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September 29, 2017

Aging Well in Boulder County | Issue 24 | September-October 2017

Keynote for Age Well Conference to be on Disrupting Aging

Hoffman keynote

Our keynote speaker at the Age Well Conference on Friday, Nov. 3 will be Bob Hoffman, former Vice President at the National Office of AARP. Hoff’s expertise lies in community development, community organizing, and volunteer development, and he will present "Life Reimagined” and Disrupting Aging. Prior to his career with AARP, Hoff worked as was an attorney specializing in the areas of criminal law, poverty law and elder law. Join us for this interactive and informative event. Register today!

Come out the night before to the Age Well Happy Hour, hosted by the Aging Services Foundation.

Join Us for Our Final Caregiver Training for 2017

Caregiver Training Program

Taught by a registered nurse, this course helps family caregivers acquire the practical skills needed to provide safe, confident home care for a frail older loved one. Learn to provide personal care, take vitals, manage medications, lift and transfer, use a wheelchair safely, and more. A home reference book and resource information is included.

Thursdays, Oct. 12 – Nov. 16
1:30 – 4:30 p.m., in Longmont

Financial assistance for respite care is available.

For more information, contact Emily Cooper at 303-678-6116.

More Seniors are using Technology

senior tech report

According to recent survey by Pew Research, older adults are embracing the digital age.
42% report owning smartphones, up from just 18% in 2013.
• 67% use the internet - a 55% increase in under two decades.
• 75% go online daily.

Interested in gerontechnology? Come to the Age Well Conference!

New Medicare Cards and Open Enrollment

new medicare card

Medicare cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft. Medicare will begin mailing beneficiaries a new card with a unique new number to identify them.
Medicare has set up a website — and is beginning ads to tell beneficiaries what to expect starting next spring. They'll be instructed to destroy their old cards after they get a new one. New cards may be used right away.
Do you have questions about Medicare? It's almost time to look at your Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan or Medicare Advantage Plan and see if you’re in the most affordable plan for 2018. Reserve your free individual appointment with a Boulder County Medicare Counselor by calling the senior center near you. Spaces are limited! Check out our website for more information.


October is “Residents’ Rights Month,” an annual event that showcases the rights and dignity of residents living in long term care. Residents’ rights are protected by the federal Nursing Home Reform Law, and highlight the rights of residents to self-determination, choice, privacy, dignity, and for them to voice their concerns. You can learn more about residents’ rights by visiting The Consumer Voice or contacting our Long Term Care Ombudsmen at 303-441-1173.

Aging Services Foundation Seeks Board Member

ASF 2017

Our sister nonprofit, the Aging Services Foundation (ASF), is seeking a new board member. If you are passionate about expanding services for seniors and caregivers, are comfortable engaging with donors and supporters, and are looking for ways to give back to the community, consider serving on this board.
To apply or learn more, contact Jacob.

Preventing Diabetes: One Person at a Time

Diabetes prevention

We launched our third Diabetes Prevention Program class in September. The program, developed by the Centers for Disease Control, is for people who have been diagnosed with prediabetes. The goals of the year-long program are for participants lose 5 to 7% of their starting weight and to accumulate 150 minutes of physical activity each week. Our first round of 11 participants is finishing up in October with a group weight loss of 85 pounds. Our second group of ten participants is entering month five and has lost a total of 79 pounds!

What are you waiting for? Visit our website for more information.

Visibility for LGBT Elders at Pridefest

Pridefest 2017

Earlier this month, Out Boulder County welcomed Rainbow Elders/ Project Visibility as a community cornerstone of Boulder PrideFest.
Events included a Rainbow Elders mixer at Golden West, and a booth engaging the public in trivia games and prizes. Visible, out, proud, connected--- by all measures, Boulder PrideFest was a success for LGBT older adults and their advocates!

For more information on our LGBT Programs, visit our website.

Looking for Hospice Care?


Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the Hospice Compare website. The site displays information in a ready-to-use format and provides a snapshot of the quality of care each hospice facility offers to its patients. CMS is working to make healthcare-quality information more transparent and understandable for consumers in order to to empower them to take ownership of their health. By ensuring patients have the information they need to understand their options, CMS is helping individuals make informed healthcare decisions for themselves and their families.

Falls Prevention Week a Huge Success

falls prevention 2017

The Boulder County Partners for Falls Prevention hosted more than 40 programs, activities and events across the county last week, in honor of Falls Prevention week. Hundreds of people gained valuable information and skills to help prevent falls in the future. Pictured above, a successful Tai Chi class in the park in Longmont. For more information, contact Melissa Pruitt 303-441-3599

Community Symposium Coming Soon

TRU event

Join TRU Community Care for an educational symposium for community members, health care providers, and anyone curious about how to live their best in the last years of life. For more information and to register, click here.

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