Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter Virtual Memory Cafes- April 2020

Rockville Senior Center
Date: Monday, April 6, 2020
Monday, April 13, 2020
Monday, April 20, 2020
Monday, April 27, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM
Delivery Method: Google Hangouts
Registration required: Please contact Sheila Griffith at
Audiences: People living with early stage memory loss and their caregivers

Leisure World of Maryland Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Delivery Method: Google Hangouts
Registration required: Please contact Sheila Griffith at
Audience: People living with early stage memory loss and their caregivers

Olney Library
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Delivery Method: Google Hangouts
Registration required: Please contact Sheila Griffith at
Audience: People living with early stage memory loss and their caregivers

Oasis at Macy’s Home Store Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Delivery Method: Zoom
Registration required: Please contact Karla Lazarte at
Audience: People living with early stage memory loss and their caregivers

Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter Virtual Support Groups- April 2020

Gaithersburg Library
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM
Delivery Method: Google Hangouts
Registration required: Please contact Sheila Griffith at to receive necessary information to participate
Audiences: Caregivers

Google Hangouts for Younger Caregivers Date: Tuesday, April 9
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Delivery Method: Google Hangouts
Registration required: Please contact Linda Weitzman at to receive necessary information to participate
Audiences: Caregivers

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Friday, April 17, 2020 \
Time: 11:45 AM
Delivery Method: Zoom
Registration required: Please contact Sheila Griffith at to receive necessary information to participate
Audiences: Caregivers

Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Delivery Method: Google Hangouts
Registration required: Please contact Sheila Griffith at to receive necessary information to participate
Audience: Caregivers

Arden Courts of Silver Spring Date: April 7, 2020
Time: 2:30 PM
Delivery method: Google Hangouts
Registration required: Please contact Sheila Griffith at to receive necessary information to participate
Audience: Caregivers

Sunrise of Rockville Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Delivery method: Google Hangouts
Registration required: Please contact Sheila Griffith at to receive the information necessary to participate
Audience: Caregivers

Holy Cross Resource Center (Weekly Telephone Support Group) Date: Tuesday, April 7, 20220
Tuesday, April 14, 20220
Tuesday, April 21, 20220
Tuesday, April 28, 20220
Time: 6:00 PM
Delivery Method: Telephone
Registration required: Please contact Sister Kathy Weber 301.754.7152 to receive necessary information to participate
Audiences: Caregivers

Holy Cross Resource Center Date & Time: Wednesday, April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22, and April 29 at 10:00 AM
Thursday, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, and April 30 at 3:00 PM
Friday, April 3, April 10, April 17, and April 24 at 10:00 AM
Delivery Method: Telephone
Registration required: Please contact Sister Kathy Weber 301.754.7152 to receive necessary information to participate
Audiences: Spouses

Holy Cross Resource Center Date & Time: Monday, April 6, April 13, April 20, and April 27 at 6:00 PM
Tuesday, April 7, April 14, April 21, and April 28 at 3:00 PM
Thursday, April 2, April 9, April 16, and April 23, and April 30 at 10:00 AM
Delivery Method: Telephone
Registration required: Please contact Sister Kathy Weber 301.754.7152 to receive necessary information to participate
Audiences: Adult children


Rather than disconnect at home during the Covid-19 uncertainty, it is important we NEST WELL and develop social connections, maintain carer support, and nurture personal health and wellness. 

Engage@HOME is a YouTube Channel offered by Montgomery County MD's Caregiver Support program. New episodes are uploaded daily to support wellness and provide trusted updates.  Engage@HOME features: topical interviews, stories about quality resources, and opportunities to connect with others - all while maintaining resilience.

Engage@HOME is free to view with no special software.
Visit regularly for new episodes.
Shortly we will also be offering live telephone and Zoom video programs.

Click here to view Engage@HOME

Subscribe on the Engage@HOME channel and receive updates when new content is available.(

If you need support as a caregiver, older adult or person with a disability - please call:
Montgomery County's Aging and Disability Services

Engage@HOME is published by: Montgomery County MD government's Caregiver Support program.
The Engage@HOME channel is produced and hosted by Lylie Fisher

Telephone and Zoom Caregiver Connections

During this period of mandatory social distancing it is vital we all maintain calm and connect with
trusted resources. Starting in April Montgomery County's Caregiver Support Program will open its virtual doors to our unpaid family and friend caregivers.

