Chinese Officials Tour Services for Older Adults

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Members of the UM China Initiative tour go behind the scenes at AVTV.

Yesterday, community staff and residents were honored to show visiting officials from China senior living Asbury-style.

The group – part of a three-month, University of Maryland program covering all areas of public administration – was interested in learning how local governments were dealing with aging issues and senior services. Members of Montgomery County’s Dept. of Health and Human Services brought them to Asbury Methodist Village to see first-hand a place where all modes of living and services for older adults are incorporated into one vibrant and caring community.

While here, the officials, who hail from China’s Anhui Province, met with Executive Director David Denton, toured the campus, saw a demonstration of the Wilson Health Care Center’s new virtual reality rehabilitation system and got a first-hand look at the community’s on-campus television studio, AVTV.

A highlight was Asbury resident Lihua O’Leary, who stopped by the Rosborough Cultural Arts and Wellness Center to speak with the group. A native of China, but long-time resident of the United States, Lihua is one of China’s most prolific and revered female authors. She happily signed autographs and posed for pictures with her surprised fans.


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