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Fraud & Scams

Property Fraud in Colorado: A Basic Primer—What to Watch For

In the modern-day world of scams and other trickery, various forms of property fraud have been drawing increasing attention as opportunists wade into this arena more frequently. This article will look at some of the most prevalent examples of property fraud.

Alzheimer's and Other Dementia Disease

One Alzheimer’s Drug Being Pulled; New One Being Tested

Aduhelm had been given an accelerated but provisional FDA approval in 2021 but required additional study to gain full approval. At the time it was one of the first drugs that appeared to slow progression of, but not cure, Alzheimer’s disease, and thus moderately slow cognitive decline.

Webinar Recordings

Getting Around Without Driving – Part Two

In this segment, learn about transportation options offered from the city to the mountains: Denver RTD, Via Mobility, and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.

Articles

Coloradans Should Be Alert to “Freezing” and Other Signs of a Ministroke

Medical experts say moments like the one Mitch McConnell experienced are not something to be brushed off as insignificant, even though such episodes can be very short-lived and the person seems back to normal fairly quickly. These freezes are referred to as events of altered mental status. They are neurological phenomena that in most cases call for a mental status exam. Some experts questioned why McConnell wasn’t taken to a hospital for evaluation to assess his overall cognitive and behavioral state.

Transportation Information & Options

Getting Around Without Driving – Part 1

How do you make the decision to give up driving, and what do you do to get around when you are no longer driving? This webinar covers both topics. Jill Kelly talks about the first part and Todd Glasser tells us about MedRide and MetroOne Ambulance and non emergency medical transportation. Colleen Samuels provides a view of the Denver regional Access and Mobility Council’s service and its free Getting There guide to a variety of transportation options available in the Denver region and how to access them.

General Health Care

Hospital-at-Home Care Shows Significant Benefits

Multiple health news sources are reporting on positive findings from a study of what’s called Hospital-at-Home Care (HHC) conducted by Mass General Brigham’s Healthcare at Home program.

House and Home

Mortgage Assistance Program Helps Coloradans Impacted by Pandemic

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs, through its Division of Housing, created an Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (EMAP) in the fall of 2021 to help eligible Colorado homeowners keep their homes if they had suffered financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medicare-Medicaid

Changes Beginning in 2024 Could Mean More Mental Health Coverage for Coloradans on Medicare

As of January 1, 2024, changes have been made to the Medicare program that are designed to allow healthcare providers to serve more patients needing to access mental health services. Before 2024, only advanced social workers were eligible to bill for Medicare insurance. Now, licensed clinical professional counselors and licensed clinical marriage and family therapists are eligible to bill Medicare for their clients. More than 65 million Americans currently rely on Medicare for their healthcare coverage.

Health Care Providers & Health Info

Colorado Is Exploring Some New Approaches to Healthcare and Disabilities

The office of Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera has released information on initiatives Colorado is taking with regard to disabilities, various health matters, and healthcare costs. Below are the key components included in Primavera’s information.

Caregiving

Former AARP CEO Looks at Issues Affecting Colorado Family Caregivers

Bill Novelli, a form CEO of AARP calls attention to how millennials and GenXers in particular are having to grapple more and more with being caregivers while also still working. He notes that even prior to the COVID pandemic, more than one in six full-time workers in the U.S. were caregivers, and that figure is only growing as the population ages.   

Alzheimer's and Other Dementia Disease

New Brain Evaluation Tool Looks at How Lifestyle Factors Affect Dementia and Stroke Risk

A new tool known as the Brain Care Score (BCS) shows promise as a way to assess stroke or dementia risk without going through a medical procedure. The BCS rates how a person fares on 12 health-related factors concerning physical, lifestyle, and social-emotional components of health, according to a study published in December in the journal Frontiers in Neurology. The authors found participants with a higher score had a lower risk of developing dementia or suffering a stroke later in life.

Technology

AI in Health Care? Saving Lives? YES! Learn More Here

Join Colorado Sun Reporter John Ingold as he moderates a terrific panel of doctors from the University of Colorado Health System to learn more about the opportunities and challenges of using the new tools of artificial intelligence to improve patient outcomes and save lives.

