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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. Contact Yolanda Wright at or 410.561.9099, ext 208. 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 410.561.9099, ext 208

Allegany County

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

3rd Thursday of every month, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
RSVP: Saint George's Church Office, 301.264.3524

Anne Arundel County

Department of Aging and Disabilities - Conference Room
7320 Ritchie Hwy.
Glen Burnie, MD, 21060

3rd Monday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Light fare is provided
RSVP: Yolanda Wright, or 410.561.9099, ext 208

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 410.561.9099, ext 208

Frederick County

Circle of Friends: Memory Café & More
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

Emmitsburg Senior Center
300 S Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD, 21727

2nd Tuesday of every month, 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Light lunch is provided
Space is limited. RSVP: Terry Miller, 301.471.3146 or

Middletown United Methodist Church
7108 Fern Circle
Middletown, MD 21769
2nd Friday of every month, 10-11 a.m.
RSVP: Sheri at MUMC - 301.371.5550

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 410.561.9099, ext 208

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 410.561.9099, ext 208

Talbot County

Bayleigh Chase
2nd Dining Room
501 Dutchmen's Lane
Easton, MD 21601

2nd Tuesday every month, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Light lunch is provided
RSVP: Tina Saddler, 410.820.5000

Washington County

Hospice Community Life Center
28 N Main St.
Boonsboro, MD, 21713

3rd Thursday of every month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lunch provided
RSVP: Terry Miller, 301.471.3146 or  

Otterbein UM Church
108 E. Franklin St
Hagerstown, MD, 21740

4th Thursday of every month, 11:30-1 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.

For more information, contact Yolanda Wright at or 410.561.9099, ext 208

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: 2nd Monday of each month
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Alzheimer's Association Office
1850 York Rd Suite D
Timonium, MD 21093
Registration: Free event
RSVP to Yolanda Wright at or 410.561.9099, ext 208

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.

For more information, contact Yolanda Wright at or 410.561.9099, ext 208


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 Kindred Spirits Social Club is a program of the Howard County Office of Aging and Independence.  Kindred Spirits provides Socialization, companionship, support, education and a sense of purpose in safe and nurturing environment.  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.

Kindred Spirits at Glenwood
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9am to 1pm
Glenwood 50+ Center
2400 Rt.97, Cooksville, 21723
Contact: Judy Miller, Facilitator for pre-screening. 410.313.5441 or

Kindred Spirits at North Laurel
Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am to 1:30pm
North Laurel 50+ Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd, Laurel, 20723
Contact: Nancy Riley, Facilitator for pre-screening. 410.313.7691 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 410.313.7311

Walks on the Wild Side - Early-Stage Social Engagement Program

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has partnered with the Alzheimer's Association to provide a guided tour for early stage people with memory loss and their care partners.  This is an opportunity for fun, social interaction, to enjoy the animals, nature and overall improve the lives of all who participate.  This time will consist of a 45 minute walking tour and 15 minutes of classroom in seeing some animals closer.  Feel free to enjoy the zoo after the program until the zoo closes at 4pm.  "Walks on the Walks Side" will run from March through October.  RSVP is required.  Space is limited to the first 20 people that RSVP.  Admission is reduced rate of $16.00 per person and is paid at the front gate.  Come join us for this wonderful time!  Click here for detailed flyer.

Dates: 3rd Wednesday each month from March to October (first date - March 21st)
Time: Tour starts at 2pm
Location: Baltimore Zoo, 1 Safari Place, Baltimore, MD 21217
Registration: Fee is $16, must RSVP Thursday before monthly event. (first RSVP date - March 15th)
Contact: Yolanda Wright - or 410.561.9099, ext 208.


Volunteer Opportunities for Early-Stage Individuals

Alzheimer's Association of Greater MD

Help with mailings once a month. Contact Janine-Marie Boulad at 410.561.9099 x.210 or

American Red Cross of Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Services Region

Support the blood services division by greeting and escorting donors, providing refreshments, and transporting blood donations. Contact at

Meals on Wheels - Central MD

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland provides a thorough orientation and training program at convenient times that includes a 'ride along' with an experienced team prior to starting volunteer service. For more information email or call 443.573.0925.

Bykota Senior Center

Volunteers are an integral part to the operation center. Staff value and rely on volunteers to create a welcoming and efficient environment. Opportunities for clerical work, hobby leadership, and instruction exists for interested members. For volunteer application email

Harford County Humane Society

The Humane Society of Harford County and the animals we shelter are extremely grateful for the tremendous community support we receive. Our volunteers are indispensable. They are dedicated people of all ages, from all walks of life, who thoughtfully donate thousands of hours of their own personal time to help the animals and the people of Harford County. For more information, email or visit



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