SUMMER 2021 NEWSLETTER | THE BAYPATH BULLETIN
BayPath's Allison Park receives state award
On June 23, BayPath Elder Services Nutrition Supervisor Allison Park was announced as a 2021 Commonwealth Heroine Award recipient

Allison’s work for Meals on Wheels is an invaluable service combatting senior hunger and isolation—critical issues that have worsened during the pandemic. We’re fortunate in MetroWest to have such a dedicated and compassionate leader in our community,” wrote State Rep. Maria Robinson, who nominated Allison for this honor.
As Nutrition Supervisor for BayPath, Allison ensures that the seniors of MetroWest who are unable to leave their homes receive daily nutritious meals. These meals, delivered by a volunteer who provides a friendly visit and safety check, help keep seniors socially connected while maintaining their independence.

[Source: The above is an excerpt from an article in the Framingham Source.]
A Spotlight on the Vital Programs at BayPath
In each edition of the BayPath Bulletin, we showcase a different BayPath program and how it helps serve our consumers and local communities. This month we are shining a light on our Adult Family Care Program (AFC).
What is Adult Family Care?
The Adult Family Care Program (AFC) provides eligible individuals who are already MassHealth Standard or MassHealth CommonHealth members with the opportunity to choose their caregiver and self-direct their care. The caregiver can be a friend, a hired professional, or a family member (except for a spouse or legal guardian) who is willing to reside in the same private residence as the care recipient.   

To be eligible, you must need assistance with one or more activities of daily living, and your selected caregiver then becomes responsible for providing support with your needs. In exchange, the designated caregiver receives a monthly stipend.

How does BayPath support the program?
Monthly, the member and the caregiver receive a visit from members of the BayPath AFC team. They provide individualized education and training to the caregiver and monitor the member's level of care. In this way, the AFC team can work in unison with the consumer and their caregiver to ensure that daily needs are met with consistency and that the home environment remains safe.  

Additionally, members enrolled in the BayPath AFC program are eligible to attend adult day health programs and receive skilled nursing and rehab services from a home health agency and hospice. The AFC team helps coordinate these services with other care agencies to ensure that our consumers get every support they need.
Sharing the Love - a donation for BayPath's Meals on Wheels
#SharetheLove. Making an Impact - Meals on Wheels and Subaru.

The Results are in! As a Member of Meals on Wheels America, BayPath's Home Delivered Meals program was eligible to participate in the 2020 Subaru of America, Share the Love® Event. BayPath's Nutrition Supervisor, Allison Park, worked closely with MetroWest Subaru's General Manager, V.J. Donnelly, and his team to meet the requirements for donation eligibility. As a result, BayPath Elder Services, Inc. is the proud recipient of $6,218.43 for our Elder Nutrition / Meals on Wheels program!

From all of us at BayPath, we send a big thank you to Subaru of America and MetroWest Subaru for your continued support of BayPath's Meals on Wheels program and our effort to help MetroWest older adults stay independent and healthy. 
Each year, for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased through the Subaru Share the Love® Event, Subaru of America generously donates $250 to the customer's choice of one of four national charities, including Meals on Wheels.
Over the past 12 years, Subaru of America's continued support through the Share the Love® Event has helped Meals on Wheels deliver more than 2.2 million meals to homebound seniors, specifically within the MetroWest community. 
New Website for the States Money Management Program
The Massachusetts Money Management Program (MMMP) announces a new website.

The MMMP is a free program for income-eligible individuals over 60, to help manage their day-to-day financial matters so that they can be as independent as possible in their communities.

The Massachusetts Money Management Program (MMMP) began in September 1991. Today, the MMMP is overseen by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) and Mass Home Care. The EOEA also sponsors the program along with local Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs). The statewide MMMP Program Coordinator is housed at Tri-Valley, Inc., and 21 ASAPs run the program across the state.
August is Vaccine Awareness Month
Vaccinations prevent serious disease
Every August is dedicated to National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), which is designed to highlight the importance of immunizations.

Vaccines are not just for kids.
Adults can protect themselves from serious diseases such as pneumonia, flu, shingles, or whooping cough, and now COVID-19. For example, if you have a preexisting condition, such as diabetes, getting the flu can make it harder to control your blood sugar (glucose). The CDC recommends that all adults speak with their primary care physicians to make sure they are up to date on doctor recommended vaccines.

To learn all the benefits of maintaining certain vaccinations, regardless of age, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Due to information on the coronavirus being updated frequently, we recommend that you stay up-to-date on local COVID-19 news at mass.gov, nationally at CDC.org and HHS.gov, and internationally at who.int.
Bloomin' For Good!
Throughout the month of August 2021, BayPath Meals on Wheels has been selected to receive a $1 donation from STOP & SHOP for every $10.99 Bloomin' 4 Good Bouquet with the red circle sticker sold at the Stop & Shop store located at 290 Turnpike Road in Westborough.
AGING WISDOM
"The best thing about being over 70 - is being over 70!"
~Helen Mirren
“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.”
~Jackie Joyner-Kersee
“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”
~John Lennon
MORE ABOUT US
BayPath Elder Services, Inc.
BayPath is a designated Massachusetts Area Agency on Aging and one of 26 Massachusetts Aging Services Access Points.

BayPath is dedicated to being a trusted partner, providing an array of services and programs to older adults and individuals of any age with disabilities who require support to maintain their independence.

BayPath's Information and Referral team are happy to answer your questions and direct you to the proper support. Call 508-573-7200 or visit
CareGivingMetroWest.org
Caregiving MetroWest, a BayPath program, offers extensive resources and information for family caregivers on our caregiving website: CareGivingMetroWest.org

BayPath also provides direct support for family caregivers through our Family Caregiver Support Program. Contact our Caregiving Specialist, Donna Murray, at 508-573-7239 or dmurray@baypath.org
The BayPath Family Caregiver Support Program and CaregivingMetroWest.org have been made possible by funding from the Older Americans Act as granted by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Participants may make a voluntary donation toward the cost of this federally funded service. Click here for more information.
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