The Caregiver’s Cairn: Eager to Learn

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 Greetings one and all… Can you believe it? March has arrived and Spring will make an official entrance in a few short weeks. Spring is an amazing season of rebirth, renewal, and growth. I am also realizing that Spring is a season for launching new adventures and exploring new worlds. Serving as the Caregiving Ambassador for AARP Colorado, I collaborate with the state office to continually develop new platforms for caregiving education. In 2017, we are expanding our educational offerings …

Mutts & Models | The Fundraiser for Underprivileged Pets

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  You are cordially invited to join PetAid Colorado at the Bark & White Ball, inspired by Truman Capote’s infamous 1966 Black and White Ball. Celebrating its 16th year, Mutts & Models, Colorado’s original “black-collar” event, is Denver’s premiere canine and celebrity fashion show. Guests will delight in watching a unique fashion show featuring local philanthropists, celebrities, and media personalities strutting down the runway with their dogs. Funds to support PetAid Colorado are raised from Mutts & Models through sponsorships, …

Avoid IRS Scams

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Scammers posing as IRS agents or Treasury Department officials are continuing their deceptive ways. First and foremost, it is important to remember the IRS will first contact you through the mail. If you receive a phone call or suspicious email or text from the IRS, chances are it’s a scammer posing as an IRS agent. Are you still unsure? Here are some red flags that the call, email or text you received is not really the IRS: If the call …

Heart of the Matter: Managing High Blood Pressure

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As February, American Heart Month, draws to a close, it’s a good time to take stock of our heart health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, making them four times more likely to suffer a stroke, and three times more likely to die of a heart attack.  There are many drivers of high blood pressure including hormones, stress, diet, and lack of exercise, but the bottom line is high blood …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: We Need More “Happy”

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Greetings one and all… Every month when writing the posting for the Caregiver’s Cairn, I am always amazed that another month has come and gone. Today is no different. In fact, the first month of 2017 seemed particularly fast paced. That is not totally unexpected. January is the month when I get my “ducks in row” professionally. Submit proposals. Schedule educational events. Finalize contracts. However, the pace seemed particularly swift (and stressful) this year due to unexpected and disturbing events. …

Meet Boomers Leading Change: Achieving Purpose Through Service

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By Phil Nash, Executive Director The baby boom generation is rewriting the script for aging. Every day, ten thousand of us turn 65. But then what? More than ever, people of so-called “retirement age” are choosing to keep on working, keep on learning, and keep on finding ways to help their communities. Boomers Leading Change started with a big idea: older adults are healthier, better educated and have greater depth and breadth of work experience than previous generations. We are …

Young Author Writing Opportunity

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AARP and the Colorado School and Public Employee Retirement Association are sponsoring an Essay Contest with the title “My Grandparents are the best grandparents in the world!”  Essays will be judged by CSPERA members and the results will be announced by April 14, 2017.  There will be a first- and second-place winner in each of the four CSPERA State Divisions:  the Metro Division, the Northeast Division, the Southern Division, and the Western Division.   Each winner will receive as follows: First Place – A …

The Caregiver’s Cairn

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AARP Colorado is featuring The Caregiver’s Cairn: A Roadmap to Caregiving, a new and very valuable caregiving blog written by Jane Barton and packed with information about caring for you, while you care for a loved one.  Join us each month for a new topic on caregiving, brought to you by Jane Barton. 2017 March 2017:  Eager to Learn February 2017: We Need More “Happy” January 2017: Great Expectations 2016 December 2016: Let HOPE Light the Way November 2016: November—National Hospice and …

Beware of Online Scams

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The internet is a wonderful place to stay in touch with friends, conduct business and get information. Scammers also really like the internet because it gives them access to the billions of people who are online every day. When you are online make sure to take proper precautions to keep your personal and financial information safe and avoid these common scams: Phishing: Scammers impersonate a business or federal agency to trick you into giving out personal or financial information. This …

Home Sharing In A Shared Economy

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Blog by Alison. Everyone is talking about the sharing economy. We share rides, farm shares, job shares, rent our stuff shares, and finally seniors in Colorado have a safe and thoughtful option for Home Sharing. With the high price in rents, property taxes, and the cost of senior services home sharing is a great way to use the extra space in your home to provide income, decrease isolation, improve access to supportive services and transportation while relieving the worry of …