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

In this issue, we are highlighting the information and resources we have gathered to help you build the skills you will need as a caregiver.

An informative collection of tips, information and resources that will support any phase of caregiving. 

Whether you are new to caregiving or have been caring for a loved one for many years, there is always more to learn to help both the person you are caring for and yourself. 



As a situation evolves, existing tasks can morph and additional tasks can be added. Here we explain how to build skills to set boundaries so that you do not burnout trying undertake it all. 

The grieving process is an important step toward moving on. 'Moving on' is a a euphemism for learning how to not feeling guilty about enjoying your life without the person you have been caring for. Since grieving is personal, we have provided thought provoking words that define the stages of the grieving process.



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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
May, 2019
Community Partnership with Avidia Bank

The Longest Day 
An Alzheimer's Association fundraising event
The Longest Day is the day with the most light - the summer solstice. On June 21, thousands of participants from across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer's through an activity of their choice.

Together, they use their creativity and passion to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.

Register for The Longest Day 2019 (:60 video)
Register for The Longest Day 2019 (:60 video)

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
To participate, first choose an activity you like to do and turn it into a fundraiser to fight Alzheimer's!  The Longest Day staff and volunteers will be there every step of the way with tools, tips and coaching.  Activities can range from arts & crafts, to dancing, cycling or walking, to video gaming or traditional card games, and every hobby and activity in between. 
More information  on The Longest Day.
Prescription Advantage 
Potential support with Prescription  Costs
With the rising costs of prescriptions, did you know that 
Prescription Advantage, a Massachusetts state run program, helps many seniors pay for their prescription drugs?

The program provides financial assistance to both Medicare and non-Medicare qualified individuals.

For more information & 2019 eligibility Requirements visit: 

For more information on health insurance support visit: 
Caregiving Tips for Spring
BayPath Caregiver Specialist Karen Trilligan offers advice, tips, thoughts and insights for family caregivers on
The Wellness Wall. Check out her latest tips on:

What is self-care?
  • The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health.
  • The practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness.

In this post, Karen recognizes how hard it is to carve out time for yourself while caring for someone in need. But, since we cannot effectively care for others if we do not maintain our own health and stamina, Karen shares several ideas on how you can fit self-care into your daily routine with out feeling guilty or self-indulgent. 

You can contact Karen Trilligan for caregiver support at 508-573-7239 or ktrilligan@baypath.org.
Caregiving Tip of the Month 
Creating an end of life plan ensures that your healthcare is carried out as you wish it to be
Do you understand the requirements and processes for developing a personal health care plan? Selecting a health care proxy? Generating a personal directive

If you are like many of us, you have heard of these terms and have a basic understanding of what they are, but have not put these plans into place for yourself or a loved one. 

Though this is a very hard topic to face, think of it more like an insurance policy. By having these documents in place, If you or a loved one cannot make medical decisions yourself, these decisions will be made by someone you chose and implemented based on your pre-established wishes.
  
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This Caregiving Tip has been provided by:
Debra McDonagh, Social Media Coordinator and editor of the Caregiving Chronicles blog that is featured on caregivingmetrowest.org. You can reach Debra at 
(508) 573-7204 or dmcdonagh@baypath.org.
Upcoming Events
Some of the events in the MetroWest area include:

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
Alzheimer's and other dementia's 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: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 7 - 8 p.m.
Location: Shrewsbury Public Library
609 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Registration required. Call 508-841-8609

A Map Through the Maze - Conference for Alzheimer and Dementia Care Providers
A practical based Alzheimer's and dementia care conference, A Map Through the Maze offers professionals a unique opportunity to learn current, cutting edge information on a wide range of Alzheimer's related care topics. 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 
DCU Center,  50 Foster Street,  Worcester, MA

Healthy Brain Aging and Alzheimer's Dementia: Is Prevention a Reality?
Learn about the importance of early diagnosis, tips for successful aging, current and experimental treatments, and prevention trials underway. Sponsored by the Liberty Alzheimer's Partnership. 
Location: Emerson Hospital
133 Old Rd to 9 Acre Corner, Concord, MA 01742
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
RSVP: 24/7 Helpline: (800) 272-3900

"Am I Invisible?!" - A window into living with dementia
This program will explore how people with Alzheimer's perceive the world around them and how we can help make this a positive experience.  Presenter: Mal Allard is the founder of Their Real World. Mal is a nurse, educator, care partner, consultant, advocate for those with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and their loved ones.
Worcester Senior Center, 
128 Providence Street, Worcester, MA
Friday, June 7, 2019, 12:30 - 1 p.m
RSVP: Alz Assoc. 24/7 Helpline: 800-272-3900

For more Alzheimer's Association seminars in your area click here:   COMMUNITY RESOURCE FINDER
Older Americans Month
Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation's observance of Older Americans Month

Communities are encouraged to recognize the older adults that play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods and our lives.  

To see all the unique efforts that have been made to celebrate  our seniors, search the following hashtags on social media:
#OAM19
#ConnectCreateContribute
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