Mary's on a Mission

Teaching self-care to family and professional caregivers affected by Alzheimer's/Dementia.

Learn more about Mary's presence in the local/global community since 2010...
  • Speaking at conferences, private meetings, churches, schools, libraries, workplaces, and community centers. Read more...

  • Training family caregivers and direct healthcare providers at caregiver support groups, healthcare facilities, and private groups. Read more...

  • Leading retreats for spiritual retreat and conference centers and faith-based communities. Read more...

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  • FTD Boston North & Other Younger Onset Caregivers – Monthly Support Group Begins Jan 12, 2017

    Rest.Stop.Ranch Caretaker's Cottage, When Pigs Fly

    Friends,  Please contact me with questions and share with people who may benefit: NEW ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION SPONSORED SUPPORT GROUP: Topsfield Younger Onset Caregivers Group Meets 2nd Thursday of the Month, 6:30-8pm at Rest.Stop.Ranch Caretaker’s Cottage (the home of Mary E MacDonald and Karl R Ackerman) 202 Haverhill Road, Topsfield, MA 01983 Free-of-charge and Open to […]

  • Founders of Topsfield’s Rest.Stop.Ranch to Discuss Memory Café at Topsfield Congregational Church on November 20 2016

    Jeanne Maurand of Hamilton and her father, Bob Yntema of Ipswich, relax in the garden at Rest.Stop.Ranch in Topsfield, MA.

    In recognition of November being National Family Caregiver Month, Mary E. MacDonald and her spouse, Karl R. Ackerman, will speak at the Topsfield Congregational Church Emerson Center on Sunday, November 20 at 11 am, about the Memory Café they offer at their Topsfield, MA Rest.Stop.Ranch. The public is welcome to attend this free program. Herself […]

  • Nov. 20 @ 11am Memory Café Talk @ Topsfield Church

    View/Download the Flyer 112016 Memory Cafe Talk with Mary and Karl Join us at the Topsfield Congregational Church Emerson Center at 11am this coming Sunday to learn about our Topsfield, MA respite programs for dementia caregivers, including the monthly Memory Café (April – October), and 2-Hour Individual Guided Respite Retreat. Free and Open to the […]