Age & Dementia Friendly
Cape Ann

Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann takes intentional steps to create a supportive, welcoming environment where all residents, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, health status, or socio-economic background can thrive.

The Day After Yesterday: Portraits of Dementia

An Exhibition by Joe Wallace

Portraits on Display at SeniorCare Dec 2021 – Jan 2022

This exhibit has moved to the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library, located at 2 Dale Avenue in downtown Gloucester.

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2019-2022 ACTION PLAN

The Age & Dementia Cape Ann (ADFCA) Action Plan represents a broad range of goals and potential strategies.


Check here for updated information on what’s happening on Cape Ann and beyond to make the world more Age & Dementia Friendly.


Engaging with a broad coalition of stakeholders to strengthen community supports and increase inclusion for people of all ages and abilities. 

Why Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann?

According to the Massachusetts Health Aging Collaborative, over 32% of Cape Ann residents are age 60 or older. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2030, 40% of residents of Cape Ann will be age 60+
and in Rockport, almost half. The time for planning how the communities of Cape Ann
can make adjustments in order to best accommodate these demographic shifts is now.
This will be a permanent demographic change and impacts residents both today and in the future.

Cape Ann Residents
age 60 and over today

Projected Residents
age 60 and over
by 2030

Projected Rockport
Residents over 60
by 2030

Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann

Cape Ann community leaders discuss the importance of this initiative

Thank you to 1623 Studios for producing this video.

ADFCA News & Events

Friends & Dementia

May 13, 2022 I recently received a letter that touched my heart. “Dear Ms. Arabian, I’ve always read your columns with interest. However, maybe someday you could write about the[…]

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Rockport to Host Regional Kick-Off of Walk Massachusetts Challenge

Apr 5, 2022 The Rockport Council on Aging is pleased to announce that the Town of Rockport will serve as host for the regional kick-off of the Walk Massachusetts Challenge,[…]

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WellFest 2022

WellFest– a Greater Cape Ann Community Wellness FairSunday, May 15, 2022, 11am-2pmGlen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA7 Gloucester Crossing Rd, Gloucester, MA This event will showcase the Cape Ann region’s[…]

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Special Acknowledgement

Support for this initiative was provided in part by a grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation