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Age Well Series

Age Well

Join us for the ninth annual Age Well Series (formerly known as the Age Well Conference)! This series of events was planned and organized by a team of Boulder County Area Agency on Aging staff and generous professional volunteers. We hope this series is a unique opportunity for you to broaden and add depth to your understanding of aging and realize the growing scale and importance of our regional network of advocates, researchers, innovators, and practitioners.

Boulder County is experiencing an unprecedented change in its population: the proportion of older adults residents (people age 60 and older) is greater and growing faster than ever before. Between 2020 and 2050, the county’s overall population increase is projected to be 33%. Compare that against the older adult population increase of 58% and the 80+ population increase of 244%. We are aging.

This rapid growth is presenting new challenges and opportunities across society – in how we get around, in what we buy, in how we plan for the future, and in how we manage growing older. The better we can understand how to prepare and meet the increasing needs of older adults and those caring for and offering solutions to older adults, the better off we will all be.

Thank you for joining us for the Age Well Series.
Your friends at the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging

Date: Thursday, April 29, noon – 1:15 p.m.

Description: While this presentation will cover topics specific to elder abuse, presenters will share information specific to burglary, car theft, and much more. Similar to the training for mandatory reporters, presenters will review the types of elder abuse and what to look out for when protecting our community’s older adults.

Presented by:

Chris Merkle is an investigator for the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. He spent nearly 25 years working for the Longmont Police Department, the last seven years of his career were as a detective. He has a passion for investigations involving vulnerable adults. Chris is a national trainer for the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL). He also has been a part of local multidisciplinary teams to include, Adult Protection Review Team, and the Elder Justice Coalition.

Christian Gardner-Wood is the Director of Community Protection and Legislative Affairs and a Senior Deputy District Attorney for the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. He has been a prosecutor for nearly 14 years. As the Director of Community Protection, he oversees all prosecutions in the DA’s Office involving at-risk victims, elder victims, significant economic crimes, and also oversees community outreach and policy initiatives for the Office. His passion is community engagement and prosecuting crimes involving vulnerable populations. He has trained extensively in the areas of elder abuse, mandatory reporting, child abuse, sex offenses, and human trafficking. He is the Chair of the Colorado Human Trafficking Council and is involved in local groups involving at-risk cases including the Adult Protection Review Team and the Elder Justice Coalition.

Register here for “Shining a Light on Crimes Against Older Adults”

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 10-11:30 a.m.

Description: This first topic explains what dementia is and what is happening to the brain of a Person With Dementia (PWD). Using a cancer diagnosis and care as an example, staff members will be able to identify the need to treat dementias as distinct diseases of the brain, with predictable stages and behaviors.

Five questions about dementia every caregiver needs to understand about care and also to explain the dementia disease process to families are discussed. These five questions address the majority of complaints and concerns from family members and guides them to understand the disease is destroying their loved one’s brain and therefore is the causation of decline in their loved one and not a failure of care.

Presented by:

Dr. Tam Cummings founded her company in 2009 with the mission to “Inspire, Educate, and Empower Dementia Caregivers.” Now her professional gerontology practice in the Texas Hill Country is recognized as one of the leading educators of dementia caregivers and program design for dementia care in Texas and nationally.

To date Dr. Cummings has:

  • authored and published four books for dementia caregivers.
  • speaks in national podcasts for dementia caregivers.
  • developed the Dementia Behavioral Assessment Tool (DBAT) for staging dementias which resulted from 25 years of research in SNFs and memory care communities.
  • developed a classification and staging tool for the behavioral, communication, and movement variations of the FTDs (Frontotemporal Dementias) – the only tool of its kind.
  • recognized as the subject-matter-expert (SME) and program designer in a 2018-2019 CMP Project awarded to the Texas Health and Human Services. Cummings developed training for frontline staff to include clinical features of each major form of dementia, specific behaviors presented by different dementias, and correct approaches to ADL care for individual residents.
  • selected as the SME to design and develop the training content for a 2016-2018 CMP with the Texas Health Care Association. This pilot program reduced the use of antipsychotic medications in SNFs by training professional and family caregivers to recognize the most common forms of dementia and the behaviors associated with each disease. Additional components included designing and teaching activity directors to implement appropriate activities for PWD, teaching family caregivers about dementias and offering Medical Education Credits for physicians.

