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 […]

Pinned by Daughters of the American Revolution!

When Wendy Renda contacted me by e-mail, from the Brigadier General James Brickett-Old Newbury Chapter… I hardly believed it… Every year we select someone who has done outstanding work in their community and I am happy to report that you were chosen this year. We would like to recognize you and present you with the […]

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

10 Ways You Can Help a Dementia Caregiver

November is National Family Caregiver Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and chances are you know a family member, friend, or neighbor who is caring for someone with a long-term illness like dementia. Here are 10 ways you can help a caregiver – not just in November, but year-round: 1. Validate the caregiver’s personal […]

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 […]