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The Caregiver's Cairn

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AARP Colorado is featuring The Caregiver’s Cairn: A Roadmap to Caregiving, a new and very valuable caregiving blog written by Jane Barton and packed with information about caring for you, while you care for a loved one.  Join us each month for a new topic on caregiving, brought to you by Jane Barton.

December 2019: When Life Happens
October 2019: An Amazing Walk
August 2019: Fear Limits Life
June 2019: Unplug—Reconnect with LIFE!

April 2019:  Seasonal Changes

February 2019:  A Grace-FULL Ending


December 2018:  The Gift of Life

November 2018:  The End

October 2018:  Changing of Seasons

September 2018:  How Has LIFE Changed You?

August 2018:  What Do You Expect?

July 2018:  Helpless But NOT Hopeless

June 2018:  Captivating Goodbyes

May 2018:  Time to Remember

April 2018:  What If

March 2018:  A Lesson in Courage and Grace

February 2018:  Caregiving Takes Center StageDecember Reflections

January 2018:  A New Year—New Opportunities


December 2017:  December Reflections

November 2017:  I LOVE Caregivers!

October 2017: CareMaps—A Catalyst for Conversations About Care

September 2017: Hurricane Harvey—The Stories

August 2017: When The Journey Ends

July 2017:  Medical Roller Coaster

June 2017:  Gratitude is a Life Changing Attitude

May 2017: Caregiving Takes a Village

April 2017:  On the Road Again

March 2017:  Eager to Learn

February 2017: We Need More “Happy”

January 2017: Great Expectations


December 2016: Let HOPE Light the Way

November 2016: November—National Hospice and Palliative Care Mont

October 2016: Be Curious About Life

August 2016:  Take 5

July 2016:  Prepare for a Blowout!

June 2016:  Caregiving- A Colorado Concern

May 2016:  Spring Cleaning

April 2016:  Called to Witness

March 2016:  The Power of Presence

February 2016:  The Caregiver’s Cairn: How Can I Thank You?

January 2016: New Year, New Opportunities


December 2015: Holiday Blues Revisited

November 2015: It's Time

October 2015: Pay Attention

September 2015: Beach Time

August 2015: Attitude is Everything

July 2015:  Lazy Days of Summer

June 2015:  Aging-What a Ride

May 2015:  Caregiving Educational Events-Wray Colorado

April 2015:  Spring-Images of Caregiving

March 2015:  Ya Gotta Laugh!

February 2015:  Caregiving Lessons from Our Critters

January 2015:  New Year, New View


December 2014:  Holiday Blues

November 2014:  The Power of Stories

October 2014:  Grief Savvy

September 2014: Fall Reflections on Caregiving

August 2014: Got Bounce

July 2014: Boundaries – Know Your Limits

June 2014: Long-Distance Caregiving

May 2014: Goals of Care

April 2014: Take a Break

February 2014: Legacies of Care

January 2014: New Year's Resolution


December 2013: Holiday Reflections

November 2013:  Hospice Is About Hope

October 2013:  What does it mean?

September 2013:  The Art of Receiving

August 2013:  The Kitchen Table Chat

July 2013:  Got Guilt?

June 2013: The Last One Standing

May 2013:  Critter Care

April 2013:  Ignorance is NOT Bliss!

March 2013: The Family Challenge of Aging and Illness

February 2013:  Who Will Care for Me?


Jane W. Barton, MTS, MASM is a Passionate Speaker, Writer, and Listener

Jane is by nature an educator, storyteller, and listener. These gifts and abilities serve her well in the process of creating relevant, captivating, and transformational programs. She distills complex issues into accessible, easily understood elements using metaphors, images, and narratives thus bringing the topics to life. By accessing, reviewing, and integrating the work of respected authorities, past and present, Jane provides rich, provocative, and enlightening programs. Most importantly, Jane relates the information to the lived experience of serious illness, disability, and aging. Education, whether speaking or writing, must be more than an academic exercise to be effective. Having listened to countless people dealing with the challenges of illness, disability, and aging, Jane knows her audience and artfully crafts her transformational message.

Jane’s professional journey has been interesting, to say the very least. Jane served as the Director of Education for the Life Quality Institute (LQI) from 2005- March, 2011 where she created and presented educational programs to community members, healthcare providers, and national audiences for the purpose of improving the lived experience of those persons and families challenged by serious, advanced, or terminal illnesses. She began her career in hospice and palliative care at The Denver Hospice in 2004 as a chaplain intern. She has worked as a chaplain, bereavement facilitator, and director of education. Prior to her seminary and hospice work, Jane worked as a petroleum exploration geologist/geological manager for 16 years followed by three years in financial services.

In May of 2003, she completed her Master of Theological Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado followed by the completion of a Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry (Pastoral Care) in 2008. Additionally, she is certified as a spiritual director through the Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program.





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