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Page 2 . 50 Plus Marketplace News . Denver Metro . August 2010Say You Saw It in 50 Plus Marketplace News W ednesday/ 4 Rebuilding Together Summer Wine Tasting Fundraiser, 6- 8 pm, Denver Design Center, 595 S. Broadway. $ 30 in advance. RSVP: Blacktie- Colorado Wednesday/ 11 R. M. Submarine Veterans, 2nd Wed. monthly, American Legion Post 161, 6230 W. 60th Ave., Arvada. 6 pm. Info: 303- 972- 8167, www. rockymountainsubvets. com M onday/ 16 1 pm, Littleton AARP Chapter # 4755, Buck Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave, Littleton. Program: Network of Care, the new infor-mation resource T uesday/ 17 AARP # 3838, 1 pm, St Thomas Moore Church, 8035 So. Quebec St. Centennial. Karen Wenzel of Rocky Mtn. MS Center on Multiple Sclerosis. Info: 303- 791- 9957. W ednesday/ 18 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. Friday 20/ Saturday/ 21 Huge Used Book Sale, 8am- 3pm, Parker Senior Center, 10675 S. Longs Way. Donations of clean, good condition books are accepted. Info: 303- 841- 5370. M onday/ 23 1 pm: ACCoA, Greenwood Village City Hall, 6060 S. Quebec. Program: " Network of Care," the new information resource. Tuesday/ 24 Triad of Jefferson/ Gilpin, 1: 30 pm, District Attorney Office, 500 Jefferson Cnty Pkwy, Golden. Program: West Metro Drug Task force present information on the misuse of prescription drugs. Free, info: 303- 271- 6980. 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. Calendar sponsored by. AUGCUalSendTar Find Einstein Can you find the hidden Einstein in this paper? Cataract Awareness Month, Psoriasis Awareness Month, National Health Center Week Senior Answers and Services presents Elder Care Consulting Services . On- Site Counseling for Employees . Lunch and Learn Seminars at the Workplace . Senior Resource Guidebook . Information Resources at www. senioranswers. org . Discussion Roundtables in Community Locations Sponsored by Senior Answers and Services 3006 East Colfax Denver CO 80206 303- 333- 3482 303- 333- 9112 ( fax) www. senioranswers. org Senior Answers and Services provides counseling and consulting for seniors and their families as well as information, resources, and services to improve quality of life for older adults. On Saturday, August 14th, a golf tournament to benefit the People House Affordable Counseling Program, is planned at the Broken Tee Golf Club in Englewood. The tourney is a four person scramble format with " longest drive" and " closest to the hole" contests. Sign up to reserve a place for an afternoon of fun and fellow-ship while providing for counsel-ing programs. For details and a link, please visit PeopleHouse. org, and click on the Golf Tournament Benefit page. This year the 4th annual People House Presents event takes on a new format, providing participants the opportunity to work with in-novative, local authors in a more personal venue. Each author leads a small interactive workshop dur-ing the day focusing on Mindful-ness: Positive Tools for Challeng-ing Times. The event is October 16th, details and a link to purchase early bird tickets are on the People House Presents page. Call for Volunteers! We wel-come volunteers to help President Rick Beaver with the remodeling/ residing of the east wing at Peo-ple House. Interested people can call Rick directly at 303 886- 9243. We welcome both skilled and un-skilled help! As well as providers of snacks and cold drinks for the volunteers! Follow Us on Twitter. If you are on twitter, please follow us! People House and its practitioners " tweet" about upcoming events. Follow us by visiting http:// twitter. com/ peo-plehouseco. People House, is located at 3035 W. 25th Ave. in Denver, ( 303) 480- 5130. Golf Tournament to Benefit People House Advance Directives Help Se-niors Get Care Outraged by former Governor Richard Lamm's statement that elders have a " duty to die", Col-oradoans are more comfort-able with mak-ing end- of- life decisions. Now they have access to numerous ad-vance directives which help to direct the elder's care at a time of frailty and inabil-ity to care for one's self. Advance directives provide guid-ance to family and the medical community to deliver appropriate health and palliative care. The Col-orado legislature recently made sig-nificant changes to the Living Will and added the Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment. Passed in 1985, the original Liv-ing Will form was pre- printed and directed caregivers to remove life support under prescribed conditions. The new form defines life- sustain-ing procedures, persistent vegetative state, and terminal condition. Colorado Gerontological Society Eileen Doherty A life- sustaining procedure is any procedure administered for the specific purpose of prolonging the dying process. For example, if a medication is prescribed solely for the purpose of keeping one's blood pressure level as the person is dy-ing, that intervention might