— Monday, April 16, 2018:  Working together to care for each other Workshop Time: 2-3:30 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.,  Monday, April 16, Poudre Valley Hospital ,1024 S Lemay Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524 PVH Café F Description:  At some point, we will all need someone to help us. This might be provided by family members, friends, neighbors, professional caregivers or all of the above. Some of us have many people to turn to, others, not as many. This program will help you …

— Greetings one and all… I hope you are enjoying a glorious Spring day. It’s hard to believe that April has arrived. With the advent of April, I am reminded to consider the “What Ifs” of life related to my health and well being. As you may know, National Healthcare Decisions Week is April 16-22 this year—an opportunity to reflect on the medical interventions we would accept and those we would decline when confronted with a health crisis. I realize this …

— If you are like most caregivers, you probably feel a wee bit guilty taking a little time for yourself. Right? Today, I would like to address the issue of guilt in the context of caregiving. Caregiving is hard enough without adding the extra burden of guilt. Perhaps by recognizing the common sources of guilt, we can begin to intentionally lighten the load. 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 …

— By Danica Lucker More than half a million Coloradans care for an older parent, spouse or other relative. Many of them were thrust into the role without adequate time or information to be ready. “Many times, it comes about because of crisis,” said Judy Rough, senior director of strategic alliances at the Society of Certified Senior Advisors in Denver. “And being thrown into something you are not prepared for doesn’t usually get you the best results.” Rough will be one …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— When it comes to aging-related concerns, older LGBT adults worry most about having adequate family and other social support to rely on as they age, discrimination in long-term care (LTC) facilities, and access to LGBT-sensitive services for seniors, according to a new AARP survey. Black and Latino LGBT adults report the greatest concern about future family and social supports, and greater worry about potential abuse in LTC facilities because of their race/ethnicity and sexual orientation/gender identity. The survey, “Maintaining Dignity: …

— Our ability to successfully navigate the rough waters posed by life depends on our attitude. Viktor Frankl taught an entire generation that we cannot control everything that happens in life. However, we always have the freedom to choose an attitude in response to life. And that choice ultimately determines our experience of life. Do you choose to be a victim of life and succumb to the perceived inequities? Or, will you courageously accept the reality of your situation and seek …

— At some point, we will all need someone to help us. This might be provided by family members, friends, neighbors, professional caregivers or all of the above. Some of us have many people to turn to, others, not as many. This program will help you think through future caregiving needs in an effective way.  Many wonderful online resources and other strategies will be explored including CareMaps, Lotsa Helping Hands, and Caring Bridge to identify and help you create future care …

— Greetings one and all… It’s hard to believe that March has arrived. Spring is in the air—a glorious time of year! I hope you find the season inspiring and life giving. Spring offers countless opportunities to grow, to evolve, and to embrace a new way of being. I noticed the tantalizing signs of spring on my walk yesterday in my neighborhood. The sun is higher in the sky. The light is brighter. And the initial signs of buds on the …

— Boundaries are necessary behavioral constructs if we are to have healthy relationships with other people. We need to be aware of where we end and the other person begins. Boundaries serve to protect both persons, honoring and respecting each individual. Well-conceived and well-managed boundaries are ultimately a blessing to all involved in the journey of caregiving.   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 …

— AARP Colorado has two lift tickets to Arapahoe Basin for your best health care, caregiver, or Medicare story. Just write an essay, 250-500 words about your experiences gaining or maintaining your health, or helping a friend and/or relative, and enter a chance to win two free lift tickets from AARP. We want to hear from you. Contest rules are below, as is the official entry form. Simply copy and paste into an email to acortez@aarp.org anytime between now and March 16, …