The Caregiver’s Cairn: CareMaps—A Catalyst for Conversations About Care

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-10-16T15:17:26+00:00">October 16, 2017</time> by AARP Colorado

Greetings one and all… I hope you and yours are enjoying the Fall season. As I write this blog posting, it feels more like Summer than Fall. A bit toasty in Denver for the middle of September. However, I will relish my memory of today when the snow is flying a few short months from now! Today, I want to share some information regarding a beneficial resource for caregivers and care receivers that I learned of last week. I attended …

Care-FULL Conversations Round Table Three Part Discussion

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-12T12:18:00+00:00">October 12, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-13T09:31:44+00:00">October 13, 2017</time> by AARP Colorado

Part 1.  Greetings and welcome to the round table rendition of Care-FULL Conversations—a program made possible by the collaborative efforts of AARP Colorado and Dementia Friendly Denver. Featured guests are Nadine Roberts Cornish, founder of The Caregiver’s Guardian, LLC and Paul Leon Ramsey, Executive Director of a Little Help.   Part 2.  Greetings and welcome to the round table rendition of Care-FULL Conversations—a program made possible by the collaborative efforts of AARP Colorado and Dementia Friendly Denver. Featured guests are Tina Wells …

Care-FULL Conversation Video Resources

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-08T05:44:00+00:00">October 8, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-09T11:57:03+00:00">October 9, 2017</time> by AARP Colorado

Thank you for checking out our Care-FULL Conversation Resources.  The videos are to provide information to help benefit the caregiver and care receiver. Resistance to Assistance Description:  Jane Barton discusses the major challenge in the caregiving journey is overcoming the tendency of most people to resist the assistance of others. It is so hard to ask for and to receive help from family members, friends, and professional caregivers. We feel vulnerable, out of control, and helpless. However, resistance to assistance can …

Care-FULL Conversations: Legacies of Care Podcast

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-10-06T15:33:57+00:00">October 6, 2017</time> by AARP Colorado

Today, let’s chat about how we learn to care—for others and for ourselves. Who serves as your role model for caregiving? Care receiving? What is your family legacy of care? What family or cultural patterns of caregiving are you repeating or rejecting? What legacy of care are you conveying to your family and friends? In the iTunes Podcast store for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the Google Music store for Android OS users, On or using the SoundCloud mobile app on both iPhone and Android. You …

Looking to get more involved in the community you love?

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-10-02T12:41:14+00:00">October 2, 2017</time> by AARP Colorado

Join the Blackforest AARP Chapter ! It’s your chance to help make your community an even better place to live, work and play. As a member, you’ll get the chance to engage in many different outreach activities, where you’ll be able to give back, meet new people in the area, and work on issues in your community. You can tap you own potential while helping to improve the community you love. Learn more online.

Join us for a showing of Still in the Game

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-02T12:28:34+00:00">October 2, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-03T16:00:50+00:00">October 3, 2017</time> by AARP Colorado

Still in the Game A Play about Caregiving by Robert F. Benjamin A play about aging, caregiving, love and life. In this upbeat journey of a recent widower, David (age 70) strives to begin a new life chapter, having served well as caregiver for his wife who died of cancer. But he clashes with his grieving daughter Dawn, who feels guilt for not caregiving enough. Years later, David needs a caregiver. Dawn offers, as does David’s new girlfriend. Who will …

Data Breaches & ID Theft

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-02T12:09:07+00:00">October 2, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-02T12:14:14+00:00">October 2, 2017</time> by AARP Colorado

In recent years, we have dealt with major data breaches at hospitals, retail stores and government offices.  In September, we learned Equifax’s data was breached, potentially affecting millions of people. While these breaches are alarming, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a victim of identity theft. It does mean that you should take precautionary measures to protect your identity. The following are some steps to consider taking: Review your annual credit report. Call 877-322-8228 or visit Place a …

 Longevity: Pros and Cons Webinar October 18

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-19T12:03:13+00:00">September 19, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-19T12:05:58+00:00">September 19, 2017</time> by AARP Colorado

Join us for a free webinar at 12 pm MNT on October 18!  Currently in the United States, both men and women are expected to live into their eighties. This represents an increase in life expectancy of thirty years over the past century. The increased longevity is due in part to advances in medical technology, improved hygiene, and development and availability of effective medications. Fabulous news, right? Perhaps. The blessing of a longer life often depends on how we age. …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: Hurricane Harvey—The Stories

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-16T15:21:00+00:00">September 16, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-16T15:23:28+00:00">October 16, 2017</time> by AARP Colorado

Greetings one and all… For the past four days, I have been glued to the tube and the internet—witnessing the unfolding catastrophe caused by Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Gulf Coast. Having lived in Houston in the early 90’s when I worked in the oil business, I have a fondness for the city and the surrounding area. I also have some very dear friends who live in and around Houston. Text messages and FaceBook are proving to be effective methods …

Care-FULL Conversations: Resilience Podcast

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-05T14:11:13+00:00">September 5, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-06T15:57:00+00:00">October 6, 2017</time> by AARP Colorado

As human beings, we will experience the highs and lows of life – and the transitions between the peaks and valleys are rough. It is during the stressful, difficult times that we realize the importance of resilience – the ability to “BOUNCE back” from adversity.  Resilience is not a trait. Rather, it is a process of adaptation. When life unfolds in unexpected or unwanted ways, we are better served to BEND (adapt) as opposed to being broken by life (resist). …