Assisted Living & Long-Term Care

Key Regulations for Colorado Assisted Living Communities

A few of Colorado’s approximately 600 assisted living facilities (ALFs) have occasionally been in the news due to investigations that found lapses in care quality or other issues. Individuals considering ALFs and their caregivers thus have a keen interest in knowing how ALFs are monitored, reviewed, and regulated with the goal of assuring the best quality care and service.

Alzheimer's and Other Dementia Disease

Signs That May Tell Coloradans It’s Time for Memory Care

Although some forms of memory loss are quite common in adults age 65 and older and may be of little concern, there are certain symptoms that indicate something more than normal forgetfulness is occurring. When these signs become consistent and concerning, it can affect the ability to safely age in place and may indicate it’s time to consider formal memory care as the more practical and secure alternative

Seminario web en español

Ayude a tranquilizarse con excelentes conocimientos y actualizaciones sobre Medicare 2023 y 2024

Chaundra Price, de Medicare Teachers, explica las muchas facetas de Medicare, lo que debe buscar cuando compra un plan de Medicare, aclara algunos de los malentendidos comunes y lo ayuda a tomar decisiones más informadas al elegir su plan. Ella nos recuerda a todos los peligros potenciales de llamar a esos números en la pantalla de televisión que son lanzados por celebridades. Presentado por AgeWise Colorado, su fuente gratuita de excelente información y proveedores de servicios examinados como Chaundra

Seminario web en español

¿Tienes cosas? ¿Sabes por qué es valioso para ti? ¿Es valioso para los demás? Mira y aprende

Piensa en una versión personal de Antiques Road Show, y eso es lo que aprenderás en este video. Es importante ayudar a su familia y a otros seres queridos a conocer el arte, los objetos de colección, las joyas y otras cosas que son importantes para usted en su hogar (o unidad de almacenamiento). No querrás que tus herederos donen sin saberlo un artículo de gran valor (o incluso sentimental/familiar) simplemente porque no saben su valor. Artifcts es un proceso patentado que te ayuda a catalogar las cosas que son más importantes para ti.

Webinar Recordings

Learn About In-Home Care Services for Loved Ones

Learn how both Friends for Life and Assisting Hands help people who need a little extra help in remaining in their homes. They provide services like helping with meals, light housekeeping, bathing and toileting, help with pet care, running errands, and many other helpful services. Both are private pay and do not accept Medicaid.

Home Modifications & Safety

Home Modifications Help Coloradans Age in Place

By wide margins, older Coloradans and their contemporaries across the country prefer to remain in their own homes as long as they can in what has become known as “aging in place.” To make that possible, many come to realize they need to make their residences safer and easier to navigate by undertaking home modifications.

Finance, Legal, and Insurance

How Coloradans Can Locate Forgotten Funds 

Life in the 21st century for most of us is neither linear nor unchanging. This can be especially true for Colorado caregivers, whose responsibilities can trigger changes in any number of activities, including their employment. This in turn can lead to divided attention and distractions, even overlooking something like 401(k) retirement accounts created through one’s place of work.

Caregiving

National Legislation Could Help Colorado Caregivers

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have introduced legislation at the federal level that would require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Social Security Administration (SSA), and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to review their eligibility, processes, procedures, forms, and communications to reduce the administrative burden on family caregivers in Colorado and across the nation. Their bill is titled the Alleviating Barriers for Caregivers (ABC) Act.

Service Areas Details:

  • Boulder County and City of Boulder
  • Central Mountains: Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake
  • City and County of Denver
  • City of Aurora
  • Colorado Springs Metro area: Counties of El Paso, Park, Teller
  • Denver Metro area: Counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson
  • Eastern Plains: Counties of Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln
  • Larimer County and City of Fort Collins
    Las Animas/ Huerfano: Counties of Huerfano, Las Animas
  • Northeast Colorado: Counties of Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma
  • Northwest: Counties of Garfield, Mesa, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt
  • Pueblo County and City of Pueblo
  • San Juan Region: Counties of Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan
  • South Central Colorado: Counties of Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache
  • Southeast Colorado: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Prowers, Otero
  • Summit Region: Counties of Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin, Summit
  • Weld County
  • West Central: Counties of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel