2016-07-15 / Letters

Unique dementia resource available

To the editor:

Here in southern Maine, hundreds of people and their families are dealing with one of the 80-plus forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

If you’re one of these families, you have a unique resource here in York County. Right on Route 1 in Downtown Kennebunk, at the corner Main and Grove streets next to Perfecto’s, you’ll find an unassuming storefront.

Inside you’ll discover a most comfortable and elegant “Place to Gather” for anyone with dementia along with his or her care-partner.

Director Sally Tartre, her family, and volunteers offer conversation, guidance, understanding, acceptance and emotional support for this life-changing condition.

A Place to Start also provides information on legal and personal resources, coping with day-to-day living, and considerations for the future.

Its staff can even advise you on adult day care and residential facilities.

And then there are the activities.

This month my wife and/or I will participate in a luncheon, a watercolor class, a presentation by a neurologist, and a hand and neck massage, all complimentary. In addition we can bring a lunch to Roger’s Pond in Kennebunk any Wednesday and walk, relax, and socialize with other care-partners and their loved-ones.

I’ve talked with many specialists and support groups from around the country who find it almost incredible that a nonprofit like this exists in the U.S., let alone in Maine.

If your family is dealing with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia, I encourage to go online to aplacetostartfordementia.org, view the A Place to Start Facebook page or call them at 502-7238.

If your family is not dealing with dementia, be grateful and consider lending your support … either financially, by offering an activity, or by just calling to say ‘thank you.’

Jack Savona
Kennebunkport

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