—   Friday, February 23, 2018:¬† Frauds and Scams Forum for Seniors 2:30 ‚Äď 4:00 p.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive Please join us for an informative session about how to prevent and respond to fraud and scams targeting seniors.¬† Dr. Sheri Gibson, Clinical Geropsychology, will lead a panel of local, state and national experts to address this very serious issue. To register, call (970) 498-7790 or email ADRC@larimer.org   Tuesday, February 27, 2018:¬† Caregiving Workshop-Age By …

— Greetings one and all‚Ķ Today was an amazing day! I attended a virtual caregiving conference offered by Age Without Borders. In fact, I have logged into this conference every day this week from the comfort of my study‚ÄĒa luxury afforded to me by the magic of technology. When I can attend a conference in my cozy pants and sweatshirt, I feel blessed indeed! As a conference attendee, I have enjoyed learning from the leaders in the field of aging and …

— 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: …

— As professional or personal caregivers, we witness the suffering of others ‚Äď physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering. To witness the pain and suffering of others is to be forever changed. Compassionate people bear the suffering of others and often times compromise their own health and well being when they assume too much of the burden. We must always be aware of where we end and the other person begins ‚Äď the importance of boundaries. We can companion others in life, …

— Thank you for checking out our Care-FULL Conversation Resources. ¬†The videos are to provide information to help benefit the caregiver and care receiver. Critter Care I love critters. Always have. Always will. My family includes cats and dogs, always. I am not alone in my love of critters. According to American Pet Products Association, over 60 percent of all households in the United States have a pet. We love critters! Consequently, over 60 percent of households will be called to …

— Advance Directives‚ÄĒa topic that confuses or frightens most people. This is NOT something you want to consider. Medical care options and end-of-life decisions are emotionally charged and daunting, to say the least. However, if we reframe the conversation, maybe you will be more inclined to embrace the planning process. Instead of thinking about various death scenarios, consider the infinite options for LIFE! Planning for LIFE is a much more appealing and productive approach. How do you wish to LIVE until …

— Today, I want to chat about a philosophy and model of health care that offers tremendous hope to patients and families confronted by the daunting challenges of chronic and/or terminal illness‚ÄĒpalliative care‚ÄĒan unfamiliar term for most folks. But you‚Äôve probably heard of hospice care, right? Well, hospice is a specific type of palliative care. Now I realize the word ‚Äúhospice‚ÄĚ may have you reaching for the mute button. The idea of hospice – end of life care‚ÄĒis frightening to most …

— Greetings one and all‚Ķ I find it hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a rapid close. However, ready or not, the New Year dawns in a few days. Consequently, as is my ritual every year, I am reflecting on the past year as well as planning for the New Year. As noted in previous blog postings this year, 2017 was personally challenging. No need to belabor the reasons why at this point. Instead, I am focusing on the …

— Today I want to chat about goals of care‚ÄĒthe guide posts in the journey of caregiving that inform important decisions. Our goals of care serve as a much needed compass when navigating the challenges posed by advanced age or a serious illness. So pull up a chair. Grab a drink‚Ķ..Let‚Äôs chat for a bit! 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 app on both¬†iPhone¬†and¬†Android. You …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one‚Äôs behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 5 p.m. ‚Äď 5:30 p.m. MT Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 5 p.m. ‚Äď 5:30 p.m. MT What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— Have you ever considered where you will age? Or, perhaps a more appropriate question is‚ÄĒWhere ARE you aging? And, is your current home conducive to the aging process? Well, depending on your age and lived experience, you may or may not have considered these questions before. Regardless, these are important questions which have a direct bearing on not only where you will age‚Ķ.but how well you will age. In the¬†iTunes Podcast store¬†for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the¬†Google …