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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.

Spring Caregivers Conference

What: BCDA Annual Family Caregivers Conference
When: Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21222
A day full of information, resources, guidance and support for family caregivers of older adults.
The featured keynote speaker is Dr. Nicole Rochester.
Breakout session topics include advance directives, medical decision making, local resources, occupational and physical therapy options, and more.
Cost: Free admission. Morning snacks, day-long beverage service and light lunch provided at no cost.
For our planning purposes, please email caregivers@baltimorecountymd.gov to be added to our head count.

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 locations. Drop-in; 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

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 and health care professionals 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.

Participants who complete the four-hour workshop receive a free copy of the Dealing with Dementia Guide. Seating is limited to 20 individuals per workshop. The 2020 schedule includes:

  • Monday, April 20 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road, Parkville, Maryland 21234
  • Wednesday, May 27 from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Liberty Senior Center, 3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown, Maryland 21133
  • Thursday, June 25 from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, Maryland 21208

The cost is free, however, preregistration is required. Email caregivers@baltimorecountymd.gov to reserve a seat for the workshop date of your choice.

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.

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 December 18, 2019         

 

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