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Caregiving Chronicles will present news and analysis on caregiving topics in MetroWest and around the world, in-depth Q&As with experts in fields related to caregiving and updates and announcements about caregiving resources available in MetroWest from CaregivingMetroWest.org Program Director Douglas Flynn.


COME 2 B Dementia Friendly program continues progress in Westborough, prepares to start in Ashland
By Douglas Flynn / May 18, 2017
COME 2 B Dementia Friendly Coordinator Susan Longmoore checked in with the Caregiving Chronicles Blog this week to give an update on the community-based program seeking to create dementia-friendly communities in MetroWest.

BayPath Elder Services, Inc., with funding in part from the MetroWest Health Foundation and working in conjunction with stakeholders from all sectors of the community, has begun replicating the Act on Alzheimer's initiative in Minnesota to help MetroWest communities become informed, safe, and respectful of individuals with dementia and their families and caregivers, as well as providing supportive options that foster quality of life. 

The town of Ashland is the latest community to join this program, and has a kick-off meeting scheduled for May 23 at the Ashland Senior Center to officially start the process. The co-chairs of this initiative are Ashland Council on Aging Director Joanne Duffy and Ashland Selectman Steve Mitchell.  They have been busy spreading the word around Ashland and getting support to start this initiative.  

Meanwhile, the town of Westborough is finishing up surveying its community this month.  The co-chairs of the survey process are George Barrette and Shelby Marshall.  Students from the Westborough High school National Honor Society also took part and volunteered to survey community members. It was a true community effort.

The team is looking forward to hearing results from the survey over the summer.



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