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Maryland seniors with dementia find understanding and camaraderie at social club

Maryland seniors with dementia find understanding and camaraderie at social club

Mervin Williams and Marilyn Browne-Williams have a standing monthly date night.

The Randallstown couple, who have been together since they were teenagers in Trinidad, might dance to a live band, or learn how to drum. One night they painted pictures of dandelions against a bright blue sky.

Dating is different now for the Williamses. Mervin, 68, has early-stage dementia. He sometimes forgets things. Being in social situations can be awkward.

The couple’s monthly date at Integrace Copper Ridge in Sykesville alleviates some of the anxiety caused by being around others who aren’t aware of, or don’t understand, his condition.

The assisted...

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