— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Colorado. We hope you’ll join us!

— After the initial cancer diagnosis, most patients have a structured treatment plan with appointments, and a time structure. As the caregiver, you are adjusting your life to help the patient with medications, getting to the doctor visits, and handling the everyday responsibilities of running the household, and trying to continue a job, business, or career of your own. You will try to balance ‘his/her needs and your own. If you have children, you are also trying to maintain a ‘normal’ …

— I hope you are doing well and loving life. If you are like me, you are savoring the first few days of the Spring season. What an amazing time of year! As is usually the case, the arrival of Spring is not a smooth process along the Front Range. We were teased this week with temps in the 70’s. However, this evening, snow is back in the forecast. Such is the nature of seasonal changes. Two steps forward and one …

— Attend AARP’s free, two-part webinar to find out how. Tips for Working Caregivers from Working Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 5 p.m. MT Part 2: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5 p.m. MT Are you trying to balance caring for an aging or disabled loved one while working full or part time? Get the tips, ideas and support you need at AARP’s free, two-part webinar. Register today to get answers from AARP experts, a working family caregiver like you …

— AARP Colorado is hosting an event to help support caregivers and provide them with the information they need on a variety of topics, such as local community resources and medical options. The Colorado Care symposium will be held Thursday, April 25, at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wads- ​worth Blvd., in Arvada. Jane Barton, an AARP caregiving ambassador and nationally recognized speaker, will discuss how knowledge provides the best foundation for caregivers to make decisions. The conference runs from 8 a.m. …

— Last year I was reminded once again of the importance of being known in this world. My brother died. Upon his death, I became the last one standing of my biological family. My brother was the last person who had known me my entire life. We had a common origin. We shared a common history. We knew each other from the inside out. Today, I miss “remembering when” with my brother! I long for him to fill in the blanks …

— March is my time to Celebrate the coming of Spring and my Birthday! I am so grateful to share my special day with my husband, ‘children’and grandchildren. It is also a Celebration of 28 years that Jack is Living with Cancer. Cancer is an awful disease to face, but thankfully there are an increasing number of resources available to patients and caregivers over the past 15 years. One of the potential resources available is seeking a consultation with an expert …

— Having worked in the field of hospice and palliative care for many years, I realize most people are not comfortable talking about death and dying. In fact, as a community educator, I became quite creative when advertising programs and events so as not to scare people away! We live in an age denying, death averse society. However, our reluctance to confront the reality of our mortality doesn’t serve us well. Instead, if we are able to accept the fact that …

— As an educator and life-long student, Jane Barton, MTS, MASM,CSA, Caregiving Ambassador AARP Colorado, believes that knowledge provides the necessary foundation from which to make the best decisions. This is certainly true within the context of the caregiving journey. Please join us to discuss the importance of a social support system to the aging process. How can we be proactive in creating and reinforcing mutually beneficial relationships? We will also explore the challenge of making difficult decisions related to complex …

— Join AARP Colorado for a conference exploring care giving. As an educator and life-long student, Jane Barton, MTS, MASM, CSA, AARP Caregiving Ambassador, believes that knowledge provides the necessary foundation from which to make the best decisions. Barton will be the keynote speaker at this event, along with other speakers and and exhibit hall on April 25. Pre-registration is required. Enlightened with information about the diagnosis and prognosis, available community resources, and medical options, caregivers and care receivers are better able to navigate the journey of …

— As human beings, we experience a variety of losses over the course of a lifetime. When we lose something or someone, we grieve. However, we are not grief savvy. We don’t understand the twists and turns of grief. Our ignorance about the journey does not serve us well. Ill-informed, we have unrealistic expectations. We fail to access needed resources. We fear the unknown. And, we resist re-engaging with life in order to avoid future losses. Although I am well versed …