— 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—palliative care—an unfamiliar term for most folks. But you’ve probably heard of hospice care, right? Well, hospice is a specific type of palliative care. Now I realize the word “hospice” may have you reaching for the mute button. The idea of hospice – end of life care—is frightening to most …

— Today I want to chat about goals of care—the 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
..Let’s 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 …

— Have you ever considered where you will age? Or, perhaps a more appropriate question is—Where 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
.but how well you will age. In the iTunes Podcast store for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the Google …

— AARP is encouraging Medicare beneficiaries to read their annual Notice of Change and to review their health and prescription drug plan options for 2018 during Medicare Open Enrollment October 15 – December 7. Given the trend in high prescription medication prices, consumers are advised to pay close attention to their Medicare Part D drug plan options to help save money. Medicare plans often change their cost-sharing and coverage benefits every year. However, insurers must notify all their enrollees of any …

— Greetings one and all
 It is a glorious spring morning in Denver. My window on the world reveals blue skies, sunshine, flowers, and green grass. A lovely change from the 15” of snow that Mother Nature dropped in our backyard last weekend. Springtime in the Rockies. Gotta love it! I had a preview of the spring snowstorm as I drove back from the Western Slope of Colorado. I made it up and over the mountain passes with only a few …

—   You are cordially invited to join PetAid Colorado at the Bark & White Ball, inspired by Truman Capote’s infamous 1966 Black and White Ball. Celebrating its 16th year, Mutts & Models, Colorado’s original “black-collar” event, is Denver’s premiere canine and celebrity fashion show. Guests will delight in watching a unique fashion show featuring local philanthropists, celebrities, and media personalities strutting down the runway with their dogs. Funds to support PetAid Colorado are raised from Mutts & Models through sponsorships, …

— For many, the hardest part about getting help for a mental health, substance use or emotional issue is knowing how or where to begin, especially when an issue reaches a crisis. Whether you’re in need of crisis assistance, or are reaching out on behalf of a loved one, Colorado Crisis Services is designed to be a single point of entry for any individual experiencing a crisis of any kind by providing confidential and immediate help 24 hours a day, seven …

— On Friday, September 23,  AARP South Carolina,  the Veteran’s Welcome Home and Resource Center, and and Military Officers Association of American will host the 3rd annual Myrtle Beach Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve Building, 3392 Phillis Blvd. Participants are offered free dental, medical and eye screenings, a hot breakfast and hot lunch, eyeglasses, haircuts, showers, Goodwill clothing vouchers, non-perishable food items, flu and pneumonia vaccinations, access to attorneys …

— You’re invited to the Second Annual Resource Fair for Seniors and Caregivers. This year’s fair will be held on Thursday, August 18th from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 S Ivanhoe St, Denver, CO 80237-1196 The fair is an opportunity for citizens to learn about the services that are available to them through federal, state and city governmental agencies as well as the resources and assistance provided by not-for-profits organizations. Ms. Moe Keller, Vice President of Public …

— 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. Today, I want to chat about a kind of care that is near and dear to my heart—critter care. Perhaps you are …