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Intergenerational Programs

Image of a man and two children playing with toys at a play table.Senior centers recognize that children can help older adults to stay connected to their families and communities.

That is why many senior centers encourage members to bring their grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the center to participate in scheduled intergenerational programs and activities.

These events range from grandparent/grandchild educational classes in painting and ceramics to special holiday events. Local schools, recreation departments, and community colleges also frequently partner with senior centers to offer intergenerational programs.

Grandparents who are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren can take advantage of seminars and support groups at some senior centers as well as obtain information about community resources, including AARP.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

Many senior centers host the SHIP program, which provides counseling to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages, so that they may better understand their health insurance benefits and rights. The Maryland SHIP program provides trained staff and volunteer counselors in all 24 jurisdictions. Maryland SHIP also offers free educational presentations in senior centers and other community locations. SHIP counseling services are confidential and free of charge.

SHIP Counselors can provide in-person and telephone assistance with:

  • Billing problems
  • Dealing with denials, appeals, and grievances
  • Health care fraud and abuse
  • Long-Term Care insurance
  • Medical Assistance (MA) programs
  • Medicare (Medicare HMOs, Medicare supplement policies like Medigap Plans)
  • Pharmacy Assistance benefits
  • Programs for low-income beneficiaries
  • Volunteer counselor opportunities

Tax-Aide Program

AARP Tax-Aide is a program that provides trained volunteers to prepare simple tax returns and answer tax questions for the public, free of charge. The AARP Foundation operates the program from February 1 through April 15 each year, at over 10,000 sites nationwide including many senior centers in Maryland. This free, confidential service is available to people of all ages with middle and low incomes, with special attention to those aged 60 and older. Appointments are required.

Travel Programs

Many senior centers in Maryland offer a wide variety of travel opportunities, including day trips, overnight trips and extended trips. Centers may arrange trips to sites as far away as England and as close as the local dinner theater. Some centers limit travel program participation to center members and guests. Other centers allow community members to join trips, but center members usually have first priority when registering.

Travel Destinations

  • Interesting places and events in Baltimore County and Maryland
  • Destinations throughout the United States
  • Exciting locations anywhere in the world

The cost of trips is usually very reasonable. Center volunteers plan the trips and may also act as the tour guides. Trip insurance may be offered through the tour company with which the center contracts.

Senior Advocacy Groups

Senior citizens can make a difference. They play a very important role in advocating for benefits and government programs for themselves and others. A senior center may have an advocacy group that meets and discusses current legislative issues and/or a system to notify and encourage other senior citizens to take action and make their voices heard. Political leaders frequently visit senior centers to keep members informed of important legislative issues.

Advocacy Groups in the Community

The Baltimore County Association of Senior Citizens Organizations (BCASCO), can help keep senior citizens informed of current legislation, host political forums and organize rallies to support important legislation.