Support groups around Howard County

These groups meet regularly.

Alzheimer's Support Group — Second Thursday, 7-9 p.m. For caregivers of Alzheimer's patients or those who have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's. Learn about the disease, what to expect and how to cope. The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Jeanne Slater, 410-313-5192 or Linda Boyle, 410-313-6028.


Asperger's Syndrome — Second Thursday, 7:30-9 p.m. Support and education. HCAS Resource Center, 10280 Old Columbia Road, Suite 215, Columbia. No August Meeting. 410-730-0068.

Cancer — Second Tuesday, 7 p.m. For people living with cancer and those who care about them. Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Vernon Brown Ministry Center, 10755 Scaggsville Road, Laurel. 410-792-0470.


Caregivers Support Group — Second Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m. This group is for people caring for a loved one suffering from cancer. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. 410-740-5858.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance — Second Friday, 7-9 p.m. For ages 18 and older. Howard County General Hospital, Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia; and third Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Youth group for ages 13-17. Sheppard Pratt at Ellicott City, The Rotunda, 4100 College Ave., Ellicott City. Vanessa, 443-995-8351 or DBSAhowardcounty@yahoo.com.

Divorce — Second Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Financial divorce specialist John Faggio presents a workshop on what women should know about divorce 410-772-4975 or http://www.divorce-finances.com.

Family Support Group — Second Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. For family and friends of adults with mental illness. Day Room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia; and fourth Monday, 7:30 p.m. Emmanuel United Methodist Church, room 3, 10755 Scaggsville Road, Laurel. 410-772-9300 or http://www.nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty.

Howard County General Hospital Parkinson's group — Second Tuesday, noon-1 p.m. In the hospital's outpatient center. 443-718-3135 or cklein@hcgh.org.

Individual Differences In Learning — Information and support for parents and teachers of highly able children with learning disabilities. Second Monday, 7 p.m. Linden-Linthicum Church, 12101 Linden Linthicum Lane, Clarksville. 410-531-0764 or http://www.gifteddifferentlearners.org.

Juvenile Diabetes — Network of members who are faced with the daily changes of caring for someone with Type 1 diabetes. Second Tuesday, 7 p.m. Borders, 6151 Columbia Crossing, Columbia. 410-290-0062.

Living with Cancer — Second Thursday, 1 p.m. Glenwood Senior Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5440.

Men's Grief Support Group — Second Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. On-going monthly group for men who have lost their spouse or life partner. Gilchrist Hospice Care-Howard County Office, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia. Program is free, but registration is required. 410-730-5072.

MOMS Club of Woodbine — Second Monday, 10 a.m. Social and support group for mothers in the Woodbine, Cooksville and Glenwood areas. 443-812-2655 or WoodbineMOMSclub@yahoogroups.com.

Moms Inc. — Second Tuesday, 10 a.m. Support and networking group for moms who run a home-based business (or those who wish to start one). Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, 12101 Linden-Linthicum Lane. 410-795-8390 or http://www.momsinc.org.

Parent Support Group — Second Monday, noon-1:30 p.m. Support for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious mental health issues. First Presbyterian Church, Room 204, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. 410-772-9300 or http://www.nami.org/sites/howardcounty.


Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) — Second Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Support for parents and family members; separate teen support group. Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. All are welcome. Meetings are confidential. Patricia Morris English, 443-857-1855, pme625@verizon.net or http://www.pflagmd.org.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group for Caregivers/Care Partners — Second Tuesday, 10 a.m. Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, arts and crafts room, 5400 Vantage House Road, Columbia. Lynada D. Johnson, 410-992-1120.

Polio Group — Second Saturday, 10 a.m. For anyone who has had polio. Ruth Keeton House, 5466 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Jean, 410-312-0606.

Quilting Support Group — Second and fourth Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. Quilting and hand piecing class for beginners and advanced stitchers. Free. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. 410-740-5858.

Sjogren's Support Group — Sunday, July 10, 1-2:30 p.m. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Sycamore Room. Bonnie Schneider, 301-774-4662.

Spouse Caregivers — Second Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Somerford Place Alzheimer's Assisted Living, 8220 Snowden River Pkwy., Columbia. 410-313-9744.

Stepfamilies — For adult members of stepfamilies. Second Wednesday, 7:30-9 p.m. Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. Membership optional. 410-381-2402.

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 hccalendar@patuxent.com.

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