The annual Purple Gala sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter will be held on April 24th and will feature the Memories in the Making Art Auction. This year the event will be held virtually starting at 6:30pm. 100 art pieces created by those living with Alzheimer’s will be auctioned along with over 40 pieces donated by professional artists which correspond to pieces created in the Memories in the Making program. Bidding will start two weeks prior to the live event. To register, visit the Colorado chapter web site or call the chapter office directly at 303-813-1669.
The University of Colorado Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center of Aging is currently recruiting older adults who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with increased loneliness and isolation. The program is called COAST-IT, Connecting Older Adults to Students through Inter-Professional Telecare. If you or someone you know would benefit from a health professional student making phone contact on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule, please contact the program manager at 303-724-0832. Criteria for participation is available at the following link. COAST-IT Spring ’21 Program
For individuals living with early stage dementia or Alzheimer’s, these holiday activities are available to families and caregivers. Registration is required and Zoom will be used for each activity. Contact the Colorado chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for more details at 303-813-1669.
Monday, December 7 – Colorado Model Railroad Museum at 2:00pm
Wednesday, December 9 – Denver Botanical Gardens at 10:00am
Monday, December 14 – We Are All Connected – Genomics: Observing Evolution at 2:00pm
Tuesday, December 22 – Boulder Symphony at 11:00am
The Alzheimer’s Association created a beautiful 18 page coloring book for caregivers to promote The Longest Day fundraising effort which was on June 20. Reminder that registration is currently available for the Boulder Walk to End Alzheimer’s event on September 12. Click on caregivercolorbook for pdf of coloring book.
Boulder County is offering free informational and support programs for caregivers and family member during the COVID-19 crisis. You can call into the live session to participate or listen to podcasts from past sessions at a convenient time for you. Below is a list of some of the session topics and times available.
Dear Lucy – A renowned expert in caregiving, Lucy Barylak, will offer an interactive Q&A session. Live: Thursday May 14 – 10:00-11:00am MST
What Does That Behavior Mean? Live: Tuesday May 19 – 10:00-11:00am MST
Legal Issue For Caregivers. Live: Thursday May 28 – 10:00-11:00am MST
Previous sessions available via podcasts: I’m Not The Same Person Anymore: Coping With Caregiver Role Changes, and Revisiting Dementia: Dementia Types, Stages and Hope Through Research.
For more information about these sessions, contact the Boulder Area Agency on Aging at 303-678-6116
The John A. Hartford Foundation has compiled a comprehensive list of resources from leading organizations specifically for older adults and their families as well as caregivers. This list continues to be updated regularly by the foundation based on current information available. Click the link below to view these resources.
The annual Boulder County Caregiving Symposium will be held on April 8 at the Boulder Jewish Community Center. The event starts at 8:30am until 4:00pm. You can attend any sessions that you want throughout the day. The event fee is $5 which includes lunch and access to the the Resource Fair. Keynote address will be with Jane Barton discussing Collaborative Care: A life-giving approach to caregiving. Other sessions and facilitated workshops will cover topics such as caring for a parent, caring for someone with dementia, Medicaid mysteries: how to pay for long term care without going broke, what’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia? You must register to attend. Call 303-441-1617 for more information or if you need financial assistance for respite care of an older adult so you can attend. Location is 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder, 80303
Good article that explains the difference in roles between a hospital ombudsman and an independent, private patient advocate.
The Alzheimer’s Association has many helpful tips for families and friends who have a loved one living with memory loss. Visit this resource section on their web site at https://alz.org/help-support/resources/holidays
The Colorado Chapter SPARK program for early to mid-stage memory loss is sponsoring a Holiday Sing-a-long Celebration on December 4 at 10:00am hosted by the Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. The group will meet at the Sawhill Ponds Trailhead. Call 720-398-7324 to register.
The SPARK Holiday Social and Ballroom Dance will be held on December 12 from 1:00-2:30pm at the East Boulder Senior Center.
The popular Warm Water Fitness Class for early to mid-stage memory loss will meet at the East Boulder Senior Center pool on December 11. The program time is 10:15-11:15am.
There will be a free afternoon program called Living Well With Dementia on November 21st at the Longmont Senior Center. This is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and Boulder County Area Agency on Aging. Three (3) sessions will be available to the public. You can attend any or all of these sessions. This program is suitable for anyone living with dementia and their care partners.
1:00-2:00pm – The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
2:30-3:40pm – Dementia Conversations Q & A
4:00-5:00pm – Transcending Dementia
Pre-registration is required for this free event. Call 303-651-8411.