Tam Cummings, PHD., attended Baylor, Texas A&M, and Concordia Universities. She was awarded degrees in journalism, social work, and gerontology. Her post-graduate studies are in educational psychology and rural public health. Dr. Cummings is a member of the National Association of Professional Gerontologists.

Register for “What is Dementia?” here.

Project Visibility: Creating Inclusive Communities for LGBTQ+ Older Adults

Date: Monday, May 10, noon – 1:30 p.m.

Description: Please join us virtually for a 90-minute Project Visibility: Creating Inclusive Communities for LGBTQ+ Older Adults training on Monday, May 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn about the unique strengths and challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ older adult community and discuss how to create inclusive services and communities for LGBTQ+ older adults. This training is free and open to the public.

Presented by:

Michael Chifalo, MSW is the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Plus) Program Specialist at the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging. He is responsible for helping to create a safe and inclusive environment for Boulder County’s LGBTQ+ older adults. Michael does this through coordination of Project Visibility, Rainbow Elders, and Rainbow Connections. Michael earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has worked in domestic violence prevention in California; post-adoption services in Alabama; and social work education in Colorado. He continues to instruct part-time at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, where he teaches policy and research. Michael and his partner live with their cat in Arvada.

Register here for “Project Visibility: Creating Inclusive Communities for LGBTQ+ Older Adults”.

Date: Thursday, May 20, noon-1:15 p.m.

Description: One of the most common fears as people age is a diagnosis of dementia. It is normal to worry about losing control of memory, personality, and decisions. Is advance care planning for dementia really possible? Join The Conversation Project in Boulder County to consider what can be prepared before a possible dementia diagnosis as well as how to honor a loved one who is already traveling on the dementia journey. This presentation will address current dementia advance directives as well as effective strategies to share healthcare values with those that matter most.

Presented by:

Amanda Meier is the project coordinator for The Conversation Project in Boulder County (TCPBC) at TRU Community Care. She is a social worker and gerontologist with a history of working in both long-term care and rehabilitation. In these settings, Amanda has gained experience with chronic illness case management, end-of-life issues, and advance care planning. At TCPBC, she works in the community to educate about advance care planning and help facilitate critical conversations. The end-of-life process and death are avoided topics in our culture. Amanda believes that encouraging people to think about personal values and to communicate them to their loved ones opens the door to changing perceptions about end-of-life.

Register here for “Dementia: Advanced Care Planning, Directives, and our Future Selves”

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 10-11:30 a.m.

Description: Dementias attack and destroy the brain during the course of the disease. As each lobe of the brain becomes damaged, the Person With Dementia (PWD) will display different and unique behaviors indicating which lobe of the brain is being affected. Learn the lobes and what they should do and what they begin to do once cellular structures, neurotransmitters, and normal function are impaired.

The behaviors displayed by a PWD are actually clues to where the disease is and tell us what to expect next. Knowing these changes in brain function helps prepare care plans that incorporate the anticipated decline. Attendees will begin to understand the behaviors are not purposeful, but are a result of brain damage.

Presented by:

Dr. Tam Cummings founded her company in 2009 with the mission to “Inspire, Educate, and Empower Dementia Caregivers.” Now her professional gerontology practice in the Texas Hill Country is recognized as one of the leading educators of dementia caregivers and program design for dementia care in Texas and nationally.

To date Dr. Cummings has:

  • authored and published four books for dementia caregivers.
  • speaks in national podcasts for dementia caregivers.
  • developed the Dementia Behavioral Assessment Tool (DBAT) for staging dementias which resulted from 25 years of research in SNFs and memory care communities.
  • developed a classification and staging tool for the behavioral, communication, and movement variations of the FTDs (Frontotemporal Dementias) – the only tool of its kind.
  • recognized as the subject-matter-expert (SME) and program designer in a 2018-2019 CMP Project awarded to the Texas Health and Human Services. Cummings developed training for frontline staff to include clinical features of each major form of dementia, specific behaviors presented by different dementias, and correct approaches to ADL care for individual residents.
  • selected as the SME to design and develop the training content for a 2016-2018 CMP with the Texas Health Care Association. This pilot program reduced the use of antipsychotic medications in SNFs by training professional and family caregivers to recognize the most common forms of dementia and the behaviors associated with each disease. Additional components included designing and teaching activity directors to implement appropriate activities for PWD, teaching family caregivers about dementias and offering Medical Education Credits for physicians.

