"Rather than trying to bring the person with dementia back to reality, why not try to enter their reality....."
We would like to highlight our very dear friend, Gay Benshimol , and share with you why we think she is such a wonderful person and a great asset to our team!
She is always upbeat and ready to have a good time. Her smile lights up the room! She is kind and respectful with everyone and loves to spread happiness through her music. Back in the day, she was a camp counselor so singing around a campfire is second nature to Gay. Each month she starts us off with a theme...songs of the season, the weather, or a holiday! She likes asking for requests so people can sing along to the songs they love! She brings maracas and sticks so we can play along with her! She plays 'Name that Tune', 'Stump the Guitarist' and asks musical trivia questions!! For every correct answer, she tosses a mini candy bar our way!!  
She donates her time every month, and has been with us for a couple years now. She continues to put lots of smiles on our faces every time she visits. And if you ask Gay, she loves it as much as we do! We are so lucky to have such a thoughtful and generous person entertain us at A Place to Start.
Thank you so much for your time and for sharing your love of music with us!!!

So what do you do when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia?

It can be challenging to face a dementia diagnosis so here are some key questions that you should ask to help you and your family better understand the disease.
Early Stage Caregiving Tips
After a loved one has been diagnosed, it can be a difficult time of transition for both the person diagnosed and the caregiver. Below are some early stage tips for the caregiver--these are some useful tips on how to find balance between being a family member and a caregiver and preparing for the future.
LifeStages, a division of Northern Light Home Care and Hospice located in South Portland, offers a Hospital to Home program. This service offers fully screened caregivers who can bring you home from the hospital after a surgery, medical procedure or following a rehab stay. It also offers ongoing support to help keep you safe at home during recovery.
Learn more about Northern Light Home Care and Hospice HERE
Maine Center for Elder Law
Community Conversations.......
offering free informational conversations about Elder Law and how they can help you. These are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 12-12:45pm at their Kennebunk office.
What's Going On?

2nd Annual
APTS Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, June 15th, 2019!
The fun starts at 1pm.....prizes and social gathering to follow!!

Follow us on Facebook tos tay up to date with details on our super fun annual Scavenger Hunt around Kennebunk using the
Goosechase App!

(or get the flyer HERE )
You won't want to miss it!

**Register your team online HERE
or call 207-502-7238**
Join us on Wednesday, June 5 th  at 6:30pm for a presentation by the York County Bee Keepers Association where we will discuss bee keeping and the importance of bees as pollinators.
This event is sponsored by A Place To Start in partnership with the Kennebunk Land Trust. The event is rain or shine and free and open to the public.
Please RSVP by Monday, June 3 rd.

Please RSVP to:   kennebunklandtrust@gmail.com
or call the Kennebunk Land Trust Office at 207-985-8734.
Keep your eyes out for those May flowers (we promise they are coming)!!
Make sure to take a look at what we have in store for you!
Our May calendar is bright as the Spring Sun!!!
G  et your calendar HERE
Vintage Estate
Yard Sale

Saturday -- June 15th
(same day as Scavenger Hunt!)
9am - 2pm
Save the date and join us!
We will be having a yard sale at our office on Main Street, featuring donated, small and unique items from the '30's to the '70's.
All proceeds benefit APTS!
Want to donate or have questions: please contact Sally at sally@aplacetostartfordementia.org
We want to wish all moms a
Happy Mother's Day!!

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