We are thrilled to offer these weekly check-ins throughout April on Mondays and Thursdays. Each session is independent of the others so you are welcome to register for more than one event. Sessions are hosted by Lylie Fisher of the County's Caregiver Support Program.

If you are new to virtual Zoom meetings or group phone conversations, all is good. 
Full details will be distributed prior to each session with straight forward guidance.

In Montgomery County there are helpful supports available through government, non-profit organizations and private businesses. Every day as a caregiver you experience joys and challenges. All caregivers benefit through: practical guidance, emotional support and as needed: connection with skilled providers.
Caregiver support is a vital part of our community.

All events are free and non commercial.
Please review the list of current caregiver outreach events offered by Montgomery County's Caregiver Support Program. They are listed in date order.
To register click on the event and complete the online form

Montgomery County Libraries - Unlimited Access during COVID-19

The Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) can keep residents connected and engaged while staying indoors.

MCPL Digital Library Card- DIGITAL
Get a Digital Library Card for Immediate Use New & Improved
The Digital Library Card may be used to place holds on desired titles and use most online services.
Please exchange the digital library card for a full-service library card at any MCPL library. You will be asked to verify the information you entered with photo ID and proof of address.
Click Here To Get A Digital Library Card Now

How about starting a new project and having some creative fun. The Montgomery County Public
Library offers residents Creativebug - Craft Classes & Workshops - What will you make today? your mind engaged with Creativebug. Experience the joy of making with thousands of award-winning video classes taught by top designers and artists. All accessible through the MCPL's digital platform
Click here to get started

The MCPL can connect you to:
Click to here access free e-books
Click to here access free e-Magazines
Click here to view free British TV favorites including new episodes of series familiar from PBS
Click here to view free independent, foreign language and classic movies and documentaries

The Montgomery County Public Library can connect residents to the free online book club.
Start today and enjoy connecting with others who like ready and sharing their observations about 
Click here to learn more

Session developed by professors and other experts help you increase your knowledge and perspective on various topics
Click to stay your inspiration

There are also extensive workplace-oriented courses related to computers, technology, presentations and related topics especially for those returning to the job market or looking to upgrade basic skills 
Click here to learn and gain new skills

The Learning Express Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books to
help customers of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement; skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science; career certification and licensure exam prep; college and grad school entrance test prep; GED® test prep; and more. 

LYNDA is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals (generally more specialized courses than above).

FREE ADVICE IN THE MEANTIME FOR KEEPING YOUR MONEY SAFEThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - The CFPB is committed to providing
consumers with up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage their finances during this difficult time as the situation evolves. Federal, state, and local governments are working to respond to the growing public health threat of coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Click here for the CFPB website

Financial information about publicly traded companies, company contact information, company profiles, analyst reports, and industry peer comparisons. Provides information on stocks, mutual funds, ETFs (exchange-traded-funds), and return information on various investment indexes, sectors, industries, and fund categories. 

Plus explore information and investment advice on stocks, industries, mutual funds, options, and convertibles. Allows screening by various criteria to create prospect lists. 

Montgomery County govt's official - COVID-19 list of resources

Montgomery County MD government's Health and Human Services has prepared an excellent
information sheet for residents.
Click here to review this document

This official Montgomery County MD govt. document includes details and trusted weblinks to resources that focus on:

  • Information and Testing Care
  • Important Phone Numbers for those Without Internet Access
  • Online Resources
    • Essentials, including access to: food, pharmacy, caregivers, veterans and much more
    • Stay Informed
    • Stay Connected
    • Stay Active
    • Keep Learning and Stay Engaged

The document includes the County's new Engage@HOME channel: click here to visit

The Beacon Newspaper - online

If you are not able to pick up the April issue of the Beacon, here is the link to read it online: 

(When to Beacon website opens just select the April issue and click to open, then you can scroll through the full newspaper on your computer)

You may also go to to choose stories by topic. 

Please share these links with others who may not be able to get out to pick up their April Beacon. 

