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Montgomery County Councilmember Sidney Katz to host senior safety forum at Rockville Senior Center on Friday, April 7

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Montgomery County Councilmember

Sidney Katz to host free

Senior Forum and Resource Fair on

Friday, April 7, at Rockville Senior Center

State’s Attorney John McCarthy, Consumer Protection

Director Eric Friedman and Gretchen Zekiel of

Volunteer Center to be among speakers


ROCKVILLE, Md., March 15, 2017—Montgomery County Councilmember Sidney Katz, who represents Council District 3, will host a Senior Forum and Resource Fair at the Rockville Senior Center starting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 7. The program will focus on protecting seniors from scams, addressing signs of elder abuse and neglect and promoting ways that seniors can contribute to the community through volunteering. It will be accompanied by an informational resource fair showcasing a wide range of service providers to seniors.


The Rockville Senior Center is located at 1150 Carnation Dr. in Rockville. Quick directions from the Beltway: Follow I-270 North. Take Exit 6A for Maryland Route 28/West Montgomery Ave. Stay straight on ramp and go through traffic light onto Nelson Street. Turn left onto Crocus Drive Turn left onto Carnation Drive and follow to the senior center.

The Senior Forum and resource fair are free and open to the public. The resource fair will open at 9:30 a.m., with speakers beginning at 10 a.m. Residents do not have to be a member of the Rockville Senior Center to attend.

Councilmember Katz, the former Mayor of Gaithersburg, serves on the Public Safety Committee. That committee has jurisdiction over the County’s consumer protection programs and public safety issues affecting seniors. Councilmember Katz’s district includes the City of Rockville.

“After previously hosting three very successful Senior Forums, we are excited to be holding another one for our seniors in and around the City of Rockville,” said Councilmember Katz. “We know that stopping senior abuse, avoiding scams and promoting volunteerism are important issues to seniors, and that is why we are pleased to yet again bring together our County’s leading experts in these fields.  It is our hope with this forum that our seniors will receive timely and relevant information and see the community resources available so they can continue to live safe, full and enriching lives.” 


The experts who will be speaking, starting at 10 a.m., will include:

  • John McCarthy, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney
  • Eric Friedman, director of the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection
  • Gretchen Zekiel, manager of the RSVP Program at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center

At the resource fair, representatives from community-serving organizations will have information and materials for forum attendees. Organizations confirmed to be in attendance include: Office of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh; the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection; the Office of Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy; the Montgomery County Volunteer Center; Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service; the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services; the County Division of Senior Villages;  the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Violence; the Jewish Social Services Agency; the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington; Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland; the Mental Health Association / EveryMind; the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County; Rebuilding Together; the Rockville Senior Center; the RSVP program; and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Montgomery County.


For more information on the forum, contact Lindsay Hoffman in the Office of Councilmember Katz at 240-777-7817 or at

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Media Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939