…Looking Through a Different Lens

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Home & Family Blog by CJay Smith, CEC Remember those resolutions that you made last year or possibly the year before?  Remember saying, “I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to change jobs, I’m going to save more, I’m going to eat more nutritiously,” yet by the end of the first month of the New Year you had already “fallen off the wagon.” Now don’t be too hard on yourself, many of us make resolutions such as these with the best of intentions. …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: Holiday Blues

Posted on 12/17/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Home & Family Blog by Jane Barton 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. It is a busy time of year with the various holidays unfolding at warp speed. The pace is …

Christmas Memories

Posted on 12/4/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Home & Family Blog by CJay Smith, CEC You can tell the holidays are upon us when shows such as: Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas show up on the TV channels. I remember as a little girl watching these shows around the middle of November and excitedly knowing that Christmas was just around the corner, and Christmas meant gifts! One year I remember getting an Easy Bake Oven that made the best cakes and …

Take the Grandkids to Whoville and Laugh at the Grinch

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family The Denver Center for Performing Arts is offering a discount to AARP members who take a child or grandchild to the Dec. 17 evening performance of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. AARP staff and volunteers will be on hand before the show to discuss the various ways AARP is active in the community. AARP members and guests can get a free child’s ticket (for those 17 or younger) with the purchase of an adult ticket in …

Happy Holidays from State Director Morie Smile

Posted on 11/14/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Home & Family What a year 2014 proved to be! Members across the state enjoyed presentations on brain health and healthy behaviors. In Fort Collins, CSU students coached older Larimer County residents on how to use their technology, and in Mesa County, high school honor students turned the generational tables, offering technology assistance to an eager crowd. Throughout the year, AARP CO Caregiving ambassador Jane Barton offered advice and insights into healthy Caregiving and creating Caregiver support groups, which is a major AARP …

Adventures in Living Arrangements

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Cynthia Pasquale For more than 10 years, Jane Barton and a few girlfriends have had an ongoing conversation about sharing a home when they are older. “I want to get older and weirder with people I know and love. Our social networks are incredibly important if we want to age well,” said Barton, an expert on aging issues. This year she became an ambassador for AARP Colorado and travels the state presenting seminars on aging and caregiving. Barton and …