— Greetings one and all… 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—a 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 …

— Greetings one and all… 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 …

— Greetings one and all… It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone. WOW! The year has just flown by—or 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 …

— Greetings one and all… This morning I am particularly thankful to be HOME enjoying a lazy Sunday morning. As always, the fall season has been incredibly busy with conferences and other speaking engagements. Please know I am NOT complaining! I am blessed with abundance. However, a little break in the action is welcome—time to relax, recharge, and reflect. Today, I am remembering the family caregivers I met over the past several weeks. Listening to their heart-warming as well as heart-breaking …

— Greetings one and all… I hope you and yours are enjoying the Fall season. As I write this blog posting, it feels more like Summer than Fall. A bit toasty in Denver for the middle of September. However, I will relish my memory of today when the snow is flying a few short months from now! Today, I want to share some information regarding a beneficial resource for caregivers and care receivers that I learned of last week. I attended …

— Greetings one and all… For the past four days, I have been glued to the tube and the internet—witnessing the unfolding catastrophe caused by Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Gulf Coast. Having lived in Houston in the early 90’s when I worked in the oil business, I have a fondness for the city and the surrounding area. I also have some very dear friends who live in and around Houston. Text messages and FaceBook are proving to be effective methods …

— Greetings one and all… I find it hard to believe that we are knee-deep in the summer season. WOW! The entire year has been somewhat of a blur with work, caregiving demands, and health concerns. I don’t know about you, but I could use a little break in the action! So pull up a chair, grab your preferred beverage, and take a deep breath. Let’s chat. This past weekend, I had the honor to participate in a program for caregivers …

— Description: AARP Colorado is excited to announce a new caregiving educational resource, Care-FULL Conversations. Jane W. Barton, the Caregiving Ambassador for the state of Colorado, is hosting a series of podcasts designed to explore the journey of caregiving from the inside out—what it FEELS like to be a caregiver or care receiver. If you have questions about family dynamics, grief and loss, caregiver stress, advance care planning, hospice and palliative care, or end of life issues, please join us routinely …

—  Greetings one and all… Can you believe it? March has arrived and Spring will make an official entrance in a few short weeks. Spring is an amazing season of rebirth, renewal, and growth. I am also realizing that Spring is a season for launching new adventures and exploring new worlds. Serving as the Caregiving Ambassador for AARP Colorado, I collaborate with the state office to continually develop new platforms for caregiving education. In 2017, we are expanding our educational offerings …

— Blog by Jane Barton Greetings one and all… Welcome back to The Caregiver’s Cairn – a sustaining and empowering guide for caregivers and care receivers. I hope you and yours have enjoyed a lovely month since my last posting. I invite you to pour a cup of coffee or hot tea, curl up in a cozy chair, and take a deep breath. We have some serious business to chat about today. I want to broach the subject of advance directives. Wait! …