No One Wants to be a Number

Years ago Charles Kuralt had a news segment called “On the Road,” which aired on CBS Evening News. Charles would stop in a city, grab a phone book from a telephone booth, and let his finger randomly stop at a name. He would then meet said person and conduct a life interview with them, and my recall is that in every interview he uncovered a fascinating person with a fascinating story. It is with this

Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective Services (APS) receives reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at-risk adults, conducts an investigation into the allegations, and implements services to reduce and prevent further mistreatment. ​ Colorado operates as a stated supervised, county administered system​. County APS programs provide for the safety and protection of at-risk adults who are or are suspected to be, victims of mistreatment. At-risk adults are defined as persons age 18 or older who are susceptible to

Taking Care of Grandpa

Growing up in Southern Colorado, every summer my grandparents would pick up me and my siblings for a trip to their cabin in Creede. My grandfather is a World War II veteran whose birthday just happens to fall on July 6, so we’d celebrate the country he loves and his birthday all in the same week. This year, my grandfather turned 97 years old. He says his years at the cabin are over, although he’d

Getting the Right Care at the Right Time!

It is human nature to sometimes think ahead and plan for the future. For example, we plan for school, relationships, births, vacations and retirement. Strategic planning is not all that difficult. It may require that we step back from our day-to-day activities and think a bit about what we want to achieve, and how we wish to achieve it. That being said, too many of us are either embarrassed or uncomfortable planning for our future

Do You Know What To Do When Someone Dies?

It is surprising that even though the one thing so certain in life’s cycle is death, many people don’t know what to do when that inevitable event occurs. Following is a short guide of what to do:   At the time of death: Call 911, your local Coroner’s Office or your hospice professional if your loved one is enrolled with hospice. Call family members or friends and ask for help in notifying others. Look through

Did You Know…

New studies have linked prolonged hearing loss with cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s. It makes sense when you consider these facts: 1 in 10 Americans experience some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages — varying from mild to profound. By the age of 65, 1 out of 3 people has a hearing loss. Hearing loss may be mistaken for aloofness, confusion, personality changes or dementia. Hearing loss is the