— Greetings one and all… Over the past year, I have presented numerous programs related to the end-of-life experience. I invited my audiences to consider how they want their story to end. We discussed the various medical options at the end of life—the pros and the cons. And we recognized the need for and the blessings of advance care planning. Recently, I learned of a gentleman who is embracing the end of his life in a truly grace-FULL way. Although I …

— An estimated 750 medical professionals, persons living with Mild Cognitive Impairment and early dementia, unpaid and professional caregivers will gather on Monday, April 29, for the 30th annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Dementia, hosted by the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is now open for the one-day conference, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver. The current state of research to develop a …

— Dear Friends: The New Year had just begun when I ‘missed’ two steps in my house and broke toes on my left foot. I also hit my face and got myself a dark purple ‘black eye’. I know all of the statistics about the number of people who fall in their own homes and severely injure themselves. However, I was lucky. My husband, Jack, was home and got me to a doctor who prescribed a ‘big, black boot’, a cane, …

— Dear Friends, I hope that the Holidays brought Peace and Joy and that the New Year is a Healthy one for you and the one you ‘care’for.  I also hope that you gave yourself a Special gift- the gift of doing something for yourself. A time out or time away from your normal tasks and duties. Sometimes just having that time can refresh you and also allow your cancer patient to do something for you! Do you feel obligated to …

—   Join AARP Virginia at one of our many local events AARP Virginia staff and volunteers work together in bringing real possibilities to your community.  Join us at our free informative workshops where you can learn about caregiving, Brain Health, identifying frauds, and more. Socialize with other AARP members at our lunch and dinner groups, free movie screenings and other events. Get connected with many community partner organizations that provide unique tools and programs to tackle issues that matter most …

— ‘Tis the season for parties and presents, but not for everyone. No sooner do you get through Thanksgiving, and you are hearing Christmas songs. There is no recovery time between Holidays. Everywhere you turn there are things to buy online and in shops, elaborate decorations to put up and ads showing happy families sitting around their ‘picture-perfect’ dining room tables. It certainly doesn’t look like my home, and maybe not yours! In the first year after hearing those terrible words: …

— Greetings one and all… It’s hard to believe that I am writing the final blog posting for 2018. Where did the year go? Looking over my shoulder and reflecting on the past 12 months, the images of my annual activities attest to the fact that I traveled far and wide, met countless people, and enjoyed an abundance of good work. Considering the holiday season, I am inclined to view the past year as a gift. Granted, the gift came with …

— Dear Friends: This week, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Many of us will be busy cooking or making other arrangements for this special Holiday.  It is a “time out” to appreciate our forefathers who founded this wonderful Country. For many of us who ‘live’ with cancer, it is an opportunity to be thankful for a loved one who is still battling and surviving cancer. For some it may be the first Holiday season since a loved one was diagnosed with …

— Greetings one and all… This week I have spent considerable time thinking about endings. In particular, the end of life. I know this is probably not the topic you want to chat about today (or any other day), right? I get it. Talking about the end of life can be frightening, emotional, and down right uncomfortable. But it is also necessary if our wishes are to equal our reality at the end of life. This is the message I delivered …

— Dear Friends: October has been a busy and challenging month. We held our 3rd and final Cancer Caregivers Conference for 2018. Nearly 100 attendees came from throughout Arizona, plus a few from Colorado and California. We brought together a faculty of cancer researchers, clinicians, social workers, nurses and cancer caregiver families. Our focus on young families with caregivers highlighted the special concerns of this population. Trying to take care of a spouse, while managing a job and children is an …