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June 29, 2017

Aging Well Boulder County | Issue 21 | June 2017

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Aging Well in Boulder County

Issue 21 | June 2017 | You
are not too old and it is not too late


CHI Event July 2017

Due to a freak snow storm back in May, we had to postpone this event until July 28th. Join the Colorado Health Institute, BCAAA, and TRU PACE for a morning presentation and discussion on the latest in healthcare policy, and potential impacts on seniors in Colorado.

Joe Hanel, Manager of Public Policy Outreach for the Colorado Health Institute, will provide an update on Federal healthcare policy and take questions from the audience.

This is a free public event. A light breakfast, generously provided by TRU PACE, will also be served.

Please register here

Note: this is our rescheduled event from May


We recently welcomed three new staff to BCAAA. Launa
Peeters-Graehl (below) is our new Programs Analyst, assisting us with service and program evaluations. Launa comes to us
with a background in social science research, having studied and taught
psychology at the university level, and conducting field research and program
evaluations for the California Center for Rural Policy.

Launa

We also welcome Helen Vanderwerken (below left) and Janet Morrison (below right) who are helping launch a new meal program in Lyons.
Helen previously volunteered with the a Lyons meal program, and was an accountant in her pre-retirement life. Janet, a Senior Tax Worker, is driving meals to Lyons from our caterer in
Boulder. She is a retired elementary school teacher and is
fluent in Spanish.

Lyons lunch staff


CS 2017


On
May 16, we co-sponsored (with TRU PACE) the 12th annual Caregiving
Symposium. Hundreds of family caregivers, service providers, staff, and
volunteers attended the event, learning about a variety of helpful options
at the resource fair of 90+ local organizations. Attendees participated in workshops on topics that included dementia care, caregiver self-care, legal and
financial advice, loss of intimacy, veterans’ benefits, hospice services, and home
modifications.

The Caregiving
Symposium was made possible by the financial support of 37 business sponsors,
the contribution of time and expertise by 24 workshop presenters, extensive outreach
provided by agencies throughout the county, and the hard work of our staff and
volunteers.

Visit our website for more information about caregiver programs in Boulder County.


2016 annual report

Get a comprehensive
view of who we are and what we’ve done in the last year: click here to
view our 2016 Annual Report.


We recently completed our first program evaluation of our Senior Dental Program for Low Income Seniors, a HCPF-funded program promoting the health and welfare of low-income seniors by providing access to dental care. BCAAA serves as an administrator for the program, in partnership with community intake points and dentist offices.

The results of our evaluation revealed significant positive changes and outcomes after clients receive dental services:

  • 96% of clients wouldn't have accessed dental services without this program.
  • 95% of clients are satisfied or very satisfied with the program
  • Mouth pain has decreased for 91% of clients.
  • 63% report an increase in their general health.
  • 58% have improved their oral health habits.

Learn about the importance oral health in aging.


no fare contest

Boulder County has won a grant to increase transit ridership
in Lafayette by providing free fares to the city's residents and employees. To
encourage public participation in the development of the program, Boulder
County has created an open competition, called "No Fare Contest", to generate innovative ideas on how to
get the most people to ride transit.

Boulder County has $100,000 to implement the program - and to increase interest and excitement, cash prizes for the top three program ideas are available!

  • $3,000
    for 1st Place
  • $1,500
    for 2nd Place
  • $500
    for 3rd Place

More information about the
contest and how to apply can be found here.


heat wave

Summer is almost here, and it’s important to take precautions in case of extreme heat. The following steps can help prepare
you to handle periods of extreme heat and the associated risks:

  • Be watchful for signs of heat stroke and dehydration: shallow breathing, a lack of perspiration, dizziness, dry mouth, and
    headaches.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air
    conditioning, especially those who spend much of their time alone.
  • Plan to be temporarily self-sufficient if the electricity
    goes out.
  • Make provisions for medications that require refrigeration,
    and plan arrangements to get to a cooling center, if needed.
  • Think about what you need to maintain your health,
    safety, and independence.
    Build
    a kit that
    includes specialized items you may need, such as wheelchair batteries, oxygen, and medications. Include non-perishable food and water,
    items for service animals and pets, and anything else you might
    need.

For more information about
extreme heat preparedness and tools, go to
ready.gov/heat and cdc.gov.


Vol Appr lunch 2017

We know our
volunteers do great work, and we always appreciate hearing it from our clients. Two recent letters stand out, one from a caregiver who
receives assistance through the Respite & Companion Volunteer program
(RCVP), and one from a person who worked with our Medicare Counselors.

RCVP matches
volunteers with older adults experiencing social isolation or compromised
health. The volunteer visits with their match for two hours a week. We received this letter from the daughter of the older
adult he visits, a man who has dementia: Thanks for visiting and playing cards with my dad each week! He is always in a good mood after your
visit. You provide him companionship and provide a little respite for us. We
feel blessed to have you in our lives! Thanks for everything!

Medicare
Counselor volunteers and staff help older adults, people with disabilities, and
their caregivers navigate and understand Medicare. One recent client wrote: I am sending my deepest appreciation and
gratitude … for your help yesterday. I know you went above and beyond for
me, which makes your help even more precious. I will never be able to
adequately tell you how much it will always mean to me, your guidance and
experience, and your kindness and patience, to get me through the paperwork and
the phone call. To get me through my own fear and confusion, with gentle
reassurances. you are angels. Thank you.

We,
in turn, are grateful for our volunteers for their invaluable assistance.
Interested in volunteering?
Please contact Kari at
720-864-6526 or visit our webpage.


We are excited to announce that our Falls Prevention Week will receive an Aging Innovations & Achievement Award from the National Association of
Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). Each
September BCAAA's
Wellness Specialist, Melissa Pruitt,
coordinates a collaborative week of activities
designed to educate the public on ways to reduce risks of falling - and
have some fun while doing it. In 2016, we coordinated more than 40 events
around the county!

Launched in 2005, the awards program
recognizes programs that exemplify innovation and sound management
practices. The award will be presented at the 2017 n4a Annual Conference in
Savanah, GA in July.

Watch for more information about Falls Prevention Week,
September 18 – 22, coming soon!