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 …

Cancer Caregiving Journey: Giving Thanks

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-11-28T11:19:07+00:00">November 28, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-11-28T11:19:23+00:00">November 28, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Dear Friends: This week, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Many of us will be busy cooking or making other arrangements for this special Holiday.  It is a “time out” to appreciate our forefathers who founded this wonderful Country. For many of us who ‘live’ with cancer, it is an opportunity to be thankful for a loved one who is still battling and surviving cancer. For some it may be the first Holiday season since a loved one was diagnosed with …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: The End

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-11-16T11:52:44+00:00">November 16, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Greetings one and all… This week I have spent considerable time thinking about endings. In particular, the end of life. I know this is probably not the topic you want to chat about today (or any other day), right? I get it. Talking about the end of life can be frightening, emotional, and down right uncomfortable. But it is also necessary if our wishes are to equal our reality at the end of life. This is the message I delivered …

Cancer Caregiver Journey: Challenging Month

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-11-02T14:08:28+00:00">November 2, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Dear Friends: October has been a busy and challenging month. We held our 3rd and final Cancer Caregivers Conference for 2018. Nearly 100 attendees came from throughout Arizona, plus a few from Colorado and California. We brought together a faculty of cancer researchers, clinicians, social workers, nurses and cancer caregiver families. Our focus on young families with caregivers highlighted the special concerns of this population. Trying to take care of a spouse, while managing a job and children is an …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: Changing of Seasons

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-10-15T11:47:41+00:00">October 15, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Greetings one and all… Today I am blessed to be writing this reflection while taking a bit of R&R. Every September, I celebrate the fall season and the birthday of my best friend somewhere in the mountains of Colorado. And every year, we are treated to the vibrant golds and oranges offered by the aspens of the area. This year is picture perfect—blue skies, glorious aspen, mild temperatures, and soft breezes. Consequently, we are taking advantage of every opportunity to …

Social Security is NOT Calling

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-10-03T09:22:05+00:00">October 3, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-10-03T09:22:45+00:00">October 3, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Recently, there has be an uptick in reports of scam calls claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. During these calls the scammer tells their potential victim that they will not be receiving their Social Security check because they have been “blacklisted” or they are in trouble with the authorities. We believe one of the reasons these calls have “bubbled up” might be because people are aware of the IRS scam and scammers are looking for a different way …

Care-FULL Conversation Video Resources

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-10-01T05:44:00+00:00">October 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-11-30T10:54:15+00:00">November 30, 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. The Gift of Listening When approaching the end of life, most people desire to reflect on the road traveled. This is referred to as a life review. You may have been honored—or will be honored—to listen to the stories of life as people try to make sense of their lived experience—to understand “the why” of life. Hence, …

Join us for a Caregiving Webinar on October 3 @ 10AM

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-09-28T12:19:34+00:00">September 28, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-28T12:20:27+00:00">September 28, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Throughout the journey of caregiving, well- defined and well-managed personal boundaries are a blessing to caregivers and care receivers. Boundaries are necessary behavioral constructs if we are to have healthy relationships with other people. We need to be aware of where we end and the other person begins. Boundaries serve to protect both persons, honoring and respecting each individual. Well-conceived and well-managed boundaries are ultimately a blessing to all involved in the journey of caregiving. Please join us to learn …

Consumer Advisory: New Medicare cards have started mailing to Colorado beneficiaries

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-09-28T12:06:30+00:00">September 28, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

Be on the lookout for scammers and fraudsters. DENVER (Sept. 27, 2018) – New Medicare cards have finally started to mail to Colorado’s Medicare beneficiaries. That’s good news, but the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), all part of  the Department of Regulatory Agencies, caution that scammers and fraudsters are using this to take advantage of unsuspecting seniors. “‘New card, same guard’ is what we’re telling people,” said Kimberly Latta, …