Lewy Body Dementia - Support

The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to

raising awareness of the Lewy body dementias (LBD), supporting people with LBD, their families and caregivers and promoting scientific advances. The Association's purposes are charitable, educational, and scientific.
Click to visit the LBDA website

LBDA was formed by a group of caregivers who met in an online LBD caregiver support group. Discussions about the need of support for LBD caregivers and the lack of public awareness about LBD led to the organization's incorporation. The directors of the LBDA Board are located throughout the United States, and LBDA volunteers are from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The association consists of a dedicated group of people from all walks of life who understand the struggles of other caregivers due to their personal LBD experiences.

SUPPORTS - through the The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA)
Click here to see details about the Maryland in person group

LBDA Lewy Line
LBD families and caregivers can connect directly on a regional basis, through the LBDA Lewy Line, featuring “Lewy Buddies.” “Lewy Buddies" are experienced LBD caregivers who share their time and experience with LBD families by:
Listening compassionately and confidentially to the challenges of LBD families and sharing their own personal experience with LBD
Offering emotional support
Referring families to additional LBDA programs and services as appropriate for their needs

LBDA Caregiver Supports
If you’re new to caregiving or experienced with providing for your loved one, we hope you find something here to utilize and inspire.
Click here to view the LBDA Caregiver Supports

LBDA Virtual Support Group
LBDA promotes a range of support groups that mean online, including those for the person with the diagnosis, their caregivers and loved one.
Click here to learn more


Bender JCC Parkinson's Wellness Initiative
Exercise is a critical part of a Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patient’s treatment since it helps with flexibility, posture, and overall movement. Research from Parkinson’s Foundation’s Parkinson’s Outcomes Project has proven that 2.5 hours of exercise per week has a significant difference in the quality of life for those with PD. Regular physical activity is linked to improved mobility and less cognitive decline.
Click here to visit the website

The Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area invites caregivers to the Bethesda support group.

Online Support Groups (including Parkinson's)
Caregivers who participate in support groups report they feel less stressed and less alone in their experiences providing care for a loved one. Yet not all caregivers can attend in person support groups. Some caregivers (for a range of reasons) are unable to attend local support groups. Fortunately there are other options, these include online support groups.
This format is provided over the internet and offers privacy and the benefits of not leaving home.
Sibley Senior Association - Support Groups (including Parkinson's)
Sibley offers a variety of support groups to Senior Association members and to the community.
Support groups are free, ongoing and open to new members. Call the numbers listed for more information and registration.
Click here to read more details

Diverse Support Groups through Iona (including Parkinson's)
Are you a family caregiver who is feeling overwhelmed, or anxious, or sad — or all three? Are you struggling with the mixed emotions that come with aging?
Iona support groups offer a much-needed anchor by providing you a space to connect with others experiencing similar situations. Come vent, share stories, and learn coping strategies.
Facilitated by Iona professionals, our support groups give participants the opportunity to:
Find emotional comfort and moral support
Gain practical advice
Compare notes on resources
Talk honestly and confidentially with others going through the same thing
Click here to read more details

National Institutes on Aging Report
Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a disease associated with abnormal protein deposits called Lewy bodies. These deposits affect chemicals in the brain whose changes, in turn, can lead to problems with thinking, movement, behavior, and mood. Lewy body dementia is one of the most common causes of dementia.Click here to read more

More National Institutes of Health (NIA) information about Lewy Body Dementia
Click here for the NIA LBD introduction
Click here for the NIA LBD "Hope Through Research" 

Holy Cross Caregiver Resource Center - Partial operations

During the Covid-19 shut down The Holy Cross Caregiver Resource Center will only provide
telephone information and supportive services for caregivers. If you’re living with aging parents, or caring for a loved one or friend, the center is your go-to resource for support, education and the latest on healthy aging, and disease diagnosis and treatment.

Please call The Caregiver Telephone Helpline at 301-754-7152 to learn about services and resources for caregivers. Leave a message with your name and call back number is you get their answer machine.

The caregiver resource center hosts caregiver support groups, where spouses and adult children can share sorrows and problems, joys and successes, resources and solutions. The center also sponsors caregiver education classes featuring information on everything from handling your aging parent’s finances and first aid—to CPR. View caregiver classes and support group information.

The center’s complimentary newsletter, Caregiver News, is published three times a year to provide you with tips, book reviews, resources, articles on care giving, and listings of the center’s upcoming seminars, lectures and support groups.

Teleconnection for Caregivers

The Caregiver Teleconnection is a free, bilingual, and confidential program that connects caregivers and family members to information and support through the telephone or “tele-learning”. Sessions are one hour in length. This non profit has extensive experience offering virtual caregiver support.

