— Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22: Join AARP Colorado at the 36th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival, Hideaway Park Join AARP Colorado at the 36th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival, July 21-22, 2018, at Hideaway Park in Winter Park, CO. Come meet AARP staff, volunteers and other members at the AARP table and hear what AARP is doing in your community. AARP members and their guests will receive a $10 discount for general admission and VIP tickets through June …

— Starting our new life together in 1991 was scary and exciting.  Jack and I were married and moving to Holland to advance his career with an International Company. My joy was over-shadowed by dread. Jack was diagnosed with myeloma a month before our wedding. Like many who hear “he/she has CANCER” my life changed forever! I was overcome by shock, anger and fear and wondered if I was strong enough. How will I survive the guilt of leaving my business, …

— Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking volunteers to join our team.  Volunteer training is provided, as well as ongoing support and education opportunities to be sure you feel ready and equipped to help our patients. Hours are flexible, depending on your schedule. Join a growing network of volunteers providing this critical support and find out what they have learned . . . it’s indescribably rewarding and life transforming! Contact Linda Freund at lfreund@seasons.org or 720-504-1309 for more information.   …

— There are moments within the caregiving experience after which everything changes. A game changer. A tipping point. This is often an unwelcome, unanticipated wake-up call that requires a response from caregivers and care receivers—a change in plans or perhaps an increased level of care. While tipping points come in a variety of guises, all tipping points precipitate a caregiving crisis that necessitates a change in the plan of care. In the iTunes Podcast store for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In …

— The Colorado Public Utilities Commission upheld the recommended decision of Administrative Law Judge Conor Farley in the Xcel gas rate case, which lowers what the company, also known as Public Service Company of Colorado, can bill consumers for natural gas. The July 12 ruling supports the advocacy in the case by AARP on behalf of its nearly 700,000 Colorado members, as well as all older adults and their families. “The decision is a win for consumers,” said Bill Levis, AARP lead …

— Greetings one and all… It is a glorious morning—sunshine, blue skies, and a lovely breeze. It is one of those mornings when I am incredibly thankful to be alive! Sitting on my porch sipping coffee, I savored the scene of my dogs and cat patrolling the backyard and investigating every nook and cranny. I toured the gardens to welcome the new flowers on display. After our horrific hail storm two weeks ago, I have no idea how our flowers survived …

— AARP Colorado is hosting two community forums in Denver on Aug. 9 and 23 and is inviting the Denver public to join the conversation. The AARP Affordable Housing Forum scheduled for Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Boulevard in Denver. The forum scheduled for Aug. 23 will be held 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the SEIU-Justice for All Center, 2525 W. Alameda Ave. The forums are free, but …

— “You didn’t even know us, and you came and provided for us. We now live in paradise.” That message was delivered again and again during a late-April trip to Jamaica that took Food For The Poor donors from the beaches and rivers of Montego Bay to the inner-city gang garrisons of Kingston. Friends of Food For The Poor Marv and Ellie Walworth traveled 2,300 miles from Grand Junction, Colorado, to Jamaica for the third time since 2013, when they first …

— Play golf AND support a local organization that supplies durable medical equipment to those in need. The South Metro Medical Equipment Loan Closet (SMMELC)* is hosting a 4-person scramble golf tournament on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at Heather Ridge Golf Course, 13521 E. Iliff Ave. Aurora, CO 80014. Shotgun start begins at 8 a.m. A sandwich lunch will be available at 1 p.m. at Hope United Methodist Church, 5101 S Dayton St, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Golfers who do not …

— 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. 2018 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 …

— AARP Colorado is pleased to report its 2018 legislative activities. All bills referenced below were signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper unless otherwise noted. Visit our bill list for more information:  http://coloradocapitolwatch.com/bill-analysis/4714/2018/0/.   AARP’s involvement in reforms to Colorado Public Employees Retirement Plan Bill: Senate Bill 18-200. Sponsors: Sens. Kevin Priola and Jack Tate and Reps. Dan Pabon and K.C. Becker. Status: The bill passed on the final day of the legislative session and was signed into law by Gov. John …