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Alzheimer's Association offering new phone support group for LGBTQ caregivers   
The Alzheimer's Association is offering a new resource to aid LGBTQ caregivers.

A new LGBTQ Phone Support Group is beginning this month, providing help and support to LGBTQ caregivers.

The Alzheimer's Association LGBTQ Phone Support Group invites all to j oin other LGBTQ spouses and partners to support one another while receiving information and resources on  Alzheimer's disease  and related dementias.

The phone support group will be held on the first Monday of each month. Call   Barb Meehan  at 508-292-0660 for details on the exact time of the support group and call-in information.
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Whitney Place offering free workshop for caregivers on March 28 
Whitney Place at Natick is offering a free workshop for caregivers on Wednesday, March 28.

"The Right Stuff: A Caregiver's Personalized Toolkit" will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. that evening, with light refreshments and a presentation by  Diane Tonelli , the clinical director of SALMON Health and Retirement's Tapestry Program for Memory Care.

This special workshop features expert guides helping caregivers in putting together a valuable addition to effective caregiving: a personalized, portable toolkit built with things and ideas meant to calm, comfort and create constructive engagement for the unique person for whom you are the caregiver.
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Alzheimer's Association seeking volunteers to be Dementia Ambassadors
The Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is seeking volunteers to fill the roles of Dementia Ambassadors.

These volunteers are responsible for outreach, delivery of education and "Alz Meet Ups" developed by the Alzheimer's Association, in a defined community.  All topics are related to   Alzheimer's disease  and related dementias as well as the information that affected individuals and families need. This position is approximately a 4-8 hours per month volunteer position.
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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

Memory Café Reminder
Upcoming and ongoing memory cafés for MetroWest caregivers 
There are now a number of memory caf és offered in the MetroWest area. These cafes offer an opportunity for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or another dementia a chance to get some needed relief while still spending time with their loved one and other caregivers in a relaxed and welcoming setting.
 
Here is a listing of some of the ongoing memory cafes in our area:

Create A Better Day Café
- Fourth Sunday of each month from 1-3 p.m. at Pleasantries Adult Day and Consulting Services (195 Reservoir Road, Marlborough, MA). Call
Tammy Pozerycki at 508-481-0809 for more information.
 
Comfort Food Caring Café - Fourth Monday of each month from 12-2 p.m. at the Sudbury Senior Center (40 Fairbank Road, Sudbury, MA). Call Anne Manning at 978-443-3055 to RSVP.

Apple Cafe - Second Monday of the month from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Northborough Free Library (34 Main Street, Northborough, MA). Call Carol Marie DeRienzo at 774-285-2456 or email carol@solacern.com.

A Brighter Day Brunch Cafe - Third Thursday of month, 1-2 p.m. at Temple Beth Am
(300 Pleasant Street, Framingham, MA). Call JFS of MetroWest at 508-875-3100 x400 or email kblock@jfsmw.org.

Needham Memory Cafe - Second Wednesday of the month from 1-2 p.m. at Treat Cupcake Bar (1450 Highland Ave., Needham, MA). Call 781-444-2266.

Time Out Cafe - Third Sunday every other month from 1-3 p.m., starting in January at Welly's Restaurant (153 Main Street, Marlborough, MA). Contact Trish Pope at 508-485-6492.

Worcester Memory Cafe
- Third Tuesday of each month from 2-3:00 p.m. at  Worcester Senior Center
(128 Providence Street
Worcester, MA). Contact Deb Dowd-Foley at 508-756-1545 . 
 
For a complete listing of the memory cafés serving MetroWest caregivers and their loved ones, check out our new Memory Cafes page.
March, 2018
Daybreak Expands to Two More Communities
Hudson's successful caregiver respite program now being offered in Marlborough, Northborough 
For the last several years, the Hudson Senior Center has been offering DayBreak, a social day program providing respite for caregivers every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

DayBreak provides individuals with a safe and stimulating experience with fun activities and social interaction while providing caregivers with much needed time for themselves.

Now, funded in part by a grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation, the program will be offered in Northborough and Marlborough as well.

The Northborough Senior Center (119 Bearfoot Road, Northborough, MA) will host its Daybreak session every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., while the Marlborough Senior Center (40 New Street, Marlborough, MA) will host its session every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Hudson Senior Center (29 Church Street, Hudson, MA) will continue its sessions every Thursday as well.

Daybreak provides a structured, quality time for your loved ones. Professional staff provide a healthy lunch and engaging activities for those who require some supervision. Participants can attend any combination of sessions at all three locations.

There is a suggested voluntary donation of $15 for each session, which includes lunch and activity and is put directly into the program allowing for the expansion of services. Whether or not you make a voluntary donation in no way informs or influences this service delivery.

To find out more about the DayBreak program, contact Lisa Bazarian Gardner at 978-568-9638 or lbbazarian@gmail.com.    
Help in Finding Transportation
New guide provides information and tips on "Dementia, Caregiving and Transportation" 
For many older adults and their   caregivers, one of the most daunting challenges they face is finding transportation to get to medical appointments, shopping trips and other travels.

While resources still don't meet all of these growing needs, there are ongoing efforts to address the issue and improve existing transportation options.

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) has recently released a   "Dementia, Caregiving and Transportation" guide that provides tips for caregivers, information on types of transportation available, dementia-friendly tips for transit drivers, items to include in a travel kit, and a list of resources.