Learn how to create an internal climate in your mind and body that makes being a caregiver healthier for you.

The Caregiver Teleconnection provides learning sessions on a variety of useful topics, hosted over the phone by professional facilitators and experts. Family caregivers have the opportunity to connect and share with others in their situation during the sessions.
Some of the topics included in the tele-learning sessions are:

There are two ways to register for a tele-learning session:
You can register via their website 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Register now.
You can call the Caregiver Teleconnection customer service line, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm (CST) at 866-390-6491 or 210-871-7SOS (7767)Participation in the Caregiver Tele-Connection helps prevent caregiver burnout, depression and anxiety, social isolation and other problems that threaten your health. The program can help you gain a greater sense of control and improve your quality of life.

Click here for April details and registration

Caregiver Teleconnection On Demand
We realize that sometimes it’s difficult for caregivers to participate in our live sessions based on scheduling issues. We’ve made it easier for you to get the information you need by recording many of our live sessions.
Click to access recorded sessions!

Virtual Support Groups - Stroke Back Center

The Stroke Back Center provides ongoing and personally meaningful programs within a supportive and peer-driven environment that is affordable for all stroke and brain trauma survivors, enabling
them to achieve their maximum potential.

SCC does everything it can to assist survivors and their families offering a path that allows them to re-engage in life. The Life Participation Approach to Aphasia: everyone affected by aphasia is entitled to service, at all stages of recovery, and success is measured by overcoming personal and environmental barriers.

Caring Connection
Recognizing that a stroke affects many facets of a person’s life and also members of the stroke survivor’s family, the Stroke Comeback Center hosts a Caring Connection. The Caring Connection is an informal support group led by caregivers themselves, for the family and friends who live with or help in the home life of Stroke Comeback Center members. The group shares tips, resources, solutions, and encouragement. These meetings are confidential and people are encouraged to reach out to each other outside of these meetings. While everyone has a unique situation, there are many shared experiences that no one should have to go through alone.

While this group is dedicated to supporting caregivers, The SBC recognize that it may be difficult to attend a meeting if there is no one to care for your loved one. The SBC provides activities if a caregiver brings a member to the Center during Caring Connection meetings. This is an additional opportunity for connecting with other members.

Caring Connection meetings take place in both the Vienna and Rockville Centers on designated Saturday mornings. Please contact either Center for upcoming meeting dates or access the member portal for dates.

What are Virtual Groups?
Virtual groups use technology (computer with camera and microphone, smartphone or tablet) and free software (Zoom) to deliver classes at a distance by linking survivors with clinicians for groups, education or individual consultation. This technology allows survivors face-to-face communication with others in the stroke and brain trauma community without leaving home. Research has proven that although different, it is an effective way to work on skills.

To register for virtual classes, please email Melissa directly at We are currently only able to serve those who live in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.Note: An email / text will be sent to members for any unexpected cancellations. Since we are virtual, we do not have to worry about weather, but we could have a technology fail.To register for virtual classes, please email Melissa directly at We are currently only able to serve those who live in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

Note: An email / text will be sent to members for any unexpected cancellations. Since we are virtual, we do not have to worry about weather, but we could have a technology fail.

Senior Planet - Online Supports

Our partners at Senior Planet have developed a range of online resources to assist anyone 60+ get
online and start being connected during the Coronavirus home time.

To view the full program and learn how to sign up for sessions. Click here

Senior Planet has developed a Coronavirus specific webpage to help all older adults better understand available resources and free online opportunities in our community.
Click here to view their Covid-19 resource page

Senior Planet also offer free classes they will help older adults become familiar and more comfortable with "virtual" systems, including: video connections and online shopping, plus much more. 

Here are just a few upcoming sessions:

APRIL 1 | 12:00PM–1:00PM EDT
Lunch & Learn: All Things Zoom
Learn how to use Zoom video conferencing software. Hosted by Senior Planet Montgomery.

APRIL 1 | 1:30PM–2:30PM EDT
Lunch, Learn, Laugh, Live – Protecting Your Personal Information
Tips for staying safe in cyberspace, like safe browsing, and how to recognize online scams. Hosted by Senior Planet Colorado.

APRIL 1 | 3:00PM–4:00PM EDT
Stretch & Meditation
Meditation and stretching have shown to reduce anxiety and stress.

