Q: I am not 60; can I attend the Department of Aging classes?
A: Yes, unless the
class fills to capacity. Individuals 60 and older would be given
Q: I am not yet
60; can I have lunch at the senior activity center?
A: Yes, the price
is $5.00 for individuals under 60. For people 60 and over, lunch
cost is by donation. Please make a meal reservation 24 hours in
Q: Is there a fee
to join the senior activity center?
A: No. There is no
general fee to join the senior center; however, some activities and
programs do have fees associated with them. Be sure to ask when you
Q: Do I have to be
a St. Mary’s County resident to take part in activities?
A: No. Senior
Center activities are available to anyone regardless of where they
Q: How do I get to
the Department of Aging Senior Activity Centers?
Click Here for directions
Q: Can the Fitness
Card be used for all the classes offered by the Department of Aging?
A: The Fitness Card
(FC) can be used for the following classes: Strength Training,
Low-Impact Aerobics, Yoga and Tai Chi. Fitness cards may be
purchased at any Department of Aging Senior Center. Water Aerobics
classes offered at the Great Mills Swimming Pool and the Lexington
Park Senior Apartments require separate payment and card. Water
Aerobics cards may be purchased poolside from the instructor.
Q: How may I be
placed on your mailing list to get the New Beginning newsletter, and
how often is it published?
A: To be placed on
the mailing list,
click here and
download a form, or call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 to receive a form
by mail. The New Beginning newsletter is published every other
month; therefore, you can expect to receive it at the
beginning of the following months: January, March, May, July,
September, and November.
Q: Do I have to
fill out a registration form every year? Why?
A: Yes. The
information collected is used to prepare federal, state and local
reports to justify and improve the programs and services offered.
This information provides accurate data for presentation to the
Maryland Department of Aging for our funding. St. Mary’s County
Department of Aging will not voluntarily share any personal
information which identifies you (such as your name, social security
number, address or telephone number) with any other person or agency
unless required by law.
Department of Aging
Q: Is there an age
limit to take L.I.F.E. classes?
A: No, the
L.I.F.E. program is open to all adults.
Q: Do I need
computer experience to take any of the L.I.F.E. beginner computer
A: No you do not;
however, you need to have access to a computer.
Q: Can respite
grant funding be used for housekeeping?
A: Yes. If the
client is ill, disabled, or otherwise unable to handle necessary
daily chores, respite funds may be used to help with light chores;
however, respite funding for chore services is limited.
Q: I have high
out-of-pocket prescription drug costs every month. Are there any
programs that I may qualify for to help reduce these costs?
A: Yes. There are
several programs available to individuals who are on Medicare. There
are three factors that determine which program a person may enroll
in 1) income, 2) value of assets, and 3) the cost of medications you
Senior Health Insurance
Q: Now that full
retirement age for Social Security is 65 and 6 months, am I still
eligible for Medicare at age 65?
A: Yes. Enrollment
is open three months prior and three months after a person’s 65th birthday.
Q: Is there any
way I can reduce my property tax bill?
A: Possibly. The
Maryland Homeowners’ Property Tax Credit program is available to
people of all ages. There are several factors used to determine
eligibility, such as household income, amount of property taxes,
value of other properties owned, and the value of the home.
Applications are accepted from February through September at the
St. Mary’s County Treasurer’s Office.
Q: Am I eligible
for Meals On Wheels?
A: The St.
Mary’s County Department of Aging offers and delivers Home Delivered
Meal services (Meals On Wheels/MOW) to the citizens of St. Mary’s
County in accordance with Maryland Department of Aging (Maging)
Program Directives. Residents are determined eligible for Home
Delivered Meal (HDM) services based on the requirements set-forth in
the directives which states, (in part), “Home delivered nutrition
services shall be available to any person age 60 or older who is
homebound by reason of illness or incapacitation…” Call
301-475-4200, ext.1060 for additional
Meals on Wheels Program
Q: What is AERS,
and how does it determine Senior Care eligibility?
A: AERS stands for
Adult Evaluation Review Service. AERS is a medical assessment
service performed by a nurse from the St. Mary’s County Health
Department. The nurse meets with the client, interviews and assesses
their needs, and reviews their medical history. The information
gathered is recorded in a specific format for the state and is
forwarded to the DelMarVa Foundation. DelMarVa Foundation is a state
funded agency and is staffed by clinical professionals. Their
primary purpose is to review each AERS assessment and make a
determination as to whether the client’s medical status meets a
nursing home level of care (LOC). If a client meets nursing home
LOC, they become medically eligible for a variety of other health
related services. Citizens cannot call and request an AERS
assessment. An AERS is ordered by the case manager when an applicant
is in the eligibility determination phase of a program that requires
an AERS assessment.
Q: Can the Fitness Card be used for all the classes offered by the Department of Aging?
A: The Fitness Card (FC) can be used for the following classes: Strength Training, Low-Impact Aerobics, Yoga and Enhance Fitness. Fitness cards may be purchased at any Department of Aging Senior Center.
Q: When does the Social Security Administration representative visit St. Mary’s County?
A: The Social Security Administration currently provides service on the second Wednesday of each month at the College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus, Bldg. A. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Q: Is there an age limit to take L.I.F.E. classes?
A: Priority is given to people 50 years of age and older who have not previously attended the particular class/tour in the past year.