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Making Mobility Affordable

by James Rada, Jr.   photography by Bill Ryan In 2014, the six-year-old FR Conversions was growing so fast that the company actually put off taking on new business because it had nowhere to grow. The company was crammed into a 20,000-square-foot facility in Woodlawn. So the search began for a new location with room to grow. In 2015, the company moved to the old General Dynamics plant in Westminster. It was a $20 million investment in Carroll County. “We have almost 152,000 square feet now and we’re almost out of space again,” said Wayne Taylor, vice president of...

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When Memory Fades

SPECIAL SECTION: AGING WITH GRACE by Kym Liddick-Byrnes Gail Cousins of Taneytown said she thought her mother’s weight loss, paranoia, lack of motivation to leave the house and to do things she had always enjoyed were symptoms of depression resulting from being a widow and living alone. But as her mother, Dotty Harry, continued to deteriorate mentally and physically, Gail and her older sister, Jill Burnett, sought further medical treatment and testing and were devastated to learn that their mother was likely suffering from the effects of Alzheimer’s. “We assumed it was depression because she is a widow and had...

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The Ups and Downs of Downsizing

SPECIAL SECTION: AGING WITH GRACE by Anne Blue When it came time to downsize, Pam and Bob Valis’ adult children were eager to help their parents pare down their belongings. They knew the fish poacher belonged in the “give away” pile. After all, they had never seen their mom use it. But Pam saw it differently: she knew the fish poacher was in great shape and she just might use it again, so she put it back in the pile of items to move to the new house. “That fish poacher moved back and forth between those two piles,”...

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Succession Plan For Pets

SPECIAL SECTION: AGING WITH GRACE by Lisa Moody Breslin Age doesn’t matter when it comes to a succession plan for your pets. Whether you are young or old, before you welcome a pet into your family, talk to someone about care in case there is ever a time when you cannot provide it, local experts advise. “When my grandfather was getting up there in age, my family decided what to do if he couldn’t take care of his dog any more,” says Charles Brown, executive director of the Humane Society of Carroll County. “Often the best plans start within...

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Brace for the Emotional Roller Coaster

SPECIAL SECTION: AGING WITH GRACE by Lisa Moody Breslin You’re drinking more to calm down at night. You can’t sleep unless you have a few drinks. Medical conditions are flaring up. You’re losing your patience in the grocery line, or snapping at people you would not have snapped at in the past. Your parents’ lawn is getting mowed but yours is not. These could all be signs that, as a caregiver or someone who is making a transition from one place to another, you need assistance.  At a minimum, you probably need someone other than a friend or relative to talk to. “Many people don’t realize that Medicare has generous benefits for those over 65 who have a diagnosable anxiety or stress-related condition. For folks who have Medicare with supplemental plans, there are no copays,” said Dr. Heather Locklear, an individual practioner in Eldersburg. Caregivers can use their insurance for therapy to help with the stress of caring for the senior. They can also suggest a family session to help the whole family adjust, which would be covered under the senior’s Medicare plan. As a psychologist with a PhD, Locklear knows the behaviors that signal the counseling is needed well. She has counseled children who are caregivers and advised older residents as they age. Her oldest client is 86. Locklear has helped people untangle the fears and pain linked...

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all-day Legacy: Celebrating 150 Years Of... @ Carroll Arts Center
Legacy: Celebrating 150 Years Of... @ Carroll Arts Center
Jan 8 – Feb 24 all-day
The Carroll Arts Center celebrates McDaniel College’s 150th anniversary with an exhibition highlighting the fine arts program at McDaniel. Paintings, sculpture, metalsmithing, illustration, ceramic art and photography are on display by current and former McDaniel[...]
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Metrics at Carroll County Arts C... @ Carroll County Arts Council
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Metrics at Carroll County Arts Council @ Carroll County Arts Council
Carroll County Arts Council hosts Metrics, an exhibition featuring Baltimore artists Minas Konsolas, Cody Pryseski & Jarek Sparaco. Exhbition runs January 8 – February 23, 2018 RECEPTION: Thursday, February 1, 5:30 – 7:30 pm 91[...]
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all-day 150 Years On The Hill @ Miller Senate Office Building, Second Floor
150 Years On The Hill @ Miller Senate Office Building, Second Floor
Jan 10 – Mar 30 all-day
150 Years On The Hill @ Miller Senate Office Building, Second Floor |  |  |
In conjunction with McDaniel College’s 150th anniversary celebration, this timeline exhibit highlights each decade of the college’s 150-year history. The Miller Senate Office Building is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Photo identification[...]
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5:30 pm Flatlands: Paintings By Hannah L... @ Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall
Flatlands: Paintings By Hannah L... @ Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall
Jan 25 @ 5:30 pm – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
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Artist Hannah Leighton of Baltimore showcases her contemporary paintings. Leighton says that her paintings are inspired by “the shapes of stories, sounds and memories.” Leighton received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute[...]
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12:30 pm Living Healthy, Living Well with... @ Sunnybrook Apartments
Living Healthy, Living Well with... @ Sunnybrook Apartments
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