Dementia Friendly Topsfield

Playing with colorful props at our "Dance into the New Year" Memory Cafe in January 2018
Playing with colorful props at our "Dance into the New Year" Memory Cafe in January 2018


To help make Topsfield a caring and supportive community for those residents living with dementia and their caregivers. 


Dementia Friendly Team Update (January 2018):

After much research, meetings (with the Alzheimer’s Association, state-level dementia support organizations, and people in key Topsfield organizations including our Police and Fire Chiefs and Veterans Service Officer), our Dementia-Friendly (DF) Team has determined the most effective approach to help Topsfield become a Dementia-Friendly community is through a three-pronged approach.  The three prongs are:

  • Raising Community Awareness 
  • Providing training to organizations/businesses
  • Providing additional Social Opportunities/Services for those living with dementia (to support the great work already being done by the COA and the  Rest-Stop-Ranch and Memory Café).

Progress is underway for Raising Community Awareness.  Last month Co-Chairs, Bette Cullinan and Lynne Bermudez, were among a team of eight people trained to provide Dementia Information Sessions to Topsfield residents.  They will be holding the first two Dementia Information Sessions on February 7th at the Topsfield Library Meeting Room at 10 AM and again at 7 PM.  At these sessions people will learn about the warning signs of dementia, how to interact with/help those living with dementia, and support services/resources that are available to help caregivers and those living with dementia.  A representative from the state (MA Dementia Friendly) will be attending to speak to available resources and support services. 

To register for a session, please call the COA RSVP Line:  (978) 887-6866.


Dance Out Dementia:  Train Your Brain with the Beat of Your Feet

Join Maggie for an 8 week Dance Class!

My name is Maggie, I’m a sophomore at Masco, and I am excited to say that my eight week dance course for my Girl Scout Gold Award Project begins this month!  Classes will be held at Trinity every Thursday afternoon from February 8th to March 29th, 2018. Each class will last 45 minutes and will run from 3:15 PM to 4:00 PM. My classes are designed for all levels, and there is no prior dance experience required. All of my classes will begin with a seated warm-up and then move on to standing exercises. However, the class is designed so that everything can be done seated if desired.  The classes will focus on tap dance and rhythmic movement. I am very excited to begin my dance classes, and I really hope to see you all there. If you have any questions about any of this, email me at:

Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and workout shoes (sneakers, etc.)

Check out my website for more information.


Dementia Friendly Team:

Lynne Bermudez                                                  Co-Chair, Topsfield COA Board Member

Bette Cullinan                                                        Co-Chair, Topsfield COA Board Member

Mary MacDonald                                                 Foundress of Rest-Stop-Ranch

                                                                                      Creative Director of Memory Cafes

Maggie Chiffer                                                      Candidate for Girl Scout Gold Award

Paula Burke                                                           Topsfield COA Executive Director


Dementia Friendly Partners:

Dementia Friendly Massachusetts

Dementia Friendly America

Dementia Friendly Global

Alzheimer's Association