Baltimore County Engages Older Adults Via ‘Virtual Senior Centers’

hands-545394_1920 - pixabay - 5.29.20Amid COVID-19 pandemic Baltimore County Department of Aging ramps up virtual presence to engage and help senior residents. 

The county has worked to ensure older adults continue to receive quality programming and support virtually by increasing the department’s digital presence, offering online classes, and providing one-on-one staff contact.

From the news release:

“Our senior centers fill an important role in the lives of so many of Baltimore County’s older adults. During this unprecedented time, we’re doing more than ever before to expand our reach, innovate, and provide seniors with access to the critical supports they need,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “We know that many older adults experience feelings of social isolation, and I want to applaud our Department of Aging for all their work to provide personal contact, online programming, and other essential resources in this uncertain period.”

The programing County Executive Olszewski notes include:

  • Creating individual Facebook pages for each of the county’s 20 senior centers
  • Offering online classes and social events such as Tai Chi, foreign language, strength training, cooking, and group happy hours
  • Making over 46,800 individual phone calls, emails, texts and postcards to senior residents

For more information:

Baltimore County Offering “Virtual Senior Center” Programming to Provide Connection for Older Adults amid COVID-19 Pandemic (news release)