Cancer Caregiving Journey: ‘OverCare’: Getting Balance in your Life!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-04-19T14:45:32-04:00">April 19, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

After the initial cancer diagnosis, most patients have a structured treatment plan with appointments, and a time structure. As the caregiver, you are adjusting your life to help the patient with medications, getting to the doctor visits, and handling the everyday responsibilities of running the household, and trying to continue a job, business, or career of your own. You will try to balance ‘his/her needs and your own. If you have children, you are also trying to maintain a ‘normal’ …

Vintage & Vibrant Educational Event

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-04-17T09:26:15-04:00">April 17, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

AARP Colorado would like you to know of  Vintage & Vibrant, a day-long educational event.  Join us as we explore the Latest Trends in Living Well & Aging Well. *Morning Keynote – The Health Benefits of Laughter *Luncheon Keynote –The Amazing World of Wearable Health Care *Plus 9 enlightening breakout sessions throughout the event May 22 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Dr., Parker, CO 80138 Seating is Limited. Register Early!  Registration …

The Caregiver’s Cairn: Seasonal Changes

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-04-16T09:46:21-04:00">April 16, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

I hope you are doing well and loving life. If you are like me, you are savoring the first few days of the Spring season. What an amazing time of year! As is usually the case, the arrival of Spring is not a smooth process along the Front Range. We were teased this week with temps in the 70’s. However, this evening, snow is back in the forecast. Such is the nature of seasonal changes. Two steps forward and one …

Computer Support Scams

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-04-02T09:18:27-04:00">April 2, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

If you receive an unsolicited phone call or a pop-up window appears on your computer screen claiming to be with a computer tech support company, don’t engage! 70% of Coloradans 50+ have been approached by this type of scam. It is also one of the most common scams reported to the ElderWatch helpline. The “support company” says they can help fix your computer, but in reality they just cause more problems, from installing malicious software to obtaining bank account numbers …

Care-FULL Conversations: The Need to be Known Podcast

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-03-28T13:03:51-04:00">March 28, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

Last year I was reminded once again of the importance of being known in this world. My brother died. Upon his death, I became the last one standing of my biological family. My brother was the last person who had known me my entire life. We had a common origin. We shared a common history. We knew each other from the inside out. Today, I miss “remembering when” with my brother! I long for him to fill in the blanks …

Jodi’s Race for Awareness Celebrates Milestone Anniversary: 10 Years of Raising Awareness of Ovarian Cancer

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-03-21T18:20:00-04:00">March 21, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-04-10T16:30:42-04:00">April 10, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

Anniversaries are especially important when you’re a cancer survivor, which is one reason 70-year old Judye Wahlberg is so excited to participate in the tenth anniversary of Jodi’s Race for Awareness on Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Wahlberg, and her “Queen’s Team” have taken part in the event every year since the first Jodi’s Race in 2010. Wahlberg was celebrating an anniversary of her own when she first heard about Jodi’s Race – the 5-year mark from her ovarian cancer diagnosis. …

Cancer Caregiving Journey: Spring! A Time of Hope and Renewal

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-03-21T16:40:48-04:00">March 21, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

March is my time to Celebrate the coming of Spring and my Birthday! I am so grateful to share my special day with my husband, ‘children’and grandchildren. It is also a Celebration of 28 years that Jack is Living with Cancer. Cancer is an awful disease to face, but thankfully there are an increasing number of resources available to patients and caregivers over the past 15 years. One of the potential resources available is seeking a consultation with an expert …

Care-FULL Conversations: Confronting the Reality of Mortality Podcast

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-03-13T13:08:50-04:00">March 13, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

Having worked in the field of hospice and palliative care for many years, I realize most people are not comfortable talking about death and dying. In fact, as a community educator, I became quite creative when advertising programs and events so as not to scare people away! We live in an age denying, death averse society. However, our reluctance to confront the reality of our mortality doesn’t serve us well. Instead, if we are able to accept the fact that …

Check out this volunteer opportunity with Global Dental Relief

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-03-07T07:29:00-04:00">March 7, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-03-07T10:00:25-04:00">March 7, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

Please consider joining Global Dental Relief on an international volunteer trip and see the world as you have never seen it before! Do you ever find yourself wondering what it might be like to combine your fascination with traveling to far off places and a strong desire to give back to the local community?  With Global Dental Relief you can put your experience and skills to work to help children live happier healthier lives. GDR offers international volunteer opportunities for …

Join us for a CARE Conference

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-03-01T11:16:00-04:00">March 1, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-02-11T11:23:11-04:00">February 11, 2019</time> by AARP Colorado

As an educator and life-long student, Jane Barton, MTS, MASM,CSA, Caregiving Ambassador AARP Colorado, believes that knowledge provides the necessary foundation from which to make the best decisions. This is certainly true within the context of the caregiving journey. Please join us to discuss the importance of a social support system to the aging process. How can we be proactive in creating and reinforcing mutually beneficial relationships? We will also explore the challenge of making difficult decisions related to complex …