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is a national award-winning website devoted to family caregivers. The interactive site provides easy access to the comprehensive information, local resources and support you need to care for your loved ones. 
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As always, we would like to express our gratitude to Avidia Bank, our Community Partner whose generous support helps increase and enhance our efforts to support and assist area family caregivers.
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CaregivingMetroWest.org offers a lot of information and support for caregivers to learn HOW TO BE A CAREGIVER.



In each newsletter we will highlight an aspect  of our award-winning website. 

In this issue, in support of Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month, we are highlighting the Memory Cafe Resources Page

Memory cafes are a unique resource for caregivers and the loved ones they are caring for who have Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. 

The cafes encourage socialization with other caregivers and with your care recipient where you can just be yourself. It provides an opportunity to get out with your loved one and have an enjoyable morning or afternoon. 

Unlike caregiving support groups that are strictly for caregivers or adult day programs just for the care recipient, memory cafes offer a chance for the caregiver and care recipient to get needed respite and socialization while remaining together.

Alternatives in Alzheimer's Care owner, educator and consultant Tammy Pozerycki , MA, CADDCT, CFRDT,CDP, opened the first memory cafe in the state with the Create A Better Day Cafe in Marlborough, describes memory cafes as "a time to step out of the daily routine, leave the disease at the door, and enjoy a positive experience in a supportive environment. The afternoon will consist of entertainment, conversation, music, arts, games, refreshments, and most importantly, laughter."
 
Below is a listing of Memory Cafes in MetroWest. For the times / dates and the RSVP information; click here to go to our resource page

A Brighter Day Memory Cafe
Callahan  Center, Framingham, MA

The Comfort Food Caring Cafe
Sudbury  Senior Center

Clocktown Cafe
The Bagel Table,  Ashland, MA

Create a Better Day Cafe
Pleasantries Adult Day Services,  Marlborough, MA

Good Day Memory Cafe
Shrewsbury Public Library

The Red Raven Restaurant
Acton, MA 

Center at the Heights
Needham, MA

Our Time Memory Cafe
Hopkinton Public Library

Sunshine Cafe
Westborough Senior Center

Time Out Cafe
Marlborough Senior Center

Making Connections 
Memory Cafe
Worcester Senior Center

Looking for other memory cafes? JF & CS has a   Directory of Memory Cafes in Massachusetts .
Home Safety
Making a home safe for the care recipient  
Creating a safe environment is a vital component of caregiving, and is essential to helping your loved one stay in their home.

Some basic safety tips and  home modifications  can help create a better living environment, improve the quality of life and extend your loved one's ability to stay in their own home.

The cost of home improvements can be daunting.  However, there is financial help for Massachusetts residents seeking to make home safety modifications for elders or persons with a disability. The state-funded Home Modification Loan Program is offered by the Massachusetts  Rehabilitation
Commission. 

The program provides loans to make modifications to the primary, permanent residence of elders, adults with disabilities and families with children with disabilities to help allow them to remain in their homes and live more independently in their communities.

Our website offers more detailed information about the loan program and offers several additional resources to aid in your home safety renovations.  

For more information visit the  Home Safety and Modification  page of CareGivingMetroWest.org.
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Caregiving MetroWest serves the following communities:

Ashland, Bellingham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Medfield, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough. 

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Caregiving Support Programs in MetroWest
Available programs for Caregiver support
The informal support provided by  family caregivers  is vital but often underappreciated. It hasn't been totally ignored, however, and in fact support for family caregivers was formally written into law when the National Family Caregiver Support Program was established as part of the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2000.

The Administration on Aging notes that the program calls for all states, working in partnership with Area Agencies on Aging and local community service providers, can help assist family caregivers in a variety of ways, including:

1. Information to caregivers about available services.


2. Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to the services.


3. Individual counseling, organizing support groups, and caregiver training to assist caregivers in making decisions and solving problems related to their caregiving roles.


4. Respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities.


5. Supplemental services, on a limited basis, to complement the care provided by family caregivers.


Caregiver Support Programs in MetroWest:

Each of the four Massachusetts Aging Services Access Points ( ASAPs) serving communities in MetroWest offers a Caregiver Support Program:





For a complete list of available programs, locations, and eligibility information, visit our website by
June, 2019
Caregiving Seminar with Avidia Bank 
BayPath provides an Introduction to Caregiving Resources and Support to Avidia Employees

On May 29, 2019, BayPath's Community Programs Manager Douglas Flynn and Caregiver Specialist Karen Trilligan collaborated with BayPath's Community Partner, Avidia Bank, to provide a presentation to bank employees on what it means to be a caregiver and how they can get the support they need. 

Approximately 15 people attended, some of whom have been long-term caregivers, while others had recently assumed a caregiving role. 

Since a large portion of caregivers in the U.S. do not receive formal training, the presentation explained the CaregivingMetroWest.org website and the Family Caregiver Support Program, which provides support, resources, and training to caregivers at every stage of their journey.  




Savvy Caregiver Training
The Savvy Caregiver Program is a free, six-session training series for family and friends who are active caregivers of a person with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. The program builds up the caregiver's information and knowledge base in regard to the illness, teaching the skills to manage daily life, and helps participants gain the right perspective on caring for someone with dementia. 

This May,  BayPath's Caregiver Specialist Karen Trilligan and our Healthy Living Program Coordinator Renee D'Argento completed training and became certified to teach the Savvy Caregiver workshop. Renee and Karen are working on setting up the workshops in MetroWest in the upcoming months. 

