—   Tuesday, March 28, April 4:  LearnOn What’s the Good Word?  Best Use of Word on Your Computer, Metro State University AARP Discount 6 p.m.-8 p.m.– DENVER AARP members receive 15% off on the class.  This small and relaxed class will help you get fancier with “Word” on your computer – create tables, insert graphics, and explore other Word features that you may not know even existed!  All class is hands-on in a computer lab. AARP Members and their guests can access …

— Don’t be fooled by the bill in Congress that promises to fix the health care system. It is a boon for special interests, not a plan to improve care for regular folks in Colorado and around the country. The bill amounts to an “age tax” that would cost older consumers thousands of dollars a year for health insurance. At the same time, special interests would enjoy a windfall of tax breaks, including deals for insurance companies, drug makers and manufacturers …

— If you were to ask a typical Colorado resident how to fix health care in America, you can be sure he or she would not suggest that Washington allow insurance companies to price people out of affordable coverage. Yet, Congress is now considering the American Health Care Act – a bill that would do just that. The bill would impose an “age tax” on older Americans. That means people in their 50s and 60s who are buying health insurance on …

— How can a 64-year-old making $26,500 a year afford to have his health care premiums jump from $1,700 to $14,600 a year (a whopping 758 percent increase)? He can’t. That’s the reason AARP is strongly opposed to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and why we’re doubling down on efforts to stop it in its tracks. It’s an outrage that anyone in the U.S. Congress could expect people over age 50 to pay thousands more for health coverage. Even more …

— As February, American Heart Month, draws to a close, it’s a good time to take stock of our heart health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, making them four times more likely to suffer a stroke, and three times more likely to die of a heart attack.  There are many drivers of high blood pressure including hormones, stress, diet, and lack of exercise, but the bottom line is high blood …

— Conscious Aging is an eight-week series about embracing aging and living and passionate and fulfilling mature life. The program, offered by the Denver Public Library, is facilitated by Catherine Dockery, MA*, and is held every Monday at 2 p.m. beginning Feb. 27, 2017. Check out this groundbreaking series of workshops on how to transform the aging process at the Schlessman Family Library, 100 Poplar St. Denver, CO 80220.  This eight-part series will explore a variety of topics to enable people to come …

— For many, the hardest part about getting help for a mental health, substance use or emotional issue is knowing how or where to begin, especially when an issue reaches a crisis. Whether you’re in need of crisis assistance, or are reaching out on behalf of a loved one, Colorado Crisis Services is designed to be a single point of entry for any individual experiencing a crisis of any kind by providing confidential and immediate help 24 hours a day, seven …

— AARP Colorado is looking for people who like to have fun, enjoy exercise, learning new skills and meeting new people. If this sounds like you or someone you know, consider becoming a member of the 2017 AARP Dragon Boat Race Team which will be comprised of  up to 26 people, half men and half women. The Dragon Boat Race and Festival is over a weekend (date for 2017 not yet finalized but will be sometime between mid as end of …

— Greetings one and all… This morning I am sitting at my desk, sipping coffee, and reflecting on the holiday season. I am somewhat amazed by how quickly the holidays arrived this year. However, it shouldn’t be surprising. Every day is “lippin’ full”—an expression I learned from my sister-in-law. So, it’s time to slow down the pace. Take a deep breath. And be present to the moment. Care to join me? The holidays are an interesting time of the year. Some …

— Four Colorado senior athletes overcame extreme obstacles to help pioneer the sport of recumbent racing. While they won gold, each one says the experience was worth far more than medals. While serving the U.S. armed forces and stationed in Germany, Rodger D. Reddish, 68 of Colorado Springs, was hit by a car. That accident left him with neurological damage, making it difficult to communicate. His injuries led to a stroke, which left him with a slur. Once he was able …

— The barriers for Colorado’s military veterans to receiving the health care they need can seem daunting. And so the Veterans Administration has tried to be among the leaders in pushing telehealth services across the frontier of acceptance in Colorado and across the rural and frontier West. The early evidence is in black-and-white photos of 1950s-era VA psychologists in Nebraska trying a “two-way television link” for mental health counseling. Trace from there a direct line to the Eastern Colorado VA in …