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BayPath LGBT Initiative hosting Gen Silent showing at Framingham State on June 13   
BayPath's LGBT Initiative invites all to join us for a special showing and discussion of the award-winning film "Gen Silent" at Framingham State University on Wednesday, June 13. 
 
"Gen Silent" is a powerful documentary filmed in the Boston area that follows the journeys of several older LGBTQ+ adults who talk about their lives through the years.  
 
Following the showing of the film, "Gen Silent" director and producer  Stu Maddux and producer  Joseph Applebaum , along with  Lisa Krinsky   from the LGBT Aging Project, will share their insights on the making of the film, update the stories of some of the elders in the film and discuss the issues of aging in the LGBTQ+ community.
 
The event will run from 7-9 p.m. at The FORUM in the McCarthy Center at Framingham State (100 State Street, Framingham, MA). Please call 508-573-7288 for more information or to register by phone. To register online, visit  Eventbrite.com

This event is FREE and open to the public! Donations are welcome and snacks will be provided.

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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 508-335-1968 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 Tammy Pozerycki at 508-335-1968 for more information.
 
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 Memory Cafe - Third Thursday of month, 1-2:30 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.

Our Time Memory Cafe - Second Tuesday of each month, 1-3 p.m. at Hopkinton Public Library (13 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA). Call Pat Srodawa at 508-497-0108.

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. at Welly's Restaurant (153 Main Street, Marlborough, MA). Contact Trish Pope at 508-485-6492.

Sunshine Cafe - Second Tuesday of the month from 12:30-2 p.m. at Westborough Senior Center (4 Rogers Road, Westborough, MA). Call Alma DeManche at 508-366-3000.

Worcester Memory Cafe
- Third Tuesday of each month from 2-3:30 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.
June, 2018
Are You a Caregiver? 
New section on Caregiving MetroWest website helps users understand their role as caregivers 
Before you can get the help and support you need while caring for a loved one, you need to understand the role you've taken on.
 
Many don't identify with the term "caregiver," assuming that only applies to professional home and health aides and nurses, or that the caregiving duties they already do are merely part of being a dutiful son, daughter, husband, wife or friend. But while you might not realize it, you may actually already be a caregiver, and there is help for you available.
 
In our latest addition to the Caregiving MetroWest website, we've added a look at some of the many tasks caregivers take on when they are caring for a loved one. Many of these are the types of things most may think of as simply "doing the right thing" for a relative or friend, but they are essential caregiving duties and they can take a toll on the caregiver over time.  
 
The first step to finding the help and support you need to provide the kind of care you want to give to a loved one is understanding just what the term "caregiver" means and that you may in fact be one.  
 
Check out our new "Are you a caregiver?" section on the site to see if you are already performing caregiving duties and how you can get some much-needed help and support.  
Informational Event for Caregivers
Join us for an informational event for caregivers at Avidia Bank in Framingham on June 20  
Join Caregiving MetroWest and BayPath Elder Services a free and informative seminar on Wednesday, June 20 at Avidia Bank's new branch location in Framingham.
 
The informational presentation, "Caring for a Loved One? We Can Help: An Introduction to Caregiving Resources and Support," will be led by Caregiving MetroWest Program Manager Douglas Flynn and BayPath Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego.  
 
In this program, they will:  
  • Provide information about BayPath's many programs and services
  • Highlight how the Family Caregiver Support Program assists local caregivers
  • Give a guided tour to the information and resources available on their national award-winning CaregivingMetroWest.org website
  • Offer a crash course in what to expect throughout the stages of your caregiving journey with "Caregiving 101: What You Need to Know."
  • Answer questions from the audience after the presentation
The presentation will take place from 6-8 p.m. on June 20 at Avidia's newest branch (270 Cochituate Road, Framingham, MA). Light refreshments will be served.
 
This event is part of the community partnership between Avidia and BayPath's Family Caregiver Support Program. We are grateful for the ongoing support provided by Avidia to help us provide information, resources and support to as many area family caregivers as possible.  
Alicia's Tip of the Month
What would you do with 15 minutes for yourself?
There is an activity that we do in the Savvy Caregiver six-week course that has caregivers make a list of activities they can do if they are randomly given specific amounts of free time (15 minutes, 1 hour, 3 hours, 1 day, etc.).  
 
This is hypothetical but very beneficial.  
 
Why? because you may find yourself getting even a small break randomly and you spend the whole time trying to figure out what to do with that time or doing something that may not be stress relieving or rejuvenating for you. 
Having a list of these "free-time activities" ready and available you will enable you to go straight to the list and pick one or two things depending on how much time you have.  
 
Another great benefit of doing this in class is that we ask participants to share their free-time activities with others and others can get ideas for their own list. I find this so beneficial that I wanted to share a list of some activities that caregivers have shared with me that they have on their "list":
  • getting up early to sip coffee in silence before anyone else is awake
  • playing cards
  • gardening
  • yoga/walking/exercise
  • reading/writing
  • knitting/crocheting  
  • listening to music
  • calling a friend
If there are any caregivers out there that want to share their own stress relief activity for me to share with others I will add it to my list! Just email me at arego@baypath.org.  
 
(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.)  
Learn More About Depression
Latest expert Q&A column deals with issue of depression affecting caregivers, older adults 
In our latest Caregiving Chronicles Q&A, we discuss the important issues involving depression and its effects on older adults and caregivers with Juanita Allen Kingsley of the Natick VNA.
 
In the Q&A, Kingsley addressed why caregivers, in particular, are so susceptible to suffering from depression.
 
"We do know that a stressful environment or life situation can contribute to causing depression or its sudden onset," said Kingsley. "Caring for a loved one certainly is both of those! In addition, caregivers are often sleep deprived, which makes us more vulnerable and we are often isolated as well, with fewer opportunities to get out and socialize." 

To read the rest of Kingsley responses, check out the full Q&A on our Caregiving Chronicles blog. And feel free to check out the blog's archive
for past Q&As and all of our informative posts.  
A Savvy Summer
Savvy Caregiver six-week training workshop for dementia caregivers coming to Framingham 
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.
Celebrating Grandparent Caregivers
Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan gives the keynote address to a packed house at the 7th Annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference on June 6, 2018 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough.
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.

BayPath Elder Services, Inc. is a member of the MetroWest ADRC, a partnership with HESSCO and the MetroWest Center for Independent Living. The Family Caregiver Support Program has been made possible in part by funding from the Older Americans Act, as granted by BayPath Elder Services, Inc.