County to host pilot initiative for support amid dementia

The White House Conference on Aging recently named Prince George’s County one of six communities in the nation that will serve as test sites for a new initiative to support families suffering from dementia-related illnesses. The Dementia Friendly America Initiative will bring together resources in business, community-based services, faith communities, health care, legal and financial services, and local government to provide resources and tools for affected individuals, caregivers and loved ones.

The initiative will work to raise awareness through public education and programs, foster quality of life for those affected, support caregivers and family members, promote community life, and reach underserved residents. Theresa Grant, acting director at the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services, said one of the key goals is “to increase the number of older adults receiving home and community-based services and help them age in place, with dignity and respect.”

To learn more about the Dementia Friendly America Initiative, visit www.dfamerica.org or call 301-265-8401.

New law to provide half of gaming revenue to schools

The Prince George’s County Council unanimously adopted new legislation that allocates half of the gaming revenue from the new MGM National Harbor for public education.

The new law, CB-33-2015, requires that 50 percent of annual gaming revenue, up to a maximum of $25 million, be reserved for Prince George’s County Public Schools, Prince George’s Community College and the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. The funds will be distributed as local impact grants from the profits of video lottery terminals, table games, real property and personal property taxes, hotel and motel taxes, and admission and amusement taxes.

Program to offer colorectal screenings to Md. residents

A new initiative by Doctors Community Hospital and the Prince George’s County Health Department will offer free colonoscopies to qualified Maryland residents. The screenings aim to combat colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the state.

Residents age 50 and older or those younger than 50 with a family history of colorectal cancer can receive the screenings. The outpatient procedure will be conducted by a licensed gastroenterologist at the hospital.

For information or to register, call 240-542-3380 or 301-883-3526, or visit www.dchweb.org.

— Compiled by Jillian Jarrett