If you are interested in taking this course or hosting a workshop call Karen at 508-573-7239.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for announcements.




Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
8th Annual Conference for 
Grandparents and  Care Providers 
Presented by:

BayPath Caregiving Specialist Karen Trilligan (left) with Governor Charlie Baker at the conference.
The conference took place on June 5th at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough MA,
with over 200 grandparents, relative caregivers, and service providers in attendance. BayPath contributed with an information table hosted by our Information and Referral team, while our Caregiving Specialist Karen Trilligan attended the workshops and speeches.

The conference provided several related workshops on topics ranging from understanding the disease of addiction, learning how to set healthy boundaries , cyber-safety, self- care  for the caregiver, and the benefits of inter-generational  activities. 
Statistical graphic was sourced from www.mass.gov. Source: [1] As of 2014 as per the American Community Survey 5 Year Census 2011-2015

The Keynot e  Speaker was Joanne Peterson , Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope, Inc., a member of the Massachusetts Health and Human Services Emergency Department, and part of the Governor's Special Commission to investigate licensed addiction treatment centers.

Other inspirational speakers included the Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, the First Lady of Massachusetts Lauren Baker, and Governor Charlie Baker, who delivered the closing address. 

Caregiving Tip of the Month 
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease
The following is the mission statement on the "About" page of  www.alz.org:

"The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health."

This month's caregiving tip is focused on the "support for all affected" portion of the above mission statement. Caring for someone with the disease is a highly complex undertaking and can often be overwhelming. Additionally, as Alzheimer's advances, it affects the the type of care that is required

The Alzheimer's Association offers comprehensive information to help you as a caregiver. Topics covered include: what to expect in each phase, your role as a care partner, understanding the emotions you may feel, how to take care of yourself while caregiving, ways to help the person with dementia live well. 

By understanding what the symptoms in each phase of the disease, it will help you develop a care plan appropriate to each level of progression and how you can offer support during each one.  Click b elow to view the corresponding info.
 
Additionally, CareGivingMetroWest.org has compiled numerous resources within the MetroWest area that will support you and your loved one with Alzheimer's or Dementia:  

This Caregiving Tip has been provided by:  Debra McDonagh, Social Media Coordinator and editor of our Caregiving Chronicles. You can reach Debra at 
(508) 573-7204 or dmcdonagh@baypath.org.
Celebrating June with Pride
Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in June to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. Through our LGBT Initiative, BayPath strives to always provide the very best information, resources and supports to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) older adults and their allies living in MetroWest in June and every month. 

Caregiving MetroWest also provides resources and support specifically tailored for LGBT caregivers. LGBT caregivers experience many of the same responsibilities, demands and rewards of caring for a loved one that all other caregivers experience. But LGBT caregivers and anyone caring for a loved one in the LGBT community also face some unique issues and concerns. Check out our section devoted to LGBT Caregiving for information, resources and links.

Mark your calendar! 
Join us on Friday, October 11, 2019 at our  3rd Annual Pride Across Generations Banquet, presented by BayPath in collaboration with Framingham State University.   Get your free tickets here.

Follow us on social media
Our Facebook page shares insightful articles , and provides announcements about our events  such as  "Coffee &  Celebration!" which occurs monthly and provides a safe space for open conversation (and cupcakes!).  

Free on-site training
Julie Nowak, our LGBT Initiative Coordinator, also brings our free Rainbow Programming  offsite to engage other agencies and community centers with our LGBT Elders Cultural Competency Training, or a simple LGBTQ&A that lets family members ask questions about how to support and use affirming language with a loved one who has recently "come out." 

Julie can be reached directly on BayPath's confidential LGBT phone line at 508-573-7288 or by email at jnowak@baypath.org.
June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
GO PURPLE!
Since purple is the official color of the Alzheimer's movement,  is asking that you spread the word by saturating your community in purple to help the word.

They have provided several ways for companies and individuals alike to get involved and  GO PURPLE!

You can help immensely by just sharing the message on Facebook or Twitter:

Upcoming Events
Some of the events in the MetroWest area include:

Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer's disease.
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Weston Council On Aging
20 Alphabet Ln,  Weston, MA 02493
Registration required. Call  (800) 272-3900

Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. Join us to learn how to recognize common signs of the disease; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis; possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer's Association resources.
Date: Monday, August 19, 2019
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Worcester Senior Center
128 Providence Street 2nd Floor Conference Room
Worcester, MA 01604
Registration required. Call (800) 272-3900

For more Alzheimer's Association seminars in your area click here:   COMMUNITY RESOURCE FINDER
Callahan Center Support Groups - 2019

Bereavement Support Group:
Second & Fourth Tuesdays of every month, 1-2:30 p.m.

Better Breathers' Support Group:
Second Wednesday of every month (except August), noon

Caregivers' Support Group:
Fourth Wednesday of every month, 1 p.m.

Evening Caregiver Support Group
Second Wednesday of every month, 6-7 p.m.

Low Vision Group
Third Wednesday of every month, 1-2:30 p.m.

Parkinson's Support Group:
Third Tuesday of every month, 1-2:30 p.m.

Grandparent Support Group*:
Second Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m.
*Contact Lisa at 508-532-5980, ext. 2 to arrange a
pre-screening for the Grandparent Support Group

Please call ahead to ensure groups are meeting as scheduled: 508-532-5980

Callahan Center - 535 Union Avenue - Framingham
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