Tam Cummings, PHD., attended Baylor, Texas A&M, and Concordia Universities. She was awarded degrees in journalism, social work, and gerontology. Her post-graduate studies are in educational psychology and rural public health. Dr. Cummings is a member of the National Association of Professional Gerontologists.

Register here for “The Lobes of the Brain.”

Date: Wednesday, June 30, noon-1:15 p.m.

Description: 50% of us will be unable to make healthcare decisions at end-of-life. People who are “aging solo” may have limited options when choosing a healthcare decision-maker. Join The Conversation Project in Boulder County for a Zoom expert panel discussion featuring Kari Fillmore, owner of Assurance Guardianship and Care Services, Sue Mackey, owner of Out of the Box Funeral End-of-Life Planning, and Amanda Meier of The Conversation Project in Boulder County. We help you identify your values, decide what matters to you, and provide guidance on how to find a healthcare agent. Most importantly, we will help you prepare “your person”.

Presented by:

Amanda Meier is the project coordinator for The Conversation Project in Boulder County (TCPBC) at TRU Community Care. She is a social worker and gerontologist with a history of working in both long-term care and rehabilitation. In these settings, Amanda has gained experience with chronic illness case management, end-of-life issues, and advance care planning. At TCPBC, she works in the community to educate about advance care planning and help facilitate critical conversations. The end-of-life process and death are avoided topics in our culture. Amanda believes that encouraging people to think about personal values and to communicate them to their loved ones opens the door to changing perceptions about end-of-life.

Register here for “Aging Solo, but Not Alone”

“Still Kicking: Confronting Ageism and Ableism in the Pandemic’s Wake”

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Description: It doesn’t take much head-scratching to realize that much of our apprehension about growing older is actually about how our minds and bodies will change. Scratch some more and we uncover the social and political forces that feed and profit from these fears. Still Kicking, a 90-minute interactive workshop, delves into the nature of ageism and ableism, how they intersect and reinforce each other, and why it’s so important to dismantle the dread and dual stigma. To live is to age, and we age well not by avoiding disability but by adapting to it—a powerful, enriching, lifelong process that unites us all.

Presented by:

  • An internationally recognized expert on ageism, Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She speaks widely at venues that have included the United Nations and the TED mainstage and, written for Harper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times, and is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.
  • Kyrié S. Carpenter is a coach and ageism activist. She fights ageism as a co-founder of OldSchool.info. She helped shift the tragedy only narrative of aging and dementia on the ChangingAging Tour and now as the editor of the ChangingAging Blog. Prior to this, she worked with older adults living in long-term care. In 2015 she traveled to all 50 states living in a van the culmination of which was founding a wellness center, Prosper.
  • Ryan Backer is an age activist striving to undo ageism within an intersectional framework. They’ve been on this social justice path since 2013 and are a co-creator of OldSchool.info the anti-ageism clearinghouse. They’ve facilitated anti-ageism and age queer workshops in NYC, Berlin, Dublin, Philadelphia, Montreal, Louisville, and online.

“COVID-19 Advance Care Planning Conversations”

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 16, Noon to 1 p.m.

Description: Talking about medical and end-of-life wishes is an important way we can all have more control in this uncertain time. At The Conversation Project, we want to help you start or continue your advance care planning journey.

Join us for a one-hour webinar covering advance care planning basics, documents, how COVID-19 has raised the stakes, and how to start these important conversation with those that matter most. We can help ensure your wishes are respected.

Presented by:

Amanda Meier is the project coordinator for The Conversation Project in Boulder County (TCPBC) at TRU Community Care. She is a social worker and gerontologist with a history of working in both long-term care and rehabilitation. In these settings, Amanda has gained experience with chronic illness case management, end-of-life issues, and advance care planning. At TCPBC, she works in the community to educate about advance care planning and help facilitate critical conversations. The end-of-life process and death are avoided topics in our culture. Amanda believes that encouraging people to think about personal values and to communicate them to their loved ones opens the door to changing perceptions about end-of-life.

