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Md. Office on Aging secretary pays visit to Hagerstown

May 09, 2008|By JANET HEIM

With Gov. Martin O'Malley's staff "setting up shop" in Hagerstown on Thursday, the Washington County Commission on Aging hosted a luncheon for Secretary Gloria Lawlah from the Maryland Office on Aging.

Lawlah talked to county residents about the needs of seniors in the area.

She said that getting a senior center in the county is a priority of hers and noted that Washington County is one of four counties to receive funding for a program called Maryland Access Point (MAP).

MAP will provide one phone number - similar to 911 or 411 - for information on how to access services for seniors and those with disabilities. Anne Arundel, Howard and Worcester are the other counties involved. The goal is for the program eventually to be available statewide, Lawlah said.

Washington County centenarian Raymond Little, Commission on Aging board members and advisory council representatives were among those attending the "down home" lunch.

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Lawlah was accompanied by Sandy Cobb, Area Agency on Aging liaison.

"We just wanted to welcome her back, give her a place to let her relax," said Susan MacDonald, executive director for the Washington County Commission on Aging. "She cares very much for the needs and concerns of older adults."

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