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Information for Caregivers

Through a grant from the National Family Caregivers Support Program (NFCSP), the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) Caregivers Program serves the family caregivers of Baltimore County residents over age 60, as well as the grandparents over age 55 with primary care responsibility for grandchildren. The program offers a variety of resources and guidance to help family caregivers provide good care for their relatives and take better care of themselves.

Upcoming Events

Family Caregivers Conference

Register for BCDA's annual Family Caregivers Conference on Saturday, March 28, for a day full of information, resources, guidance and support for family caregivers of older adults. Admission is free and morning snacks, day-long beverage service and a light lunch will be provided at no cost.

Resource Sessions

Meet the BCDA Caregivers Program staff at drop-in information sessions held in rotating locations to learn about resource options, gain new strategies and receive guidance about caring for your older relative. No appointment needed. The 2020 schedule includes:

  • Monday, March 16 from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. at Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204
  • Wednesday, April 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Essex Senior Center, 600 Dorsey Avenue, Essex, Maryland 21221
  • Wednesday, April 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Reisterstown Senior Center, 12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
  • Monday, June 8 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road, Parkville, Maryland 21234

Dealing with Dementia Workshops

Register for Dealing with Dementia, a free, educational support four-hour workshop in a classroom setting that includes reviewing the 300-page Dealing with Dementia Guidebook and light refreshments. Learn more about the workshop topics and dates.

Outreach and Education

Outreach events especially for family caregivers are offered throughout Baltimore County in senior centers, the work place, houses of worship and area universities. To learn about upcoming events, contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Baltimore County by calling 410-887-2594.

Educational events focusing on people with disabilities are hosted by the Baltimore County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) member organizations. View the ADRC event calendar.

Guides and Resources

Family Caregiver's Booklet

Family Caregiving: The Art of Caring for Your Older Relative (PDF) is a 48-page guide developed and published by BCDA. This helpful resource offers tips, strategies and guidance to family members who are caring for their loved ones. Within the guide’s 20 chapters, readers will gain information and insight to guide and assist them with the challenges of caring for an older relative, while also taking care of themselves.

Quarterly Newsletter

Caregiver Connection is a free, quarterly newsletter filled with practical information, helpful strategies, event announcements and new resources for family caregivers of older adults. Subscribe online to receive the electronic version of the newsletter.

Community Resource Guide

An annual regional directory of services and resources for seniors and people with disabilities, the Community Resources Guide is available online and in paper version at your local senior center and public library.

Support Programs

Individual Consultations

BCDA Caregivers Program staff will offer free individual consultations to eligible family caregivers of older adults who would like support, guidance and resource suggestions regarding the care of their older relative. Limited financial assistance may be available to qualified families to pay for respite services. If your relative is over age 60 and lives in Baltimore County, call 410-887-4724 to arrange a Caregiver Consultation to review your options.

Support Groups

Local support groups are an important resource for caregivers to talk with others about problems and solutions. Some support groups are general and others are specific to a certain disease or condition. Contact the group you are interested in, for more information.

Center Connection

The Center Connection Program is designed for individuals who need supportive services to participate in Senior Center programs, but do not need physical assistance or close supervision.

Contact Information

For information and referrals, contact MAP by calling 410-887-2594 or by emailing aginginfo@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 
Revised February 10, 2020         

 

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