Connecting With Relay Colorado

Making calls through Relay Colorado is liberating, enjoyable and convenient. Relay Colorado, a no cost, 24-hour service, allows callers who are deaf, hard-of -hearing, deaf-blind or those who have a speech disability to call anybody using relay services.   All calls are confidential, and no records are kept. Relay Service-Dial 711 and call anyone, anywhere, anytime with Relay Colorado. The Communication Assistance (CA) will dial the other party’s number and the CA will relay the conversation

Social Filters Can Come and Go When Living With Dementia

When working properly, our brains have a social filter. This is a thinking skill that most people have developed over time and can control without even realizing it. We all have unkind thoughts from time to time, but we do not always say out loud what we are thinking. Our social filter helps us use words and actions that show kindness and consideration to others. An example of this is when we get a handmade

Hurdles Often Stand in Way of Communicating Aging Issues

According to research conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network, two in five adult children (39%) surveyed in the U.S., and more than one-third (36%) surveyed in Canada, have at least one barrier that prevents them from having conversations with their parents about aging or end of life. Barriers and hurdles can get in the way of candid family conversations about a variety of topics such as living choices, health, driving and end of

Ask a Doctor: Talking About Isolation and Loneliness

Social isolation is a serious problem with older adults that is expected to increase. There are many reasons we become isolated as we age, including loss of a loved one; health challenges like low vision, hearing impairment, limited mobility; and external barriers such as lack of transportation. Dr. Elise Reinhard discusses why your Primary Care Provider (PCP) is a good person to tell about feelings of isolation and loneliness. Why should I tell my PCP

Help! Reduce Burden Through Advance Care Planning

Family caregiving in all its forms is challenging and often described as “burden.” The term burden is neither bad nor good—but rather a usual component of human relationships and the giving and receiving of care. In the context of dementia caregiving, the unique features of the disease add considerable difficulty. Memory loss is frequently mistaken for normal aging, minimized or hidden by those affected, or ascribed to stress or other life circumstances. Caregivers may have

“If It Sounds Too Good To Be True; It Probably Is!

Elder Abuse – Would You Recognize It If You Saw It? Helen is 83 years young and is proud to still be living on her own; so far she manages pretty well with most things except driving. She gave that up for fear of having an accident that would hurt someone else. Helen’s granddaughter Jesse lives a few blocks away and offered to take her places when she needed to go, it seemed like a