The Caregiver’s Cairn: Captivating Goodbyes

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-06-15T07:37:00+00:00">June 15, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-25T11:57:17+00:00">April 25, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Greetings one and all… Although a spring day in Denver, the scene outside my office is reminiscent of winter—grey skies and falling snow. Springtime in the Rockies! No worries. The forecast is for 80 degrees this weekend. Soon, winter will be a distant memory. To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose, right? And for now, it is the perfect time to reflect and to write. This past weekend, I watched the media coverage of the …

Care-FULL Conversations: Control or Lack Thereof! Podcast

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-06-08T10:29:54+00:00">June 8, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-06-08T10:30:26+00:00">June 8, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

One of the more challenging aspects of aging, illness, and caregiving is lack/loss of control. Granted, we like to believe we are in control. We love the illusion of control. But the reality is this—there are some things beyond our control. So, focus your time, attention, and energy on aspects of the journey you can affect. You and yours will be much better served in the long run.   In the iTunes Podcast store for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In …

AARP Colorado Events Calendar

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-05-22T08:24:00+00:00">May 22, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-06-19T14:13:25+00:00">June 19, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Wednesday, June 20, 2018:  Tools for your Caregiving Journey Workshop 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Park Hill Library, 4705 Montview Blvd, Denver, CO 80207. The journey of caregiving – like any other journey – benefits from a bit of preparation and planning. Please join us to discuss and to “test drive” some fabulous tools for mapping the caregiving journey including CareMaps by Atlas of Caregiving which will help you to map and then assess your current and future care …

Care-FULL Conversations: Everything is Temporary Podcast

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-21T15:29:22+00:00">May 21, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

As we all know, the journey of caregiving is comprised of twists and turns, ups and downs, joys and sorrows. Dealing with the changing landscape is challenging indeed. Perhaps by realizing that everything is temporary, we would be more tolerant of the bad times and more appreciative of the good times. A perspective certainly worthy of consideration.   In the iTunes Podcast store for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the Google Music store for Android OS users, On SoundCloud.com or using the SoundCloud mobile …

Volunteer Opportunity in Loveland!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-21T11:31:15+00:00">May 21, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Grand Family Coalition is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides social activities, support groups, education and referrals for children at risk that have been left behind due to death, mental illness, military deployment or neglect and abandonment. Keeping these children from entering a foster home, “Kinship Families” (grandparents and other family members parties my contact Gail at 970-699-2837 or gail@grandfamilycoalition.org Title: Volunteer Staff: We are currently looking for volunteer staff to assist the Executive director with day to day operations. …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: Time to Remember

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-05-15T08:57:00+00:00">May 15, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-25T11:59:34+00:00">April 25, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Greetings one and all… I am sitting at my desk this morning sipping coffee and looking out at a typical early Spring scene in Denver—8 inches of SNOW! The rising sun illuminates the landscape, revealing a dazzling sea of white. I don’t know if I can resist the urge to throw on my winter gear and head out the door for a walk in the neighborhood. Although I have a very long “to do” list today, my thoughts are elsewhere. …

Care-FULL Conversation Video Resources

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-05-13T05:44:00+00:00">May 13, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-06-13T10:00:55+00:00">June 13, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Thank you for checking out our Care-FULL Conversation Resources.  The videos are to provide information to help benefit the caregiver and care receiver. Confronting the Reality of Mortality Death is a question of ultimate concern for every human being. How we choose to engage the question is dependent on our attitudes and beliefs regarding death and dying. Our attitudes about death inform our behaviors, and our behaviors influence our experiences. By reviewing historical attitudes and approaches to death, we recognize …

Stress Is Part of the Journey Podcast

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-11T12:22:43+00:00">May 11, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Let’s be honest. The journey of caregiving can be stressful for everyone involved. Caring for family members or friends can be physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, and psychosocially. And similarly, being cared for by family members and friends can be stressful. Stress is an inherent part of the journey of caregiving. So, we are wise to understand the concept of stress, potential sources of stress, and the consequences of unmitigated stress. By so doing, perhaps we’ll be motivated to recognize and …

Beware of Jury Duty Scams

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-04-27T14:45:20+00:00">April 27, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Jury duty scams are one of the most common and tricky variations of imposter scams out there. Typically these scams begin with a phone call where the scammer identifies themselves as an officer of the court or from the local sheriff’s department. The scammer then claims you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. Having never received a jury summons, you are confused and shocked as to how you could possibly be …

Join A Little Help and Sponsors at 2nd Annual Engaging in Aging

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-04-27T14:16:42+00:00">April 27, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

A Little Help, along with wonderful sponsors, is proud to host the 2nd Annual Engaging in Aging.  This event will be held on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 from 8:30am-12:30pm at the Lakewood Cultural Center (470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 80226).  The event will include information from community resources, workshops on various topics, a light breakfast and connections with your friends and neighbors. If you are interested in attending please RSVP, space is limited for this event.  Please RSVP by visiting …