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In this issue, we are highlighting some key information we have compiled about the most common health conditions among elders, along with links to further information and resources specific to caregivers in MetroWest.

Alzheimer's Disease
Information about the progressive brain disease and resources for caregivers caring for someone with Alzheimer's.
Information about cancer and resources for caregivers caring for someone with cancer.
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Information about depression and resources for caregivers caring for someone with depression.
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Information about diabetes and resources for caregivers caring for someone with diabetes.
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Hearing Loss
Information about hearing loss and resources for caregivers caring for someone with hearing loss.
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Heart Conditions
Information about heart disease, heart failure and heart attacks and resources for caregivers caring for someone with a heart condition.
High Blood Pressure
Information about hypertension and resources for caregivers caring for someone with high blood pressure.
Parkinson's Disease
Information about Parkinson's Disease and resources for caregivers caring for someone with Parkinson's.
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Information about strokes and resources for caregivers caring for someone who has suffered a stroke.
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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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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
Tips on self-care.
On, you will find several posts that provide tips self-care:

Another option is Respite Care, which  allows caregivers to take a break from providing care for a loved one, secure in the knowledge that their loved one will continue to receive care in a safe environment. Our website lists available respite care in MetroWest.

September, 2019
September is National Preparedness Month
Emergency Planning for Older Adults.
With hurricane news, tornado watches and other unpredictable, severe weather patterns, it makes one think about what would we do in an extreme emergency. Are you prepared for living without power? Evacuation from your home?

National Preparedness Month, promoted by FEMA, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning throughout the year. The 2019 theme is  #BeReady #PreparedNotScared.

To receive FEMA preparedness  tips: t ext  PREPARE  to  43362
The National Poll on Healthy Aging, administered by the University of Michigan, recently conducted a poll on Emergency Planning among Older Adults and found that many older adults have not taken the necessary steps to proactively stay safe and healthy in power outages, severe weather or evacuation. Some key results revealed:

For more tips and resources regarding emergency preparedness see our  Caregiving Chronicles blog post.
Falls Prevention Awareness Day
September  23, 2019 was the annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD), promoted by the National Council on Aging (NOCA), which raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.

  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury
  • Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries
  • Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture
  • Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
To learn more about preventing falls checkout our blog post on fall prevention.

BayPath's Healthy Living Program offers  A Matter of Balance classes. Administered by the Healthy Living Center of Excellence, t he  8-week  management program for older adults, emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. To learn when the next workshop will be, visit .
World Suicide Prevention Day 

September 10, was World Suicide Prevention Day, promoted by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). The goal of the IASP is to raise awareness of this plight by focusing on the fact that every life lost represents someone's partner, child, parent, friend, or colleague.

For each suicide, approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected, amounting to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behavior. For every one suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt, and an
immeasurable amount have serious thoughts of suicide.

Our Nations Seniors are at risk
NPR recently aired a talk show entitled 'Isolated and Struggling; Many Seniors Are Turning To Suicide.' The show centered on the increasing rates of mental health issues and suicides in today's senior citizens.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that suicide rates have been on the rise across the country, and that rise has struck the nation's seniors particularly hard. 

The U.S. Census Bureau has reported: "of the more than 47,000 suicides that took place in 2017, those 65 and up accounted for more than 8,500 of them. Men who are 65 and older face the highest risk of suicide, while adults 85 and older, regardless of gender, are the second most likely age group to die from suicide." The Census Bureau offers a summary on the 65+ population in the United States

Mass211, who provides information & referrals for local resources in all MA communities, recently tweeted that:  "Older adults often live in isolation. They may struggle with the death of a loved one, a new medical diagnosis, or loss of connectivity to their community." 

How to help by volunteering
Isolation exacerbates depression and can cause an overall sense of hopelessness, leading to suicidal thoughts. BayPath offers different ways to volunteer and help an older adult or individual with disabilities of any age. Our programs that rely on volunteer support include money management, meals on wheels, and serving as an ombudsman to advocate for individuals in a nursing home. Through these services, you are also providing social interaction to an older or immobile adult and reinforcing that they have someone who cares about them. Visit the BayPath website for information about volunteering
Caregiving tip of the month
Resources for those affected by a mental health crisis.

