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October 31, 2017

Aging Well in Boulder County | Issue 25 | November 2017

Last Chance to Register for the Age Well Conference

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You do not want to miss the educational event of the year! Join us for an inspiring keynote address, nine informational sessions, and an awesome exhibit and experience hall. Act now - registration ends today!

Respite and Companion Volunteers are Making a Huge Difference

Our Respite and Companion Volunteer Program (RCVP) matches volunteers with older adults who are experiencing social isolation or health challenges. Volunteers visit their matches two hours per week, providing companionship to their program partner and a break to the family caregiver. We recently conducted a survey of program participants and learned:

100% of respondents said the visits helped maintain or improve their emotional well-being.
93% of caregivers report feeling reduced stress as a result of the volunteers visits.

One participant said, “you don’t always make a best friend like this in old age.”

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The RCVP program recently partnered with Boulder County Parks & Open Space staff to offer a field trip to the Agricultural Heritage Center in Longmont. People got to know each other at lunch, and during the tour visited the farm animals and saw the insides of the historical buildings. One of the older adults used to live on a farm, and was very excited to see the antique farm equipment, and various antique kitchen tools in the house. The RCVP volunteers appreciated this much-needed opportunity for social interaction.

Want to know more about volunteering? Contact us today.

Senior Law Day a Success!

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The 8th annual Boulder County Senior Law Day on September 23rd was a success, providing older adults with valuable legal information and resources. Attendees were able to access over 20 workshops on a variety of legal topics and had the opportunity to meet one on one with local attorneys. Attendees enjoyed lunch and left with the Senior Law Handbook to refer back to when needed. Keep your eye out for similar informational opportunities for older adults in our community in the future.

BCAAA's Diabetes Prevention Program Set to Expand in 2018

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Our Diabetes Prevention Program is getting a lot of attention, and for good cause: the program can help people cut their risk of diabetes in half! Our first year’s class just wrapped up with great results: people have lost weight, improved their diets, and are exercising more! We’re excited for some new community partnerships in 2018, and will be announcing more diabetes prevention classes soon. Stay tuned!

'Tis the Season for Medicare Changes

Medicare open enrollment 2017

Medicare Open Enrollment is in full swing. Our Medicare Counselors are offering one-on-one appointments at locations across the county. For more information about our enrollment clinics and Medicare Basics classes please visit our webpage today!

We Honor and Recognize Caregivers

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National Family Caregivers Month, observed each November, is a time to honor family caregivers. The theme for this year is “Caregiving Around the Clock”, and calls attention to the fact that caregiving often is a 24-hours a day/ 7-days a week job. Did you know...
• The average family caregiver is a working mother with school-aged children.
• 70% of the time, the family caregiver manages the medications.
• Six out of 10 family caregivers work full- or part-time in addition to juggling their caregiving responsibilities at home.
Yes, caregiving can be a full-time-plus job, and we honor the dedicated caregivers who do their best to manage the many demands on their time. If you are a family caregiver who faces these kinds of challenges, please don’t hesitate to contact us for information about helpful resources and support.

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