Care-FULL Conversations: Caregiving – Change and Transition Podcast

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Over the past twelve years, I have presented thousands of programs on various aspects of caregiving. I can’t discuss caregiving without addressing the issue of CHANGE. I always ask those in attendance if they welcome and enjoy CHANGE.  CHANGE. The word alone triggers anxiety, fear, and discomfort. People squirm in their seats. Look at me in disbelief. Groan loudly! Or laugh nervously. Obviously, CHANGE is not a pleasant experience for most us. However, CHANGE is an inherent part of life—certainly …

Anyone 50+ Gets Free Entrance Into Denver Botanic Gardens September 8, 2017

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People age 50+ receive free admission to Denver Botanic Gardens, where they can explore a wide range of gardens and collections that illustrate the diversity of plants from all corners of the world. See how the distinctive gardens define and celebrate our Western identity, and a unique high altitude climate and geography. Don’t forget to swing by the AARP table to meetyour local representative. Join AARP Colorado at the Denver Botanic Gardens Friday, September 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: When The Journey Ends

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Greetings one and all… I find it hard to believe that we are knee-deep in the summer season. WOW! The entire year has been somewhat of a blur with work, caregiving demands, and health concerns. I don’t know about you, but I could use a little break in the action! So pull up a chair, grab your preferred beverage, and take a deep breath. Let’s chat. This past weekend, I had the honor to participate in a program for caregivers …

Care-FULL Conversations: Caregiving – We’re All in This Together Podcast

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Welcome to Care-FULL Conversations sponsored by AARP Colorado. Today, Jane W. Barton, the caregiving ambassador for AARP Colorado, recognizes that the challenges posed by aging and illness ripple throughout the family system—however you choose to define family. Basically, we’re all in this together! So, it’s important to identify our traveling companions in life and prepare to care for each other. Nurturing caring relationships today increases our odds of sharing the journey with caring companions.  Yes, we’re all in this together—Thank …

Beware of Emergency Scams

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Scammers may pose as relatives or friends, calling or sending messages to urge you to wire money immediately. They’ll say they need cash to help with an emergency – like getting out of jail, paying a hospital bill or needing to leave a foreign country. Their goal is to trick you into sending money before you realize it’s a scam. They impersonate your loved one convincingly. Social networking sites make it easier than ever to sleuth out personal and family …

Care-FULL Conversations: Caregiving From Inside Out Podcast

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Description: AARP Colorado is excited to announce a new caregiving educational resource, Care-FULL Conversations. Jane W. Barton, the Caregiving Ambassador for the state of Colorado, is hosting a series of podcasts designed to explore the journey of caregiving from the inside out—what it FEELS like to be a caregiver or care receiver. If you have questions about family dynamics, grief and loss, caregiver stress, advance care planning, hospice and palliative care, or end of life issues, please join us routinely …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: Medical Roller Coaster

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Greetings one and all… It is another glorious morning in Denver. I have been enjoying some quiet time on our back porch—soaking up the early morning sunshine, listening to the birds, and delighting in the myriad of flowers blooming in our gardens. My morning meditation also afforded the opportunity to reflect on the events of the past month—it has been quite the ride! As noted in my previous posting, my medical adventure began in late May with the diagnosis of …

Care-FULL Conversation Video 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. Planning for LIFE Description:  We’ll chat about the process of Advance Care Planning from a different perspective. Consider the question, “How do you choose to LIVE until your not?” And specific to the LGBT community, have you legally designated and documented the person or persons who will be responsible for your care? I won’t go into the …

Door-to-Door Scams

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Warm summer months often lead to more door-to-door solicitations. Regardless of if you believe the person at your door is a legitimate solicitor or not, it is important to remain skeptical and cautious about the stranger, especially if they are trying to sell you something. Scammers often try and solicit donations for charity, offer a home repair service or pose as a utility worker.   NEVER: Do business right on the spot! You can and should always get a second …

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; …