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Swampscott is working hard to create an Age and Dementia Friendly town.  This initiative is called Forget Me Not.  Over the past few months, town staff have been trained to better understand dementia and learn how to address people who might be living with compromised cognition.  Library staff, Police, Fire, Senior Center staff and Town Hall staff have been trained using the Massachusetts Dementia Friendly curriculum.

We are now working with local businesses and organizations to become more understanding of the needs faced by our older family and friends who may be living with dementia.

Today three local restaurants have stepped up to be our pilot sites.  We are thrilled to be working with the owners, staff and management teams to ensure better understanding of the needs and challenges faced by people who may be frailer and/or have dementia.

Cafe Avellino at 242 Humphrey Street is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30-2:30 for special times that will be quieter and more accommodating to people living with dementia.  Thanks to Teresa her hard work, understanding and passion for this cause.

Mission on the Bay at 141 Humphrey Street recommends the best time to bring your loved one who is living with dementia is during the week, midafternoon. There are special spaces in their large dining room that are quieter.

Periwinkles Food Shoppe at 540 Loring Ave in Salem is also very excited to pilot this initiative. Ann and her staff are being trained to ensure your loved ones receive special attention and direction to make your time there as enjoyable as possible.  Ann recommends you visit Periwinkles from 3-5 in the afternoon for the quietest, calmest times.

 

We are thrilled to have the support of Seaglass Village volunteers who will help us roll out this endeavor. A very special THANK YOU goes out to Lauren Shaw and Siobhan McDonald for all their efforts in providing the training.

Please visit this page as we expand the list of businesses and organizations and to learn more about this work.

Special thanks to the Massachusetts Councils on Aging for a grant that makes this program possible.

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