BayPath's LGBTQ+ Initiative has been visiting various Councils on Aging, and educational institutions, offering our new FREE program: an LGBTQ & A.
This is simply the creation of a safe space for questions for an hour or two, wherein grandparents and other seniors can feel comfortable asking about unfamiliar pronouns or how best to support and affirm an LGBTQ+ loved one.
For more information about LGBTQ & A:
Call our Confidential LGBTQ+ info line at 508-573-7288.
BayPath Elder Services, Inc.’s mission is to be a trusted partner in providing an array of services and programs to older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities to support their independence and dignity.
As part of that mission, BayPath strives to provide the very best information, resources and supports to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) older adults and their allies living in MetroWest.
In 2017 and again in 2019, BayPath received a grants from the MetroWest Health Foundation to help build a sustainable relationship with the MetroWest LGBTQ+ older adult community in order to improve access to LGBTQ+ inclusive and informed health, mental health, and other information, resources, and services.
The resulting LGBTQ+ Initiative seeks to provide outreach to LGBTQ+ older adults, families and caregivers, community agencies, allies, businesses and individuals in order to establish BayPath as an LGBTQ+ informed and inclusive place to find support, information and resources for health and well-being.
Presented by BayPath Elder Services, Inc. in collaboration with Framingham State University, this free inter-generational banquet celebrates the LGBTQ+ community with a buffet-style dinner along with presentations from relevant speakers and other delightful entertainment and conversation.
Typically held in October, stay tuned for more details regarding 2021!
Additional Web Resources
- Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (previously known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association) is the world's largest and oldest association of LGBT healthcare professionals, with the mission of ensuring equality in healthcare for LGBT individuals and healthcare professionals. GLMA.org provides healthcare information for the LGBT community, including a free provider directory of LGBT welcoming healthcare providers.
- The LGBT Aging Project is a Boston-based non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults have equal access to the life-prolonging benefits, protections, services and institutions that their heterosexual neighbors take for granted.
- The LGBT Aging Project is also a founding member of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to LGBT older adults.
- SAGE also has more information and resources for LGBT older adults and caregivers.
- BayPath's national award-winning family caregiver website, CaregivingMetroWest.org, features a section with information and resources for LGBT caregivers and those caring for an LGBT older adult.
33 Boston Post Road West - Marlborough, MA 01752 - Phone 508-573-7200
Providing the very best information, resources and supports to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) older adults and their allies living in MetroWest.
BayPath serves the following communities:
Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton,
Hudson, Marlborough, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, and Westborough.
BayPath Elder Services, Inc. is a member of the MetroWest ADRC, a partnership with HESSCO and the MetroWest Center for Independent Living.
BayPath Elder Services, Inc. and its programs are funded in whole or in part by contracts with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, funds from the Older Americans Act, and donations and grants from businesses, foundations and individuals.
BayPath is also developing a resource guide of LGBTQ+ inclusive resources (health care providers, vendors, community agencies and businesses) and contact information of local, state, and government agencies where LGBTQ+ elders can seek professional advice, obtain resources and build new relationships with health care, mental healthcare, and other professionals in MetroWest rather than having to go to Worcester or Boston to receive LGBTQ+ competent care.
Aging in the LGBTQ+ Community
Join us in a safe space for coffee and goodies, and tell us what's on your mind!
SOFFAs (Significant Others, Family, Friends, and Allies) always welcome!
Contact Julie for how and when we are holding the virtual coffee hour during the pandemic. 508-573-7288
LGBTQ+ seniors face the typical challenges of aging; however, because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity they are at higher risk for abuse, isolation, discrimination and exploitation.
Fearful of mistreatment, LGBTQ+ seniors are five times less likely to access services than non-LGBT seniors. Moreover, many of these LGBTQ+ seniors are estranged from their family of origin, and do not have children, so they are facing the challenges of aging without supports that many people take for granted.
BayPath's LGBTQ+ Initiative has staff available to answer questions, provide information and referrals, and offer programs and events to LGBTQ+ older adults, their family members, and local professionals in MetroWest.
BayPath LGBTQ+ Coordinator Julie Nowak can be reached on a confidential phone line at 508-573-7288, or by email at email@example.com.
LGBTQ+ Elders Cultural Competency Training
This training provides employees, volunteers, and community professionals with the tools they need to compassionately work with the growing numbers of LGBTQ+ older adults. Any and all questions are welcomed by our trainers, in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
As of spring of 2019, we are very pleased that more than 80 BayPath Elder Services staff members have attended our LGBTQ+ Elders Cultural Competency Training. We remain committed to providing this training, mandatory for all staff, to ensure that BayPath provides welcoming, informed, and thoughtful care for LGBTQ+ elders who contact us seeking support and/or services.
As part of our commitment to creating safe spaces and understanding, BayPath also offers our LGBTQ+ Elders Cultural Competency Training to groups and organizations throughout the MetroWest area. (Recently we have held this training, and subsequent discussions, with Seniors Helping Seniors and Thrive.)
For more information about how to introduce this training to your staff:
- Call our Confidential LGBTQ+ info line at 508-573-7288.
Annual Pride Across Generations Banquet
BayPath has also formed a LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee featuring not only staff members, but key stakeholders from the community.
The advisory group includes members of BayPath's Board of Directors, local business owners, staff from other social service agencies in MetroWest, area Council on Aging staff, community members and representatives from Framingham State University.
LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee
For more information, call us at our confidential LGBT phone line at (508) 573-7288
Introducing our new monthly luncheon for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender older adults and their allies and friends.The Pathways café is free, so join us for some great food and friendly company!
The meals are free thanks to the generous support of the MetroWest Health Foundation and are part of the LGBTQ+ Initiative of BayPath Elder Services, Inc.
WHERE: The Epicurean Room at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School.
215 Fitchburg Street, Marlborough, MA
(use the restaurant entrance)
WHEN: The third Tuesday of each month, from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
However we will be closed when the school is closed so please confirm via our confidential phone line at 508-573-7288 of by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Need help when going to the doctor?
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS) Elder Care Solutions - Patient Navigator Program provides trained volunteers to accompany older adults to medical appointments, providing support and guidance to help older adults get the information and care they need. The program is available free of charge for older adults living in Framingham and the surrounding area.
LGBT+ Ally Patient Navigator Expansion
With support from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation Momentum Fund and the Cummings Foundations Sustaining Grant, the JFS Patient Navigator program has expanded its reach into the local older adult LGBT+ community to combat the health disparities that effect LGBT+ older adults and to break down the barriers that these individuals face in health care settings.
For more information, contact JFS by email or call 508-875-3100 x110.
Take your lunch hour at the virtual Pathways Cafe!
Our launch into online gatherings went well on April 22, 2020 with nine people joining us to chat in our virtual Pathways Café.
It was BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch), and we got to see some of our friends who live farther away, and learn how some of our colleagues are making other new online spaces for LGBTQ+ people.
Contact Julie for how and when we are holding the next virtual PATHWAYS CAFE during the pandemic. 508-573-7288