- Early-Stage Support Groups
- Kindred Spirits Social Club
- Partners in the Arts
- Making Connections (Early Dementia) Conference
- Meals on Wheels Social Engagement Program
For more information on any of these programs, call 1.800.272.3900.
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.
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.
Partners in the Arts is an exciting new program being offered at various Maryland venues. The goal is to encourage people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers to remain active in the arts in an environment that maximizes their strengths.
Families have the freedom to enjoy the activity or event while in compassionate company and with peace of mind. Prescreening is required. Call Diane at 1.800.272.3900 or email email@example.com for information.
The Alzheimer's Association Greater Maryland Chapter is partnering with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (MOW) to provide a meaningful community-based volunteer activity. The new community-based social engagement program focuses on combining cognitive, functional and social engagement for people diagnosed with early-stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment.
Volunteers with early-stage dementia help deliver meals alongside their caregiver drivers. By delivering meals to clients, the person with early-stage dementia is providing a meaningful and necessary service within their community. The person gains dignity, psycho-social stimulation and a sense of giving back.
For more information or to apply for the program, please call Diane Wit, 1.800.272.3900.
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