Mary Baum is an expert in Alzheimer’s care with 20 years experience in assisted living and long-term care settings in Massachusetts. She has served as Program Director of the Compass Memory Support NeighborhoodⓇ at Concord Park in Concord, MA since 2003. She has a BA in Psychology from University of Massachusetts and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Mary was instrumental in the development of several innovative programs that her company, Senior Living Residences of MA, implemented in all of their Memory Support Neighborhoods. The Reconnections Program, a curriculum-based adult learning program is based on research that cognitive stimulation may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and recognizing that individuals with memory loss still have the desire and ability to enjoy learning. The Lifetime Achievement Award, by conferring personal recognition and dignity to individuals with memory loss, offers an antidote to the isolation and anonymity they experience.
On a personal level, Mary came face to face with the disease she is expert in treating when her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She knows firsthand that professional knowledge does not make you immune to the emotional impact of that diagnosis, and her own personal experience has intensified her commitment to helping individuals and families cope with dementia.