The BayPath Bulletin
News | Events | Resources

June 2020
We empower individuals across the lifespan to live with 
dignity and independence in the community setting of their choice 
by providing quality resources and services.
June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month!
June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month.

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is dedicated to generating increased conversations, donations, and public awareness about the disease. The goal is to raise funding for prevention, early detection, continued research, and enhanced care support.

Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Join the Alzheimer's Association in going purple and raising awareness this June.
Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter offers numerous online education classes on a variety of topics related to Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
  • More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million.
  • Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the united states.
  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • In 2020, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $305 billion. By 2050, these costs could rise as high as $1.1 trillion.
  • More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
  • These caregivers provided an estimated 18.6 billion hours of care valued at nearly $244 billion.
  • 82% of primary care physicians say they are on the front lines of providing dementia care.
  • 50% of primary care physicians believe that the medical profession is not ready for the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.
  • Between 2000 and 2018, deaths from heart disease have decreased 7.8%, while deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased by 146%.
Share the facts and join the fight!
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Share your Story!
Be part of the Alzheimer's Association gallery by sharing a photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #ENDALZ or #EndAlzheimers . Follow them at  @alzassociation or follow us @baypathelder to stay tuned in to all the ways you can take action in June and throughout the year.
Virtual support for those with Alzheimer's or another dementia
Online options that support the patient and their family caregiver!
Offered by the Alzheimer's Association in New England, Alz Here for You, is a hub for all COVID-19 related resources and programs. This site includes COVID-19 tip sheets, virtual programs (including specialized support groups and education programs), and social engagement offerings for people living with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter can help you in many ways. They offer a variety of programs and services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their family and friends. These programs and services provide information, education, support, and guidance for every stage of the Alzheimer’s journey. Due to the generosity of their donors, most programs and services are free.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, most classes are now offered online. The topics cover every stage of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

The Helpline is available 24/7, (800) 272.3900,
The Helpline open to everyone and offers trained professionals that are available day and night to assist and guide you on all aspects of dementia.
BayPath can help you over the phone to live a healthier life!
Tele-Health - Healthy Living Workshops

MY LIFE, MY HEALTH, CHRONIC DISEASE SELF-MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP!
Brought to you via phone conferencing sessions!

1) Weekly sessions - Tuesday's from 1-2 p.m., starting this summer
2) Weekly sessions - Wednesday's from 1-2 p.m., starting this summer

Are you living with a physical or mental health condition such as  diabetes heart disease , asthma, COPD,  cancer arthritis depression , anxiety,  chronic pain , or other ongoing health condition? Then this workshop is for you!

Learn how to manage your health and improve your well-being. This FREE six-week workshop helps you devise a personalized approach to managing  chronic illness  symptoms on a daily basis. Topics include:
  • Exercise and nutrition
  • Managing pain & fatigue
  • Dealing with difficult emotions and depression
  • Making informed decisions regarding medications and treatment decisions

For more information and to sign-up today: 
Please call  Renee D’Argento , Healthy Living Program Coordinator at  978-807-3875 or via email rdargento@baypath.org
Take pride in your individual selves!
June is Pride Month!

Why was June selected as Pride Month?
According the Library of Congress website, LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan and to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

BayPath is Proud every day!
BayPath Elder Services, Inc.'s mission is to empower individuals across the lifespan to live with dignity and independence in the community setting of their choice by providing quality resources, and services. As part of that mission, BayPath strives to provide the very best information, resources and supports to LGBTQ+ older adults and their allies living in MetroWest.

For more information on our LGBTQ+ Initiative, call Program Coordinator Julie Nowak on BayPath's confidential LGBTQ+ phone line at 508-573-7288 or email Julie at jnowak@baypath.org. 
Up coming LGBTQ+ and SOFFA online meet-ups
NEW!! THE DUNE SHACK
A Virtual Art Space

YOU are warmly welcome to visit us on Zoom and have some creative fun by visiting our NEW virtual art-space and make something wonderful!

The Dune Shack is a chill, cozy space where you can work on a project in progress or spark your imagination with a fun weekly art project that you can make with materials you already have at home! The first week we made some imaginary friends! The second week we created art that represented the adventures we have had - or would like to have!

