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Medicare To Pay for Care Planning

Starting January 1, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will cover care planning services and cognitive assessments for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. This new benefit will be available through an individual’s Medicare benefit coverage. The Health Outcomes, Planning and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act will enable physicians to monitor the disease progression and its symptoms while creating a care plan to improve the quality of life for their patients and care partners. For more information contact your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter or Medicare at 800-633-4227.

Don’t Miss October 31 Alzheimer’s Education Symposium

Monday, October 31 is the annual Alzheimer’s Association Education Symposium which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. This is an all day event that should not be missed if you or a loved one are dealing with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.  Local and national panelists and keynote speakers will be participating. Break out sessions will include topics like Understanding and Managing Behavioral Changes in Dementia; Planning for Long Term Care; Research Update from the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference; Considerations in Moving a Relative with Memory Loss; Day to Day Tips on Caregiving. Local exhibitors that provide beneficial resources for families will be present. One of the keynote speakers will be the daughter and granddaughter of Coach Frank Boyles, University of Arkansas Razorbacks. The event is from 7:30am-4:00pm. To register and to obtain more information, please call the Colorado Chapter Alzheimer’s Association at 303-813-1669. The link below is the event agenda with bios on all speakers.

Know All Your Testing and Treatment Options

October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although it seems that everyone is aware of breast cancer, many are not aware of the current options available for diagnosing and the subsequent treatment options based on a specific type of breast cancer detected. For example, molecular breast imaging (MBI) has been found to detect cancer 4x better in dense breast tissue than mammograms. Dense breast tissue does not affect just a small number of women. 50% of women have dense breast tissue whether you have been told by your medical provider or not.

There are many organizations dedicated to providing up-to-date breast cancer information, education, financial assistance, and emotional support. Inspiring survivor stories can be found in bookstores and online. One non-profit organization,, has an online member community that shares encouraging stories from diagnosis to complete remission. See below the current list of categories for topics. If you have a story to tell, share it with others – whether it be online or in a face-to-face conversation. Knowledge shared will help others to make informed decisions about improved diagnostic testing and more treatment options.




How To Become A Better Healthcare Consumer

Good article that provides recommendations on how to improve your experience and outcome as an educated healthcare consumer. Lifelong Wellness Advocates is featured as a local resource for individuals when needing to hire assistance.


Alzheimer’s Walk and Trail Hike

The 2nd annual Boulder Walk to End Alzheimer’s event will be held August 13 at the University of Colorado Business Field. You can sign up to walk the 2 miles through campus and/or volunteer to help during the event. Registration starts at 7:30am. Ceremony at 9:00am. The walk kicks off at 9:30am. Call the Denver office of the Colorado Alzheimer’s chapter for more information at 303-813-1669.

The SPARK program which is offered by the Alzheimer’s Association provides FREE cultural programming for people with memory loss. They have fabulous monthly programs for individuals living with dementia. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. There will be a sensory trail hike at the top of Flagstaff Road to Realization Point on August 9th led by the Education and Outreach Coordinator of the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. Call 303-813-1669 for more information and to register.


Senior Law Day Events in Colorado

Annual Senior Law Day events are occurring throughout Colorado this summer. These full day events include sessions offered by local attorneys on topics such as estate planning, long term care, veteran’s benefits, Medicare/Medicaid, probate and end of life care. Registration is required. Upcoming dates are July 23 in Pueblo, July 29 in Denver, August 6 in Longmont and September 15 in Greeley. A very informative handbook is provided at no charge when attending the event. Or, you can download the current handbook at

Boulder Senior Law Day


Melanoma Monday – Free Skin Cancer Screenings

Monday, May 2 is Melanoma Monday and it is the start of free skin cancer screenings throughout the month of May. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It not only can be found on your skin, but also inside your mouth, nose and eyes.

Know the ABCDE’s of skin cancer.

A = Asymmetry – One half is unlike the other half.

B = Border – An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.

C = Color – Is varied from one area to another; has shades of tan, brown or black, or is sometimes white, red or blue.

D = Diameter – Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.

E = Evolving – A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.

During the month of May in Colorado, you can receive free SPOTme Skin Cancer Screenings with these medical providers.

