Category Archives: Caregiving

Museum Workshop: Home and the Meaning of Place

Home and The Meaning of Place – a workshop series

Next All Ages workshop Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Sandy Spring Museum, 1pm to 4pm

Pictures from the February 27th workshop



What can we learn from our treasures and memories?

Our first Meaning of Home workshop was held Saturday February 27.  The meaning of home is complex, and unique. It is connected to your experiences and embedded within your heart. Home is a place for your stuff and for your memories…and can include the homes of grandparents, or other historical places or experiences, a beach or mountain vacation home or annual trips to a home country. Our participants ranges in age from 17-mid eighties! We learned about the special collections at the Museum from Curator Lydia Fraser and were able to examine treasured historic objects and sentimental items of personal use or practical use from the historic residents of Sandy Spring. Participants examined personal meaning of home and created beautiful collages symbolic of their own heart home.

Reflection Quotes and Maxims:

-Home is where the heart is.
-Home is not just a place-it is a feeling.
-It is love that makes any place a “home”
-There is no place like
-With you I am home. My home is a person!
-Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.  (Gary Snyder)
-How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home. ( William Faulkner)
-It doesn’t matter whom you love or where you move from or to, you always take yourself with you. If you don’t know who you are, or if you’ve forgotten or misplaced her, then you’ll always feel as if you don’t belong. Anywhere. (xiii) Sarah Ban Breathnach, “Moving On: Creating Your House of Belonging with Simple Abundance”
-Language is the only homeland. Czeslaw Milosz

2016 Feb & March Classes at Sandy Spring Museum

Also check out the creative writing from our Winter Gift Workshop, click on Creativity and then Writing

Aging Well With Friends Intergenerational Workshops at the Museum

2016 Creative Winter Explorations for All ages

Each workshop is being held twice to give more people a chance to attend.

All smiles
All smiles

Exploring the meaning of Home: The Art and Meaning of deeply seeing the places we live
February 27, 2016, afternoon class, 1PM-3PM
March 19, 2016, morning class 10:00am – 12:00pm
Participants of all ages are invited to attend just one of these events or both.
Cost: 20$ for Adults, free for seniors and students
To register contact Carol Cober email:, phone: 240-418-5603

Description: Explore how creative expression using mixed media, creative writing and art journaling can help us understand more about the place we call home throughout the lifespan. Learn how the unique history of the place in Sandy Spring connects with our own personal meaning about our heart-home. Open to all-ages.

2016 Mid week-Opportunities for those who share care

Creative explorations for caregivers: Keeping more joy during times of stress
Wednesday February 10, 2016 from 1-2:30 – to be rescheduled
Wednesday March 9, 2016 from 1-2:30
Cost: $20 for adults-Free for seniors over 65 and students
To register contact Carol Cober email:, phone: 240-418-5603

Description: Explore art practices in mixed media and collage and guided writing exercises to find how creative expression can help you to claim more joy when under caregiver stress. For all ages of caregivers young moms and dads, older caregivers or others curious about this learning.


This page will have news and tips for caregivers.

Alzheimers Caregiving

Here’s a page with many tips for people giving care to people with Alzheimers.  Click here to access the page.

Family Caregiving

Click to access Family and home caregiving resources from AARP

Getting Paid-For Caregiving

Click to access How to find paid help for caregiving

Caregiver Do’s and Don’ts for new caregivers

Click to access 8 rules for new caregivers 

Maryland Caregivers Support Coordinating Council – click on the service name

National Family Caregiver Support Program – info on available services, assistance locating resources, financial assistance for respite care, education and supplemental services.

Maryland Access Point (MAP) – a gateway for older adults and those with disabilities. Info and assistance to allow one to stay in one’s home and plan for future needs.  State partners include MD Dept of Aging, Disabilities & Health & Mental Hygiene, also Centers for Independent Living.

MD Technology Assistance Program – helps families get assistive technologies such as wheelchairs, adapted technologies, ramps and other home modifications.

Office of Adult Services Respite Care Program – provides a break to family caregivers, caring for an adult or child with disability or chronic health need.