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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.   

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.

National Programs May Help Colorado’s Family Caregivers

Although it has not garnered a lot of media coverage, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Administration for Community Living (ACL), has in place a “National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers” (NSSFC).

Employed Coloradans Who Also Serve as Family Caregivers are Part of a National Phenomenon

In late spring of 2023 the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on this growing trend in America that sees more and more people who find themselves having to combine regular employment with the added “job” of caring for adult family members. In many cases, these employees may also have their own children to look after at the same time, making these workers part of what’s been called the “sandwich generation” as they simultaneously care for both older and younger family members

Frontotemporal Disorders Pose Challenges for Colorado Caregivers

Anyone providing care for loved ones living with frontotemporal disorders (FTD), sometimes called frontotemporal dementia, faces a host of challenges. (Frontotemporal dementia has gained celebrity attention in 2023 after it was revealed that actor Bruce Willis was diagnosed with it.) A person with FTD can exhibit a range of symptoms, including unusual behaviors, emotional problems,…

Colorado Support Foundation Offers Help for Family Caregivers

When it comes to family members who choose to provide care for loved ones afflicted with challenging conditions such as Alzheimer’s, other dementias, nerve disorders, brain failure, and the like, one of the big questions that arises is: Who will care for the caregivers? It’s a question that AgeWise Colorado (AWC) itself has been created to help provide an answer for by offering relevant guidance and steering caregivers to pertinent resources.

Self Care for Caregivers!

Have you noticed that “self-care” has become one of those buzzwords everyone is using? In fact, between 2019 and 2020, Google Search Trends shows a 250% increase in searches using the term. It’s not like self-care is a new concept. It seems to be on everyone’s mind lately. The chaos

Caring for the Caregiver In Colorado

AgeWise Colorado, in collaboration with YouDefineWellness.com, hosted a webinar entitled Caring for the Caregiver on September 16. Included in that webinar were three panels of three presenters each: panel one was focused on technologies that help the caregiver, panel two on self-care for the caregiver, and panel three on caregivers.

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What Support is Available to Caregivers?

Can people get paid to take care of a family member? There are certain situations where an informal caregiver who is a family member can get paid for their work around caregiving. Payment may come from a long-term care insurance policy or the parent. However, in order to qualify the

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What is the Difference Between Formal and Informal Caregiving?

There are two main types of care for seniors who are aging in place and need help in caring for themselves: See How do people get paid to take care of a family member? Take Action To find more about what benefits are available to you, the National Council on

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  • Central Mountains: Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake
  • City and County of Denver
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  • 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
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  • Weld County
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