November 28, 2016
Aging Well in Boulder County | Issue 14 | November 28, 2016
The Transition Begins
President Obama reminded us that, “no one said democracy would be easy; democracy is tough.” And, at the same time, our 240-year experiment thrives because we have a peaceful transition of power. In spite of that, some grieve and some celebrate after each election. The dichotomy may be more pronounced this year because the election season was such a divisive one. Many residents of our country are scared, even fearing for their safety, fearing a loss of benefits, or simply apprehensive about the direction our country will take or nervous about the unknown that comes with the transition of power.
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Don Your Sparkles and Glitter
The 16th Annual Lavender Gala, a celebration for the Boulder County LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/ transgender) community age 60 and better plus friends, families, and allies, will be on Sunday, December 4th. This holiday event is specifically geared to affirm the lives of Boulder County LGBT older adults---friends, family and allies of this diverse community are welcome. Light hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks are included in the $10 advance registration ($15 at the door). A cash bar is offered and there will door prizes. Festive attire is encouraged. RSVP by Nov. 30.
Boulder County is (officially) Age Friendly!
On Friday, October 28th, at the 5th Annual Age Well Conference, Boulder County was officially designated an AARP Age-Friendly Community. Commissioner Deb Gardner (far right) joined us for the presentation! The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. This designation honors the great work of a collaborative team of aging services professionals in the Age Well Boulder County planning initiative. The team consists of senior services from Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette, and Erie, along with the BCAAA. We've been working together for more than 10 years to make Boulder County a vibrant community where everyone can age well. For more information on our website, or email Laura.
|Support Seniors and Caregivers for Colorado Gives Day!
Did you know that the Aging Services Foundation of Boulder County helps us build and sustain programs like Project Visibility, Rainbow Elders, the Age Well Conference, our new Diabetes Prevention Program, and the Caregiver Initiative? The ASF receives charitable gifts and contributions from individual donors, local businesses and corporations, as well as gifts and grants from other nonprofits. Nearly 94% of the ASF annual budget goes directly toward programming and direct services.
He's Making a List and Checking....His Benefits!
Santa himself stopped by the Longmont Senior Center and worked with Medicare Counselor, Guio Bravo to review his Medicare prescription drug plan. He saved over $700 on his part D plan for 2017! Our Medicare Counselors have been busy conducting 22 Medicare Open Enrollment Clinics at senior centers all around the county. There’s still time for your to drop, change, or enroll in Medicare Part D Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage/Health Plans for 2017. Click here for more information:
Call to make your appointment today! 303-441-1546.
We Celebrate Family Caregivers
November is upon us once again, that time of year when family and friends come together to give thanks, to reflect on our many blessings, and to remind ourselves of what is truly important. November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and celebrate our nation’s 90 million family caregivers (thousands of whom live here in Boulder County). They provide invaluable help to older loved ones and to children and adults with disabilities.
Reach Family Caregivers
Boulder County is home to thousands of family caregivers. They’re on the search for information about resources and services, and for over 20 years they’ve turned to Care Connections for that information and support. Share your business message by advertising with Care Connections. Click here for more information, or email Emily.
Did You Know?
Karen Townsend and Michael Holliday from our Veterans Services Office helped organize a pinning ceremony for Vietnam era veterans following the parade on Veterans Day. A total of 138 pins were handed out to well deserving veterans.
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