June 2010 . Volume 12 . Issue 6 FREE CAR- RT- SORT DENVER METRO Includes: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Elbert, Denver, Douglas, & Jefferson Trade resource for 50+ Wellness decision Makers 50+ ADulTs ConneCtIng loCal busInesses wIth the 50 plus CommunIty Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Boulder CO Permit No. 451 Continued on page 8 INSIDE Family History Expo Page 3 Sonoran Desert Getaway Page 10 Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Page 11 Consumer ALERT! Page 13 The Greeley Senior Activity Cen-ter proudly hosts the 2010 Rocky Mountain Senior Games, pre-sented by Humana on June 9- 13, 2010. Event organizers expect at-tendance of nearly 1,000 athletes competing in over 85 events held at venues in Greeley, Colorado and the surrounding area. The Rocky Mountain Senior Games ( RMSG) is an Olympic " Race To A Healthy Lifestyle" At The Rocky Mountain Senior Games festival that includes sport compe-tition and social events for adults age 50 and over. The 2010 Rocky Mountain Senior Games are Colo-rado's qualifying event for the 2011 Summer National Senior Games to be held in Houston, Texas on June 16- 30, 2011. Online registration is available thru May 24, 2010 and can be ac-cessed by visiting www. rmsenior-games. com. Paper registrations are also accepted. To request a Registration Booklet contact the RMSG office at 1010 6th Street, Greeley, CO 80631, call 970.350.9433 or e- mail rmsg@ greeleygov. com. The early bird reg-istration deadline is May 3 with a final registration deadline set for May 24. Sports include archery, badmin-ton, basketball, billiards, bocce ball, bowling, cycling, disc golf, golf, horseshoes, line dancing, pickle-ball, power walking, race walk- By Carol Thieszen- Culp, M. ED, Center for People With Disabilities The last snow of the season has passed. so you hope. It's not rain-ing. The sun is shining and it's a beautiful spring day in Colorado, perfect weather for a walk. Decline in vision is no reason to curb those walks, whether around the neigh-borhood or along a path. An indi-vidual with vision loss may choose from a variety of techniques to remain active and independent. Instructions from a certified Ori-entation and Mobility ( O & M) instructor can enable an individual to develop the skills they need for Tis the Season to be Walking... effective travel. In simplest terms, Orientation is knowing where you are and Mobility is knowing how to get from where you are to where you want to go. Three techniques follow: Sighted guide is a technique where a sighted person " guides" the person with vision loss in a desig-nated position. It can be a safe and comfortable way to walk, especial-ly in unfamiliar surroundings. White cane is another tech-nique where typically the cane is swung in a coordinated motion to detect obstacles. There are a variety of white canes, including support canes, to fit a variety of individual needs and wants. During training with a certified O & M instructor, one can learn how to travel safely, confidently and independently to specific locations such as to a gro-cery store. Guide dogs are specially trained dogs that act as a mobility tool for blind or visually impaired person. Guide dogs are trained to navigate and to indicate to go up or down; however, dogs do not understand complex directions. The person does the directing based upon skills acquired through previous O & M training. Whichever technique is used, get out there and go for a walk.
Page 2 . 50 Plus Marketplace News . Denver Metro . June 2010Say You Saw It in 50 Plus Marketplace News saturday/ 5 Denver Women's Chorus presents " Feel Like Dancing" Spring Concert, 2 p. m. and 7: 30 p. m. at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St. Special guests are the swing- dance team Woodside Jumpers. Advance- sale $ 20/ adults, $ 18/ 55 and over, $ 16/ 13- 21); children 12 and under free when accom-panied by an adult. Tickets at the door are $ 2 more. Info: www. rmarts. org. or at 800- 595- 4849. sunday/ 6 Friday Night Concerts Saint John's Cathedral, 11: 30 am. Albuquerque Boy Choir, New Mexico's premier boy choir features boys ages 6- 18. They have toured across America and as far away as Australia. The Choir joins the Cathedral Choirs for the 10am liturgy and a brief concert in the Cathedral following the service. Calendar sponsored by. JuCnaleendar Home Safety Month Fall Prevention Physical ActivityFriday/ 11 Saint Martin's Chamber Choir, With Fresh Ears... 7: 30 pm. Delight your ears and stretch your imagination with a cappella choral music from the 20th and 21st centuries, Tickets are $ 22 General Admission, $ 5 Student, and $ 30 Premium. More info and tickets at 303- 298- 1970 or www. StMartinsChamberChoir. org. wednesday/ 9 R. M. Submarine Veterans, 2nd Wed. monthly, American Legion Wilmore- Richter Post 161, 6230 W. 60th Ave., Arvada. 