BayPath serves the following communities:
Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Natick,
Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, and Westborough.
For more information, call BayPath's confidential LGBT phone line at 508-573-7288
33 Boston Post Road West - Marlborough, MA 01752 - Phone 508-573-7200
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 (LGBT) older adults and their allies living in MetroWest.
In 2017, BayPath received a grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation to help build a sustainable relationship with the MetroWest LGBT older adult community in order to improve access to LGBT inclusive and informed health, mental health, and other information, resources, and services.
The resulting LGBT Initiative seeks to provide outreach to LGBT older adults, families and caregivers, community agencies, allies, businesses and individuals in order to establish BayPath as an LGBT informed and inclusive place to find support, information and resources for health and well-being.
BayPath is also developing a resource guide of LGBT inclusive resources (health care providers, vendors, community agencies and businesses) and contact information of local, state, and government agencies where LGBT 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 LGBT competent care.
The initiative will also train BayPath staff, local Councils on Aging, Senior Centers, and the wider community on LGBT older adult issues in order to improve LGBT competency.
BayPath is pleased to offer that 90-minute training opportunity for the MetroWest area on the issue of LGBT Elders Cultural Competency to help better serve these all-too-often hidden individuals in our communities. The LGBT Initiative is currently conducting trainings for the BayPath staff, but will soon be setting up trainings for organizations, businesses and community groups throughout our coverage area.
This training will provide employees, volunteers, and community professionals with tools to work with the growing numbers of LGBT older adults. Any and all questions are welcomed by our trainers, in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Please contact BayPath's LGBT Initiative team to learn more about our program, fees, and to schedule your training date.
BayPath has also formed a LGBT 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.
Aging and the LGBT Community
LGBT 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, LGBT seniors are five times less likely to access services than non-LGBT seniors. Moreover, many of these LGBT 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 new LGBT Initiative has staff available to answer questions, provide information and referrals, and offer new programs and events to LGBT older adults, their family members, and local professionals in MetroWest. BayPath LGBT Coordinator Julie Nowak and Elder Community Care Coordinator Cindy Getchell can be reached on a confidential phone line at 508-573-7288, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BayPath Elder Services and Framingham State hosted our first joint LGBT Intergenerational Banquet at the McCarthy Center on FSU's campus on National Coming Out Day on October 11, 2017.
"Pride Across Generations" drew a large crowd of about 80 attendees, featuring many Framingham State students and community members from across the age spectrum.
Kim Dexter, Director of Equal Opportunity, Title IX, and ADA Compliance for Framingham State, emceed the event. And the night featured opening remarks from State Representative Jack Lewis, an inspiring keynote address from WBZ NewsRadio's Kristen Eck, an informative panel discussion with Brandon Adams (OUT MetroWest), Matthew Polimeno (Framingham State), Rev. Debbie Clark (Edwards Church, UCC) and Donald Gray (AGE MetroWest), and closing remarks from BayPath Executive Director Christine Alessandro.
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.
Keep up to date with information about the initiative and issues facing LGBT older adults in general on BayPath's newly launched LGBT Facebook page, Pathways of BayPath Elder Services.