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Our Mission
BayPath Elder Services, Inc.'s mission is to be a trusted partner in providing an array of services and programs to older adults, caregivers, and persons with disabilities to support their independence and dignity.

BayPath offers home care and related services enabling people to live independently and comfortably in their homes while promoting their well-being and dignity. 
 
Founded in 1977 as a nonprofit corporation, BayPath has 40 years of experience serving and advocating for the needs of older adults as a designated Massachusetts Aging Services Access Point and a designated Area Agency on Aging.  
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Our Services
Our Service Area
BayPath Elder Services, Inc. serves the following communities:

Ashland
Dover
Framingham
Holliston
Hopkinton
Hudson
Marlborough
Natick
Northborough
Sherborn
Southborough
Sudbury
Wayland
Westborough  
Welcome Aboard
BayPath continues to expand to meet the needs of its consumers and programs, and this month the agency has welcomed two new faces to our staff.
 
Jennifer Baker comes aboard as a Case Manager in the Adult Family Care Program, while Claire Nagelschmidt joins the Senior Care Options department as a GSSC.

Congratulations and welcome aboard.

SCO Supervisors
Senior Care Options (SCO) and One Care Senior Manager Kate Cosseboom checks in with some staffing news from her department.
 
"Though we have had a lot of change we have been hard at work looking to the future of our department and I am happy to announce that I have filled our two open supervisor positions with current BayPath employees," Cosseboom writes.  "Please join  me in congratulating Suzanne Menard and Manny Lancara!"
 
Menard had been serving as a Waiver Specialist in Home Care. She originally came to BayPath in August, 2014 as a Home Care Case Manager and has a background in Behavior Therapy and Education, and has previously held a supervisory position. 
 
Lancara had been serving as a SCO GSSC after joining BayPath in June of this year. He came to the agency with multiple years of case management and supervisory experience in both the mainland U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Congratulations to both for their well-deserved promotions.
Honoring Service
Nominations sought for Frances Borger Klempner Award
BayPath Elder Services, Inc. invites nominations for the 10th Annual Frances Borger Klempner Community Service Award. This memorial award will be given to an individual who has worked at the community level and exemplifies a spirit of civic engagement, community involvement, and support of elders.  
 
Nominees must live in Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, or Westborough. Nominees need not be associated with an agency or organization but must have demonstrated outstanding service to elders.  
 
The award will be presented at BayPath Elder Services' annual meeting breakfast on Tuesday, October 31, at The Marriott Courtyard in Marlborough. Please send nominations by Friday, October 6, to Lisa Kamyk, BayPath Elder Services, 33 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752, or fax to 508-573-7222. The name and contact information for those making nominations must be included along with a short narrative about why the nominee is being suggested for the award.
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Caregiver Corner
BayPath bringing Savvy Caregiver to more towns this fall 
Caregiving MetroWest Program Manager Douglas Flynn and BayPath Elder Services Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego completed the teaching of their second Savvy Caregiver workshop earlier this summer in Southborough.

The six-week training works with individuals caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia to help them better understand the disease, why it causes certain behaviors, how to better handle those behaviors and the need to take care of themselves as well as their loved one.

We'd like to thank the Southborough Senior Center and in particular Program Coordinator Peg Leonard and Outreach Coordinator Cynthia Beard for hosting the classes and congratulate all of the participants who completed the course and are now true Savvy Caregivers.

We will continue to offer the Savvy Caregiver workshop, as well as the Powerful Tools for Caregivers course that focuses more on caregiver self-care, throughout the MetroWest area. That includes plans for Savvy Caregiver workshops led by Flynn and Rego in Wayland this fall and Framingham in the spring.
 
If you are interested in attending an upcoming workshop or would like to host a class in your community, feel free to contact us at 508-573-7204 or dflynn@baypath.org.
 
BayPath Savvy Caregiver classes are also taught by MetroWest Regional CDSME Coordinator Silvia Bodie and several trained volunteers. They have upcoming workshops scheduled in Northborough (Tuesdays Sept. 19 to Oct. 24 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., call 508-393-5035 to register), Natick (Wednesdays Oct.4 to Nov. 8 from 2-4 p.m., call 508-647-6540 to register), Hopkinton (Wednesdays from Oct. 18 to Nov. 29 from 9:30-11:30 a.m., call 508-497-9730 to register) and Sudbury (Mondays, Oct. 30 to Dec. 11 from 9-11 a.m., call 978-443-3055 to register).  
September, 2017

AFC Caregiver Earns Honor
Moore earns prestigious award for work in AFC Program
Kellie Moore wasn't seeking recognition. She certainly wasn't expecting any awards. But sometimes doing the right thing does get rewarded.
 
