— Tuesday, January 30 – February 2, 2018:¬† Winter in the City Tour Meet up time 3:00 P.M. History Colorado 1200 Broadway Denver, CO¬† 80203 When winter’s white reaches our doors, many of us head for the mountains. How about enjoying the delights of the season right here in town? Join the History Colorado Center for the Winter in the City Tour, which includes three nights’ lodging at the Brown Palace, Oxford Hotel and Hotel Teatro, valet parking, bus transportation, guides, …

— 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 …

— Thank you for checking out our Care-FULL Conversation Resources. ¬†The videos are to provide information to help benefit the caregiver and care receiver. The Relevance of Ritual Is ritual relevant in the 21st century? Is ritual really worth the bother? In order to answer these questions, we need a basic understanding of the Whys and Hows of conducting ritual‚ÄĒparticularly end-of-life ritual. The purpose of ritual is timeless‚ÄĒthe integration of the mind, body, and spirit during times that defy explication. Through …

— 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 …

— With the holiday season behind us, it¬†isn‚Äôt surprising that¬†family members start to¬†recognize the first signs of developing Alzheimer‚Äôs disease or dementia in a loved¬†one. Family members and friends who have not seen one another for months or even a year gather, and the signs of memory loss or behavioral change become obvious. The Alzheimer‚Äôs Association‚Äôs free and confidential 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900) sees its highest volume of calls at the end of the year. Changes in memory or behavior that seem …

— Greetings one and all‚Ķ It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone. WOW! The year has just flown by‚ÄĒor at least that is my perception. Consequently, I am choosing to S L O W down a bit today. I need (and want) some time to reflect on the happenings of the past year and to intentionally reflect on the lessons learned. As I shared in previous postings, this year presented some unexpected twists and turns that proved …

— Who is your family? Who can you count on at 3:00 a.m. to respond to your beck and call? And, who will you companion – without question – through the trials and tribulations of life? Your answers obviously depend on your age, your lifestyle (married, single, divorced, widowed, partnered, etc.), AND your relationship with critters – animals of all shapes and sizes! In our home, four-legged, furry critters are essential family members. So, critter care is an important aspect of …

— AARP announced the launch of an effort to raise awareness of the daily challenges faced by many U.S. Latino family caregivers, anchored by the release of a Spanish-language documentary, titled Cada Paso del Camino (Every Step of the Way). The film showcases the powerful and emotional stories of four Latino family caregivers, including popular Spanish-language television personality and outspoken caregiver, Marco Antonio Regil.¬† Ultimately, the documentary aims to start a conversation among Latinos on how to best plan for and …