Caregiver Programs

AAA Caregiver Programs

Caregiver Programs provide a variety of services for family caregivers, from special events to information and referral. Programs are offered to caregivers of any age who assist a person age 60 or older (or of any age if the person has dementia).

Annual Caregiving Symposium

The 2020 Caregiving Symposium, hosted by the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging and partner sponsors Boulder Medical Center and TRU Community Care, will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at the Boulder Jewish Community Center.

Boulder County residents who provide care for older relatives, partners, or friends are invited to this event. The symposium provides informal and family caregivers the opportunity to visit with service providers, enhance caregiving knowledge, receive support, and connect with each other.

  • When: Wednesday, April 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Boulder Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder, CO

The Caregiving Symposium will feature an introductory keynote address with Jane Barton, author of Caregiving for the Genius on Collaborative Care – A Life-Giving Approach to Caregiving.

The event will include more than 80 local service providers and expert workshop presentations on topics such as dementia care, legal and financial issues, self-care, hard conversations about care needs, addressing caregiver grief, and technology for caregivers. The event will also have facilitated support sessions, on-site massage therapists (available on a first come, first served appointment basis), and raffle prizes.

Participation is $5 with lunch included in the cost. Register online at or call 303-441-1685. Registration will close on March 27, or when the event is at capacity. Financial assistance for respite care (substitute older adult care) is available. Please call 303-441-1617 to learn more.

For more information, contact Juliette Kershner with Boulder County Area Agency on Aging at 303-678-6116 or

Care Connections

This bi-monthly hard copy and e-newsletter provides “information and inspiration” for family caregivers of older adults. Each issue contains articles about the practical and emotional aspects of caregiving, as well as information on local resources, classes, and events.

Caregiver Training

The National Caregiver Training Program helps family caregivers acquire the skills needed to provide safe, confident home care for frail older loved ones. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes provide caregivers with tools for self-care.

National Caregiving Training Program Opening

The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging is looking for a contract Registered or Licensed Practical Nurse with experience in homecare to teach the National Caregiver Training Program. The ideal candidate will have a history working as a Certified Nursing Assistant, an understanding of family caregiver issues, and knowledge of community resources for older adults and their caregivers.

Information and Assistance

Trained staff provides information, assistance, and support to family caregivers.

Caregiver Respite Services

Respite Programs offer a temporary break that provides relief for a family member, partner or other person regularly caring for an older adult. Respite can range from a few hours, to a full day, or a week or more, depending on the needs and resources of the family. Boulder County Area Agency on Aging partners with local senior services from the cities of Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont and Louisville to offer the following two respite programs.

The Respite and Companion Volunteer Program

Screened and trained volunteers are matched to provide one-on-one companionship with an older adult who is experiencing isolation or compromised health, thereby providing a break for caregivers. Volunteers visit two hours once a week and focus on companionship; they do not provide hands-on care.

Interested in volunteering? Make a connection with an older adult and help provide crucial support to a caregiver. Find more information on the Respite & Companion Volunteer program web page.

For more information:

Phone: 720-864-6526

Respite Assistance Program

Financial assistance for respite services to family caregivers of older adults in Boulder County. Grants are awarded and may be used in the home to reimburse a relative, friend, neighbor or professional care providers, at an adult day program, or in a long term care facility for a limited stay.

For more information Contact your local senior services agency if you live in the cities of Boulder (303-441-4388), Lafayette (303-661-1499), Longmont (303-651-8716) or Louisville (303-335-4919). If you live in the mountains or unincorporated Niwot area, contact the ADRC Resource Helpline at 303-441-1617.

Did You Know?

  • You can find helpful forms and checklists for family caregivers at the National Caregiver Library?
  • You can learn about organizing a group to care for someone who is seriously ill at Share the Care?
  • Many older adults experience social isolation, which can lead to pervasive loneliness, premature death, obesity, and economic insecurity. Some experts compare the negative effects of social isolation on health to the effects of smoking.
  • 43.5 million caregivers take care of an older adult an average of 20 hours a week, and need regular breaks from their caregiving. This break is called respite.

Contact Us

Boulder County Area
Agency on Aging

Main: 303-441-3570

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