Forum on caregiving empowers Latinos to tell their story

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

Home & Family 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 …

Caregiving is a Family Challenge – Free Workshop!

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

Home & Family 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 …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: Boundaries – Know Your Limits

Posted on 07/16/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Home & Family 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. A little break in the caregiving action is good for the mind, body, and spirit. Today, I want to address the subject …

Dogs and Thunderstorm Season

Posted on 06/24/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Home & Family So far this spring, the weather has been rough here in Colorado with tornados, thunderstorms, hail and lightning.  As we write this, yet another hailstorm is in progress.  All of this is stressful for us to endure, but it can also be hard on our canine companions.  Fear of thunderstorms is a common problem for dogs.  It’s clear many dogs are afraid of the sound of thunder, but others seem to be distressed by other elements such as wind, rain, …

Help AARP Colorado Stuff the Bus for Kids

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Home & Family AARP Colorado is proud to announce a Stuff the Bus school supply drive to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. This drive is being held on July 26, 2014 in conjunction with Colorado Cares Day and in collaboration with Serve Colorado, Governor’s Commission on Community Service. Drop off sites will be open on July 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please help us surpass last year’s collections by purchasing and donating school supplies and dropping them off …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: Long-Distance Caregiving

Posted on 06/18/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Home & Family 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. A little break in the caregiving action is good for the mind, body, and spirit. As I noted in previous postings, I …