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Service, Duty & Honor is Risky Business

Thank you Veterans and Dementia Care Partners for your service. Whether we serve for love of country or family, if we end up on the front lines, we are risking life and long-term health. This past weekend, I tuned in closely to the TV programs about post 9/11 veterans living with the invisible wounds of […]

2016 Annual Report ~ Read it and Celebrate!

Our 2016 Annual Report tells a story of increasing community involvement and support from individuals, couples, families, local community groups, and the state of MA Department of Developmental Services. It’s great to witness the actualization and positive changing of the vision I started with in 2010. I remain open to listening to community members on […]

Open Garden Day on The Longest Day 6/21: Wicked Local

Wicked Local Topsfield editor, Wendall Waters, has written a nice piece about our 6/21 event to support Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH and our survivor’s mission to help other families impacted by Alzheimer’s/Dementia, at our home, Rest.Stop.Ranch in Topsfield, MA: http://topsfield.wickedlocal.com/entertainmentlife/20170614/reststopranch-in-topsfield-to-open-gardens-for-alzheimers-association-benefit To Donate, Please visit http://act.alz.org/goto/marymacmissions Join us! June 21, Wednesday 10am – 4pm 202 Haverhill Road, […]

Dementia Caregiver (DCG) Stress and Substance Abuse: Impacts Kids & Teens

This week (February 12 – 18, 2017), and perennially, Valentine’s Day (Feb 14) week, is Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week. If you are an individual choosing alcohol or another addictive substance, as a coping mechanism for life’s stressors… there is help. If you are a child or teen of an alcoholic (COA) or an adult child of an alcoholic […]

DCG Living Hx Mobile Museum and School

Each week, the new DCG (dementia-caregiver) Living Hx (history) Mobile Museum and School travels from Topsfield Rest.Stop.Ranch Caretaker’s Cottage to Concord, NH’s Havenwood Heritage Heights’ campuses “Havenwood” (serving independent, home-care, assisted living, and skilled nursing residents) and “Heritage Heights,” (serving independent residents and those receiving home-care). Each month, a new interactive exhibit featuring an artifact from […]

Save the Date: 3/18, 10am – 3pm: Grow Spring! EXPO

Look for the “Rest.Stop.Ranch Respite Retreat Center & Accessible Gardens” educational & interactive 8-foot table exhibit, at the Emerson Center or Gould Barn on 3/18.  Learn & experience the therapeutic activities we offer at our Seasonal (April -October) Memory Café & Sunday Strolls programs, for people with disabilities and care-partners, specializing in Alzheimer’s/dementia-care. Our “Dementia-Care Musical Theatre” integrates horticultural, […]

Book Cover: The Alzheimer's and Memory Café: How to start and succeed with your own café

The Memory Café at Rest.Stop.Ranch in Topsfield is Featured in New Book

Wheelchair-accessible gardens, with a focus on caregiver respite, makes it unique (November 8, 2016 – Topsfield, MA) The Memory Café at the Rest.Stop.Ranch in Topsfield, MA is featured in a new book, The Alzheimer’s and Memory Café: How to Start and Succeed with Your Own Café (Jytte Fogh Lokvig, PhD, Endless Circle Press, 2016). The […]

Mary and Edith at the MA State House, Front Steps, 5/11/2016

ALZ Advocacy Day @ MA State House

We were there, today… we wore purple and listened to speakers speak about their dementia-related stories and the MA legislative priorities: Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Project Act (S.1196/H.2057) Alzheimer’s Public Awareness Campaign Continuing Medical Education for Physicians (H.3384) Alzheimer’s Care Training for Elder Protective Services Workers (S.360/H.516) We also tracked down our local representatives (Topsfield) in the […]

U.S. Suicide Rate Report & Rest.Stop.Ranch Support

Friends, A mid-life crisis due to most difficult dementia-caregiving is what I experienced in 2007-2008. The crisis caused me to found on April 19,2010, MaryMac Missions LLC, as a single-person social enterprise, to raise awareness, educate and support other caregivers experiencing difficulties with dementia-caregiving. Most of these “other caregivers” are mostly women and mostly middle-age. […]

Love in Action, Makes a Difference

MaryMac Missions is 1 of 13 MA DDS Inclusive Memory Cafe Contracts Awarded!

Karl and I are thrilled to receive a contract from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services to further develop and implement our inclusive memory café. Please enjoy reading the letter below that we received just yesterday. It appears that we are the only Ma & Pa provider on the list (MaryMac Missions, Topsfield). Learn more […]