APRIL 2 | 10:30AM–11:30AM EDT
Explore Tech: Introduction to Social Media
Learn about popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Hosted by Senior Planet Montgomery.

APRIL 2 | 12:00PM–1:00PM EDT
Lunch & Learn: All Things Zoom
Learn how to use Zoom video conferencing software. Hosted by Senior Planet Montgomery.

APRIL 2 | 1:30PM–2:30PM EDT
Lunch, Learn, Laugh, Live – Virtual Social Gathering
Have some conversation and a few laughs while living a new normal and not feeling isolated. Hosted by Senior Planet Colorado.

APRIL 2 | 3:00PM–4:00PM EDT
Guest Speaker: How Storytelling Can Super Charge Person-Centered Care
Everyone talks about the importance of person-centered care but getting there can be challenging.

APRIL 3 | 10:30AM–11:30AM EDT
Video chat apps are a way to connect with family and friends, locally or internationally, and even when you’re traveling. Hosted by Senior Planet Montgomery.

APRIL 3 | 12:00PM–1:00PM EDT
Lunch & Learn: All Things Zoom
Learn how to use Zoom video conferencing software. Hosted by Senior Planet Montgomery.

APRIL 3 | 1:30PM–2:30PM EDT
Lunch, Learn, Laugh, Live – Protecting Your Personal Information
Tips for staying safe in cyberspace, like safe browsing, and how to recognize online scams. Hosted by Senior Planet Colorado.

Stay in the loop.Senior Planet is now regularly streaming online events that can be joined from anywhere in the world.  To stay in the loop, make sure you subscribe to their newsletters!  Click here

Well Connected - Telephone and Online LifeLong Learning (and Supports)

This is the perfect time to try out Covia Well Connected Community. They are a non profit resource that coordinates enjoyable small group classes via the telephone and a few online. Classes are no cost too.

MORE DETAILSWell Connected is a phone and online program offering activities, education, friendly conversation, and an assortment of classes and support groups to older adults accessible from the comfort of home. Our community consists of participants, staff, facilitators, presenters, and other volunteers who care about each other, and who value being connected to engaging content, and to each other. Well Connected members can play a game, learn a language, write a poem, go on a virtual tour, meditate, share a gratitude, get support, and most importantly, connect and engage with others every day across the country. All groups are accessible by phone or on online. Well Connected is a Community Service of Covia and is free of charge to all participants and available to adults over the age of 60.

For more information about the Covia Well Connected Community, please click here

Remedies when Staying at Home

As we stay indoors and maintain our social distance, it is so vital we maintain health and wellness too.  This edition of the County's Caregiver Blog we feature a range of quality virtual programs that will keep you active, stimulated and most importantly living with purpose.

The County's new Engage@HOME channel is part of this solution.
Below are a few reminder of trusted online resources that provide quality social engagement, plus guidance for healthy living.
Click here to visit Engage@HOME


Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life.
Click here to stay new fitness lifestyle

Leading Age Podcast 
Aging Unmasked PodcastAging Unmasked is a new podcast from LeadingAge where we normalize, humanize, and unmask taboos in aging. Subscribe to Aging
Click here to listen

Well Connected - phone lifelong learning - English
The Covia Well Connected program is a community made up of participants, staff, facilitators, presenters, and other volunteers who care about each other and who value being connected. All groups are accessible by phone from wherever you are at no cost to you.
Click to start exploring

Well Connected - phone lifelong learning - Español
Este galardonado programa ofrece actividades, educación, grupos de apoyo y conversaciones amistosas por teléfono o en línea.
Conéctese desde cualquier lugar
Well Connected Español es una comunidad compuesta de participantes, empleados, facilitadores, presentadores, y otros voluntarios que se preocupan por los demás y que valoran estar conectados. Todos los grupos son accesibles por teléfono o computadora desde cualquier lugar sin costo alguno.

