Providing Hope, Help & Guidance for Alzheimer’s

and  Dementia Families

                                             We can help….we have been there.

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A Special Message From Sally!

This year has presented us all with it’s fair share of ups and downs but we want to take the time to convey our gratitude!  We are entering our 9th year at A Place to Start and we are so thankful for all the families, the volunteers, supporters and sponsors who have helped us along the way!  It is with your continued support that we are able to connect with and guide the families of our community!

Connie and her daughters

Connie and her daughters

A Place to Start 

is a non-profit organization started with a mission of hope, help and guidance for families living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Connie and her daughters

Connie’s kids – Sally, Donna, Dave, Kate and Mary



We help you develop specific and individualized care plans for living with the diagnosis of dementia. And we offer mentorship, navigation, guidance, planning, support and understanding for coping with alzheimer’s disease.

A Place to Start is a way for our family to continue a passionate cause in honor of our dear mother, Connie, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. As a family who has journeyed down the uncertain path of dementia and Alzheimer’s, we hope to help and guide other families living with the disease.

We can help – we’ve been there.



A Place to Start offers all assistance and guidance at no cost to the family!


We aim to provide guidance to family caregivers by creating a personalized course of action for the care of your loved one.

In our experience, dementia is an ever-changing disease for your loved one and your family. There are always new issues, situations, and emotional support needs that arise. We want to help take some of the stress of the unknown away —-> let’s make a plan!

How can we help?

The journey is easier if you know where you are going……

A Place to Start will assemble a list of available resources that pertain to your specific needs such as….

Assisted Living Communities: A Place to Start will provide their services to ACCOMPANY you on tours of local assisted living communities for your loved one. (We have found this to be very helpful for families to guide them gently through this process.)

Help organize Medical and Legal Documents: Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive, Medication lists, Family and Emergency contact lists, etc.

• Help connect you with reputable local in-home care for your loved one.

• Introduce you to Adult Day Programs in your area.

• Help you find local support groups to attend.  A Place To Start offers monthly support groups (check our calendar!)

• Suggest books that help you understand what is happening to your loved one so you can be an informed caregiver. Suggest books that help provide information tools on Caregiver Wellness…..a very important piece of this journey.

• Sit down with families to listen, make a plan, and show you how you can live with this diagnosis and have some wonderful memories and moments with your loved ones!

What is “A Place to Gather”?

A Place to Gather continues to carry out A Place to Start’s mission of providing free support for Alzheimer and Dementia families.
A Place to Gather provides community involvement through programming which includes snack & chat social hours, luncheons, music therapy, drop-in hours for caregivers and loved ones, a lending library, support groups and so much more.
This is the power of gathering. 
It inspires us – delightfully – to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful:  in a word, more ALIVE.
~Alice Waters~

Feel free to stop in and say hi!  We are a friendly, safe, and healing “Place to Gather”!