Posted Mar. 16, 2016 at 2:43 PM
KENNEBUNK — A Place to Start is now open at 41 Main Street. The non-profit organization, started in 2012 to help families navigate living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, cut the ribbon in grand opening ceremonies on Wednesday, followed by an open house on Thursday, March 10.
Executive Director Sally Tartre helps families and caregivers develop individualized care plans for living with the diagnosis of dementia — all free of charge. The organization also offers mentorship, navigation, guidance, planning, support and understanding for coping with Alzheimer’s disease.
Inside the new space, A Place to Gather provides a relaxing, living room-style atmosphere that will allow for more community involvement.
“We’re so excited to now ‘live’ on Main Street,” said Tartre. “It is a friendly, safe, and healing environment for families. A Place to Gather is working on monthly programming and hopes to include the following: Snack and Chat social hours, music therapy, caregiver training and tips, drop in hours for caregivers and loved ones together, lending library, community training, and more.”
“Snack and Chat” is a new offering from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays and is open to Alzheimer’s and dementia families and caregivers to enjoy coffee and a snack with other families in the community.
Family and Caregiver Drop in Time is another new offering from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. No appointment is necessary.
As part of its regular services, a Place to Start will assemble a list of available resources that pertain to your specific needs, such as assisted living communities, organize medical and legal documents, connect with reputable in-home care agencies, adult day programs, support groups and books.
Tartre founded the organization in 2012 with the help of her two sisters after losing their mom to the complications related to Alzheimer’s in late 2011. The office was located on York Street before making the move to Main Street. Inside the new center is a space dedicated to Sally’s mom, Connie’s Corner, in remembrance of Connie Roux.
To contact A Place to Start, call 207-502-7238, email info@aPlaceToStartForDementia.org or visit www.aPlaceToStartForDementia.org. They are also on Facebook as A Place to Start, where the public may view pictures of the new space and find updates on programs.
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Kennebunk, Maine 04043