— Description: AARP Colorado is excited to announce a new caregiving educational resource, Care-FULL Conversations. Jane W. Barton, the Caregiving Ambassador for the state of Colorado, is hosting a series of podcasts designed to explore the journey of caregiving from the inside out—what it FEELS like to be a caregiver or care receiver. If you have questions about family dynamics, grief and loss, caregiver stress, advance care planning, hospice and palliative care, or end of life issues, please join us routinely …

— Greetings one and all… It is another glorious morning in Denver. I have been enjoying some quiet time on our back porch—soaking up the early morning sunshine, listening to the birds, and delighting in the myriad of flowers blooming in our gardens. My morning meditation also afforded the opportunity to reflect on the events of the past month—it has been quite the ride! As noted in my previous posting, my medical adventure began in late May with the diagnosis of …

— Learn how to create a family plan and find the support you need You may care for someone full time, 24/7. Or you may help someone with driving or grocery shopping a couple times a week. Either way, you’re a caregiver. And AARP’s caregiving expert, Amy Goyer, is here to guide you on your journey during the Online CAREversations Workshop. It’s a live, interactive event, so it’s the perfect way for busy people like you to access expert advice, interact …

— For the second year, AARP Colorado will have a boat in the annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, July 29-30, at Sloan’s Lake in Denver. As a presenting sponsor, AARP also will host a Block Party at the festival, which honors Denver’s Asian community and attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually. AARP staff and volunteers will hand out free cardboard viewers for a virtual reality demonstration. They also will offer revelers free information about caregiving and fraud. For more information on …

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— AARP Colorado is pleased to report its 2017 legislative activities. All bills referenced here were signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper unless otherwise noted. Bills with an asterisk (*) note a priority vote. For more information, click here. But first, save the following dates and come meet with us and share your views at AARP on Tour. Join AARP Colorado staff and volunteers to discuss AARP legislative priorities. Good conversation and light refreshments guaranteed. All forums are free and open to the public: Friday, …

— The following was sent in a letter from AARP to members of Congress. The undersigned organizations, representing patients, consumers, and health care providers, write to express grave concern about potential changes to the fundamental structure and purpose of Medicaid, a vital source of health care for patients with ongoing health needs. Proposals to phase out Medicaid expansion and implement per capita caps or block grants, like those included in the American Health Care Act (AHCA), HR 1628, threaten the ability of …

— Colorado ranks No. 8 in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Colorado include: Affordability and Access: Another year of low ranking on the Aging and Disability Resource Centers program indicator suggests that that Colorado has room to improve the states ADRC. The measurements in this indicator have …

— Greetings one and all… This morning I am particularly thankful for my home, my family, and my life. I’m not surprised. Gratitude often grows in the aftermath of adversity—one of the blessings to be embraced following challenging times in life. No doubt, the past 4 months have certainly been challenging for my family and me. In addition to a nonstop schedule of presentations and events, two of our beloved cats recently died of renal failure following months of intensive care. …

— Do Good… Feel Good. The many benefits of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Research has proven time and again that volunteering provides a wide range of mental and physical health benefits. Mental stimulation, social engagement, and staying active are just a few of the benefits volunteers gain. Longtime Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Harry Pierce, understands the personal benefits of volunteering very well. He became a regular construction volunteer with Habitat 11 years ago upon his retirement. “Volunteering makes me feel …

— Alan Romero and his twin brother have done well. Both highly educated, Romero is a financial planner and his brother is an engineer. But he feels his family could’ve done better. They, as a family unit, could be further along in their journey toward financial stability and wealth building. What kept them from realizing so many more dreams? The answer is financial education. In addition to not having the right friends and contacts – buddies on the golf course, white-collar …