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is a national award-winning website devoted to family caregivers of elders. The interactive site provides easy access to the comprehensive information, local resources and support you need. 
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In each issue of this newsletter we will highlight an aspect 
of our award-winning website. 

In this issue, we are highlighting our unique online tool that helps you access what resources may be able to help you on your caregiving journey. 

A cool interactive tool that quickly recommends resources!

When you first start your Caregiving Journey, or even if you are well into the role, it can be overwhelming when you feel like you need help but either do not know where to turn or do not have time to do the research. 

Our website is very user-friendly, but there is a LOT of information on it. If you need help finding out what resources are in your area or which you may be eligible for, start with our  Caregiving Concierge!

Answer all or some of the six multiple choice questions and you will get a narrowed down and pinpointed selection of resources that will fit your specific needs. 

Additionally, if you are a Caregiver and you just need someone outside of your family unit to speak with, you can reach out to our Caregiving Specialist,
 
K aren Trilligan
508-573-7239 

Karen can speak with you on the phone or set up a time and place that is convenient for you to meet together in person. As a caregiver, you need to also take care of yourself. Sharing with someone who understands and can offer suggestions is a great relief to many when they feel the weight of the world resting on their shoulders. 
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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
REquipment - Durable Medical Equipment Reuse

REquipment,  a program through the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, is a great way to obtain free, gently used durable medical equipment (DME) for use by individuals and families in Massachusetts.

If you have or need durable medical equipment please contact: 
info@dmereuse.org
800-261-9841
April, 2019
Survey to help Grandparents raising Grandchildren under 18 in Massachusetts
If you are a grandparent or relative raising a child under 18 in Massachusetts with no birth parent present, The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren wants to hear from you!

This survey will help the Commission improve services and promote more resources for grandparents, relative  caregivers  and the children in their care. It should take less than 15 minutes of your time.

The CARE Act 
Did you know?
Massachusetts has a state law that supports family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. 

The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) was signed into law by Governor Charles Baker and was developed as a way to recognize the critical role family caregivers play in keeping their loved ones at home and out of costly institutions.

The above image is from a presentation on the Care ACT .pdf
produced by Anuj K. Goel Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs 8/25/2017, when the CARE Act first came effect.

According to the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association:
  • 55% of family caregivers report being overwhelmed by the amount of care their family member needs.
  • In 2014, 60% of family caregivers had full- or part-time jobs. 
  • In 2010, there were 7.2 potential family caregivers for every person age 80 and older. 
  • By 2030, that ratio will fall sharply to 4 to 1 and is projected to drop further to 3 to 1 in 2050.
AARP offers a Printable CARE ACT WALLET CARD. To download and print yours, Click here. 
Caregiving Tips for Spring
 
BayPath Caregiver Specialist Karen Trilligan offers advice, tips, thoughts and insights for family caregivers on
Check out her latest tips on:
Part II: Engaging activities for you and a loved one with Alzheimer's and Dementia

In our long New England winter months, Caregivers struggle to find enough activities to keep their loved one engaged in social activities. Well, spring is here, the weather is warming up, the birds are chirping and the flowers are getting ready to bloom!

Karen has put together ideas for fun activities that both caregiver and care recipient can enjoy together, both inside and out! 


You can contact Karen Trilligan for caregiver support at 508-573-7239 or ktrilligan@baypath.org.
Caregiving Tip of the Month 
Ideas for new caregivers. Where do you start?
Caregiving is not easy. For some, the role comes upon them gradually, while others may be thrust into the role by an unexpected life-changing event. 

Regardless of the route that brought you into a caregiving role, it can be overwhelming. Because your primary role is to assist your loved one with the activities of daily living, finding time to organize this responsibility can often take a back seat. 

We did some research and here are tips that may help: 
  1. OPEN COMMUNICATION: Have an open and frank conversation with the person under your care. Together you can develop a schedule and a plan that helps them maintain a sense of independence while keeping you from feeling too overloaded. 
  2. CREATE A SUPPORT NETWORK: Even if you are the primary caregiver for the person under your care, do not be shy about asking siblings, extended family such as cousins, or close friends of the family to share some of the responsibility. 
  3. HOLD FAMILY MEETINGS: With multiparty phone calls and virtual communication apps so easy to use these days, set up group meetings with everyone who provides any level of support. 
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 
(508) 573-7204 or dmcdonagh@baypath.org.
Upcoming Events
Some of the events in the MetroWest area include:


The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 2019 Workshop

The Impact of Opioid Epidemic on Seniors
Date: 4/25/19 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Speaker:  Marian Ryan, Middlesex District Attorney
Location:  The Framingham Public Library 
McAuliffe Branch, 746 Water St., Framingham, MA

To register, please contact the Commission: 

For more information click here.
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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.
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Franklin High School - 218 Oak St, Franklin, MA 
Registration required. Call 800-272-3900

2019 AlzTalks Series: Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Late Life & in Early Alzheimer's Disease 
Dr. Jennifer R. Gatchel, M.D., Ph.D.Assistant Psychiatrist in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School will present on this topic at the Alzheimer's Association Worcester Office
Thursday April 18th, 2019, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
(5:30 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Program)
100 North Parkway, Worcester, MA 01605
Free to attend. Please Register . Free parking on site.

The Science of Hope: Progress toward a world without Alzheimer's Disease 
Presented by the MetroWest Partnership, an affiliated Partnership of the Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter .
Saturday April 27, 2019, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Callahan Center: 535 Union Ave., Framingham, MA
To reserve your spot call 508-532-5980

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

For more Alzheimer's Association seminars in your area click here:   COMMUNITY RESOURCE FINDER
New Resource Added  
CaregivingMetroWest.org offers extensive listings of caregiving resources in the MetroWest region. We update our resource listings on a regular basis and will list here the new resources we have added. 

For those caring for someone with Memory Loss
Bridges by EPOCH 
Location:   1 Farmstead Lane,  Sudbury, MA 01776
Time:   Second Wednesday of every month, 12 p.m.
BEGINS September 12, 2019
For more info or to RSVP, call Cindy at 978-261-7007  

Bridges by EPOCH 
Memory Care Assisted Living at Sudbury
Address: 1 Farmstead Lane, Sudbury, MA 01776
Phone: 978-261-7007 (Mass Relay 711)
Website: 
www.bridgesbyEPOCH.com
Alzheimer/Dementia Special Care Units: 48

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