Materials from the presentation:

Check out more at The Conversation Project in Boulder County.

The recorded presentation will be posted in early 2021.

Presented by:

Dr. Tam Cummings founded her company in 2009 with the mission to “Inspire, Educate, and Empower Dementia Caregivers.” Now her professional gerontology practice in the Texas Hill Country is recognized as one of the leading educators of dementia caregivers and program design for dementia care in Texas and nationally.

To date Dr. Cummings has:

  • authored and published four books for dementia caregivers.
  • speaks in national podcasts for dementia caregivers.
  • developed the Dementia Behavioral Assessment Tool (DBAT) for staging dementias which resulted from 25 years of research in SNFs and memory care communities.
  • developed a classification and staging tool for the behavioral, communication, and movement variations of the FTDs (Frontotemporal Dementias) – the only tool of its kind.
  • recognized as the subject-matter-expert (SME) and program designer in a 2018-2019 CMP Project awarded to the Texas Health and Human Services. Cummings developed training for frontline staff to include clinical features of each major form of dementia, specific behaviors presented by different dementias, and correct approaches to ADL care for individual residents.
  • selected as the SME to design and develop the training content for a 2016-2018 CMP with the Texas Health Care Association. This pilot program reduced the use of antipsychotic medications in SNFs by training professional and family caregivers to recognize the most common forms of dementia and the behaviors associated with each disease. Additional components included designing and teaching activity directors to implement appropriate activities for PWD, teaching family caregivers about dementias and offering Medical Education Credits for physicians.

Tam Cummings, PHD., attended Baylor, Texas A&M, and Concordia Universities. She was awarded degrees in journalism, social work, and gerontology. Her post-graduate studies are in educational psychology and rural public health. Dr. Cummings is a member of the National Association of Professional Gerontologists.

Presentation Materials:

The recorded presentation will be posted in early 2021.

“Layers of Loss: Understanding Grief as a Caregiver”

Date: Thursday, Jan 7, Noon to 1 p.m.

Description: One loss holds a multitude of other losses. Grief starts with a diagnosis and continues throughout the caregiving process and beyond. In this session we will be exploring and understanding all the ways that we grieve the big losses and secondary losses associated and how to support yourself through the grief process.

Presented by:

Julie Mahoney Thomas is a licensed professional counselor and has been in the field of death, dying, grief and loss for over 20 years. She has been working with hospice for the majority of her career, supporting those who are grieving through individual counseling and groups, as well as providing supervision and training to volunteers and professionals in the field. Julie holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from University of Colorado, Denver. She is currently the Director of Grief Support Services at Halcyon Hospice which serves grieving people across the Front Range. Julie is passionate about educating the community about end of life and bereavement experiences. In her free time, she loves spending time in her flower garden, camping and hiking in nature with friends and her 12 y/o son.

The recorded presentation will be posted in Jan. 2021.

“Project Visibility: Creating Inclusive Communities for LGBTQ+ Older Adults (Part 1 – The Basics)”

Date: Tuesday, Jan 12, 10-11 a.m.

Description: Part 1-The Basics: Through an exploration of the acronym LGBTQ+, we will learn about the terms associated with gender identity and sexual orientation. We will also establish the importance of pronouns.

Presented by:

Michael Chifalo, MSW is the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Plus) Program Specialist at the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging. He is responsible for helping to create a safe and inclusive environment for Boulder County’s LGBTQ+ older adults. Michael does this through coordination of Project Visibility, Rainbow Elders, and Rainbow Connections. Michael earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has worked in domestic violence prevention in California; post-adoption services in Alabama; and social work education in Colorado. He continues to instruct part-time at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, where he teaches policy and research. Michael and his partner live with their cat in Arvada.

Register here for “Project Visibility: Creating Inclusive Communities for LGBTQ+ Older Adults (Part 1 – The Basics)”.

“Project Visibility: Creating Inclusive Communities for LGBTQ+ Older Adults (Part 2 – Promising Practices)”

Date: Thursday, Jan, 14, Noon to 1 p.m.

