— Saturday, August 12, 2017: Triple S Brewery Walking Tour, Colorado Springs, CO Join AARP Colorado and Triple S Brewing for a walking tour of Colorado Springs downtown breweries.  you will be guided through 3 breweries where you will get something special from each; learn the brewing process, meet the brewers, and tour each brewery.  You may even receive a special Brewer’s Reserve beer. AARP members and their guests will receive 15% off the regular tour price.   Tuesday, August 15: …

— Over the past twelve years, I have presented thousands of programs on various aspects of caregiving. I can’t discuss caregiving without addressing the issue of CHANGE. I always ask those in attendance if they welcome and enjoy CHANGE.  CHANGE. The word alone triggers anxiety, fear, and discomfort. People squirm in their seats. Look at me in disbelief. Groan loudly! Or laugh nervously. Obviously, CHANGE is not a pleasant experience for most us. However, CHANGE is an inherent part of life—certainly …

— Join us on September 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm MT for Part 1 of AARP’s Interactive Social Security Webinar as we explore each of the five most asked about (and often misunderstood) Social Security topics—including applying for benefits, survivor benefits, spousal benefits, the earnings limit, and benefits for married couples. Plus, you can ask specific questions for the experts to answer using our interactive Q&A tool. We’ll also introduce you to AARP’s easy-to-use online tools, including our Benefits Calculator and a …

— Working family caregivers face unique challenges that can leave them exhausted, overwhelmed, and worried about meeting commitments both at work and at home. New research by Home Instead Inc. found working family caregivers report experiencing additional strain in multiple areas of their life including finances (60%), career (65%), physical and mental health (74% and 81% respectively), and ability to manage work-life balance (83%). Per the survey, top stressors for working caregivers were: Feeling torn between work and family responsibilities.  25% …

— People age 50+ receive free admission to Denver Botanic Gardens, where they can explore a wide range of gardens and collections that illustrate the diversity of plants from all corners of the world. See how the distinctive gardens define and celebrate our Western identity, and a unique high altitude climate and geography. Don’t forget to swing by the AARP table to meetyour local representative. Join AARP Colorado at the Denver Botanic Gardens Friday, September 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. …

—   AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need …

— Organizers for AARP and the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) today announced they will partner in 10 U.S. communities to create and deliver programming and local events focused on the health and well-being of residents of all ages.  AARP and Y-USA said the communities were selected in order to reach a variety of people, cultures, and community sizes. They are: Asheville, NC; Bismarck, ND; Treasure Valley, ID; Burlington, VT; Colorado Springs, CO; Long Island, NY; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Rapid …

— Greetings one and all… I find it hard to believe that we are knee-deep in the summer season. WOW! The entire year has been somewhat of a blur with work, caregiving demands, and health concerns. I don’t know about you, but I could use a little break in the action! So pull up a chair, grab your preferred beverage, and take a deep breath. Let’s chat. This past weekend, I had the honor to participate in a program for caregivers …

— Taking care of a loved one isn’t always a walk in the park. Family caregiving means juggling many areas of help—personal, financial, medical, and more. Now you can talk to others dealing with the same issues. AARP’s Caregiving Q&A Webcasts are hosted by Dr. Jean Accius, a nationally recognized expert on aging policy, livable communities and long-term services. Register today to ask questions and learn about the issues important to you. How to Manage the Daily Needs of Your Loved One Tuesday, August …

— Please join us for a caregiving workshop presented by Atlas of Caregiving on September 6 or 7, 2017. Family caregiving is an isolated and underappreciated endeavor, it is not well understood and so current systems intended to support them cannot scale. Atlas of Caregiving is uncovering the hidden world of caregiving utilizing a CareMap…. A CareMap is a hand-drawn representation of a family caregiver’s network. Your CareMap visualizes your caregiving daily activities and is the first step to seeing where …

— Welcome to Care-FULL Conversations sponsored by AARP Colorado. Today, Jane W. Barton, the caregiving ambassador for AARP Colorado, recognizes that the challenges posed by aging and illness ripple throughout the family system—however you choose to define family. Basically, we’re all in this together! So, it’s important to identify our traveling companions in life and prepare to care for each other. Nurturing caring relationships today increases our odds of sharing the journey with caring companions.  Yes, we’re all in this together—Thank …