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Join Us For A Caregiving Symposium- Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get In Touch

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Please join other caregivers to learn about beneficial community resources, service providers, and approaches to caregiving from experts in the field. As in all things, knowledge is power when it comes to caregiving. If you have questions about caregiving this is the place to be! Sign up today to Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get In Touch

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023
  • Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80003
  • Exhibit Hall Open 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Presentations 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 -1:45 p.m.
  • Lunch 11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
  • Wrap up 1:45 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Jane Barton with Cardinal, LLC
Collaborative Care - Working and Caring Together

For most people rooted in Western culture, it is difficult to ask for and receive help from other people. However, the reality is that we will all need help due to the challenges posed by aging and/or illness. So, how are we to overcome our resistance to assistance? Well, our friend the goose has much to teach us about giving and receiving care. Look to the skies. As geese fly in formation, they embody the essential ingredients of collaborative care: shared leadership, interdependence, self-care, encouragement, and trusted relationships. This is not a “fly by night” approach to care! If we choose to emulate the collaborative flight of geese, all involved in the caregiving journey will be well served.

 Jane W. Barton, MTS, MASM, CSA is the author of Caregiving for the GENIUS, is a passionate national speaker, writer, and listener. As the founder of Cardinal, LLC, she provides educational programs, books, videos, podcasts, and blogs to assist people in confronting the daunting challenges posed by aging, serious illness, and the end of life. Jane is well versed in the areas of grief and bereavement, caregiving, hospice and palliative care, change and transition, and spirituality and health.

Jamie Sarche with Feldman Mortuary
Planning for Death: Well Prepared, Well Protected, Well Loved.

Aside from birth, death is the only experience each of us will have. Yet society tells us not to talk about this universal journey. What Jamie Sarche, a director of prearranged funeral planning, has discovered is, though our society is steeped in death – school shootings and terrorism, violent movies, TV shows and video games – when it comes to the more mundane end of life, we don’t want to talk about it. Dying is often a very sad part of life, but an important one nonetheless. By accepting the fact that our lives are finite, we can live more meaningfully, more purposefully.

Jamie Sarche is a director of pre-planning at Feldman Mortuary in Denver where she helps people create end-of-life plans before their actual end-of-life is upon them. She brings her experience in death care to a broad range of audiences around the country, sharing insights and approaches on how to have difficult conversations.

Kent Mathews with Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging
The Puzzle of Caregiving

Why is it so hard to be a family caregiver?  Maybe it’s because we are trying our best to put together a puzzle without having a guide to help us see the big picture.  Imaging trying to put together a 1,000 piece puzzle but you don’t have the picture on the box to guide you.  This is the challenge facing family caregivers.  This presentation will look at the different pieces to caregiving and what is involved in accessing and using those different pieces.  Family members, friends, neighbors, even healthcare professionals will have a better understanding of all the different pieces needed to lower the stress of caring for a loved one for an extended period.

Kent Mathews is the Program Director of the Family Caregiver Support Center at the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging (PPACG AAA). Mr. Mathews received his MSW degree at Arizona State University in 1992.  He has 15 years of hospice social work experience supporting family caregivers.  At the PPACG AAA Kent uses this expertise to assist family caregivers in identifying and using a wide variety of community resources to support them with their caregiving responsibilities. 
Leslie Allbery and Sara Welborn with Music and Memory

When someone in your care lives with dementia or another cognitive impairment, it can be tremendously challenging to communicate and find ways to help them rediscover pleasure in the world. Chronic pain or physical impairments may present similar challenges. Personalized music can bridge that gap and help you to deepen your relationship or reconnect with one another. Beloved songs can ease mental, emotional and physical pain, and improve quality of life.  The Music & Memory program has been successfully implemented in residential communities throughout the country for several years now.  Our goal in the Denver/Colorado area is to provide the Music & Memory program to those living at home with dementia, which accounts for 70+% of people with dementia.


      • AARP
      • AARP ElderWatch
      • Alzheimer's Association
      • CO Respite Coalition
      • CU Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center (CUACC)
      • DRCOG
      • Parkinson Association of the Rockies
      • Project Angle Heart
      • The Multidisciplinary Center on Aging , University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
      • United Way
      • Wish of a Lifetime
      AARP ElderWatch
      Alzheimer's Association
      CO Respite Coalition
      CU Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center (CUACC)
      CU Anshutz
      Parkinson Associaiton of the Rockies
      Project Angle Heart
      United Way
      Wish of a Lifetime

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      AARP ElderWatch
      Alzheimer's Association
      CO Respit Coalition
      CU Anshutz
      Parkinson Associaiton of the Rockies
      Project Angle Heart
      United Way

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