A couple of weeks ago, we were at an EXPO for NorthShore seniors, with the MA State Agency who oversees our Northeast Region: SeniorCare Inc. The CEO, Scott Trenti, said to me, “Mary, we haven’t been to your place yet!” I suggested he bring a group from the Gloucester, MA main office for a picnic. They came today, June 1, for a presentation, physical tour, and picnic. They shared they are interested in replicating what we’ve done, in terms of our wheelchair-accessible garden and Memory Café program, in the Gloucester/Cape Ann area. In the presentation, I shared our history, our four programs (Sunday Stroll, Memory Café, Group Support, Individual Support), and our mission, vision, and values. Edith Heyck, Rest.Stop.Ranch Manager, assisted me with hosting the group of six.
SeniorCare Team Picnic, with Edith Heyck, 6/1/18
It was a healing moment to host these state government representatives at our home and garden. The Dementia Friendly MA Movement means our state of MA government is now prioritizing support for families living with dementia and its effects. The local government now cares and shares our passion to make a difference. This is a great feeling of solidarity – we are no longer alone on the front line.
Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
Scott, Mary, Deborah, Michelle, Carrie, Dori: Caring faces of local state government