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Program Description

  Senior Adult Programs

The Seniors Program offers services for adults age 55 and above including senior centers, neighborhood programs, classes, sports and fitness, trips, and special programs. A wide range of opportunities are designed to meet the needs of those who are very active to those who are isolated and more vulnerable. Senior programs are offered in 13 recreation centers, inclusive of classes, special events, and Senior Sneakers Program.

Senior Centers: The Department-operated senior centers are open five to six days per week and provide social, physical, recreational, educational, and community oriented activities. Recreation opportunities range from organized classes such as fitness, art, and computer skills to more informal activities such as billiards, discussion groups, and guest speakers. These centers are focal points for the delivery of recreation, community, and health-related services to senior adults.

Transportation: The Department provides a combination of curb-to-curb and fixed route transportation shuttles to five senior centers Monday to Thursday. County residents 55 and over are eligible for this program if they are within the service area for one of the centers. Senior centers in this program include: Damascus, Holiday Park, Margaret Schweinhaut, Long Branch, and White Oak. Also available are mini trips to local attractions and businesses. These trips are generally local and scheduled for a few hours in length.

55+ Active Adult Programs: These programs serve active senior individuals who meet in community recreation centers or other facilities near their homes one to two days each week. These programs offer special interest classes, trips, social activities, and food services at selected sites.

Although not listed specifically under the Senior Programs section, the Department offers a wide variety of programming for baby boomers and Senior Adults through the classes, trips and tours, aquatics, and sports teams. It is also the organizer, promoter, and registrar for the Maryland Senior Olympics.

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Program Contacts

Contact Ginny Horvath of the Department of Recreation at 240.777.6842 or Deborah Lambert of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2794 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Budget Changes

FY20 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved215222527.20
Reduce: Operating Expenses for Programming in Senior Centers-403170.00
Decrease Cost: Realign Seasonal Staff Assignments, Make More Effective Use of Resources Through More Broad Training in All Program Elements Occurring in a Facility, and More Effective Staff Scheduling-60084-1.90
Decrease Cost: Reallocate MD Senior Olympics Recreation Coordinator Responsibilities to Other Seniors and County Wide Staff-786010.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.1819911.50
FY20 Recommended215521426.80