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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 three new faces joined our staff.

Patrick Murray has come aboard as our new PCA Manager, while Erica Ale  joins the SCO department as our newest GSSC and Lisa Hemphill Dubord is the latest registered nurse to join the agency.  
 
BayPath also welcomes two new summer interns this month, with Rose Nagelschmidt and Jenny Chick assisting the agency in a variety of ways in the coming months. 

Congratulations and welcome aboard.
New Roles
June has witnessed several familiar faces moving into new roles within the agency.

Long-time Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego has moved on to a new program. BayPath is partnering with the Seven Hills Foundation, other LTSS agencies and area Accountable Care Organizations in providing long-term services and supports for individuals on Medicaid. Rego will remain here at BayPath, now serving as the Long-Term Supports and Services Coordinator in the Massachusetts Care Coordination Network.

Caregiving MetroWest Program Manager Douglas Flynn has moved up to become Community Programs Manager, where he will oversee the Family Caregiver Support Program, Caregiving MetroWest, Healthy Living, Elder Community Care, our LGBT Outreach Initiative and our Housing sites in Marlborough, Framingham and Holliston. Rhonda Cotton will be one of staff members working in that department, as she moves up to become the Marlborough Supportive Housing Coordinator.

Congratulations to each of them as well.
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June, 2018

BayPath Board Elects New Officers
Patricia Tabloski announced as new BayPath Board President , other officers chosen for term starting in July
The BayPath Elder Services, Inc. Board of Directors has selected its new officers for the term beginning with the start of our fiscal year on July 1.

Patricia Tabloski, who represents the Sudbury Council on Aging on the Board, will take over as Board President, while George Barrette  from Westborough will serve as Vice President.
 
Rounding out the Board leadership group is new Treasurer Kathleen Nealon of Hopkinton and Clerk Doug Peck of Southborough. Tabloski had been serving as Vice President in the current term, while Barrette was serving as Treasurer. Nealon returns to the Board, where she is a past President as well. Carol DeRienzo will become past President. 
 
We congratulate our new Board officers and offer our appreciation to John Beeler of Sudbury, who served as Clerk. 
BayPath, Framingham State Host Gen Silent Showing
"Gen Silent" producer Joe Appelbaum (left), director Stu Maddux (center) and LGBT Aging Project director Lisa Krinsky field questions from the audience after a showing of their film at Framingham State on June 13.
Showing of moving "Gen Silent" documentary highlights BayPath LGBT Initiative's Pride Month celebrations
Our LGBT Initiative wishes everyone a very Happy Pride Month! Our team has been busy this Spring, training more than 70 BayPath colleagues with a presentation focused on increasing cultural competency with LGBT Elders, and understanding this community's unique challenges, concerns and strengths. Presented in a relaxed, conversational manner, these trainings have proven both educational and intriguing, provoking many illuminating conversations. 
 
Recently our team has begun offering the LGBT Elders Cultural Competency Training to other groups and organizations, including local ombudsmen. For more information about how to introduce this training to your staff, please email lgbtinfo@baypath.org or call 508-572-7288. 
 
Our ongoing Coffee & Conversation series continues to attract elders, allies, and healthcare professionals. All are welcome to join us, though you do not have to speak out! Recently our topics have revolved primarily (though not exclusively) around spirituality, and the response has been so positive that we are considering making this the subject of a bimonthly gathering. In the meantime, we welcome suggestions of topics to discuss!  Send your ideas and requests to Julie Nowak at jnowak@baypath.org.
 
Recently we had the honor of hosting director Stu Maddux and producer Joe Appelbaum for a public showing and discussion of their exceptional film "Gen Silent" on June 13 at Framingham State. The LGBT Aging Project at Fenway Health helped sponsor the evening, and director Lisa Krinsky joined the duo in offering remarks and insights into the film and current events concerning LGBT seniors. Attendees included old friends and new faces, and all were deeply engaged with the film, reacting audibly to its highs and lows and offering loud applause at its conclusion. We particularly would like to thank Kim Dexter from Framingham State University for making everything run smoothly and creating such a nice experience for everybody. 
 
As we  continue to celebrate Pride Month, our team is talking with various other groups in our communities who are offering LGBT-friendly events, and we are working to make connections with local agencies and institutions so that collectively we can offer more welcoming environments and lively events for our LGBT seniors and their friends.
 
SAVE THE DATE: October 11th is National Coming Out Day, and we'll be teaming up with Framingham State University again to present our Intergenerational Banquet! Join us for a celebration and consideration of many perspectives, from students' optimism to elders' wisdom.  

-- Submitted by Julie Nowak, LGBT Initiative Coordinator

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MetroWest Health Foundation Funds LGBT Program
BayPath LGBT Outreach Initiative awarded another year of funding after strong start to project in its inaugural year
Our LGBT Initiative got more good news this month, as the MetroWest Health Foundation awarded BayPath a grant to continue the program for a second year.
 
The Foundation approved BayPath's grant request, funding the project with a grant of $35,905 to be used between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.  
 
Led by LGBT Initiative Program Director Cindy Getchell and Coordinator Julie Nowak will continue in their respective roles as BayPath moves forward with its endeavor to build a sustainable relationship with the older adult LGBT community in MetroWest.  
 
The Initiative began its work this past year, creating a community Advisory Team, training agency staff in LGBT cultural competency, hosting events in the community and building a resource guide and database of LGBT friendly programs, services and organizations. That guide is expected to be completed later this month, and outreach efforts, trainings with the staff and outside organizations and community events will continue in the new fiscal year with the help of the Foundation's grant funding. We are very grateful for the Foundation's continued generous support in this worthy effort.  
 
Opportunities to collaborate with BayPath in this effort offer a way to help this population age with dignity and respect. Please contact BayPath for more information, to be on the mailing list, or learn how businesses or organizations can be part of this new project at 508-573-7288 or lgbtinfo@baypath.org.
Recognizing Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker addresses a packed house at the 7th Annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference on June 6, 2018 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough.
Educational Program for Family Caregivers
Savvy Caregiver workshop for those caring for a loved one with dementia being offered in Framingham this July
BayPath Elder Services, Inc. and the Framingham Council on Aging are offering the Savvy Caregiver Program this summer. 
 
The Savvy Caregiver Program is a FREE six-session training series for family and friends who are active caregivers of a loved one with Alzheimer's or a related dementia.
 
The workshop will be facilitated by trained and certified instructors from BayPath Elder Services and will be held at the Callahan Center (535 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA) on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. from July 9 to August 13, 2018.
 
The course will help participants understand the impact of dementia on both the person being cared for and the caregiver, learn skills to manage daily life and help you become an expert in caregiving for someone with Alzheimer's by learning the skills you need.
  
Savvy Caregiver will also help you:
 
- Take control and set goals.  
- Communicate more effectively.
- Strengthen family resources.
- Feel better about your caregiving.
- Take care of you.
 
For more information or to register for the workshop, call 508-532-5980. Class size is limited and registration is required.
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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