February 16, 2017
Aging Well in Boulder County | Issue 17 | February 16, 2017
Opportunity for Outreach
Our 12th annual Caregiving Symposium returns to the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont, on Tuesday, May 16. It features a large resource fair, fifteen workshops on key caregiving topics, complimentary lunch, and more. The Caregiving Symposium offers an unparalleled opportunity for service providers to reach family caregivers. In 2016, more than 100 agencies and businesses participated in the event’s resource fair and connected with 400 family caregivers who were eager to learn about their services.
For general information, or to request a registration form, please contact Emily Cooper at 303-678-6116 or email her.
Are you a family caregiver who wants to better understand dementia, increase your confidence, and reduce the adverse effects of caregiving? Register now for a free 6-week course at the Longmont Senior Center. Classes will run April 5 to May 10. Call 303-651-8411 to register.
The Annual Senior Day at the Capitol will be Wednesday, March 15. Plan to attend to meet your legislators, learn about legislation impacting seniors, improve your advocacy skills, and let your voice be heard.
March is National Nutrition month and our Registered Dieticians will be out in the community at two special events. Satya Williams, RDN will be in the lobby at the HUB in Longmont on March 8 from 10-noon, and Patti Murphy, RDN will be at EFAA on March 16 at noon. They will have nutrition information and some Nutrition Month giveaways (as long as they last). We will also have an open house here at Sundquist on March 10 from 11-1 pm to answer any questions on nutrition and health promotion services.
Contact us for more information.
Collaborating to be Age Friendly
Planning & Advocacy Specialist Laura Mathews presented our Age Well Boulder County plan at the AARP Colorado Age Friendly Communities Conference. Other organizations present included the Partnership for Age Friendly Communities in Larimer County, Innovations in Aging Collaborative in Colorado Springs, Pitkin County Senior Services, and Catherine Dockery from the Denver Office on Aging (pictured here with Laura). Collaborating to make the whole state Age Friendly!
TRU Community Care’s PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) is ready and waiting for your call! They are actively seeking participants in Boulder and southwest Weld Counties to enroll in this innovative program. The start date for enrollees is March 1. Services include: Coordinated healthcare services & support, day program, social activities, and physical therapy. Serving seniors 55+ in Boulder & southwest Weld Counties who need nursing-home-level care. If you or someone you know could benefit from TRU PACE, please call them at 303.665.0115 or email them.
We are working on the 2017 edition of the Silver Lining Directory, a guide for LGBT older adults on inclusive and affirming providers in Boulder County. We have not released an update to this guide since 2014, and we want to make sure that we include anyone who meets our guidelines. If your company is LGBT friendly, and/or if your staff have attended a Project Visibility training, please contact us for more information on how to be included. **IF YOU WERE PREVIOUSLY INCLUDED IN THE SILVER LINING DIRECTORY, YOU MUST FILL OUT A NEW FORM TO BE INCLUDED IN THE 2017 EDITION.** There is no charge for inclusion in the guide, but we will be offering advertising opportunities. Deadline for inclusion is Feb. 28, so contact us today.
New Program Offered
Are you one of the one in three American adults with prediabetes? If left untreated, prediabetes can raise your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The good news is that by following a healthy diet, losing small amounts of weight and getting regular physical activity, you can avoid these serious complications. We're now offering a Diabetes Prevention Program, that provides a proven behavior change program, a trained lifestyle coach, and skill building to lose weight. This year-long program meets weekly for six-months and once to twice a month for the second six months. A new class is starting at the end of March. To find out if you qualify, call 303-441-3599, or email Melissa.
We’re pleased to welcome two new people to our staff!
Our new LGBT Programs Intern, Sara Thompson(formally Sara Griswell) who many of you know from her work in the eldercare community in Boulder as well as with the LGBT and Rainbow Elders communities. Now working to complete her degree in Human Development & Family Studies with a minor in Gerontology at CSU, she will be working on maintaining our service to Rainbow Elders, including Project Visibility trainings as well as some new projects in our LGBT elders programs. You can reach Sara here.
Our new Medicare Counselor is Sarah Romero. Sarah comes to us with lots of experience in benefit eligibility from her work with Boulder County Housing and Human Services. She joins the capabale Medicare Counselors who office out of the HUB in Longmont. To reach a Medicare Counselor, call 303-441-1546 or visit our webpage.
Aging in the News
The Daily Camera recently featured an article about the aging of the County’s population. Longmont Senior Services Manager Michele Waite and our own AAA Manager Sherry Leach were both quoted. Did you miss it? Read the whole article here.
Join Our Team
Our Business Results Team is recruiting a part-time hourly Programs Analyst to assist in monitoring and evaluating programs. Time commitment is 10 hours per week with a flexible schedule. Click here for more details and to apply!
What is SNAP?
Statewide nearly one in seven adults over the age of 60 is food insecure. The USDA defines food insecurity as “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.” This leads to older adults having to make extremely difficult decisions, such as deciding whether to buy food or pay for their medications. Experiencing food insecurity also contributes to a host of health problems. For example, food insecure older adults are 60% more likely to experience depression and 53% more likely to have a heart attack. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a program that provides cash assistance to spend on food. SNAP benefits can significantly improve health outcomes for older adults. However, older adults may not try to enroll due to barriers regarding mobility, technology, stigma attached to receiving assistance, and misinformation about how the program works and who can qualify. For more information on this and other benefits available to older adults, call our ADRC Help Line at 303-441-1617 or email us.
You can download the SNAP application here.
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