Among the tips for caregivers are recognizing how much assistance your loved one may need to get in and out of the vehicle, and whether they need help once they've reached their destination. That is especially important on medical appointments. Older adults, especially those diagnosed with   Alzheimer's  or another dementia, may need help explaining their symptoms, understanding the doctor's instructions, or simply the calming presence of a familiar face.

If the caregiver cannot accompany their loved one on such appointments, there are some transportation resources that do provide someone to escort the older adult throughout the trip. One such resource here in MetroWest is the   Patient Navigator program  offered by JFS of MetroWest. The trained navigators consult with the consumer to review their concerns, medications and questions before the appointment, accompany them to doctors' visits and medical procedures, help facilitate doctor/patient communication, review the doctor's instructions and help schedule follow up visits after each medical appointment, and compile a written record of the doctor's appointment to keep or share with family and caregivers.

Caregivers should also look into what local resources are available. Most area   senior centers  have some transportation options available, while there are also public transportation and private pay options available. Check out our   transportation listings  for options in MetroWest.

Another helpful suggestion is to put together a travel kit for your loved one. A small bag with an ID tag can be filled with items such as your loved one's name, address and telephone number, emergency contact information, the address and telephone number of their destination, medications that may be needed during the trip, cell phone, water and snacks, and a sweater or blanket for cold whether or a change of clothes if there are   incontinence  issues.

The NADTC guide also provides information for drivers and escorts, including tips for making their service dementia-friendly.

For more on transportation resources, check out the full entry on our Caregiving Chronicles blog.
Alicia's Tip of the Month
Curl Up with
a Good Book  
Do you like to get lost in a good book?

Are you looking for more time to take a break and read?

Books can be a great distraction whether you enjoy fiction or non-fiction, educational subjects or biographies.

Perhaps relating to a book about caregiving or learning new caregiving tips through reading is what you're looking for. In that case here are a few lists of where to start to find the perfect book to get lost in or learn from, for every kind of caregiver. 
(BayPath Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego offers advice and affirmations with her monthly tip in our newsletter. Check out all of Alicia's tips, thoughts and insights for family caregivers on The Wellness Wall or contact her directly for caregiver support at 508-573-7239 or arego@baypath.org.)  
Discussing a Delicate Subject
Latest Q&A discusses issues for older adults and caregivers related to sexual activity  
In our Caregiving Chronicles Q&A series, we cover some of the pressing issues and concerns that caregivers may face in caring for a loved one in a variety of circumstances and with a wide range of health conditions. 
 
In our latest Q&A, the Caregiving Chroncles blog discusses some of the important issues involving sexual activity of older adults. Providing insight is Juanita Allen Kingsley of the Natick VNA. 
 
And feel free to check out the blog's archive for past Q&As and all of our informative posts.


Busy Spring for Alzheimer's Association
MetroWest Alzheimer's Partnership hosting a series of informative events in coming months   
The Alzheimer's Association, and in particular the MetroWest Alzheimer's Partnership, has a series of events for both family and professional caregivers scheduled for this spring.

Some of the highlights for events in our area include:
  • Legal and Financial Resources - Part of the Alzheimer's Association's education series, this forum will be held on Monday, March 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Franklin Senior Center (10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin, MA). Event is free. To RSVP, call 508-520-4945.
  • 2018 Spring Research Forum - Featuring conversations with local researchers about progress made on topics including early detection of Alzheimer's disease, therapies in the pipeline and ways to keep your brain healthy. Wednesday, April 4, 7 p.m. at Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library (33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA). Free and open to the public. To register, call 617-868-6718.
  • Empowering Professionals: Practical Tools for Dementia Care - The MetroWest Alzheimer's Partnership presents a free program for health care professional. Thursday, April 12 at 8 a.m. at the Natick Community-Senior Center (117 Central Street, Natick, MA). Call 800-272-3900 to reserve a spot.
  • Brain Health in the Digital Era - Forum on digital technologies that could help in earlier detection of dementia with Rhoda Au, PhD. Wednesday, April 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Quinsigamond Community College (670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA). Free to attend. To register, call 800-272-3900.
  • Alzheimer's Disease Conversation with Caregivers - Panel discussion presented by the MetroWest Alzheimer's Partnership will feature a panel of former caregivers providing insight and helpful strategies for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's. Saturday, April 28 at the Northborough Senior Center (119 Bearfoot Road, Northborough, MA) from 9:30-11:30 a.m. To reserve a spot, call 800-272-3900.
  • Effective Communications Strategies - Part of the Alzheimer's Association's education series, this forum will be held on Monday, April 30 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Southborough Senior Center (9 Cordaville Road, Southborough, MA). Event is free. To RSVP, call 508-229-4453.
  • A Map Through the Maze - New England's largest professional Alzheimer's and dementia care conference. Wednesday, May 23 at the DCU Center (50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA). For more information visit www.alzmassnh.org/map/.
Thank you for taking the time to look through our newsletter, and please check out our website, CaregivingMetroWest.org. Have information about a resource that would be useful to MetroWest caregivers? Any other thoughts or feedback on the site? Let us know

Sincerely,

Douglas Flynn
Caregiving MetroWest Program Manager
BayPath Elder Services, Inc.

Winner of a National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
Aging Innovations Award, placing second nationally in 2016.