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August 16, 2016

Aging Well in Boulder County | Issue 11 |August 16, 2016

Look Out! Falls Change Lives

Falls Prevention Week Boulder County

Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Falls Prevention Week (September 19 – 23) is a collaborative week of activities organized by agencies, organizations and individuals, designed to educate you on ways to reduce your chances of falling - and have some fun while doing it. Over 40 events will be available at multiple locations.

For more information and a full calendar of events, visit our website.

Strong Start for New Web-based LGBT Responsiveness Training

Our “Project Visibility 24/7” web-based training, designed for professionals serving older adults, is up and running with strong initial results:

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The goal of Project Visibility is to co-create an aging services community that is informed, sensitive to, and supportive of LGBT elders. If you or your organization is interested in the web-based or in-person training, email or call Ash Bell at 303-441-4518.

A Day in the Life of a Long-Term Care Ombudsman

LTCO Susan

Our Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) Program is a free, confidential service for residents of nursing homes and assisted living homes. An Ombudsman is an advocate for the rights of residents, working with and for them to achieve the quality of care and life that they seek. The services of the Ombudsman can be used by residents, their friends and relatives, staff, and the general public. (Pictured is volunteer Ombudsman Susan Damon.)

For more information or to Contact an Ombudsman, visit our website, email us or call 303-441-1173.

Encouraging Powerful Caregivers through Inter-County Partnerships

We’re partnering with the Weld County Area Agency on Aging to offer training for family caregivers of older adults. Powerful Tools for Caregivers gives family caregivers the tools to deal with the emotional challenges of caregiving, teaching family members how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings, increase ability to make tough decisions, and use helpful resources.

Powerful Tools LogoWhen: Wed's, Sept. 7 – Oct. 12, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Erie Community Center

For more information, or to register:
Boulder County residents should email us or call 303-678-6116.
Weld County residents should email the AAA or call 970-346-6950, ext. 6130

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Improve Your Cultural Competency with LGBT Responsiveness Training

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Join us on Sept. 13 as we explore how to provide culturally competent care to older LGBT individuals. This training is great for anyone wanting to know more about the Project Visibility Program or about supporting elder LGBT people.

When: Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Longmont Senior CenterFor more information or to pre-register (required), please contact Ash Bell.

Boulder County Welcomes the SCAN Foundation to Colorado

Bruce Chernof

We are excited to welcome Dr. Bruce Chernof, President and CEO of the SCAN Foundation, as our keynote speaker for the 5th annual Age Well Conference on October 28th. The SCAN Foundation is one of the largest foundations in the U.S. focused entirely on improving the quality of health and life for seniors.

The Age Well Conference is designed for leaders and professionals involved in and concerned with healthy and productive aging. Join us for an educational day with sessions on innovations in health and technology, the future of care, the social determinants of health, collaborative strategies, understanding dementia, and more.

Learn more about sponsoring this exciting event here.
Register to attend here.

Welcome to Our Newest Team Member: Colleen Sinclair

New Options Counselor

Colleen Sinclair recently joined us as an ADRC Options Counselor. She comes to us from Mental Health Partners where she worked as a case manager on the Older Adult Specialized Services team. Colleen’s experience working with older adults and adults with disabilities will be a great addition to our already awesome staff! What is an Options Counselor? Find out here.

Boulder County Taps Into National Aging Network

BC at n4a 2016

We were in San Diego last month at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) annual conference, sharing and learning about best practices and innovations in the aging services fields.

BC staff present at n4a 2016

Sherry, Rebekah, and Keith (above) presented on the creative ways we have been able to sustain the Project Hope program. Jacob and Erica also presented on how we developed and are evaluating our new web-based Project Visibility training.

Share Your Thoughts on Aging in Colorado

Aging Planning Colorado

The Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging is tackling many of the pressing issues facing our state and families as Colorado’s population ages. The group is working to ensure all Coloradans have the support they need to enjoy a healthy, mobile, and vibrant lifestyle as they age.

SAPGA needs your help and perspectives - your input is essential to Colorado’s future and SAPGA’s recommendations to our leaders. Visit their website to weigh in, or share your thoughts on social media with #plan4aging.

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