The Caregiver’s Cairn: A Grace-FULL Ending

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-02-15T08:59:33+00:00">February 15, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

Greetings one and all… Over the past year, I have presented numerous programs related to the end-of-life experience. I invited my audiences to consider how they want their story to end. We discussed the various medical options at the end of life—the pros and the cons. And we recognized the need for and the blessings of advance care planning. Recently, I learned of a gentleman who is embracing the end of his life in a truly grace-FULL way. Although I …

Registration open for Rocky Mountain Dementia Conference

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-02-13T09:45:27+00:00">February 13, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-02-13T11:41:50+00:00">February 13, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

An estimated 750 medical professionals, persons living with Mild Cognitive Impairment and early dementia, unpaid and professional caregivers will gather on Monday, April 29, for the 30th annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Dementia, hosted by the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is now open for the one-day conference, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver. The current state of research to develop a …

Care-FULL Conversations: What to Do? Podcast

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-02-11T09:31:39+00:00">February 11, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-02-11T09:52:39+00:00">February 11, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

Today, let’s chat about those moments when we desperately want to DO something for a family member or a friend…..but we feel powerless to do anything of significance. In those moments we wonder, “What can I do?”   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 app on both iPhone and Android. You can also find the podcast on TuneIn, which also has an iPhone and Android app as well.

Join Connecting Generations-Intergenerational Conversations

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-02-07T10:45:46+00:00">February 7, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-02-07T11:10:33+00:00">February 7, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

AARP Colorado would like you to know of the following event. PAFC has partnered with the Loveland Housing Authority, I Love Loveland, CSU Center for Public Deliberation, and two enthused Loveland High School students and their faculty advisor to develop a program called Intergenerational Conversations. This is a monthly series of topic-driven round table conversations between local high school students and older adults. The team has developed a project to bring together these two generations to discuss issues of mutual …

Cancer Caregiving Journey: Loving Care is the Greatest Valentine Gift!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-02-05T14:35:48+00:00">February 5, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

Dear Friends: The New Year had just begun when I ‘missed’ two steps in my house and broke toes on my left foot. I also hit my face and got myself a dark purple ‘black eye’. I know all of the statistics about the number of people who fall in their own homes and severely injure themselves. However, I was lucky. My husband, Jack, was home and got me to a doctor who prescribed a ‘big, black boot’, a cane, …

CIVHC Connect: Caring & Preparing for Serious Illness

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-01-22T15:13:50+00:00">January 22, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-01-23T10:33:40+00:00">January 23, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

Serious illness will affect us all, either personally or through loved ones, at some point in our lives. Preparation and knowledge of the nuts and bolts can provide comfort in a scary situation. As Change Agents, there are also ways we can improve the system to support those going through serious illness. Join CIVHC on February 22nd at History Colorado for an interactive day focused on caring and planning for serious illness.  Cost is $40.00 Agenda 7:30-8:00 am • Networking/Registration 8-8:15 …

Cancer Caregiving Journey: A New Year and a New Beginning, January 2019

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-01-10T09:30:30+00:00">January 10, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

Dear Friends, I hope that the Holidays brought Peace and Joy and that the New Year is a Healthy one for you and the one you ‘care’for.  I also hope that you gave yourself a Special gift- the gift of doing something for yourself. A time out or time away from your normal tasks and duties. Sometimes just having that time can refresh you and also allow your cancer patient to do something for you! Do you feel obligated to …

Cancer Caregiving Journey: Surviving the Holidays!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-12-18T11:59:31+00:00">December 18, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

‘Tis the season for parties and presents, but not for everyone. No sooner do you get through Thanksgiving, and you are hearing Christmas songs. There is no recovery time between Holidays. Everywhere you turn there are things to buy online and in shops, elaborate decorations to put up and ads showing happy families sitting around their ‘picture-perfect’ dining room tables. It certainly doesn’t look like my home, and maybe not yours! In the first year after hearing those terrible words: …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: The Gift of Life

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-12-05T11:36:08+00:00">December 5, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Greetings one and all… It’s hard to believe that I am writing the final blog posting for 2018. Where did the year go? Looking over my shoulder and reflecting on the past 12 months, the images of my annual activities attest to the fact that I traveled far and wide, met countless people, and enjoyed an abundance of good work. Considering the holiday season, I am inclined to view the past year as a gift. Granted, the gift came with …

Care-FULL Conversations: What Have you Got to Lose? Podcast

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-12-03T09:31:04+00:00">December 3, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Loss. Probably not your favorite topic of discussion. However, loss is an inherent part of the lived experience. And loss is seemingly magnified and multiplied when confronted by a chronic, progressive, and/or terminal illness. It is important to recognize what we have to lose. By so doing, we can intentionally grieve, mourn, and integrate loss into our lives. 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 …