Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in a Unique Way

Posted on 08/19/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Español | Events First, attend a free concert featuring the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra on Sept. 15, then attend a musical workshop with Symphony Orchestra trumpeter Jeff Nevin on Sept. 19. While the events are gratis, the Nevin workshop on Sept. 19 is only open to the first 30 AARP members to register. Call Roberto Rey at 303-318-6763 to get on the list and for more information about the workshop. Meanwhile, AARP members and their families are invited …

Forum on caregiving empowers Latinos to tell their story

Posted on 08/19/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Colorado | Español | Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources There are 42 million family caregivers in America and about 20 percent of them are Latinos. In a survey by the National Alliance for Caregiving, Blacks and Hispanics were more likely than non-Hispanic Whites or Asians to cite caregiving as a financial hardship. “Hispanics tend to live in close proximity of family and maintain very close family ties, so they tend to be natural caregivers,” said Roberto Rey, AARP Colorado director of multicultural outreach. “That is why it is so …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: Got Bounce

Posted on 08/15/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Colorado | Health & Wellbeing Greetings one and all… Welcome back to The Caregiver’s Cairn – a sustaining and empowering guide for caregivers and care receivers. I hope you and yours have enjoyed a lovely month since my last posting. I invite you to pour a cup of coffee or hot tea, curl up in a cozy chair, and take a deep breath. Today, let’s chat about bouncing. Wait – stay seated! This is not an aerobics class. First, we will talk about bouncing. Then, …

Caregiving is a Family Challenge – Free Workshop!

Posted on 08/12/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources The introduction of a serious illness or disability disrupts the stability of a family system. A family’s response to stress is predicated on several factors: family structure, communication patterns, family history, and belief systems. With enough stress, most families will display dysfunctional behaviors. By understanding the source of the dysfunction, we can respond to issues more compassionately and effectively. JFS will also explore how to conduct and hold an effective family meeting so everyone can be involved in the caregiving …

New Volunteer Joins AARP Executive Council

Posted on 08/5/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Colorado | Volunteering AARP welcomes Lorri Orwig to its eight-member Executive Council, which is AARP Colorado’s volunteer advisory committee that helps set AARP strategic priorities statewide. Orwig, of Colorado Springs, is the newest volunteer to serve with the highest AARP Colorado volunteer body. The Executive Council works on issues that range from keeping living expenses affordable for Coloradans to planning community events. Orwig has been chief development officer of Silver Key Senior Services in Colorado Springs for six years. She plans and develops …

Summertime and the Grilling is Easy

Posted on 08/5/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Colorado | Health & Wellbeing Blog by A.J. White   Before you throw that burger or steak on the grill, consider the following. A recently released study of nearly 89,000 women who ate varying amounts of red meat over a 20 years period show a startling result in the increase of breast cancer (Wise, 2014). This longitudinal study looked at five different protein categories – unprocessed red meat (beef, pork, or lamb and hamburger); processed red meat (such as hot dogs, bacon and sausage); poultry …