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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.

Health Care Providers & Health Info

Patient Advocates May Be of Help to Colorado Caregivers

For people navigating an often confusing healthcare system, such as Colorado caregivers often do, one source of help in some circumstances may come from a patient advocate. These are professionals who help patients and caregivers tackle the complexities of today’s healthcare system, allowing families to offload some of the bureaucracy stress and instead focus on the day-to-day demands of caring.

Alzheimer's and Other Dementia Disease

Tips Offered for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Dementia

Jennifer Otto, content manager for SeniorResource.com, an online information source, says that while being a caregiver to a loved one with dementia can feel overwhelming, there are ways to provide that care while also creating a comfortable and safe environment. She offers the following tips.

Veteran Services

Investigative Report Cites “Neglect” in Nursing Home Care for Colorado Veterans

In early October the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper published findings of its investigative report, which it said included a lack of consequences for allegedly neglectful care given in nursing homes to Colorado veterans and troubling questions about how the Department of Veterans Affairs awards contracts to nursing homes in order to meet the growing needs of aging veterans in the state.

Medicare-Medicaid

Help Ease Your Mind With Great Insights and Updates on Medicare 2023 and 2024

Chaundra Price of Medicare Teachers explains Medicare’s many facets, what to look for when you’re shopping for a Medicare plan, clearing up some of the common misunderstandings, while helping you make more informed decisions when choosing your plan. She reminds us all of the potential pitfalls of calling those numbers on the TV screen being pitched by celebrities.
Brought to you by AgeWise Colorado–your free to use source of great information and vetted service providers like Chaundra.

Medicare-Medicaid

Colorado Medicaid for Seniors: How to Qualify, Rules, and Helpful Strategies

While virtually everyone knows Medicare is the federal government’s health insurance program for adults age 65 and older, that is not the only such government-sponsored insurance seniors can utilize. There is also Medicaid, a healthcare program targeted to low-income individuals. In Colorado this is called Health First Colorado.

Decluttering & Moving

Trash or Treasure? Got Stuff? Know Why It’s Valuable to You? Is It Valuable to Others? Watch and Learn

Think about a personal version of Antiques Road Show–and that’s what you will learn about in this video.
It’s important to help your family and other loved ones know about the art, collectibles, jewelry and other stuff that is important to you in your home (or storage unit). You don’t want your heirs to unknowingly donate an item of great (or even sentimental/family value simply because they don’t know it’s value!

Seminario web en español

Las muchas facetas de AARP en Colorado

AARP Colorado se enfoca en empoderar a sus casi 700,000 socios en Colorado para que elijan cómo vivir a medida que envejecen. Aquí aprenderás sobre AARP National, sobre el programa Elder Watch de AARP, los Servicios de Tecnología para Adultos Mayores/Planeta para Personas Mayores de AARP, Wish of a Lifetime de AARP, la defensa legislativa de AARP y conocerás a las personas detrás de estos grupos.

Fall Prevention & Detection

Colorado UCHealth Programs Target Fall Prevention

Colorado ranks 5th in the nation for deaths due to falls. Data such as this is one of the driving reasons why UCHealth Memorial has established the Memorial Injury Prevention and Research Institute (MIPRI), with a goal of improving lives through research and outreach and reducing preventable injury and death as much as possible.

Older Colorado adults can take advantage of that research and outreach in two UCH programs. One is called Aging with Independence & Mobility (AIM), a fall prevention program delivered virtually, along with optional in-person attendance in selected areas.

House and Home

What to Know about Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) in Colorado

We’ve all heard about various options for living situations for older Coloradans — from aging in place at home to independent living communities to assisted living facilities to memory care and nursing homes. But if it can be said that there is a single catch-all location for nearly all of the available options, it might be what’s called a Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC. In a CCRC you can choose among different levels of care, taking advantage of both residential and healthcare services  

Fraud & Scams

The Many Facets of AARP in Colorado

AARP Colorado is focused on empowering its nearly 700,000 members in Colorado to choose how they live as they age. You will learn here about AARP National, about AARP’s Elder Watch program, Senior Planet/Older Adult Technology Services from AARP, Wish of a Lifetime from AARP, AARP’s legislative advocacy and get to meet the people behind these groups.

Housing Options & Property Information

Supreme Court Ruling Will Protect Coloradans from “Home Equity Theft”

A unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) back in May 2023 will have national implications in protecting homeowners in financial straits from losing money they are legally entitled to. Colorado is one of several states particularly affected by the ruling, as this article will explain.

Caregiving

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).

Alzheimer's and Other Dementia Disease

Colorado Physicians Weigh in on Alzheimer’s Drug Leqembi®

The headline on the UCHealth Today blog posting summed it up: “First FDA-approved drug offers both promise and challenges.” This was in reference to Leqembi (generic name: lecanemab), a drug designed to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Prescription Drugs & Supplements

Many Coloradans To Benefit from Negotiated Drug Prices

AARP reports that the names of the first 10 Medicare drugs whose prices the federal government will negotiate directly with manufacturers were released in late August. “It marks the first time in history that the price of life-sustaining medications that millions of older Americans in the nation’s largest health program

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