May 7 – Peak Vista Health Center in Colorado Springs. Call 719-632-5700

May 7 – Lutheran Medical Center Campus in Wheat Ridge. Call 303-403-3608

May 11 – Mountain Dermatology Specialists in Edwards. Call 970-926-1800

May 16 – Dorcy Cancer Center/St. Mary Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo. Call 719-557-4548


It’s Time For The Channel 9 Health Fair!


Spring is here and so is the annual Channel 9Health Fair. Since many current insurance plans require very high deductibles, the 9Health Fair offers many screenings for free and other screenings at affordable costs. The Colorado fair started in 1980 and continues to add locations throughout the state. Click the link below for a schedule of local screenings near you.

Over 25 screenings are available. Some are not available in all locations so confirm prior to your arrival. Some screenings require pre-registration. Fortunately, all medical professionals participating in the health fair are available to spend time answering any health questions you may have concerning your screenings.

Some of the preventative screenings available include:

  • Blood Chemistry Screening (cholesterol, glucose, thyroid, kidney, heart disease)
  • Prostate Specific Antigen
  • Vitamin D
  • Colon Cancer Screening Kit
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Bone Health Screening
  • Cardiac Risk Assessment
  • Memory Screening
  • Pap Smear Screening
  • Lung Function Screening
  • Hepatitis C Virus Screening
  • Sleep Apnea Screening
  • Vision and Oral Health


Don’t Miss These Caregiving Events!

There are several upcoming FREE caregiving events in Boulder County that you should check out and pre-register. The National Caregiver Training Program will begin on Thursdays starting April 7 – May 12 from 1:30pm – 4:30pm. Call 303-678-6116 for registration through the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging.

The 11th Annual Caregiving Symposium will be held May 19 from 9:30am-5:00pm at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont. You can attend some of the sessions or the entire day. There will be many exhibitors to provide resources for caregivers. Pre-registration is a must. Call the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging at 303-678-6116.

Below is a list of on-going monthly support groups for caregivers in Boulder County. These groups are very beneficial for participants.

Caregiver Support Group (Boulder)

For caregivers of older adults. Meets every Tuesday, 4 – 6 p.m. Golden West, 1055 Adams Circle, Boulder. For information:  Ina Rifkin, 303-554-5668, or Don Dick, 303-444-0743 or 303-570-6375

Caregiver Support Group (Boulder)

For adult children concerned about aging parents. Sponsored by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, Boulder Jewish Family Service, and City of Boulder Senior Services.  Meets second Thursday of each month, 5:30 – 7 p.m. East Boulder Senior Center, 5660 Sioux Drive, Boulder. For information:  Jodi Ansell, 303-415-1025 or

Caregiver Support Group (Boulder)

For spouses and partners of older adults. Meeting times and locations vary.  For information:  Ellen Knapp, 720-217-9614 or

Caregiver Support Group (Longmont)

For caregivers of older adults. Meets first Monday of each month, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (if the first Monday is a holiday, meets on second Monday). Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue, Longmont. Light dinner provided. For information:  303-651-8414

Dementia Caregiver Support Group (Boulder)

For caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado. Meets first Thursday of each month, 12 – 1:30 p.m.  East Boulder Senior Center, 5660 Sioux Drive, Boulder. For information, call Alzheimer’s Association Helpline, 1-800-272-3900, or email

Dementia Caregiver Support Group (Boulder)

For caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.  Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado. Meets second Tuesday of each month, 11 a.m. -12:30. East Boulder Senior Center, 5660 Sioux Drive, Boulder. For information:  Alzheimer’s Association Helpline, 1-800-272-3900, or

Dementia Caregiver Support Group  (Longmont)

For caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado. Meets second Tuesday of each month, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue, Longmont. Light lunch provided.  For information:  Alzheimer’s Association Helpline, 1-800-272-3900, or

Dementia Caregiver Support Group (Louisville)

For caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado. Meets second Thursday of each month, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Louisville Senior Center, 900 W. Via Appia, Louisville. For information:  Alzheimer’s Association Helpline, 1-800-272-3900, or

For more information about resources for family caregivers of older adults, call 303-678-6116 or email


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