Description: Part 2-Promising Practices: Through an examination of history, we will discuss the unique needs and strengths of LGBTQ+ older adults. We will end with presenting promising practices for creating inclusive communities for LGBTQ+ older adults.

Presented by:

Michael Chifalo, MSW is the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Plus) Program Specialist at the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging. He is responsible for helping to create a safe and inclusive environment for Boulder County’s LGBTQ+ older adults. Michael does this through coordination of Project Visibility, Rainbow Elders, and Rainbow Connections. Michael earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has worked in domestic violence prevention in California; post-adoption services in Alabama; and social work education in Colorado. He continues to instruct part-time at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, where he teaches policy and research. Michael and his partner live with their cat in Arvada.

Register here for “Project Visibility: Creating Inclusive Communities for LGBTQ+ Older Adults (Part 2 – Promising Practices)”.

“Supporting and Growing the Direct Care Workforce: Retention, Recruitment, and Ground-Level Opportunities for Colorado”

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 19, Noon to 1 p.m.

Description: Colorado Health Institute (CHI) will be sharing findings from their recent research on Colorado’s direct care workforce. They will discuss the growing demand for direct care services in Colorado, challenges to recruitment and retention, and strategies that employers can use to better support and grow this workforce.” Check out more on CHI’s ‘Closing the Care Gap’ report page.

Presented by:

  • Chrissy Esposito is a Policy Analyst at the Colorado Health Institute who leads qualitative and quantitative work on issues related to older adults in Colorado. Her areas of interest include housing, informal caregiving, and the need and accessibility of long-term care and support services for older adults.
  • Julia Char Gilbert is a Research Analyst at the Colorado Health Institute, where she conducts research, evaluation, and legislative analysis. Her recent work includes research on opportunities to better support Colorado’s direct care workforce.

Register here for “Supporting and Growing the Direct Care Workforce: Retention, Recruitment, and Ground-Level Opportunities for Colorado”.

“Reframing Aging: The COVID-19 Edition”

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 20, Noon to 1 p.m.

Description: The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging has been working with Changing the Narrative, a campaign to change the way people think, talk, and act about aging and ageism (defined by the World Health Organization as prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination based on age). The need to end ageism has perhaps never been more urgent, with COVID-era memes characterizing COVID as a “boomer remover,” and critical care standards that move older adults to the back of the triage line. The good news is that all of us can reduce ageism. In this interactive workshop, learn how you can combat ageism by using research-based communications strategies. Participants will learn how COVID-19 has exposed ageism; how ageism harms us and our communities; what the general public thinks about aging and older adults; how some word choices inadvertently reinforce negative stereotypes about older adults; and communication strategies that promote age-friendly attitudes and support for age-friendly policies.

Presented by:

Kari Middleton leads reframing aging efforts at Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, in addition to serving as the agency’s volunteer manager. She specialized in philosophy of language while completing a Ph.D. in philosophy at Syracuse University and went on to coauthor several philosophy books for the layperson. Kari taught at the university level before feeling the call to work for causes at nonprofits and/or government, starting with her local animal shelter. She has worked in communications for a nonprofit, has extensive experience in volunteer program development and management, and over five years’ experience as a human resources analyst. Kari has worked for the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging for over four years and is passionate about using communication strategies to foster positive systems change.

Registration here for “Reframing Aging: The COVID-19 Edition”.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 21, noon – 1:30 p.m.

Description: Many of us, at some point, will need some support with making the complex decisions related to the things that we do every day from preparing a meal to making appointments to balancing our checkbooks. How do we get this support, who can we trust and how do we make sure that this is set up appropriately? There are a variety of ways to do this, Power of Attorneys and Guardianships are some examples but it’s hard to decipher when each is appropriate. Further, a person that is assigned this responsibility may not receive adequate instruction about how to be a good representative. Please join us to discuss the details of each of these decision making mechanisms, the pros and cons and the best practices of each.

Presented by:

Erica Corson is the Elder Rights program manager with the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging. She has been with the county for 11 years, spending much of this time advocating for residents of assisted livings and nursing homes. Working with caregivers, families, and loved ones has provided Erica with an intimate understanding of the role and challenges involved with substitute decision makers. Erica also works with caregiver programs, LGBTQ+ programming for older adults, and elder abuse education and awareness.

