World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is recognized on June 15. On that day from 3:00-4:30pm at the East Boulder Senior Center the public is welcome to join a discussion with local justice system experts about the current laws, investigations and prosecution that affect older adults being neglected and abused. The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging will have an educational session on June 12 from 4:30-6:00pm at the Longmont Senior Center entitled Know Your Rights. This program will be facilitated by the local Long Term Care Ombudsman department. They will discuss their role as advocates for the health, safety and rights of Boulder County residents living in nursing homes, assisted living, and other residential care communities. All long term care residents and their families have access to an ombudsman that is assigned to each care community. For more information contact 303-441-1173.
If you live in Boulder County and caring for a loved one, you won’t want to miss this educational event. Free workshops, a local resource fair with many exhibitors, and a complimentary lunch will all be available at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont from 8:30am – 4:00pm. This event is sponsored by the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging. Call 303-678-6116 with any questions.
There is a new music therapy singing group in Boulder County called Local Vocal. The sessions will begin every Thursday starting March 22 at 2:00pm located at the Arapahoe YMCA in Lafayette. Drop-ins are welcome. $5.00 per person. This group is for individuals diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Caregivers and family are welcome to join. This unique therapy group will be facilitated by Peak Pathways Music Therapy. The YMCA is located at 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, CO 80026.
On April 26 the AARP Caregiving Symposium at The Arvada Center will host a one day symposium entitled Navigating the Journey of Caregiving. One of the local presenters during this event will be the mother/daughter team, Libby and Patty Bortz. Click here to learn more about their presentation.
To register for the 8:00am-2:30pm event to be held at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, contact the AARP Colorado office at 866-554-5376
The holiday season is upon us and many families dealing with a loved one living with dementia need to be more flexible this month with annual holiday traditions. Below is a comprehensive guide to help all family members enjoy the season. It includes recommendations for setting expectations for family and guests, gift suggestions, how to involve your loved one living with dementia in holiday preparations, and much more.
The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging is sponsoring an all day wellness conference on November 3 at the Longmont Plaza Convention Center. From 8:30am-4:30pm you can attend session tracks on topics such as Technology and Innovation, Health and Wellness and Aging in Your Community. Keynote speaker will be Bob Hoffman, former VP of the national office of AARP. Call the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging to register at 303-441-3570. This agency is also sponsoring free individual Medicare enrollment counseling appointments at all Boulder County senior centers. Below are the dates and times that correspond to each location. You must pre-register to participate in a personal session to ensure you are enrolled in the most appropriate Medicare plan and prescription drug plan.
West Boulder Senior Center – Nov. 8 and Nov. 29 from 9:00am-12:00pm
East Boulder Senior Center – Nov. 2, Nov. 16 and Nov. 30 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Lafayette Senior Center – Nov. 3 and Dec. 1 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Longmont Senior Center – Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Dec. 4 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Louisville Senior Center – Nov. 2, Nov. 16, and Nov. 30 from 9:00am – 1:00pm
Don’t miss the Colorado Chapter Alzheimer’s Association annual education symposium for caregivers, health professionals and individuals diagnosed with dementia. It will be held on October 30th at the Denver Tech Center Hyatt Regency from 7:30am until 4:30pm. Call 800-272-3900 to register. Opening keynote speaker will be Barry Petersen, CBS news correspondent and author of Jan’s Story about his personal journey caring for his wife living with Alzheimer’s. Closing keynote speaker will be Herb Magley, board member of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and caregiver for his wife with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s for 11 years. There will be numerous break out sessions that you can attend. Session topics include:
- The Need To Know Clinical Trials
- Living Well After A Diagnosis From Someone Who Knows
- Driving and Dementia Evaluations, Management and Legal Perspectives
- What’s The Connection Between Change and Grief
- The Power of Words
- Control Through Choice – Making Informed Decisions About Care and Treatment
- Practical Tips For Assisting Care
- What’s Love Got To Do With It? The Unspoken Challenge Of Providing Care For Someone You Really Don’t Care About.
Tomorrow at 9:00am is the start of the 3rd Annual Boulder Walk To End Alzheimer’s. The goal is to reach $230,000 ($50,000 more than last year). Due to excessive rain, the location of the festival field has changed. See the below link for details. The Denver Walk To End Alzheimer’s event will be held on Saturday, September 16 at 9:00am at Denver City Park. If you aren’t interested in walking during the Denver event, you can participate in their Sleep In To End Alzheimer’s! A brunch celebration will follow from 12:00-2:00. Contact the Colorado chapter for more details at 303-813-1669
If you haven’t heard of the Conversation Project, it’s time to learn about it. Its founder said that she talked with her mother about everything….except end-of-life decisions. So the organization has created free starter kits for families to use together to discuss personal values and end-of-life care as well as a starter kit for how to talk with your doctor. There are kits specific for families dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s and a pediatric kit for those dealing with a seriously ill child. The organization provides guidance on how to choose a health care proxy and forms to ensure that it is a legal document in your geographic location. If you want a trained Conversation Project coach to help facilitate a family meeting, they are available to assist during this process. Check out the starter kit below. Don’t wait. Fill it out today.
If you or someone you care about has been newly diagnosed with cancer, there is a non-profit corporation in Arizona that wants to provide you with organizational tools for managing your care plan and up-to-date treatment options. Bag It was founded in 2003 by survivors for survivors. The bag costs $35.00 and it includes a comprehensive patient navigation binder with numerous publications on coping, treatment options and care plan, current research and a calendar for appointments. Also included in the bag is a Fight the Fear USB wristband that is pre-loaded with 4 GB of storage capacity that contains helpful publications along with the ability for you to store your medical records and communications with medical providers. The company encourages donations and volunteers to help with their efforts. This is a very supportive and encouraging gift for someone recently diagnosed. For more information, check out their web site at https://bagit4u.org/our-story/