CALL 2-1-1 OR (508) 532-2255 | TEXT: C2T to 741741
Call2talk is a telecheck program for seniors at risk of suicide.  It operates 24/7 and provides confidential, compassionate listening if you are depressed or considering suicide.  The program is run in coordination with Advocates, Inc., the United Way of Tri-County, and BayPath Elder Services.

BayPath Elder Services also coordinates with Advocates, Inc. and the United Way of Tri-County to offer our Elder Community Care program, which provides support to elders in need of counseling, in their own homes. Our ECC program offers comprehensive assessment and counseling services to elders and their families in MetroWest.  To speak to someone at BayPath, contact  Edmilse Diaz , Elder Community Care (ECC) Triage Coordinator at 508-573-7237 or email Edmilse at

This Caregiving Tip has been provided by:  Debra McDonagh, Social Media Coordinator and editor of the Caregiving Chronicles blog that is featured on You can reach Debra at
Upcoming Events
BayPath Workshops

Chronic Disease Self Management
This FREE 6 Week Series Workshop empowers participants to manage their own health by making lifestyle changes and by obtaining tools that help you devise a personalized approach to managing chronic illness symptoms on a daily basis. This class helps those living with  a physical or mental health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma or shortness of breath, high blood pressure, cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression,
anxiety, chronic pain, fatigue, or other ongoing health conditions.

We are offering classes in two locations:
When:  6 sessions: September 30 - November 18 (Mondays) 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18
Time: 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Hosted at: Foxborough Senior Center, 75 Central Street 
When: 6 sessions: October 10 - November 21 (Thursdays) 
Time: 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Hosted at:  The Coolidge at Sudbury, 189 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA

To Register for either class:  Call our Healthy Living Coordinator Renee D'Argento at  (508) 573-7251 
Upcoming Event

Caregiving Around the Clock
In honor of  National Family Caregiver Month, join us for a  presentation on understanding all the phases within the journey of being a family caregiver and how to navigate the 24-7 effort this role takes.
Hosted by: BayPath Elder Services and Avidia Bank
When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 12-2 p.m.
Where: Avidia Bank Financial Center |  17 Pope St, Hudson
RSVP: via Eventbrite by October 30, 2019. (Limited Seating.)
Note: L unch from Rail Trail will be served.
Alzheimer's Association Workshops

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. Learn how to recognize common signs of the disease and how to approach someone about memory concerns.
Where: Center on the Heights, 300 Hillside Ave, Needham Heights
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Time: 11 - 12 p.m.

Effective Communication Strategies
Communication is more than just talking and listening - it's also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. Learn how to apply communication techniques that will help you care for someone with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
Where: Sudbury Council On Aging, 40 Fairbank Rd, Sudbury
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:15 p.m.
RSVP by Phone: (800) 272-3900

Alzheimer's Disease: A Journey Through Caregiving
Presented by Rose Grant, author of "I Left My Memory On A Bus Somewhere: A Bittersweet Journey Through Alzheimer's Disease. Rose will tell her inspirational journey, sharing with us the knowledge and tools she gained as a caregiver to her husband Jack who suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
Where: Callahan Senior Center, 535 Union Ave, Framingham
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
RSVP: Call the Callahan Center (508) 532-5980

For more Alzheimer's Association seminars in your area click here:  COMMUNITY RESOURCE FINDER
Alzheimer's Seminars - ONLINE!

14 FREE On-line Courses from The Alzheimer's Association
Since time is always an issue for a caregiver, we wanted to share that the Alzheimer's Association offers 14 FREE Courses to take ONLINE at any time.  More information on our blog. 
  • 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's
  • Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Approaching Alzheimer's: First Responder Training
  • Challenging Conversations about Dementia
  • Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning
  • Effective Communication Strategies
  • Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body
  • Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease
  • Living with Alzheimer's: For People with Alzheimer's
  • Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Early Stage
  • Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Middle Stage
  • Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Late Stage
  • Living with Alzheimer's: For Younger-Onset Alzheimer's
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