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Called to Care®:
A Program For Family Caregivers

As a family caregiver, you may think the support you provide—helping your mother purchase and organize her medications, or taking a friend to his doctors’ appointments—is small in the grand scheme of things. But, the truth is you play a critical role in the health and well-being of your loved one, which is just as important as the care provided by doctors and nurses.

We want to begin by recognizing your valuable contributions and saying, “Thank you.” We sincerely appreciate all that you do. More importantly, we want to remind you that you are not alone. Just as you are there to care for your loved one, there are many individuals and organizations available to help you.

At Johns Hopkins Bayview, we recognize the importance of family caregivers, as well as the physical and emotional stresses that can accompany caregiving. For this reason, we have created Called to Care®, a program that prepares and supports individuals caring for loved ones with health-related needs or limitations.

Resources for Caregiving

 
 

Classes and Events

November is National Family Caregivers Month. Celebrate the power of caregiving by attending the following events! Please connect with other care partners, learn new skills and engage with caregiving experts to help you care for yourself and older adult loved ones.

Thanks to many valued partner programs and agencies for providing supportive services to family caregivers. For more information, call 410-550-1660.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, November 5, 2022, 8 am to 3 pm

    Location: Coppin State University, Tawes Center, 2500 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21216

    Free all-day conference on dementia care and support hosted by the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter Register here. Contact: 443.632.9719

  • Saturday, November 5, 2022, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Coppin State University, Tawes Center
    2500 W. North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21216

    Free all-day conference on dementia care and support hosted by the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter

    Register here.

  • Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 12 p.m.

    Join the Maryland Commission on Caregiving in celebrating National Family Caregiver Month with author and radio host of "Hope for the Caregiver" Peter Rosenberger. For more than thirty years, Peter has personally traveled the path of the family caregiver while providing care for his wife Gracie. During this live virtual event, Peter will talk about the importance of investing in oneself while also nurturing the relationship with the care recipient. Registration Link contact: (410) 767-7901.

  • Saturday November 12, 2022, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Find out about home and community-based supports and creative approaches to challenging behaviors. Learn from a team of experts. Engage with other caregivers. Please register for this free virtual event.

  • Thursday, November 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Our Lady of Fatima I Senior Community, 200 Kane Street, Baltimore 21224

    In celebration of National Family Caregivers Month, guest presenter Loretta Veney will guide participants to trace their caregiving journey from the beginning through where they are now, acknowledging the lessons they've learned and the resilience they've shown along the way! At the end of the activity participants will leave with a joyful piece of art they created as a keepsake and a reminder that there is JOY in caregiving and how resilient they are! Lunch will be provided. Space is limited. RSVP to lstewa27@jhmi.edu or 410-550-1660 by November 11.

 

Ongoing Events & Support Groups

It is not unusual to feel isolated when you are devoting so much of your time to caring for a loved one. One valuable way to overcome these feelings is to talk with others who understand the stresses and challenges you are facing.

Johns Hopkins Bayview has partnered with several organizations in the surrounding community, including those that offer counseling and support groups. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Second and fourth Monday of each month, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    Join librarian Linda Gorman for her fun and engaging series, “Stories and Chats,” for people with mild cognitive impairment or early-stage dementia and their caregivers.

    Sign up or contact Linda Gorman with questions.

    • October 10 and 24
    • November 14 and 28
    • December 12 and 26
  • First Tuesday, 12 to 1:15 p.m.

    Group session to raise awareness about dementia and how to support those living with dementia and their care partners. Contact Emily Kearns at 410-887-4751 or email dementiafriendly@baltimorecountymd.gov.

  • Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    Interactive weekly sessions are filled with inspiration, exercise, interesting speakers and helpful resources for older adults. Join by Zoom or dial in: 1 301 715 8592. Meeting ID: 827 3947 9263.

    For information contact Betsy Simon, bdsimon2020@gmail.com410-375-7504

  • Third Tuesday of each month, 12 to 1 p.m.

    Club Memory is a stigma-free social club for people with early-stage Alzheimer's, mild cognitive impairment or other forms of dementia, and their spouses, partners and caregivers. The Club meets virtually. For questions or to RSVP, contact Andrea Nelson, RN, at anelso18@jhmi.edu.

    Phone information:

    Meeting ID: 918 0813 3747
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  • Fridays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Learn about the latest updates on COVID-19 and vaccine safety. Join by Zoom or join by phone at 301-715-8592. For information, call 410-550-1118. Hosted by Healthy Community Partnership and Medicine for the Greater Good.

  • Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities’ Family Caregiver Support Programs is offering a new series of in-person and virtual workshops to equip care partners caring for loved ones with dementia. To register, call 410-222-4375, ext. 4339 or visit www.aacounty.org/aging

 

Stories of Caregiving

 

Called to Care® | A Program For Family Caregivers

Called to Care® The program offers assistance in several ways: supportive services, education, and partnerships with local agencies, organizations and faith communities.

Arlene and David's Story

The program offers assistance in several ways: supportive services, education, and partnerships with local agencies, organizations and faith communities.

Emilio and Mary's Story

Mary Rios talks about her experience caring for her husband Emilio who has multiple sclerosis (MS). Her call to care for her husband has added stress to their lives. Together they've hired help to relieve the stress and return to a happy and healthy relationship!

 

 

 
 

    Caregiver Connection

    Caregiver Connection is a publication that connects caregivers with resources, support and each other. The newsletter is published every other month and contains community caregiving news, tips, spotlights and upcoming events.

    If you'd like to begin receiving Caregiver Connection by mail, please call 410-550-8018.

    Our Staff

    Contact Us

    If you are a caregiver in need of resources and support, please call us:

    Johns Hopkins Bayview
    Jane Marks
    410-550-0926
    jmarks@jhmi.edu
    Baltimore City
    Jose Jimenez
    410-396-1337
    jose.jimenez@baltimorecity.gov
    Baltimore County
    Ann Marie Riehl
    410-887-4724
    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    5300 Alpha Commons Drive, Suite 347
    Baltimore, MD 21224
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