— Thursday, November 16: Personal Enrichment: Beginning Crocket, 6 – 8 PM – Metro State University Come explore the many wonders of crochet in a relaxed environment!  Learn how to read patterns, work beginner stitches and finish off a project.  Students will leave with a completed project, extra yarn an lot of ideas! Register here and  select Andrus2017 at registration type on online registration page,  or call 303-556-8320 and request state “Andrus2017” or email learnon@msudenver.edu with class name and state “Andrus2017” AARP Members …

—  “Whatever happens to me, I don’t want to end up in a nursing home!” Sound familiar?  Almost all express that wish, fearing becoming dependent on others.  However, reconciling one’s wishes with the reality of their needs can pose challenges and feelings of guilt for even the most devoted family caregiver. You want to do everything you can for your loved one, but it’s likely you will eventually need some type of outside help. In-Home Care may be an important part …

— The University of Denver & Dementia Friendly Denver Present: *Reducing Your Risk for Alzheimer’s and Dementia A Community Education Event Saturday, September 30, 9:00 until 11:00 AM Event will be held in the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts,  located on the University of Denver Campus 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver Admission Is Free – Doors Open at 8:30 AM Get Answers to Questions Like: How can I reduce my …

— By Danica Lucker Shirley Leow’s experience as a former pharmaceutical researcher and biotech executive comes in handy when she advocates before the state General Assembly for affordable health care and keeping rural hospitals alive. “I earned a decent living, which provided for my retirement, but that’s not the case for many people,” Leow said. “I have many female friends, for example, who are widows and are struggling. That’s why I got involved with AARP.” Leow, 65, of Lakewood, leads AARP …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Shari Wilkins recently served as a caregiver for her aunt, a closeted lesbian who married her partner three days before dying at age 89. Wilkins was left to address the issue with surprised family, friends and church members. “I told everyone that at the end of her life, a life well lived, came the ultimate joy: She had gotten married,” Wilkins recalled. Wilkins, 70, of Denver, is a former manager for SAGE of the Rockies, a program …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Allison Snyder has lived in the Denver area for 10 years, but she learned a lot about the place she calls home while helping to develop a walking tour app that highlights historic landmarks in the community. AARP Colorado partnered with GeoTourist for the free app, which is intended to inspire residents and tourists to explore sites that have played a role in shaping the city as well as those important to Denver’s LGBT community. The easy-to-use …

— By Phil Nash, Executive Director The baby boom generation is rewriting the script for aging. Every day, ten thousand of us turn 65. But then what? More than ever, people of so-called “retirement age” are choosing to keep on working, keep on learning, and keep on finding ways to help their communities. Boomers Leading Change started with a big idea: older adults are healthier, better educated and have greater depth and breadth of work experience than previous generations. We are …

— Blog by Alison. Everyone is talking about the sharing economy. We share rides, farm shares, job shares, rent our stuff shares, and finally seniors in Colorado have a safe and thoughtful option for Home Sharing. With the high price in rents, property taxes, and the cost of senior services home sharing is a great way to use the extra space in your home to provide income, decrease isolation, improve access to supportive services and transportation while relieving the worry of …

— By Danica Lucker Jackie King knows what it’s like to search for housing in Denver and be hit hard financially while finding few choices. A math professor at the Community College of Denver, she has seen housing prices rise dramatically since she moved to the area in 1979. King, 63, who uses a wheelchair and needs attendant care daily to live independently, was paying $1,200 a month in rent for an apartment in downtown Denver in 2012. Two years later, …

— AARP Colorado is excited to introduce you to our community partner, A Little Help. A Little Help is a Colorado nonprofit that connects neighbors across ages to enhance lives and strengthen our communities. A Little Help helps older adults thrive in their homes by connecting them intergenerationally with neighbors who volunteer for a variety of services. Organizational members have access to a little help with services like transportation, yard work, snow shoveling, home repairs and assistance with technology. As well …

— By David Duffield A common refrain among LGBT Boomers is “I didn’t have the words to describe how I felt” growing up. Often these folks went to a public library, looked up the word homosexual and found “pervert, psychopath, degenerate, molester, criminal” and “doomed to unhappiness” to describe how they felt. It wasn’t until they reached adulthood that LGBT people realized they weren’t alone and found communities of like-hearted people, as well as spaces to be themselves. To this day …