinates critical services for older adults. It began in 1999 with a group of older adults that wanted to live in their own homes while staying engaged in social activities within their neighborhood.  The DMV has about 75 active Villages, which is one of the highest concentrations in the country.

Villages are local and volunteer-led, usually supporting social connections and access to resources through rides to the doctor, errands, social events, and even household tasks. Montgomery County’s webiste provides a lot of information about villages in our community.

If you are an unpaid primary caregiver living with an elderly person in Montgomery County, you may be eligible to apply for respite coordination services from The Arc Montgomery County. The organization offers a flexible range of respite care services that can be provided for a few hours, a day, a weekend, or sometimes even longer. Families can choose from various respite care options, including the family home, community and recreational programs, camps, and approved respite facilities, providing support when needed.

Senior Connection is a local non-profit that provides a wide range of free services to residents aged 60 and above. These services include transportation services and grocery shopping assistance.

Griswold Home Care is a reputable provider of in-home care services. Their services are designed to offer personalized care and support to seniors and other individuals who require assistance with daily living activities in the comfort of their own homes. With a team of compassionate and skilled caregivers, Griswold Home Care aims to enhance the quality of life of their clients by providing companionship, personal care, and assistance with household tasks such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, and transportation.

If you or someone you know needs support, Montgomery County provides several adult services to help individuals with various needs and concerns. For more information about programs and services offered to senior citizens in Montgomery, please check out this informative video.

Date: May 23, 2024