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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 ywright@alz.org 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, ywright@alz.org 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, ywright@alz.org 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.
Participants receive $2.50 towards the purchase of lunch
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, ywright@alz.org 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, 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 

Wicomico County 

Atria Senior Living
1110 Healthway Dr.
Salisbury, MD 21804

2nd Wednesday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Light dinner provided
RSVP: Melissa Preist, 410.546.9997 or melissa.preist@atriaseniorliving.com


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
Dates TBA
Contact Yolanda Wright, ywright@alz.org 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. The project will involve a mixture of painting and collage. Participants do not need any prior artistic experience.

Catonsville Presbyterian Church
1400 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228
(Entrance on Frederick Rd.)

Tuesday, June 21
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Space is limited, RSVP by Friday, June 17
Contact Yolanda Wright, ywright@alz.org 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.

Delaplaine Visual Arts & Education Center
40 S. Carroll Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Friday, April 1
Contact Cathy Hanson, chanson@alz.org or 800.272.3900


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 cvigus@howardcountymd.gov.

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