A caregiver in BayPath's Adult Family Care Program, Moore has earned a prestigious award for her dedicated care. She has been chosen to receive a Community Living Recognition Award at the annual Massachusetts Shared Living/Adult Family Care Conference at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough on Sept. 26.
 
"I can't believe it," said Moore of the honor. "I'm still in shock right now. I had to have (the email notifying her) printed out because I can't believe it. I was like, 'Oh my goodness.' I'm flattered. I've never won an award before. So I thank you guys so much. I'm so excited."
 
Moore has been caring for Arthur Schneider for more than four years, the first two as a personal care attendant and the last two as his designated caregiver in the AFC Program. In 2015, she welcomed Schneider into her Framingham apartment in 2015 when he otherwise would have had to move into a long-term care facility.
 
Their time together has helped Schneider, 63, show progress as he battles a number of serious health conditions, including Parkinson's Disease, mild cognitive impairment, anxiety and depression.
 
"I take him to all his doctors' appointments," said Moore. "I do everything, everything that needs to be done for Arthur. We do everything together. Where I go he goes. We're like glue."
 
Moore is just one of many dedicated caregivers who have made BayPath's AFC Program a success since its launch in 2015, and Moore is hoping to see even more people become involved in it.
 
"I like the AFC Program, I really like it," said Moore. "I only wish I had a house so I could take on a couple more clients. It's really rewarding. And (Schneider) does really well here, being in a home and not in a nursing home."
 
Moore, who was nominated for the award by BayPath AFC Registered Nurse Diane Quigley and BayPath AFC Case Manager Nancy Stephens, added that she would recommend becoming an AFC caregiver to others as well, though she admits it is a big responsibility to take on.
 
"I would tell them to join (the AFC Program)," said Moore, who gets help in caring for Arthur from her fiancé, Issiah Bradley. "But not everybody can do this. A lot of people tell me, 'I don't know how you do this. I could never do that. Your whole life changes around.' Which it does. You make a big commitment when you do the AFC Program, but I really like it. It's rewarding."
 
For more information about BayPath's AFC Program, check out our website or contact AFC Program Manager David Atupem at 508-573-7373 or datupem@baypath.org.

Kellie Moore (right) with AFC Program consumer Arthur Schneider.
Celebrate with Us
Agency will mark 40 years of service with annual breakfast
BayPath Elder Services will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year at its annual meeting and breakfast, with this year's theme of "40 Years: Building for the Future."

This year's event will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott (75 Felton St, Marlborough, MA 01752) on Tuesday, October 31 from 8-10 a.m.

The event will feature recognition of community service award winners, a continental breakfast and guest speakers, including a keynote speech by Rosanne DiStefano, former Executive Director of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley.

The cost to attend is $25 per person. If you are interested in attending, please call Ellen Peters at 508-573-7200. RSVPs are requested by Friday, Oct. 20. 
Generous Support 
Stop & Shop donation helps BayPath maintain food pantry for consumers in need
With help from generous donations, BayPath has stocked an in-house food pantry for more than 10 years to provide seniors in our 14-community catchment area with shelf-stable foods when they are in need. 

The latest helping hand to this worthy cause has come to us from Stop & Shop New England, which recently donated $400 worth of gift cards to use to stock the food pantry.

Whether a senior calls and says they are hungry and their benefits ran out or they have returned home fro m an extended hospital stay to an empty pantry and refrigerator, BayPath staff always volunteer to pack a nutritionally balanced bag of food to deliver to them to get them through.
 
The Pantry is overseen by the Nutrition Department and is stocked with low sodium foods, diabetic friendly foods, protein rich foods like canned tuna, chicken, beans and peanut butter, as well as canned fruits and vegetables.

The Pantry is stocked by generous donations from individuals and businesses through food drives, grocery store gift card donations and other donations. The $400 donation from Stop & Shop New England will help us keep the pantry stocked through the fall.

We would like to express our gratitude to Stop & Shop New England for their generous donation. Thank you for helping us help those in need.
Our food pantry is stocked, thanks to generous donors like Stop & Shop.
Planning for the Future
Public hearing on BayPath's 2018-2021 Area Plan Sept. 22
As required by the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, BayPath Elder Services will be holding a public hearing for interested parties in order to obtain verbal and/or written comments from the community regarding the proposed Four Year 2018-2021 Area Plan.

