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Executive Director BayPath Elder Services, Inc.
Blog: Caregiving Chronicle - Caregiver Toolkit - Caregiving MetroWest | Page 7
BayPath Executive Director Christine Alessandro and a contingent of key figures in the project to create dementia-friendly communities in Marlborough, Hudson and Northborough recently traveled to Minnesota to learn first-hand how to successfully implement such a plan.
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After hearing Arthur [Bergeron] and Christine give their explanation of the program, I told them, ‘I’m in.’” Long joined Alessandro, Bergeron, an elder law attorney and active advocate for elders, as well as fellow COA directors Trish Pope of Marlborough and Kelly Burke of Northborough in taking the lead in BayPath’s program to create dementia-friendly communities in their three towns in a project funded by a grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation. But seeing the value in the project didn’t eliminate the practical challenges to Long’s participation, particularly when it came to joining the others on a trip to Minnesota in September to meet with some of the key people from the Act on Alzheimer's organization who have successfully created several dozen dementia-friendly communities in that state. “I’m thinking, ‘How in the world am I going to do this?
That effort led BayPath Executive Director Christine Alessandro and a small contingent of key players in the project to fly to Minneapolis earlier this month. Alessandro, Marlborough Council on Aging Director Trish Pope, Hudson COA Director Janice Long, Northborough COA Director Kelly Burke and elder law attorney Arthur Bergeron went to the site of several successfully established dementia-free communities in Minnesota on Sept. 9-11. Minnesota has 34 dementia-friendly communities, which include complete towns, neighborhoods, faith-based communities or ethnic groups in a particular area as what defines a “community” can vary. The size and makeup of the Minnesota communities varied, but the common thread was a successful implementation of a series of steps to make them welcoming and accessible to people with dementia and their caregivers. Over the course of parts of three days, the BayPath contingent learned all about the challenges ahead, and gained a knowledge of the process and the confidence to implement it here at home. “It was priceless,” Alessandro said of the trip. “It was not only impactful, it was so well-thought out, so engaging, so thorough. Now Alessandro and the others involved will try to take the insight, and the inspiration, they gained in Minnesota and duplicate that success here.
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Christine Alessandro, Executive Director, BayPath Elder Services, Inc., Marlborough, MA
Ultimately, BayPath Executive Director, Christine Alessandro, hopes all 14 communities in BayPaths service area will want to become dementia friendly.