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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.

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Take a moment to pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Family caregivers for people across the lifespan are celebrated and appreciated during the month of November, designated as National Family Caregivers Month. For tips on how you can supercharge your caregiving, the Caregiver Action Network offers strategies and resources.

Resource Sessions

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

Resource Sessions are on hiatus during the winter months and will resume in February 2019.

  • Wednesday, February 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. 
    Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Avenue, Towson 21204
  • Monday, March 25 from 9 to 11 a.m.
    Liberty Senior Center, 3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown 21133

Dealing with Dementia Workshops

To support family caregivers of people with dementia, BCDA is offering an evidence-based workshop developed by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI). The Dealing with Dementia (DWD) Workshop provides an overview of a 300-page guidebook containing tips and strategies for caregivers on best practices for the care of loved ones and themselves.

The goal of the DWD Workshop is for Alzheimer’s and dementia family caregivers to learn to use the DWD Guide to gain a better understanding of dementia, utilize strategies to effectively manage dementia behaviors and develop habits of stress management and self-care.

The 2018 schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, November 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Avenue, Dundalk 21222
  • Tuesday, November 27 from noon to 4 p.m.
    Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville 21208
  • Saturday, December 1 from 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
    Baltimore County Public Library, Hereford Branch, 16940 York Road, Hereford 21111
  • Wednesday, December 5 from noon to 4 p.m.
    Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road, Parkville 21234

Caregivers who complete the four-hour workshop receive a free copy of the Dealing with Dementia Guide. There is no cost for the workshop. Registration is required by calling 410-887-1662. Seating is limited to 20 individuals per workshop. A waiting list is in place for the Pikesville and Parkville Senior Center workshop locations.

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.

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.

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 aginginfo@baltimorecountymd.gov and the MAP staff will reply promptly.

 
Revised October 24, 2018         

 

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