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Early-Stage Services
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One of the core themes underlying the early-stage experience for those recently diagnosed with memory loss 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 care partner. The group splits into two smaller groups. People with dementia talk privately with a facilitator and care partners 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 care partner 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.


Early-Stage Social Engagement Programs


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

Atrium Village
4730 Atrium Court
Owings Mills, MD 21117

4th Wednesday of every month, 12-1 p.m.
Lunch is provided
RSVP: Yolanda Wright, or 800.272.3900

Frederick County

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

3rd Friday of every month, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Light lunch is provided
Space is limited. RSVP: Mindy or Mary, 301.600.6001

Harford County

Bob Evans Bel Air
14 Bel Air S. Parkway
Bel Air, MD, 21015

2nd Tuesday of every month, 12-1 p.m.
Space is limited, RSVP: Yolanda Wright, or 800.272.3900

Howard County

Ellicott City 50+ Center (Multipurpose Room)
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

Talbot County

Bayleigh Chase AL
545 Cynwood Dr
Easton, MD 21601

3rd Wednesday each month, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Light lunch is provided
RSVP: Tina Saddler, 410.820.5000

Washington County

Otterbein UM Church
108 E. Franklin St
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.

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Canton Branch
1030 S. Ellwood Ave. 
Baltimore, MD 21224

2nd Monday of each month, 6:30-7:30 pm 
Contact Yolanda Wright, or 800.272.3900

Drumming Circle

A unique rhythmic activity that uses drums. Participants join in to relieve stress and form new bonds. It's fun, social interaction that inspires creativity and relaxation.

Date: Monday, March 13, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Alzheimer's Association
1850 York Road, Suite D
Timonium, MD 21093
Registration: A free activity
RSVP by March 9th.  (space is limited) to Yolanda Wright 410.561.9099 x208


Making Connections - Social Club at the Copper Ridge Bistro

The Social Club at the Bistro 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.

Date: 2nd Tuesday of every month
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Integrace - Copper Ridge
710 Obrecht Rd
Sykesville, MD 21784
Registration: A free activity
RSVP to Cindy Yingling 410.970.2041 or


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. The project will involve a mixture of painting and collage. Participants do not need any prior artistic experience.

Dates TBA


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 & Drawing Open Studio with Lesa Cook

This self-expression class will be held in an open studio format for people to work independently under the guidance of artist and instructor Lesa Cook.  All mediums are welcome and no experience is needed.

Participants can bring projects they are already working on or get instruction in drawing, painting and mixed media. Students will also have the opportunity to take guided short tours of the galleries and enjoy the works of art on display for inspiration.

Dates: TBD
Hours: 10:00 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $10 for individual care partner
$20 for 2 participants
Registration required: Call Cathy at 301.696.0315/ or Mary/Mindy, Dept .of Aging, at 301.600.6001
Location: Delaplaine Visual Arts & Education Center
40 South Carroll St.
Frederick, MD 21701
(parking available on East All Saints St.)

Keswick Wise and Well Petite Retreat 

A relaxing and reassuring retreat for those recently diagnosed with early stage memory loss. Care partners are also welcome to attend. Gain skills, thoughts and ideas to re-frame your daily experiences based on your own choices, strengths and values.

Series: 8 weeks over 4 months on Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-12 p.m.
Registration required: Call 410.662.4363 or
Location: Keswick's Campus
700 W. 40th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211


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 with Judy Miller - 410.313.5441 or 



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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