6 pm. Info: 303- 972- 8167, bilandy@ q. com; or www. rocky-mountainsubvets. com tuesday/ 15 AARP # 3838, 1 pm, St Thomas Moore Church, 8035 So. Quebec St. Centennial. Info: 303- 791- 9957. Tuesday, June 15 Triad of Jefferson/ Gilpin Counties Meeting, 1: 30 pm, Arvada Estates, 7175 Kipling St. " Protecting Your Space On Wheels, by Wheat Ridge Police Dept. become more aware of safety issues that lurk at the gas station, the grocery store, if you are pulled over by the police, as you stop at a light and more. Free and open to the public, 303- 271- 6980. wednesday/ 16 Alzheimer's Support Group 3rd Wed monthly. Brookside Inn, 1297 S. Perry St., Castle Rock. Info: 720- 733- 0491. Clear Creek Church, 10555 W. 44th Ave. Senior Luncheons, 3rd Wed. monthly, 11: 30 am. Lunch & program. Info: 303- 424- 3031. Garden Club, Highlands Ranch Library, 3rd Tues. monthly. Info: 303- 242- 6460. Triad of Jefferson/ Gilpin Counties', 1: 30 pm, Arvada Estates, 7175 Kipling St. Free, open to the public, 303- 271- 6980. " Before you invite help in!" Safeguards to keep from becoming a victim. monday/ 21 1 pm, Greater Littleton AARP Chapter # 4755, Buck Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave, 303- 797- 8787. " Health Care Reform update" by A. W. Schnell-bacher Jr, of the Colorado AARP Executive Council. monday/ 28 12 noon: Joint Meeting of ACCOA, ACAN and Tri- Valley Seniors Assoc. American Legion Hall, Byers. Light lunch provided, program on Adult Protection Services, by Ruth Hudson, Supv, Adams County Adult Protection Service and Susan Adamczyk, Supv Arapahoe County Adult Protection Service every monday Forest Street Care Center, FREE Alzheimer's & Dementia Edu, 3345 Forest St., Denver, 10- Noon. Reg: www. alz. org or 720- 877- 3474. Do you where to turn For help with elder Relatives? Panicked? Anxious? Angry? Frus-trated? Unable to make sense of what the doctors are saying about your mother or father? Confused about where to turn for help? Not sure who to trust for infor-mation and re-ferrals? Not sure of the how the legal, housing and financial pieces fit together? Being asked to sign a lot of forms and not sure what you are agreeing to? Even the most prepared fami-lies experience many of these feel-ings as they face difficult elder care decisions. Elder care is one of the most complex and difficult stages of life. Knowing what to do and how to do it correctly depends on the individual's circumstances and their wishes, but some guidelines and tips can be helpful in decision making and helping you to advo-cate for a loved one. 1: Does someone have a financial power of attorney? Do you know what bills need to be paid? Are you a signatory on the bank account? 2: Does someone have a medi-cal power of attorney ( or The Five Colorado Gerontological Society Eileen Doherty Wishes) and/ or a designated ben-eficiary form that is signed and re-corded with the county clerk and recorder? 3: Has your loved one signed a Living Will, " Do Not Resuscitate" order or a Medical Orders of Scope of Treatment form? 4: Choose the right type of care: retirement community, continu-ing care retirement community, as-sisted living, adult day care, home health care, dementia care, hos-pice care, rehabilitation care and/ or nursing home care. Ask for an extension of stay if unable to locate an appropriate care provider. 5: Once you have selected the right type of care, do some com-parison shopping of prices, servic-es offered, licensure, survey results, occurrences, and complaints. You are not required to use the referrals for care that are made by the health care setting that is discharging you. You can select a care provider ( with some limitations on Medicaid or a member of a Medicare Advantage Health Plan). 6: Make a site visit, ask ques-tions. Do you think your loved one would be comfortable with the care that is being proposed? Many checklists exist to help make these decisions including several at www. senioranswers. org or www. medicare. gov or www. healthfacili-ties. info . 7: Before making the placement, read the admission documents that you are being asked to sign. Seek legal advice if you are uncomfort-able with some of these docu-ments. Understand your rights and responsibilities. 8: Payment for care can be very complicated depending on the in-come and resources of the individ-ual. Medicare, Medicaid, long term care insurance, and private pay are the most common sources of pay-ment; however, these payer sources must follow state and federal laws. Application procedures can be complicated. 9: Family members should attend care conferences with care provid-ers to ensure that your loved one is receiving the care they need in the matter that best meets their needs. The care conference is the best way to share personal information about your loved one with the staff and to develop a good working re-lationship. 10: Advocate for and monitor the care that is being provided to ensure your loved one is happy with the care and report any con-cerns to the management. The Colorado Gerontologi-cal Society has several tools that can be helpful to individuals who are making these difficult deci-sions. The Society has an interac-tive searchable tool at our website at http:// www. senioranswers. org/ Default. aspx that gives informa-tion on services, costs, and licen-sure status. Users can identify fa-cilities that are closest to them that meet their needs in their search for care. Some agencies listed in the data base have also purchased links that give you more information about their services. Another tool is the Senior Re-source Guidebook, a hard copy booklet that provides similar in-formation as the online database. Copies of the Guidebook are avail-able for free at local libraries or by visiting the CGS office, 3006 East Colfax, Denver Colorado 80206. Copies can be mailed with a pre-payment of $ 8 to cover postage and handling. Staff can also provide counseling and assistance to families about care for their loved ones. For help, call 303- 333- 3482. vEileen Doherty, M. S. is the Execu-tive Director of Senior Answers and Services and the Colorado Geronto-logical Society. She has more than 35 years of experience in gerontology in administration, research, training and education, and clinical practice. She can be reached at 303- 333- 3482 or at doherty001@ att. net.