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Dementia Friends, Topsfield, MA

Dementia Friends in Topsfield MA!

On Monday, December 18, dementia friends and advocates from Topsfield, North Andover, and Manchester gathered to learn more about the Dementia Friends global and national movement, and how we can better serve and support people with dementia in our towns. The 2-hour information session was provided by Beth Soltzberg of Jewish Family & Children’s Services […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Edith Stands with ADA25Boston March

ADA 25th Anniversary: Boston Commoners are We!

A person with disabilities of my own, I was grateful to make it down to the Boston Common for the ADA25Boston Celebration yesterday, thanks to Edith, my beloved get-it-done/personal-care assistant and companion, who drove us down from our home in the Topsfield wilderness. Edith helped us get to the start of the march, at the […]

Yoga Room Reclaimed!

Harmony at Home, Phase 3: 11+ of 18 Sessions: Sweet as Pie

Just in time for a Thanksgiving Day celebration with family and friends, we made a final push yesterday to clear the sunny yoga room of estate boxes I had decided were *easy* – or, the easiest emotionally of the three groups we triaged months ago in March/April (the other two groups include The Box Room […]

Vision to Learn

Thank God and Rejoice! To see a “Vision to Learn” making a difference segment on NBC tonight warms my heart. In my early 20’s I decided to volunteer at home in the USA rather than the Peace Corps – because people in our country don’t have the eyeglasses they need. I hope this organization will […]