Support groups

February 06, 2006

Al-Anon/Alateen family groups

Hagerstown and Frederick, Md. area. This is an anonymous, confidential support group for anyone affected by a family member's or friend's drinking. There are no fees. Call 1-301-663-6626 for a listing of meetings in the area.

Bereavement support after the loss of a spouse

A new support group for those who have lost a spouse will be forming soon at Rest Haven Funeral Home. It will be led by Mary Hedges, licensed, clinical social worker. The group is free. Call 301-733-3575.

Bereavement support for those who have lost a child

Monday, Feb. 6, 4 p.m., Rest Haven Funeral Home. This is an ongoing support group led by Mary Hedges, licensed, clinical social worker, for parents who have lost a child of any age. The free group is accepting new members. Call 301-733-3575.

MOMS Club - Hagers-town South Chapter

WILLIAMSPORT - Tuesday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m., Homewood Retirement Village, Virginia Avenue. The club is a national nonprofit support group for mothers who stay home with their children. Activities include speakers, play groups, daily activities for mothers and children, and community service projects. Mothers may bring their children to all MOMS Club activities. All interested persons may stop by, or call Jessie Frushhour, 301-432-6099.


TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

WILLIAMSPORT - Maryland Chapter 454, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St. The group meets every Tuesday and offers informative programs and group support. Call Kendra Grove, 301-223-8902.

Somerford Place - Memory Care Assisted Living group

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Somerford Place - Memory Care Assisted Living, 10014 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month. Light refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Caregiving is available with advance notice. Sponsored by Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter. Call Debbie Burker, 301-791-5118, ext. 222; or Sheri Evans, 301-791-9221, ext. 213.

Alzheimer's support

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Loyalton of Hagerstown, 20009 Rosebank Way, Hagerstown. Unique caregiver support group helps you create and reminisce with your loved one, other caregivers and trained staff. Scrapbook photo albums assist professionals in treating patients. Creative Memories instruction by Margie Wright. Space is limited. To register, call April or Christine, 301-733-3353.

Headway support

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Robinwood Medical Center first-floor conference room near the vending machines, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown. Use the yellow entrance. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month and offers support for persons living with brain injury and their families. Call 301-714-4028.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Washington County, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, corner of North Potomac Street and Randolph Avenue, Hagerstown. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month to educate and inform residents of Washington County about mental illness and to support individuals with mental illness and their families and caregivers. Call Connie Pauley, 301-824-7725.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Maryland Chapter 446, Wednesday, Feb. 8, weigh-in is 9 to 9:30 a.m., meeting begins at 9:30 a.m., Shiloh Methodist Church, Old Forge Road, Hagerstown. The chapter welcomes new members, visitors and guests. Call Mary or Tom at 301-797-2547.

Diabetes support at Potomac Towers

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1:30 p.m., first-floor community room of Potomac Towers Senior Center, Hagerstown. The speaker will be Dr. Stephen Lippman, endocrinologist in private practice. The group provides a forum to help diabetics manage their disease and gain support from other diabetics. Open to anyone in the community. Call Lisa McCoy, Nutrition and Wellness Services for Washington County Health Department, 240-313-3300.

Parents Learning Together (PLT)

FREDERICK, Md. - Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m., North Frederick Elementary School, 1001 Motter Ave. The group meets monthly and is for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. Thomas J. Craney, school psychologist, will speak on the topic, "Understanding Psychological and Educational Testing." The group is cosponsored by Families Plus!, Partners for Success and The Infant and Toddlers Program. Training credit is available for foster parents. Call 1-301-694-9002; fax 1-301-694-3374; send e-mail to; or go to

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