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One of the core themes underlying the early-stage experience for those recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease are the changes in behavior, cognition, daily routines and relationships that can often result in isolation, depression and lack of connection with those around them. Early-stage individuals benefit from opportunities that allow them to make meaningful contributions and remain involved and active in daily life, friendship and decisions for as long as possible. 

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. 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 800.272.3900. Click here for a full listing of Alzheimer's Association support groups in Maryland.

Memory Cafe

Memory Café is a safe and relaxed place where people with early-stage memory loss, their families, friends and health professionals come together for a unique blend of education and social interaction. It is a forum where people can share experiences and socialize. Anyone affected by early-stage memory loss is welcome to attend. Attendance is free. For more information, contact Yolanda Wright at or 800.272.3900.

Allegany County

Saint George's Episcopal Church, Parish House
12811 Saint George's Lane
Mt. Savage, MD 21545

4th Wednesday of every month, 2-4 p.m.
RSVP: Saint George's Church Office, 301.264.3524

Anne Arundel County

Pascal Senior Center
125 Dorsey Rd.
Glen Burnie, MD, 21061

3rd Monday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Light fare is provided
RSVP: Yolanda Wright, or 800.272.3900

Baltimore County

Alzheimer's Association Greater Maryland Chapter Office
1850 York Road, Suite D
Timonium, MD, 21093

4th Tuesday for November and December, 12-1 p.m.
Lunch is provided
RSVP: Yolanda Wright, 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, or 800.272.3900

Howard County

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

1st Wednesday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Light dinner provided
RSVP: Yolanda Wright, 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 


Books & Beyond

This group provides a safe and relaxed place where people with early-stage memory loss, their family and friends come together to share conversation and creative expression in the exploration of all forms of literature.

Baltimore County Public Library -- Randallstown
8604 Liberty Rd.
Randallstown, MD 21133

2nd Monday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
RSVP: Yolanda Wright, or 800.272.3900


Opening Minds Through Art

This is a nationally recognized art-making program specifically for individuals with early stage memory loss and their care partners. The activities are designed to provide fun and relaxing opportunities for self-expression and shared socialization, while producing lovely results. There will be a different project each week, involving a mixture of painting and collage. Participants do not need any prior artistic

Dates: Tuesdays, October 6, 13 and 20
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, 2400 State Route 97, Cooksville, MD 21723
Registration: Contact Yolanda Wright at or 800.272.3900


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.

Painting, 6 week program
Dates: Fridays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9 and 16
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: Delaphlaine Visual Arts & Education Center, 40 S. Carroll Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Registration: $20 for two participants, $10 for individual caregiver. Registration is required, space is limited.
Mail, email or fax registration form
For questions, contact Cathy Hanson at 301.696.0315 or


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 800.272.3900.

See Kindred Spirits in the Baltimore Sun



Prisms is a program designed for adults with dementia who are just past early-stage of the disease. It provides opportunities for social interactions, recreation and leisure pursuits, while providing extra support to facilitate aging-in-place. This new program is made possible by the Alzheimer's Association and the Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks to serve the population of individuals between early-stage and late-stage. By providing active and educational recreation, Prisms promotes the overall well-being and enhances the quality of life for each individual who participates.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays (twice a week)
Time: Day-long program from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Ridgley's Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road, Jessup, MD 20794
Registration: Fees are $300 for 10 weeks of the program and includes snacks, special events, all activities and community outings. For more information contact Cathy Vigus at 410.313.7311 or

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