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January 9, 2018

January 2018 Aging Well Newsletter

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Aging Well in Boulder County

Issue 27 | January 2018 | "And now we welcome the New Year, full of things that have never been."

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Did you know that nearly 50% of all
adults have at least one chronic health condition? Living with ongoing health
problems can significantly limit daily activities, zap your energy and
interfere with your quality of life. Join us for Healthier Living, a six-week
workshop to learn the skills to manage chronic health problems and get back to
enjoying your life.

When: Thursdays,
Feb. 1 – Mar. 8, 1 – 3:30 pm

Where: Louisville Senior Center

Contact Melissa for more

Nutrition Summit

We’re organizing our
first-ever Nutrition Conference for seniors. The event, on March 15 from 9 am -
noon at the Jewish Community Center, will feature speakers, demonstrations, and
on-site nutritional consultations. Visit our event page for more
information. We're also looking for food-related agencies to have table space
at the event. Please contact Teresa for more information.

Lavender Gala 2017

More than 200 fabulous community members
gathered together for the 17th Annual Lavender Gala
and wow, was it FUN! Talented performers provided a delightful backdrop for this yearly event that continues
to be a mainstay for the Rainbow Elders of Boulder County. In fact, it can be the only time all year that many have a
safe and affirming space in which to connect, celebrate, and
relax completely as themselves.

Special thanks to staff and volunteers and our
generous sponsors: the Aging Services Foundation, the Jared Polis Foundation,
the Open Door Fund, the Daily Camera, and the Dave Ensign Charitable Foundation. Click here to learn more about our LGBT Programs.

Baskets 2017

The long, cold winter months can be isolating for some older adults. A few of our programs recently shared some holiday cheer with seniors in remote mountain areas as well as those who are part of our Respite & Companion Program.

Staff recently distributed Blizzard Boxes of emergency food to older adults who are homebound or isolated in the mountain communities of the county. Each box provided six meals that will stay fresh throughout the winter in case these individuals run into an emergency situation.

Our Respite & Companion
Volunteers assembled holiday gift baskets for isolated older adults. The volunteers had a good time
creating the baskets, and the older adults received some holiday cheer this season. For more information on our Respite
& Companion Volunteer Program, click here.

Care Connections pack

Care Connections still has a few ad spaces left for 2018. This bimonthly newsletter for
family caregivers, is an excellent
opportunity to advertise directly to 2,150
subscribers. Advertise

Dementia Friendly Performance

partnering with the Lafayette Senior Center to host a special music performance
for community members with dementia and their caregivers. Join us as honors
music students from the Peak to Peak Charter School entertain the crowd.

Jan. 20, 1:30 pm

Where: Lafayette Senior Center

There is no charge, but seating is limited, so
please RSVP or call 303-678-6116.

Medicare team 2017

Our stellar Medicare team
recently completed the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (Oct. 15 – Dec 7) and
did a phenomenal job helping more than 551 people across the county! This was a 15% increase from 2016. Our two-person
staff, one part-time options counselor,
one hourly employee, and
ten volunteers
provided exceptional, attentive service at 23 enrollment clinics and countless individual appointments. We are grateful to have
such a dedicated team - thank you!

Click here for more information
on our Medicare Counseling services.

Scam alert

The Community
Protection Division
of the District Attorney's Office is receiving numerous
complaints from local residents who have recently been on the receiving end of
a wave of bogus IRS calls. The caller threatens imminent legal action, and
jail time if the recipient of the call does not purchase Best Buy or other gift

The District Attorney's Office advises that you do not answer the phone if you don't know the
number, and if a caller claims to be from the IRS, hang up the phone. For
further information, or to report a fraud, contact the Community Protection
at 303-441-3700.

Dec 2017 All Staff

At our annual holiday all-staff
gathering, we came together with members of our Aging Advisory Council and
Aging Services Foundation to celebrate our work in 2017 and recognize staff and volunteers who have made outstanding contributions
this year. Our Volunteer of the Quarter, Niki Hayden, was honored for her
tireless work with the Dementia Friendly Committee which is now piloting a
project in Lafayette. Thank you

We also recognized Freda Hoskin as our Employee
of the Quarter. Freda started working at the AAA in 2003 and works behind the scenes to keep us all on track. Thank you Freda!

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Boulder County is seeking
volunteers who would like to voice their opinions and help guide decisions on
matters ranging from resource conservation to community and work programs. To view descriptions and
requirements for the various boards and commissions or to fill out an
application, visit the
Advisory Boards & Commissions page of the Boulder County website by Friday, Jan. 19.

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