Brooke Brestel, Esq., is a founding partner of Brestel Bucar, Ltd where her practice focuses on all aspects of Elder Law including guardianships and conservatorships, fiduciary representation, estate planning, and probate litigation. She also serves as court-appointed counsel for respondents, and as Guardian Ad Litem in protective proceedings. An active member of the Colorado Bar Association, Ms. Brestel chaired the Elder Law Section and co-chaired the section’s subcommittee on the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act. Ms. Brestel is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, and the University of Kansas School of Law.

Anne B. Jorgensen practices in areas of estate planning, trust litigation, probate, conservatorship and guardianships. In addition, she handles matters involving VA aid, and is an accredited attorney by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Always creative, genuine, and tenacious, she makes every effort to meet the various needs of her clients. Anne believes educating her clients empowers them to make better informed decisions for themselves and their loved ones.

Register here for “Navigating the Levels and Responsibilities of Power of Attorneys, Guardians, and Other Decision Makers”.

Date: Monday, Jan. 25, noon to 1 p.m.

Description: Scammers tried to be very creative in 2020: they came after our stimulus checks, used our identities to get unemployment benefits, and impersonated government agencies to try to get our money and personal information. Undoubtedly they’ll have new tricks in 2021. As always, your best tool to ward off scams is you. At this presentation by the Community Protection Division of the Boulder County District Attorney’s office, you’ll learn about the newest scams on the horizon in 2021, and about the practical steps you can take to keep safe from scams, identity theft and unwanted calls.

Presented by:

Lizbeth Parker has been the Specialist in the Community Protection Division of the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office since 2017, after spending the previous 20-plus years as a teacher and attorney in private practice. She routinely handles consumer complaints and reports of fraud and financial exploitation from community members, and provides education and outreach on fraud, scams and abuse and financial exploitation of older adults throughout the community, all in an effort to help prevent our community members from becoming victims of crime.

Register here for “Aging Well Financially in 2021: Scam and Fraud Update from the Community Protection Division, Boulder County District Attorney’s Office”.

“Caregivers’ Panel”

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 26, Noon to 1 p.m.

Description: Are you new to caregiving or feeling in over your head? Join our panel of family caregivers to learn what they wish they had known before becoming caregivers and where they turned for help along the way. Whether you are caring for a spouse, parent, sibling, neighbor, or friend, this program is a space to bring questions and feel better prepared for the caregiving journey.

Presented by:

Brandy Queen is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Longmont Senior Services. She has been working primarily with older adults and family caregivers in Boulder County for the past 11 years. Brandy has a passion for helping people connect with both resources and emotional support to help improve their quality of life. She has significant focus on dementia in her work. Brandy also enjoys knitting, gardening, and birdwatching.

Thank you to all who attended our Caregivers’ Panel on Jan. 26!

“Change and Uncertainty: That’s Caregiving!”

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 27, Noon to 1 p.m.

Description: Our current experience of COVID-19 highlights the fact that change is an inherent part of life. In fact, the only constant in life is change – a reality that family caregivers know all too well. When dealing with a serious, chronic, and/or terminal disease, caregivers and care receivers can be overwhelmed by a never-ending series of changes. As a result, many people experience change fatigue rooted in fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. So, what can we do to navigate this journey of caregiving effectively? First, understand the process of change. Second, embrace the fact that self-care is an essential daily practice. Third, recognize what is within your control and what is not. And finally, rely on your resilience, response, and ritual to proactively deal with change and uncertainty.

Presented by:

Jane W. Barton, author of Caregiving for the GENIUS, is a passionate national speaker, writer, and listener. As the founder of Cardinal, LLC, she provides educational programs, books, videos, podcasts, and blogs to assist people in confronting the daunting challenges posed by aging, serious illness, and the end of life. Jane is well versed in the areas of grief and bereavement, caregiving, hospice and palliative care, change and transition, and spirituality and health. She presents innovative, transformational programs to community members, healthcare providers, pastoral caregivers, clergy, funeral service providers, and national audiences. As a local caregiving and aging expert, Jane collaborates with AARP Colorado to offer educational programs throughout the state of Colorado (2014 – 2021). Previously, Jane served as Director of Education for a hospice and palliative care educational institution in Denver, Colorado. She has also served as a chaplain and bereavement facilitator in hospice and palliative care. Jane is a certified Spiritual Director as well as a Certified Senior Advisor. In a former life, she worked as a financial services representative and an exploration petroleum geologist and manager.

