The Alzheimer Association of Western Maryland, one of 220 nonprofit chapters in the United States, helps caregivers in the Tri-State area.
The association offers three support groups in Washington County, according to the association's Washington County Branch Office Coordinator Linda Iseminger.
- One support group meets in the nursing center of Homewood of Williamsport on the fourth Tuesday of every month, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Another group is for anyone caring for an elderly loved one, not just for Alzheimer's caregivers. It meets at the Easter Seal Society on Baltimore Street in Hagerstown on the third Tuesday of every month from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- A new support group will be meeting at the Twin Oaks unit at Williamsport Nursing Village on the second Wednesday of every month, beginning in May, at 7 p.m.
The association also runs two educational programs, Iseminger said: Pathways is for family members of suspected or recently diagnosed Alzheimer's disease patients and Bridging the Gap is a program to help families make the transition from home care to nursing home care.