Follow us at Pathways of BayPath on Facebook to see when the next class is scheduled! It's a lot of fun and you do not have to be artistic to join. The Dune Shack it is about a shared camaraderie, while doing something creative!

Not sure how to use Zoom? Contact Julie Nowak , LGBTQ+ Initiative program coordinator at 508-573-7288 (direct line w/voicemail) or jnowak@baypath.org, and she will be delighted to walk you through the easy set-up. You can also use Zoom on a smartphone, or just dial in and listen to the fun!
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - June 15, 2020
We all deserve to lead happy and healthy lives free from abuse as we age, yet older people are mistreated more often than we think.

Elder abuse includes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, caretaker neglect, financial exploitation, and self-neglect. According to the National Council on Aging , approximately  1 in 10 Americans aged 60+  have experienced some form of  elder abuse . Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated that  only 1 in 14  cases of abuse are reported to authorities.

To make a report of elder abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, and self-neglect, please call the Protective Services Central Intake Unit at  1-800-922-2275 . The Unit is available to accept your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All protective services reports are confidential. Elder Protective Services can only investigate cases of abuse where the person is age 60 and over.
#WEAAD
A special thank you to the COA of Framingham, MA!
Donating a surplus of masks to seniors in need!

Grace O’Donnell , Director of Elder Services at the Council on Aging/Callahan Center, Framingham, reached out to our Nutrition Director, Denise Menzdorf, about providing reusable cloth masks to the seniors who receive home delivered meals from BayPath. 

This collaboration netted over 150 masks for our vulnerable seniors. Each mask was thoughtfully enclosed in a plastic Ziploc bag with a flyer from the Department of Public Health, advising people to wash them before and after each use and the proper way to wear them/remove them to avoid exposure. They came in both men's and lady's sizes.

The masks for BayPath were provided by Marybeth Crocci and a group of individuals who make up   MBs Mask Buddies. The group is working together to make cloth face masks during the COVID-19 pande mic. It is formed by those skilled at sewing and others who help in additional ways. The group is dedicated  to doing what they can to help those in need and build a sense of community at a time when it is so sorely needed. BayPath and our consumers greatly appreciate your support Mask Buddies! Thank you!

To date, the City of Framingham has received many donations of handmade cloth masks, and has distributed a few hundred to our seniors. Thank you, Framingham!
A BayPath update on COVID-19
Mass.gov

June 11, 2020
Funding to support food security across the Commonwealth
The Baker-Polito Administration announced that $41 million has been allocated to address urgent food insecurity for Massachusetts residents as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding implements the recommendations of the Food Security Task Force, which was convened by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center in response to increased demands for food assistance. The goal is to ensure that individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth have access to fresh, local food. 

June 9, 2020
Data collection act to minimize health disparities within the State of Massachusetts
Governor Charlie Baker has filed “An Act to Ensure the Collection of COVID-19 Data,” which will build on legislation recently signed by the governor to expand data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 has taken a tremendous toll on the residents of the Commonwealth and has disproportionately impacted certain populations including, communities of color and older residents. We have moved to file this bill quickly to ensure that entities are required to report to the Department of Public Health in a timely way, and look forward to working with the Legislature to pass these updates to help further address the health disparities affecting these communities,” said Governor Baker.
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BayPath Elder Services

BayPath Elder Services remains in close contact with the   MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs , the   Department of Public Health , and other state and local agencies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to follow their guidance, as well as the CDC recommended best practices. We are also in close communication with our extensive network of in-home service providers and community partners during this crisis. While the majority of our staff are continuing to work from home, we have systems in place to continue to deliver our services, and home delivered meals. A s previously mentioned, BayPath will continue to update our website and social media platforms as rapidly as possible.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and always, your friends at BayPath are here for you.  Here is a list of folks at BayPath that are always happy to talk, listen, and offer suggestions that may help:

BayPath’s Information and Referral team: 
I&R@baypath.org  | 508-573-7200

Caregiver Specialist, Donna Murray: 
dmurray@baypath.org  | 508-572-7239 

LGBTQ+ Initiative Coordinator, Julie Nowak:  
jnowak@baypath.org  | 508-573-7288

Healthy Living Coordinator, Renee D'Argento: 
rdargento@baypath.org  | 508-573-7214 

Elder Community Care Triage Coordinator, Edmilse Diaz:
ediaz@baypath.org  | 508-573-7237

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