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

Three Ways to Help your Favorite Charity and Yourself

For many of us, supporting our favorite charities is an important way of helping others and advancing causes that we believe in. Did you know that there are also many ways you can personally benefit from such acts of generosity? Most important, of course, is the satisfaction you get when helping a charity that is dear to your heart. But your gifts, when planned smartly, can also help you – even financially. Here are just

Senior Friendship Health Centers –Restoring Hope One Patient at a Time

The Senior Friendship Health Center (SFHC) was established in Collier County in 1985 to serve the medical and dental needs of low-income older adults. Our patients are age 50+ who live at 200% or less of the Federal Poverty level, thereby living on less than $24,120 per year. Our center provides care to patients that have very few places to turn for services after they pay for housing, food, or transportation. Our medical and dental

Age Friendly Colorado Springs Midway Update

In March 2016, Colorado Springs became an Age Friendly City, a designation through AARP and the World Health Organization. Mayor Suthers appointed Innovations in Aging Collaborative to administer the Age Friendly Colorado Springs Plan.  Since becoming an Age Friendly City, Innovations in Aging Collaborative worked to convene the community and establish partnerships to accomplish the actions items within the Age Friendly Action Plan and to improve the community for people of all ages. The AARP

A Season for Full Community Participation

It was once said that, “Aging is not ‘lost youth,’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” The wisdom of this statement is demonstrated well by those seniors who, upon entering this new life stage, actively contribute to their community. Unfortunately, people of all ages often view seniors primarily as passive recipients of community services rather than full participants who also give back. While seniors may in fact need specific services and support, the

Conflict & Family Caregivers – What You Need to Know

Conflict is a normal, natural part of everyone’s life. Factors that can exacerbate conflict include the well-known things to avoid in polite conversation: religion, politics and money. For families, these big three topics quickly trigger emotions that can be difficult to defuse and when things go awry the aftermath can be felt for decades. According to a May 2018 AARP article “Millennials: The Emerging Generation of Family Caregivers,” there are 40 million family caregivers in