Fun Time in the Summertime…

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Health & Wellbeing My mother was a teacher and a nurse; a teacher before I was born, then a nurse in my formative years and beyond. To this day, I still joke with my friends back home that while they were reading Cat in the Hat, and Green Eggs and Ham, I was reading the PDR (the Physicians’ Desk Reference). I can see my mother studying for Nursing School and having this mauve colored book with gold lettering that had pictures of different …

Forum on caregiving empowers Latinos to tell their story

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

Health & Wellbeing 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

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Summertime and the Grilling is Easy

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

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 …

Lesson Learned…

Posted on 07/28/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Health & Wellbeing According to Webster’s dictionary, the term Empty Nesters is defined as “a parent whose children have grown up and moved away from home.”  For about 4 years now, my husband and I have been Empty Nesters, and you know what? We Love it! There is something so peaceable about having the house to ourselves. We loved the time spent raising our two beautiful daughters, but they are both grown and out of the house and doing well.  Which brings me …