Save the date! The annual education symposium hosted by the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is a one day Rocky Mountain Conference on Dementia. It will be held on April 29th at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center from 7:30am until 4:30pm. Participants can select breakout sessions to attend throughout the day with experts sharing on topics such as: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Resilience Strategies for Activities of Daily Living, Self-Care and the Power of Your Pen, Nutritional Support for Caregivers, Discussing Future Planning in Dementia – Promises & Pitfalls, Humor and Caregiving. There will also be sessions devoted specifically to individuals currently living with an early-stage diagnosis. Attendees are welcome to register if you have been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment or early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia, or if you are a family member/friend of someone affected, or if you are a healthcare professional. Event cost ranges between $50-175.00. To register, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.
The Savvy Caregiver class will be starting on Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00pm March 13 through April 17. It will be held at the Longmont Senior Center located at 910 Longs Peak Ave. This FREE 6 week class is ideal for family or friend caregivers helping a loved one living with dementia. The class is facilitated by Jessica O’Leary, a Gerontologist and dementia specialist. Call 303-651-8411 to register.
If you need a good chuckle and since laughter is sometimes the best medicine…enjoy these cartoons!
Need some holiday gift ideas for the older adults in your life? Below is a link from Daily Caring that highlights gift suggestions based on various categories. For example, gifts to reduce anxiety, gifts to help mobility and transportation, gifts to promote engagement and activities. Check out the full list here. https://dailycaring.com/big-list-gift-ideas-for-seniors/
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
The annual Boulder County Senior Living Tour will occur this Saturday, October 6th between 10:00am – 3:00pm. Refreshments will be available at each stop. If you are seriously considering a move to a residential care community, remember to also visit unannounced at different times of the day and week to get a better understanding of their environment and staffing. The following communities will be participating in the tour:
Sunrise of Boulder Assisted Living and Memory Care
Brookdale North Boulder Independent Living
Brookdale Boulder Creek
Brookdale Meridian Boulder
Morningstar of Boulder
Balfour Senior Living, Louisville
Balfour Retirement Community
Flatirons Health and Rehab
The Peaks at Old Laramie Trail
Landmark Memory Care
Sunrise at Flatirons
The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is sponsoring a new support group in Broomfield for adult children of a parent living with dementia. This group will meet on the 3rd Monday of every month at 6:00-7:30pm at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. 1700 W. 10th Ave. in Broomfield. For more information, call the Denver office at 303-813-1669.
There are many variations of hospital survival kits available on the market. After Raymond Poole spent 219 days beside his wife’s hospital bed, he had intimate knowledge on what to include in a practical yet comfort-focused hospital kit. His wife, Rebecca, received a double lung transplant from end stage cystic fibrosis. Whenever possible, providing comfort during those many months in the hospital was his primary goal. With Rebecca’s help, the husband and wife team created The Hospital Comfort Kit which is now available on Amazon. Check out what this kit includes and consider purchasing one for a loved one if a hospital stay is required.
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.