— 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 …

— Thank you for checking out our Care-FULL Conversation Resources.  The videos are to provide information to help benefit the caregiver and care receiver.   The Last One Standing Description:  Who will care for me when I am the last one standing? What if I outlive my family of origin, my life partner, my children, and my closest friends? How will I plan for that possibility? What resources are available? And, is this a motivation to invest myself in relationships throughout …

— Idaho ranks 14th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations on quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Picking Up the Pace of Change: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers –the third in a series of reports—ranks each state overall …

— (Ridgeland, MS) – Mississippi ranks 48th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Despite the ranking, Mississippi has seen growth in key areas. Those areas are: Person and family-centered care Subsidized housing opportunities (place-based and vouchers) Percent of new Medicaid aged/disabled long-term services and supports first receiving services in the community Specific areas …

— Please join us at these free workshops to learn more about dementia caregiving from several community resources and keynote speaker, Paul Raia, who has been directing patient care and family support at the Alzheimer’s Association for over 30 years.   Overcoming Inertia: Essential Conversations for Family Caregivers Wednesday, June 7 from 6:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield Register online * Complimentary dinner served at 6 p.m.; Program starts at 6:30 p.m. Behavioral Sleuthing: Uncovering …

— Greetings one and all… It is a glorious spring morning in Denver. My window on the world reveals blue skies, sunshine, flowers, and green grass. A lovely change from the 15” of snow that Mother Nature dropped in our backyard last weekend. Springtime in the Rockies. Gotta love it! I had a preview of the spring snowstorm as I drove back from the Western Slope of Colorado. I made it up and over the mountain passes with only a few …

— If you have a loved one in the hospital, chances are you’re already benefiting from AARP DC’s efforts to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. Now, AARP DC is making it easy to understand what the law means to you. The CARE Act allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. The hospital records the caregiver’s contact information and notifies that person before the patient is discharged. Hospital staff must also instruct the caregiver on how to …

— Greetings one and all… It’s another glorious Spring morning in Denver. Blue skies and sunshine. However, we all know that Spring comes and goes along the Front Range. Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow! We certainly need the moisture, so I’ll tolerate one more blast of winter weather. Spring-like days return this weekend which will prompt me to get out and about. I love digging in the dirt this time of year. And, I welcome the opportunity to be …

— AARP Mississippi is presenting a free Caregiving Webinar on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7 p.m. You can participate in this live, interactive event from the comfort of your home or office.  Participants will receive tips and resources on starting a caregiving conversation, forming a team, making a plan, finding support and caring for themselves as they continue to care for others. Every year, more than 500,000 Mississippians perform a great labor of love by helping their parents, spouses, and …