Crossing Culture with Care: Diversity and Aging

Posted on 04/17/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Column by Marissa Volpe –   Cristina is a 48-year-old caregiver to her 82-year-old mother in Denver, Colo. She works full time as a custodian, is raising three children as a single mother and in the afternoons, after her early morning work shift ends, she takes classes to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. Caring full time for her mother, who is paralyzed and living with Alzheimer’s disease, is around the clock work. She relies on the help of her children. Dolores, her …

Spiritual Caregiving: Soul tips for the journey

Posted on 04/17/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Caregiving | Community | Home & Family Column by Marissa Volpe   Recently I facilitated an interfaith training on spirituality and dementia. A spirited group of rabbis, pastors and ministers of care joined together to learn about dementia’s effect on one’s spiritual self, the warning signs of dementia, and how spiritual caregiving affects those with Alzheimer’s along with the caregivers themselves. When a person receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease a tendency toward planning for legal and medical aspects of a person’s life become paramount; at the …

Chasing Her Dreams: Marcia Starts Training

Posted on 04/17/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Congratulations Marcia on being named AARP Colorado’s Life Reimagined 1/2 Marathon Contest Winner!  Check out her blog each week as she trains for the Colfax 1/2 Marathon! Entry 10- R is for Record (and Recuperate) I’ve been using the S-M-A-R-T acronym, part of Deepak Chopra’s and Oprah’s 21 Day Meditations, as I train for the half marathon. It stands for “record your progress.”  I have recorded informally with the Forerunner (a watch like device that tells distance, how fast, how …

Colorado Care Act Passes

Posted on 04/16/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Advocacy The Colorado Senate passed the Colorado Care Act unanimously April 15. The Act recognizes the critical role of family caregivers in keeping loved ones out of costly institutions. HB 1242, the CO Care Act, passed the Senate April 15. The bill, which would require hospitals to identify and instruct a caregiver of a patient prior to patient release, must still return to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments, but it is expected to be signed by Governor Hickenlooper within the …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: Spring—Images of Caregiving

Posted on 04/15/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Caregiving 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’s time to relax, recharge, and reflect. Spring is a lovely time of year, isn’t it? However, the …

Join AARP at the Arvada Center for “A Man of No Importance”

Posted on 04/15/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Events | Uncategorized A Man of No Importance Saturday May 16th at 2 pm Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Based on a film A Man of No Importance Directed by Rod A. Lansberry Regional Premiere featuring Colorado’s Legendary Irish-Folk Band Colcannon It’s 1964 in a working-class neighborhood of Dublin. Oscar Wilde devotee, Alfie Byrne has ambitions to perform Wilde’s Salome with his amateur theater troupe in the local church hall; however, Alfie doesn’t realize the controversy his choice …