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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 this issue, we are highlighting the benefits of Respite Care. 


What is Respite Care?
Respite care 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.

How can Respite Care help?
Caregiving can be a daunting undertaking, and it is important that  caregivers make sure that they take some time for themselves. Time is needed for caregivers to attend their own medical appointments, run errands or simply have some time by themselves to pursue a hobby or just rest and relax.

How do I find Respite Care? 

Our website offers in-depth information on respite care and numerous resources that offer respite care, specifically in MetroWest as well as within the state of Massachusetts. 

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

As we age, there can be changes to our memory, but memory loss or behavior changes severe enough to disrupt daily life are not a typical part of aging. Learn the 10 signs to determine if it's important to speak to your doctor and get a diagnosis for yourself or someone you care about.
Worcester Senior Center
128 Providence Street 
2nd Floor Conference Room
Worcester, MA 01604
Monday, August 19, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
24/7 Helpline:  (800) 272-3900

For more Alzheimer's Association seminars in your area click here:   COMMUNITY RESOURCE FINDER
July, 2019
Savvy Caregiving training is happening in August!






The Savvy Caregiving Program is a FREE six-session training series for family and friends who are active caregivers of a loved one with Alzheimer's or another form of Dementia.

When:
Class meets for 6 weeks each Thursday, starting August 22 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
(Class dates: August 22 & 29, September 5, 12, 19, 26)

Hosted at:
Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church St, Hudson, MA

More Information:
Click here for more details on our Caregiving Chronicles blog

To Register or if you have Questions:
Call or email our Caregiver Specialist Karen Trilligan at
(508) 573-7239 or ktrilligan@baypath.org

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Depression does not discriminate.
Neither should we.
July was designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to shed light on the hardships that minority groups face when seeking support for mental illness within the United States. 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. are less likely to have access to mental health services, less likely to use community mental health services, more likely to use emergency departments, and more likely to receive lower quality care. Poor mental health care access and quality contribute to poor mental health outcomes, including suicide, among racial and ethnic minority populations.

There are several campaigns running this month in support of Minority Mental Health awareness and two of the most visible ones are Mental Health America's #DepthOfMyIdentity Campaign, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) #WhyCare campaign.

We should also expand our collective views of a minority to include all marginalized and under-served communities, which includes the LGBTQ+ community, elders, or anyone else who is overlooked or whose mental illness is attributed to other aspects. 

To learn more about this and how you can support equality in healthcare, as well as learning more about late-life depression, you can read the full post on our blog by clicking here.
Caregiving Tip of the Month 
Caring for an older adult with Depression 
It is not easy to watch a loved one suffer from depression. You often feel helpless. It is essential to seek professional medical care for someone afflicted with depression, but there are many ways you can support your  care recipient  from withdrawing altogether.
  1. Show them you love them.
  2. Remind them they are needed and important.
  3. Keep them from isolating, interaction is essential.
I have shared some tips and a personal example of a technique that I have had success with on my caregiving journey.  You can access the full post by  clicking here

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  dmcdonagh@baypath.org .
How do you stay healthy while caregiving?
BayPath Caregiver Specialist Karen Trilligan offers advice, tips, thoughts and insights for family caregivers on
The Wellness Wall. Check out her latest tips on:

A few months ago, I shared on the Wellness Wall a post that explained what self-care is and why it is so important. (If you missed it, click here .) 

A busy caregiver may believe that they do not have time to "indulge" in self-care. That taking a break or doing something nice for yourself is self-indulgent or that there is already too much on your plate to fit in "me time."

An essential step in keeping yourself healthy is recognizing there is nothing selfish about maintaining your health.  In my role as a Caregiving Specialist, I provide caregivers with an a information packet that has many useful tools and resources to help them in all stages of their caregiving journey. 

One flyer, in particular, is called the "Caregiver Bill of Rights." The very first line states:
"I have the right to take care of myself. 
This is not an act of selfishness.  It will give me the capability of taking better care of my loved one."

Now comes the hard part, finding the time.  When  you find yourself overwhelmed or burnt out, there are several ways to figure out how you can allocate time for yourself without neglecting other responsibilities. To find out how read the full post on the Wellness Wall of our website. 
Protecting your skin in summer
Skincare for older skin
Summer is the time of year that we spend the most time outdoors, and even when not in direct sun, we should be conscious of protecting our skin from UV damage. This is especially true for aging skin. While we all age differently, older skin becomes drier, thinner, and takes longer to heal. 

So if you are a caregiver and want to spend time outdoors with your care recipient this summer season, there are many things to be aware of specifically for protecting aging skin.  Here are some techniques from reliable resources:

On our blog, we posted some tips from AARP on how to protect your skin while in the sun, how to soothe dry skin and how to avoid heat rash. Three summer skin problems & how to avoid them

In an article entitled, Skin Care and Aging, the National Institute on Aging offers a lot of information on the prevention and treatment of Dry Skin and Itching, Bruises, Wrinkles, Age Spots and Skin Tags, Skin Cancer, and how to Keep Your Skin Healthy.

Also, be aware that many medications do not mix well with sun exposure, and extra diligence may be required. Carefully read medication labels and speak with the pharmacist if you are unclear which drugs cause adverse reactions when in the sun. Harvard Medical School has shared 10 types of medications that should keep you in the shade this summer.

Regardless of your age, stay hydrated and don't forget to put sunscreen in often overlooked areas, tops of ears, back of neck, feet, etc. But, with the proper precautions, a walk in the park or a day at a lake are still wonderful activities to share with someone under your care. 
"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

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