Alzheimer’s and Dementia


Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.

Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia,” which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.

Source: Alzheimer’s Association


Local Support

Family & Children’s Services
309 Thomas Run Rd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Barbara Pumphrey, 410.838.3222
Lucy Armstrong, 410.612.9770
Meets: 2nd Tuesday of every month, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Respite available, call ahead

Stella Maris
St. Elizabeth Hall – Multi-purpose room
2300 Dulaney Valley Rd.
Timonium, MD 21093
410-252-4500, ext. 7323
Meets: 3rd Wednesday of every month, 2:00 p.m.

St. Patrick Church – Faith Formation Center
615 Congress Ave.
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Lucy Romeo, 443.910.2778
Rosemary Dehn, 410.939.6510
Meets: 3rd Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Telephone Support Group

Alzheimer’s Association
Carol F. Wynne, 1.800.272.3900
Pre-screening required
Meets: 1st Wednesday of the month, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Fallston
1127 Old Fallston Rd.
Fallston, MD 21047
Marjorie Cotterman, 410.404.6804
Meets: 2nd Monday of every month, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.