Click here for the “Change and Uncertainty: That’s Caregiving!” handout!

Register here for “Change and Uncertainty: That’s Caregiving!”.

“Ending Ageism Together”

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 3, Noon to 1 p.m.

Description: If you’ve noticed how, especially during COVID, older adults are often described as weak and vulnerable, you’re not alone. Ageism, defined by the World Health Organization as prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination based on age, during the pandemic has taken forms that include the weak-and-vulnerable stereotype and suggestions that older adults should sacrifice themselves for the sake of the economy. Yet ageism is not new. The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging has been working with Changing the Narrative, a campaign to change the way people think, talk, and act about aging and ageism. Learn in this interactive workshop how COVID-19 has exposed ageism; how ageism harms our health, our financial security, and our communities; how to talk back when encountering ageism; how some words and phrases reinforce ageist stereotypes; how to talk effectively about aging, older adults, and COVID-19 to reduce ageism; and how to become involved in the movement to end ageism.

Presented by:

Kari Middleton leads reframing aging efforts at Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, in addition to serving as the agency’s volunteer manager. She specialized in philosophy of language while completing a Ph.D. in philosophy at Syracuse University and went on to coauthor several philosophy books for the layperson. Kari taught at the university level before feeling the call to work for causes at nonprofits and/or government, starting with her local animal shelter. She has worked in communications for a nonprofit, has extensive experience in volunteer program development and management, and over five years’ experience as a human resources analyst. Kari has worked for the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging for over four years and is passionate about using communication strategies to foster positive systems change.

Recording coming soon!

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 10, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Description: Like many of you, BCAAA staff have been thinking, talking, and learning about racial equity and social injustice. What can we do to help ensure that our services are culturally and linguistically appropriate? We invite you to learn more about how the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging is working for racial equity and social justice.

We’ll go over Boulder County’s strategic priorities; detail the BCAAA’s action plan for racial equity and social justice; and present some concepts that BCAAA staff have been working with as we seek a better understanding of the many forms of diversity as we strive to build a more just and inclusive community.

Presented by: BCAAA’s CLAS (Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services) Committee

Recording coming soon!

“Preparando Mi Regalo de Paz”

Fecha: Viernes 12 de Febrero.
Hora: de 12 del mediodía a 1 de la tarde.

Descripción de la presentación: ¿Cuánto tiempo invertimos en la planificación de un bautismo, quinceañera, o boda? Porque no dedicar esa misma pasión a platicar y compartir sus deseos para sus días finales con sus seres queridos. Acompáñenos a una charla sobre la etapa final de la vida. Al planificar con la debida anticipación, usted puede estar seguro que sus decisiones van a ser respetadas y que estas decisiones van a ser más fáciles para sus seres queridos en momentos de crisis o dolor. Les ayudaremos a preparar sus documentos legales gratis.

Presentado por:

  • Veronica Garcia: Desde 1995 Veronica ha trabajado con la comunidad de Longmont en diferentes capacidades. Más recientemente como especialista de recursos para adultos mayores en la cuidad de Longmont. Por los últimos 17 años Veronica provee recursos y asistencia para familias y sus seres queridos que han pasado por situaciones relacionadas en la etapa final de la vida. Ella participo con el consejo asesor latino de HospiceCare de Boulder County y después el proyecto Latino End of Life que se transformó en el programa Preparando Mi Regalo de Paz.
  • Xochitl Lopez Chavarria: Desde 2009 Xotchitl ha participado con la comunidad de Boulder County en diferentes programas tal como El Comité de Longmont, Intercambio de Comunidades, Padres Involucrados en la Educación (PIE), y Longmont Senior Center. Recientemente es la coordinadora del programa Preparando Mi Regalo de Paz.

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