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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 BCDA Caregivers Program offers a variety of resources and guidance to help family caregivers to provide good care for their relatives, and also take better care of themselves.

Annual Family Caregivers Mini-Conference

Hold the date for the 2018 Mini-Conference for family caregivers of older adults:
Saturday, April 14 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Seven Oaks Senior Center
9210 Seven Courts Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21236

The keynote speaker is Jason Frank, Esq., who will discuss legal considerations from an elder law perspective.
Continental breakfast and beverages are sponsored by AARP Maryland.
Admission is free and there will be plenty of open seating.

Resource Sessions

Meet the BCDA Caregivers Program staff to learn about resource options and receive guidance about caring for your older relative at information sessions held in rotating senior center locations. Drop-in; no appointment needed.

  • Thursday, February 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.
    Parkville Senior Center
    8601 Harford Road
    Parkville, Maryland 21234

  • Thursday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Essex Senior Center
    600 Dorsey Avenue
    Baltimore, Maryland 21221

  • Friday, March 16 from 10 to 11 a.m.
    Victory Villa Senior Center
    403 Compass Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21220

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. Within the guide’s 20 chapters, readers will find helpful information to assist with the challenges of caring for an older relative and tips to care for themselves.


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.

Aging Mastery Program® for Caregivers

Now that people are living many more years than their parents did, and often decades after retirement, they often find that they aren't prepared for this gift of longevity – especially if they are also trying to balance taking care of a spouse or parent. To assist individuals with improved physical health, better financial wellbeing and more connections to their community, BCDA is offering The Aging Mastery Program® for Caregivers. This 12-week program, developed by The National Council on Aging, teaches participants how to make small but impactful changes so they can develop sustainable behaviors. Classes will be held at the Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, Maryland 21208 (above the Pikesville Library) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning March 1 and running through May 24 (no class March 29). The program is only $35 for all 12 sessions, with the remainder of the cost being subsidized by BCDA.

Each class, which is facilitated by Ellen Platt of The Option Group, will be taught by experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise, advance planning, finance, falls prevention, community engagement and sleep. Ninety percent of participants in AMP classes taken elsewhere in the United States would recommend this class to a friend, and most have already implemented changes that have made their life better. Check out the program brochure (PDF) or call 410-887-4724 to register.

Free Quarterly Newsletter

Caregiver Connection is a 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.

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.

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.

Education and Outreach

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. The ADRC event calendar is posted online and is updated regularly.

Related Programs

Another resource for families offered by BCDA is the Center Connection Program, located in eight county senior centers.

Contact Baltimore County Department of Aging

For information and referrals, contact MAP by calling 410-887-2594, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You may email and the MAP staff will reply promptly.

Revised January 25, 2018         


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