Who are members of Hyattsville Aging in Place?

We are neighbors from across Hyattsville who have come together as a result of our own aging or experiences with family members.  We range in age – 20s to 103 – and are creating an intergenerational network to work on various health, safety, cultural and housing issues.  And we intend to have fun!  All Hyattsville residents are welcome.

When does the group meet?

We have a monthly meeting the first Wednesday or Saturday of the month although committees meet at different times.  We also hold special events (potlucks, picnics-next picnic in June, health fairs, cultural activities).  We also have a members online discussion group so members are in touch over the month.

What does the group do?

We are currently enrolling seniors and volunteers in our Neighbors Helping Neighbors program which provides volunteers to help residents of the City of Hyattsville over 60 with errands, pet care, various chores and transportation to doctors and shopping.  We run monthly informational meetings and continue to work with the City to make sure that snow removal does not continue to be a problem.  We persuaded the city to hire a Senior Services Coordinator – 301 985 5058 – to help the city’s aging population.

Why did you form?

Recent experiences – our own, those of family members, our neighbors – taught us that changes in independence can come very quickly and unexpectedly.  Rather than going this process alone, we thought we could share information and learn from each other’s experiences and solutions.

Where do you meet?

We meet at the Hyattsville city building monthly (4310 Gallatin St., Hyattsville, Md.)  Some committee meetings meet in members’ homes.  Some meet in area restaurants.

What is our main goal?

Assisting Hyattsville residents to stay in their homes as long as possible – and to remain active and have fun! – through neighbors helping neighbors.

Who are these “neighbors”?

They are individuals who may need help with some activities to stay in their homes.  They are also individuals who offer to help. The latter are often referred to as “volunteers.”

What is the “help” that will be offered?

Possibilities are transportation to medical appointments, shopping, check-in calls, help with small tasks around the home.

How does an individual become a helping neighbor (a volunteer)?

Through an application process that includes liability waivers, interview, and orientation.

How does an individual qualify for receiving help?

Through an application process that includes liability waivers.

How does this work?

Individual calls in; intake volunteer records needed information; intake volunteer(s) identify possible volunteers and call them until one is found;information is shared and that person contacts the individual making the request.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for the volunteer help.  Sometimes we may provide names of vendors who might help and then the individual would pay the vendor.  HAP does have a membership fee of $20 a year which individuals pay if they can.