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For more information on any of these programs, call 1.800.272.3900.

 

Early-Stage Memory Loss Support Groups

These groups are designed to meet the needs of the person with dementia as well as the caregiver. The group splits into two smaller groups. People with dementia talk privately with a facilitator, and caregivers do the same separately. That way, each person is free to discuss feelings, issues of concern, or just meet others walking the same journey.  

The environment fosters an atmosphere of trust, safety and confidentiality. When the time comes that the person with dementia or their caregiver is no longer benefitting from the early-stage support group, facilitators assist in offering other options to help meet the family’s needs. Prescreening is required. Call 1.800.272.3900.

Memory Cafe

Memory Café is a safe and relaxed place where people with early-stage dementia, their families and friends, and health professionals come together for a unique blend of education and support. It is a forum where people can share experiences and talk about dementia. Anyone affected by dementia is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Yolanda Wright, ywright@alz.org or Cathy Hanson, chanson@alz.org or 800.272.3900.

Baltimore County

Woodholme Gardens
1700 Woodholme Ave.
Pikesville, MD 21208

4th Wednesday of every month, 12 p.m.
Lunch is provided
RSVP: Yolanda Wright, ywright@alz.org or 800.272.3900

Carroll County

Mt. Airy Senior Center
703 Ridge Rd.
Mt. Airy, MD 21771

1st Friday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m.
RSVP and information: 410.386.3833

Frederick County

Frederick County Department of Aging
1440 Taney Ave.
Frederick, MD 21702

3rd Friday of every month, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Participants receive $2.50 towards the purchase of lunch
Space is limited. RSVP: Mindy or Mary, 301.600.6001

Harford County

Liberatore's Ristorante & Catering of Bel Air
562 Baltimore Pike
Bel Air, MD 21014

2nd Tuesday of every month, 6-7 p.m.
Space is limited, RSVP: Yolanda Wright, ywright@alz.org or 800.272.3900


Howard County

Ellicott City Senior Center
9401 Frederick Rd.
Ellicott City, MD 21042

3rd Wednesday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Light dinner provided
RSVP: Yolanda Wright, ywright@alz.org or 800.272.3900

Washington County

Always Rons Restaurant
29 N. Burhans Blvd.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

4th Thursday of every month, 12-1 p.m.
Lunch provided
RSVP: David Kukor, 301.631.3166 or dkukor@ahcglobal.com

 

Partners in the Arts

This program is for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's or related dementia to participate in activities that focus on the enjoyment of the arts. Anyone affected by early-stage dementia, including caregivers individually, are welcome to attend.

Upcoming dates TBA

 

Memory Rhythms

Free community music therapy group for people with Alzheimer's or related dementia

Upcoming dates TBA

 

Kindred Spirits Social Club

The Glenwood 50+ Community Center in Howard County started a social club in January 2011. It aims to meet the needs of those people in the early stage of memory loss who no longer enjoy the Senior Center but need less structure than Senior Center Plus. 

The club meets on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals can join for one or two days per week.

The Social Club offers both structured time and free time, and participants can take advantage of programs throughout the center as well. Lunch is included as part of the fee-based program. Prescreening is required. Call 1.800.272.3900.

See Kindred Spirits in the Baltimore Sun

 

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