Caregiver Support Program

Caregiving can be a daunting and stressful job. Being aware of available services and resources is key to providing the best care possible for a loved one. The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence's Family Caregiver Support Program and other local resources offer help and guidance to empower families and caregivers serving older persons and adults with disabilities. Our goal is to improve the lives of caregivers and care recipients through outreach, conversation, consultation, training and resources.



Caregiver Program Information


The Caregiver Program provides many educational opportunities throughout the year.  During COVID-19, programs are offered virtually when possible. 



Powerful Tools for Caregivers 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) is an evidence-based course designed with the caregiver’s well-being in mind.  PTC is based on the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed at Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center. In the six-week course (90 minutes per class) caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to: 

  • reduce personal stress; 
  • change negative self-talk; 
  • communicate more effectively in challenging caregiving situations; 
  • manage their emotions; and
  • make tough caregiving decisions. 

Participants have found the program improves self-care behaviors in terms of relaxation, exercise and their own physical and mental well-being, management of emotions, increased confidence (both inside and outside their caregiving demands), and their ability to seek out and utilize community resources.  

If you or someone you know is a caregiver, encourage them to take advantage of this training opportunity. 

Call Kathy Wehr, Caregiver Program Support Manager, at 410-313-5955 for more information about virtual PTC opportunities. In person classes will return once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.   



Alzheimer's Training and Education

Memory Café is a safe and relaxed place where those with early-stage memory loss, their families and friends, and health care professionals come together for a unique blend of education and social interaction. Held on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ellicott City 50+ Center, it provides a free forum where people can share experiences and socialize. Anyone affected by early-stage memory loss is welcome to attend. RSVP is required. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, program may be offered virtually. Contact Kathy Wehr at 410-313-5955 for details.


November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month! Check out these resources from the Greater Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association: