Volunteer at the Colorado Irish Festival

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AARP Colorado would like to share with you the following information. If you can’t be in Ireland,  volunteer at the Colorado Irish Festival! The 2017 Colorado Irish Festival will be commemorating its 23rd Anniversary! Held in the heather of Clement Park in Littleton, with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Highlands, the Colorado Irish Festival celebrates all that is Green. This eclectic gathering of tens of thousands is known throughout the west for its outrageous display of kilts and bagpipes; …

Join Us for Free Pride Movies for Grownups June 13 and June 14!

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Open to the general public. June 13 Free Screening of Moonlight TIME:  7:00 p.m. WHERE: Sie Film Center, 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206 You are invited to a free screening of Moonlight for Pride month!  Moonlight looks at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him. Register Online     June …

Five Steps for Fall Prevention

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Per the National Council on Aging, every 13 seconds an older adult is seen in an ER for a fall related injury, and 1 in 3 older Americans falls every year.  Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for persons aged 65 and older.  Even minor falls can be problematic when they instill a fear of falling, making it difficult for elders to stay active, sometimes leading to depression. The good news is that most falls …

Care-FULL Conversation Resources

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Thank you for checking out our Care-FULL Conversation Resources.  The videos are to provide information to help benefit the caregiver and care receiver.   Video One: Description:  A concern noted on the report was a lack of family support throughout the caregiving journey. Often, individuals within the LGBT community are estranged from their family of origin. So, family is defined differently…..trusted friends and colleagues. Hence, we have to be more intentional about creating family and confirming that there is a …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: Caregiving Takes a Village

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Greetings one and all… It is a glorious spring morning in Denver. My window on the world reveals blue skies, sunshine, flowers, and green grass. A lovely change from the 15” of snow that Mother Nature dropped in our backyard last weekend. Springtime in the Rockies. Gotta love it! I had a preview of the spring snowstorm as I drove back from the Western Slope of Colorado. I made it up and over the mountain passes with only a few …

“Say Yes” Phone Calls

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The ElderWatch Helpline has been fielding lots of calls about the “Say Yes” scam. Many news reports have warned that a scammer will call and ask a question to get the victim to say “Yes.” Then, reportedly, the scammer records that “Yes” to use it to authorize unwanted charges to a phone bill, utility bill or a credit card. While many people report that they are getting calls like these followed by a hang up, we have yet to encounter …

Ovarian Cancer – 3 Things You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Let me start by staying that at age 69, I have survived stage 3C ovarian cancer for OVER 7 years!  Now that I have your attention, please keep reading – I want to share my story! Toward the end of 2009, I noticed periodic discomfort above my pelvic bone when I sat down. This odd pain would subside after a few seconds, but several weeks later, I saw a little blood after I urinated.  “Oh no,” I thought, and called …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: On the Road Again

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Greetings one and all… It’s another glorious Spring morning in Denver. Blue skies and sunshine. However, we all know that Spring comes and goes along the Front Range. Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow! We certainly need the moisture, so I’ll tolerate one more blast of winter weather. Spring-like days return this weekend which will prompt me to get out and about. I love digging in the dirt this time of year. And, I welcome the opportunity to be …

The ART of Wellness Event

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May is mental health awareness month, you may or may not know that 1 in 5 individuals in the U.S. suffers from a mental health condition. Unfortunately many more experience symptoms of conditions such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder and don’t ever seek help. There is a local nonprofit in Denver working to change the stigma surrounding mental illness, in fact the Colorado Mental Wellness Network (The Network) is comprised of individuals who live with these conditions and …

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 …