The area plan includes prioritization of needs and strategies to develop a comprehensive and coordinated network of services for elders within the 14-town BayPath area.

As one of the 23 Area Agencies on Aging within Ma ssachusetts, BayPath is responsible through federal government funding, for the planning and coordination of services for elders 60+ years of age living within the following communities: Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, and Westborough.
 
The public hearing will be held at BayPath Elder Services, 33 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA on September 22, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Copies of the draft area plan can be obtained at   www.baypath.org  or by calling 508-573-7346. To R.S.V.P. or to request special accommodations for the public hearing, please contact Fran Bakstran at fbakstran@baypath.org or 508-573-7346.
Mission Springs Celebrates in Style
The Tune Timers perform at Mission Springs' 20th anniversary celebration.

Mission Springs celebrates its 20th anniversary in style with gala dinner at the supportive housing residence in Holliston

Mission Springs celebrated its 20th anniversary!

On August 16, the residents were treated to a catered dinner by TJs in Ashland to mark this momentous occasion. They also heard a wonderful concert by The Tune Timers, a senior band that plays in many venues including the Holliston Senior Center.

Mission Springs is co-sponsored by BayPath and The Community Builders (TCB). In attendance for the anniversary celebration were BayPath's Executive Director Christine Alessandro and TCB's President and CEO Bart Mitchell. The Mission Springs Board was well represented by Kathy Nealon, Jon Juhl, Allen Goldberg and Suzanne Shannahan. A great time was had by all, and we look forward to 20 more years!
 
-- Submitted by Julia Schneiderman, Mission Springs Resident Services Coordinator    
 
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Hannaford Helping BayPath Fight Hunger
BayPath's Meals on Wheels program chosen as beneficiary for Hannaford's Cause Bag program to help fight hunger 
We are happy to share that BayPath Elder Services, Inc.'s Meals on Wheels program has been chosen by the Marlborough Hannaford (193 Boston Post Road West) as the latest beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program.

Every time the specially designed reusable Fight Hunger bag is purchased at the Marlborough Hannaford during the month of September, we receive $.25. Please visit the store, find the reusable bag rack and buy the Fight H unger bag with the message "This bag has helped feed someone in need."
 
We thank Hannaford for helping to support Meals on Wheels, which is part of our Elder Nutrition Program. The Elder Nutrition Program at BayPath is one of 26 nutrition programs throughout the state of Massachusetts. These programs collectively serve over 8.5 million meals to seniors each year.
 
Nutrition services help to address a number of challenges faced by seniors, including poor diets, health problems, food insecurity, and loneliness. Nourishing meals, as well as nutrition screening, assessment, education, and counseling help to ensure that older adults attain and maintain optimal nutritional status.
 
The meals are delivered to seniors who are unable to leave their homes due to illness, disability, or frailty. The purpose of the program is to encourage better health, reduce isolation and promote independence.
October Banquet Kicks Off LGBT Initiative
Framingham State and BayPath hosting "Pride Across Generations" intergenerational LGBTQ+ banquet on October 11 
In recognition of National Coming Out Day, Framingham State University has partnered with BayPath Elder Services to plan an evening of dinner, dialogue, and entertainment to celebrate the varied journeys, lived experiences, and accomplishments of the LGBTQ+
community across all living generations.  
 
Join us as we acknowledge the efforts and strides of each generation to promote equity, challenge structural and systemic barriers to equality, and to simply live truthful and authentic lives.
 
The event, "Pride Across Generations: LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Banquet on National Coming Out Day," will take place on Wednesday, October 11 from 5-8 p.m. at Framingham State University, in The Forum, McCarthy Student Center. Kristin Eck, WBZ traffic specialist, will be our highlighted guest, and will share her incredible journey. 
 
The event is open to all but BayPath is especially reaching out to older adults in the LGBT community to attend this kickoff event for BayPath's new LGBT Initiative. This is a free event, and complimentary tickets can be obtained by going to the Eventbrite website. Advance tickets will also be available in the FSU Game Room or through BayPath Elder Services by contacting Cindy Getchell at getchell@baypath.org or 508-573-7288.  
 
This will be an evening of great food, laughter and entertainment, with an intergenerational panel of speakers who will be sharing their stories, so please join us.
 
Thank you for taking the time to look through our newsletter, and please check out our website, www.baypath.org. Have news, information or feedback from a client that you want to see in our next newsletter? Let us know


BayPath Elder Services, Inc. is a member of the MetroWest ADRC,  
a partnership with HESSCO and the MetroWest Center for Independent Living.
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