Topsfield Fair Becomes First Dementia Friendly Fair in the Country on its 200th Anniversary

Sep 20, 2018

On it’s 200th anniversary, the Topsfield Fair, the olderst agricultural fair in the country, will also be the first to become “Dementia Friendly.”

Hundreds of staff and volunteers who will be working at the Topsfield Fair have been trained to recognize the signs of dementia and to assist seniors and their caregivers so they can enjoy all the fair has to offer.

A link on the Topsfield Fair website (¬†will lead caregivers to a “Dementia Friendly (DF) Fair Map” identifying a direct path to highlights, restrooms, Dementia Friendly food vendors and Dementia Friendly visitor tips.

According to a local news article, “not only will fairgoers find enhancements that make it easier for people with dementia and their caregivers to navigate the grounds, but they will also be greeted by staff who have been trained to be dementia-friendly.”

For more information, see the press release from the Topsfield Fair published in the Peabody Patch.