EdX - Online University Education classes
edX is the trusted platform for education and learning. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies. As a global nonprofit, edX is transforming traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location and access. Fulfilling the demand for people to learn on their own terms, edX is reimagining the possibilities of education, providing the highest-quality, stackable learning experiences including the groundbreaking MicroMasters® programs. Supporting learners at every stage, whether entering the job market, changing fields, seeking a promotion or exploring new interests, edX delivers courses for curious minds on topics ranging from data and computer science to leadership and communications. edX is where you go to learn.
Click here to visit the EdX special Covid-19 webpage

TED Talks - Respected lectures

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On, we're building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

MIT Open Courseware

Unlocking Knowledge - MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
Empowering Minds - Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication.Click here to explore MIT OCW

NPR at your fingertips
It is easy to keep in touch with current events, topical issues, cultural conversations
At the top of the NPR webpage you select from the follow broad catagories:
- News
- Arts and Life
- Music
- Shows and Podcasts
- and the opportunity to Search
Under each category you can then take a deep dive into the extensive array of NPR broadcast, past shows and programming.
Click here to stay your NPR enjoyment

Alzheimer's Association - Live Webinars in April

Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter is continuing to provide support to Montgomery County caregivers. During the month of April they have three Live Webinars.

All in-person support groups will not meet.
If you require immediate support or assistance please contact the Alzheimer Associaiton 24/7 Helpline: 1800.272.3900.

Additionally their website. has extensive resources in over 200 languages.


Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
Join the Alzheimer's Association's local team to learn about the latest research providing insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.
Speaker: Sheila Griffith, M.G.A | Program Manager
The presentation will be delivered as a webinar. Once you register, you will get a link to join in
24/7 Helpline: (800) 272-3900
Click Here for Online Registration

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Alzheimer's and other dementias cause memory, thinking, and behavior changes that interfere with daily living. Learn about common warning signs of Alzheimer's and what symptoms to look for in yourself and others, as well as tips to approach someone who is experiencing changes in their memory, the benefit of early detection and diagnosis, and more. 
Speaker: Tara Davis Rama, MHS | Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager
The presentation will be delivered as a webinar. Once you register, you will get a link to join in
 24/Helpline: 1.800.272.3900
Click Here for Online Registration

Effective Communication Strategies
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Communication is more than just talking and listening – it is also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. The Effective Communication Strategies program of the Alzheimer’s Association was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.
Speaker: Diane Vance, M.F.A. | Program Manager and Care Consultant
The presentation will be delivered as a webinar. Once you register, you will get a link to join in
 24/Helpline: 1.800.272.3900
Click Here for Online Registration

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

MoCo Caregiver Podcasts

The MoCo Caregiver Podcast series is published by Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Disability Services - Caregiver Support Program.

The Podcasts feature: rewarding audio interviews, practical resources, helpful supports and quality of life engagement. Each Podcast episode is approximately 30 minutes.

Produced and hosted by: Lylie Fisher.

Click on the
 play button to start each Podcast.  

(View on Chrome, FireFox, Safari and latest version of Explorer)

Episode #15
Alzheimer's Association
Tara Davis Rama, Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter, Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager

Episode #16
Holy Cross Health
Meg McKenna, Director | Faith Community Nurse Program
and a relaxing guided meditation

Montgomery County's Aging and Disability Services
Alzheimer’s Association
Faith Community Nurse Program

Episode #13
“Voice Your Choice, a program of Nexus Montgomery” Guest:
Sara Hufstader, Lead Coordinator, JSSA's Senior Services

Episode #14
JCA's Village Rides Program
Rhetta Vinson, Marketing Specialist for The Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington (JCA)

Montgomery County's Aging and Disability Services
JSSA's Voice Your Choice
JCA's Transportation Programs

Episode #11
County Police supporting vulnerable residents to remain safe
Officer Laurie Reyes, the County's Autism, Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Alzheimer's Outreach Program

Episode #12
County services to help residents plan for the unexpected
Joe Corona
, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Episode #9
Supporting neighborhood connections, resource sharing and community based programs
Pazit Aviv, Program Coordinator with the County's HHS Area Agency on Aging.
Episode #10
END OF LIFE CARE with CaringMatters
Non profit based in Montgomery County that provides community hospice supports through its volunteer programs
Allison Stearns, Executive Director
Penny Gladhill, Director of CaringMatters, Volunteer Helping Hands
Montgomery County's Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County's Village Program

Episode #7
Providing for loved ones with limited English Guests:
Karen Tan, Senior Wellness Coordinator with Montgomery County's Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI)
Episode #8
Opportunities for all and support for caregivers
Anna Stokes, Oasis, Executive Director
Roberta Drucker, LCSW-C Oasis Support Group Facilitator
Karla Lazarte, Oasis, Community Health and Program Coordinator
Montgomery County's Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County's Respite Care Program (through The Arc)
Montgomery County's Asian American Health Initiative
OASIS - Washington Region Life Long Learning

Episode #5
Support groups, education and resources
Sister Kathy Weber, Holy Cross Caregiver Resource Center

Episode #6
Exploring mind, body and faith
Rev. Dr. Janice Hicks, Chaplin, Asbury Methodist Village
Paula Stone, Playwright, author and mindfulness workshop facilitator.
(Interview stats at 19:00

Montgomery County's Aging and Disability Services
Holy Cross Caregiver Resource Center
Janet Hick’s book “Redeeming Dementia”
Paula Stone’s Bio


Episode #3
Mobility, Transportation, Home Care Services, Aging and Disability Resource Unit (ADRU).
Shawn Brennan,Transportation and Mobility Manager
Dr Kimberly Johnson, Supervisory Social Worker, Acting Assistant Administrator, Assessment APS + Care Management Services
Briggitte McLean, Client Assistant Specialist (ADRU) (English and in Spanish at minute 21:21 - en español al minuto 21:21)

Episode #4
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION (National Capital Area Chapter)
Support Groups, Memory Café’s, Caregiver Education and Care Consultations
Sheila Griffith, Program Manager
Diane Vance, Program Manager and Care Consultations

Montgomery County's Senior Transportation and Mobility
Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation
Montgomery County's Aging and Disability Services
Alzheimer’s Association
Alzheimer’s Association – National Capital Area Chapter

Episode #1

Elizabeth Barnes, representing the Maryland Association for Adult Day Care Services
and she is the Senior Director of Adult and Senior Services with EasterSeals.
Kathleen Williams, the Director of Senior and Disability Services with Holy Cross Health and she is the Director of their Medical Adult Day Center.
Episode #2

Jeff Wright, the State Director with Mentor ADH including their culturally diverse programs in Montgomery County.
Eunice (Enlin) Peng, the Activity Supervisor with Mentor ADH's Rainbow Adult Day Health Care Center
A Special Guided Meditation for Caregivers
Montgomery County's Aging and Disability Services
Montgomery County's Respite Care Program (including financial support to pay for adult day care)
Adult Day Care Programs in Montgomery County
Maryland Association for Adult Day Care Services

Friday, March 13, 2020

Caregiver Support - COVID-19 Impact

During this time of upheaval we are sending well wishes to all Montgomery County residents.

A number of local non profits have announced they will be continuing their caregiver support groups via telephone.  Please contact each organization to learn what programs will be available via telephone.

If you are a caregiver of a loved one with a medical diagnosis, many organization's already provide dial in helpline, telephone and online supports, including:
The Alzheimer's Association's - 24/7 Helpline 1800.272.3900
Click here to view more organizations

Shortly the County Caregiver Support Program will start offering telephone and online programs. These will be announced via the County's Caregiver Blog and eNewsletter. To receive these announcements, subscribe today!

Montgomery County is working diligently to ensure County residents are safe and receive care during this medical crisis.
Click here to view Montgomery County's Coronvirus Resources

Thursday, March 12, 2020

COVID-19 Health Advisory

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If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:
  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

Who is at Higher Risk? Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease
If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

Get Ready for COVID-19 Now
  • Have supplies on hand
    • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
    • If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
    • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
    • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
  • Take everyday precautions
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Take everyday preventive actions
      • Clean your hands often
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
      • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
      • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
      • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
      • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
      • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
      • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
      • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.
  • If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.
    • Stay home as much as possible.
      • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks

Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs
  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
What to Do if You Get Sick
  • Stay home and call your doctor
  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms. Tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help them take care of you and keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
  • Know when to get emergency help
  • Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed above.

What Others can do to Support Older Adults
Community Support for Older Adults
  • Community preparedness planning for COVID-19 should include older adults and people with disabilities, and the organizations that support them in their communities, to ensure their needs are taken into consideration.
    • Many of these individuals live in the community, and many depend on services and supports provided in their homes or in the community to maintain their health and independence.
  • Long-term care facilities should be vigilant to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19. Information for long-term care facilities can be found here.
Family and Caregiver Support
  • Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
  • Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
  • Stock up on non-perishable food items to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.
  • If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.