— 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!

— Join us on Saturdays in September for Downtown Walking Tours in collaboration with the Colorado Springs YMCA. Downtown Walking Tours* are hour-long guided tours introducing the historic landmarks, contemporary artwork, and cultural highlights of Downtown Colorado Springs. The walks are designed to be inclusive and are themed, educational, social events that can bring communities together in a healthy and fun environment. Tours will begin at the Downtown YMCA. Space is limited for each tour. Saturday, September 8, 2018 9 – …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Within 12 years, it’s likely that 1 in 5 Coloradans will be 65 or older. Wade Buchanan says the aging trend will have a positive impact on the state, but he doesn’t discount the challenges, either. In January, Buchanan was appointed the state’s senior adviser on aging, a new position in Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office. His task: coordinate policies that affect older residents and work with state and local governments, foundations, health care providers and others …

— Did you know ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecologic cancer? One in 72 women in Colorado will be diagnosed with invasive ovarian cancer. The most common age of diagnosis is between 55 and 64 and the majority of those diagnosed have no family history. Learn additional facts about ovarian cancer – and help the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA) to educate women (and the men who love them) – by joining thousands of runners and walkers Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Denver’s …

— 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 …

—  “Whatever happens to me, I don’t want to end up in a nursing home!” Sound familiar?  Almost all express that wish, fearing becoming dependent on others.  However, reconciling one’s wishes with the reality of their needs can pose challenges and feelings of guilt for even the most devoted family caregiver. You want to do everything you can for your loved one, but it’s likely you will eventually need some type of outside help. In-Home Care may be an important part …

— The University of Denver & Dementia Friendly Denver Present: *Reducing Your Risk for Alzheimer’s and Dementia A Community Education Event Saturday, September 30, 9:00 until 11:00 AM Event will be held in the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts,  located on the University of Denver Campus 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver Admission Is Free – Doors Open at 8:30 AM Get Answers to Questions Like: How can I reduce my …

— By Danica Lucker Shirley Leow’s experience as a former pharmaceutical researcher and biotech executive comes in handy when she advocates before the state General Assembly for affordable health care and keeping rural hospitals alive. “I earned a decent living, which provided for my retirement, but that’s not the case for many people,” Leow said. “I have many female friends, for example, who are widows and are struggling. That’s why I got involved with AARP.” Leow, 65, of Lakewood, leads AARP …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Shari Wilkins recently served as a caregiver for her aunt, a closeted lesbian who married her partner three days before dying at age 89. Wilkins was left to address the issue with surprised family, friends and church members. “I told everyone that at the end of her life, a life well lived, came the ultimate joy: She had gotten married,” Wilkins recalled. Wilkins, 70, of Denver, is a former manager for SAGE of the Rockies, a program …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Allison Snyder has lived in the Denver area for 10 years, but she learned a lot about the place she calls home while helping to develop a walking tour app that highlights historic landmarks in the community. AARP Colorado partnered with GeoTourist for the free app, which is intended to inspire residents and tourists to explore sites that have played a role in shaping the city as well as those important to Denver’s LGBT community. The easy-to-use …

— By Phil Nash, Executive Director The baby boom generation is rewriting the script for aging. Every day, ten thousand of us turn 65. But then what? More than ever, people of so-called “retirement age” are choosing to keep on working, keep on learning, and keep on finding ways to help their communities. Boomers Leading Change started with a big idea: older adults are healthier, better educated and have greater depth and breadth of work experience than previous generations. We are …