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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 […]

Try a Sober St. Pats Day

Each of us has an opportunity to come clean… what’s yours? Whether or not you or a family member struggles with addiction… Now is a good time to look at our habits. Now is a good time to consider how we are influenced by ethnic heritage and family of origin. Now is a good time […]

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, […]

April 1, a Weekly Memory Café Begins, Saturdays, 10a-12p 

We support families impacted by long-term-care, in an inclusive, friendly, judgement-free, and joy-filled indoor/outdoor environment, once-a-week, Apr-Oct. 1.  Our Dementia-Friendly Garden/Memory Café program will welcome visitors with dementia and their care-partners on Saturday mornings, from 10am – 12noon, April – October. 2. We hope the increased options for visiting will enable more caregivers and loved ones […]

Transforming Two Seeds of Discontent, since 2010 

This past week I was interviewed by my undergraduate alma mater, University of Rochester, in New York State, for their Rochester Review alumni magazine.  Once again, thankfully, I was indirectly invited to become crystal-clear on what I and we’ve been doing since 2010, and why.  I was able to articulate that it’s really two seeds of discontent, […]

8-week Self-Care Series Pilot

We are 4-weeks into an 8-week Caregiver Self-Care Series Program up in Concord, NH at Havenwood Heritage Heights, a Continuing Care Retirement Community for people over age 62. The program was marketed via flyers and a campus newsletter.  It was offered as a free activity for any caregiver on the 600+ person campus who wished to join either […]

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

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

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 […]

Funeral for a Forty-four-year-old Friend

This Monday and Tuesday I attended a wake and funeral for a forty-four-year-old friend, I had not met before, who ended his life. I was present to support the surviving members of the family, to pray for the deceased, and to pray for my contemporaries, in mid-life, who are struggling with personal pain and unremitting […]