The Caregiver’s Cairn: Fall Reflections on Caregiving

Posted on 09/17/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Home & Family Blog by Jane Barton 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’s time for a break and a moment of reflection. Summer has come and gone. Can you believe it? The signs of …

AARP CO Presents Cyber Seniors Film Premier Plus Technology Workshop September 17, 2014

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Home & Family Please join AARP CO for a one-of-a-kind film premier followed by a Mentor Up Technology Workshop  you won’t want to miss! Cyber Seniors is a  humorous and heartwarming documentary that follows the journey of a group of older adults as they discover the world of the Internet with the help of their tech-savvy youth mentors.  The film offers a look at the obstacles and accomplishments when crossing the digital divide. This wonderful documentary will be followed by refreshments and an …

Plan for Your Pet’s Care

Posted on 09/2/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Home & Family Pets have been shown to be good for seniors.  Over the past 20 years or so numerous studies have shown the benefits sharing life with a pet can have for a variety of populations, including seniors.  Pets provide constant companionship and social support that family members sometimes can’t.  They also serve as “social lubricants”, making it easier to connect with other people.  Studies have shown that people are more likely to start a conversation or approach a person with a …

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