Howard County support groups

These groups meet regularly.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group — Third Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. at Lighthouse Senior Living at Ellicott City, 3100 N. Ridge Road, Ellicott City. 410-465-2288.

Bereaved Parents, USA — Third Wednesday, 8 p.m. For parents and siblings who have lost a child or sibling of any age. First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. 410-321-7053.

Breast Cancer support group — Third Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. Registration required. 410-964-9100, ext. 5.

Cancer — Third Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. Group gives participants opportunity to meet with those who are going through the same thing and have learned how to adjust their lives accordingly. Western Howard County 50 Plus Center, 1125 St. Michaels Road, Mount Airy. 410-313-5440.

Central Maryland Womenheart — Third Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. Nonprofit organization for women with heart disease. The Wellness Center, Medical Pavilion, 10720 Charter Drive, Columbia. Marilyn Gobbett, 443-854-8333.

Chronic pain — Third Monday, 1-2:30 p.m. For anyone with chronic pain, and their family and friends. Participants are invited to bring pillows, mats and ice or hot packs to be comfortable. Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. 301-231-0008 or

Family support group — Third Friday, 7 p.m. For family and friends of adults with mental illness. Celebration Church, music room, 6080 Foreland Garth, Columbia. 410-772-9300 or

HIV support group for women — Third Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Howard County Health Department, 7180 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-313-6267.

Howard County Autism Society — Third Thursday, 7 p.m. 10280 Old Columbia Road, Suite 215, Columbia. 410-290-3466 or

Insulin Dependent/Type 1 Adult Diabetes — Third Monday, 7 p.m. in the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. 301-490-0029.

Howard County Parkinson's Disease Education and Support Group — Third Monday, 7 p.m. 8180 Lark Brown Road, Elkridge. 410-955-8795.

La Leche League of Columbia — Third Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Breastfeeding information and mother-to-mother support. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Ann, 410-309-4940; Bernadette, 301-421-1177; or Katie, 410-461-3423.

The MOMS Club of Elkridge — Third Wednesday, 9:45 a.m. Support/social group for moms. Kids are welcome to attend. Elkridge Baptist Church Hall, 5929 Setter Drive, Elkridge. or

Parents at Home of Howard County — Third Monday, 10-11:30 a.m. Nonprofit support group for stay-at-home moms or dads, whether part time or full time. Playgroups for children from infancy through elementary school. Activities focused on children in the Baltimore and Washington areas. Parents' nights out. Book club. Nonjudgmental parenting advice. Christ Episcopal Church. Jen Ward, membership vice president, 410-381-5354.

Teens Together — Third Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m. Teens Together is a teen-founded and led support group for teens who have had someone they know diagnosed with cancer. 410-740-5858,, or find the group onFacebook.

Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Groups must be open to the public, and priority will be given to those that meet in Howard County. Send information to: Support groups, Patuxent Publishing Co., 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-332-6495; or email

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