be in-terpreted to be a " life- sustaining procedure". Artificial nutrition and hydration are excluded as palliative measures providing comfort rather than life support. " Persistent vegetative state is deemed when the attending phy-sician and another physician agree that within a reasonable degree of medical probability the patient can no longer think, feel anything, knowingly move, or be aware of being alive". Physicians must agree that the condition will last indefi-nitely without hope for improve-ment through monitoring. Terminal condition is defined as " an irreversible condition for which the administration of life sustain-ing procedures will only serve to postpone the moment of death". Individuals who have a living will do not need to make a new one, but may want to consider completing a new form to be con-sistent with current laws. Although the medical power of attorney empowers the agent to determine the need for medical care, the legislature has strength-ened the agent's powers by enact-ing a standardized form, the Medi-cal Orders for Scope of Treatment ( MOST). This form orders medi-cal professionals to deliver care that can include comfort measures only, hospital care, limited interventions or full treatment. A medical pow-er of attorney may sign a MOST order for someone who lacks deci-sional capacity. The MOST order can be revoked at any time by the individual or the medical power of attorney. A MOST order signed by a phy-sician, requires emergency profes-sionals, home care personnel, hos-pital staff, and/ or nursing home managers to follow the treatment orders. Medical personnel are im-mune from criminal prosecution if they follow the MOST orders. MOST orders may be provid-ed verbally. Similarly photocopies, faxes, and other electronic copies of the form are recognized as le-gally constituting the wishes of the Continued on page 19

. 50 Plus Marketplace News . Denver Metro . August 2010 . Page 3 email Robert@ 50PlusMarketPlaceNews. com phone 303- 694- 5512 . 800- 445- 0062 fax 303- 516- 9863 mailing address 4400 Sioux Dr. Boulder, CO 80303 website www. 50plusmarketplacenews. com Published by Seniors Marketplace News, Inc. Serving: The cities & counties of Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Broom-field, Douglas/ Elbert and Jefferson. 50 Plus Marketplace News, Inc. is published the first of each month for folks over the age of fifty and dedicated to providing information, programs, matters of interest, and services to Denver Metro citizens. 50 Plus has 298,000 metro readers monthly. The paper is distributed by home delivery and free newsstands in businesses that cater to the needs and interests of those over 50. 50 Plus Marketplace News, Inc. encourages contributions from readers and business in the form of articles, schedules and reported events. Articles and other written material under 250 words are to be emailed to sales@ 50plusmarketplacenews. com. Faxes and hand- written materials are not accepted. Pictures with captions are appreciated. Digital photos are accepted ( 170 to 300 dpi as JPEG files) and can be emailed as well. DEADLINE 10th of the Preceding Month Advertising supports all publication efforts. Call 303- 694- 5512 to request a media kit. Ads are accepted until the 16th of the month. They must be PDF files ( with fonts embedded and print optimized), or JPG files. Ad space is provided in column- inches, equating to fractions of a page, up to a full page, with many sizes to choose from. We have an excellent graphics design team by request. Publisher/ Editor Robert A. Trembly II Chief Financial Officer Michael Gumb Contributing Writers Denver area Senior Centers Denver area Agencies & Businesses All seniors organizations Ad Reps Raymond Speer, Harvey McWhorter Design/ Production Lynne Poole COHowN To RTeaAchC UsT Printed on 100% Recycled Paper Many factors have impacted men-tal health care and policy in the United States. Some of the biggest changes, however, are the result of a movement of mental health con-sumers who have worked for de-cades to improve mental health care. Like other social movements in the 1960s and 1970s, the con-sumers' rights movement has pushed major changes in Ameri-can culture and society, impact-ing everything from how we un-derstand mental illness, to the treatment options, to the policies that dictate funding. The women's movement, civil rights movement and consumers' rights movement all have roots in the nineteenth century. Movement Roots. In America, Clifford Beers is considered the forefather of the movement. A young businessman and former psychiatric patient, Beers wrote A Mind That Found Itself, an auto-biographic account of his " mental civil war." He established the Na-tional Committee for Mental Hy-giene ( now Mental Health Amer-ica) in 1909 with the goal of addressing the horrendous condi-tions in " insane asylums." Over the course of the century, his dream has flourished and has grown to include more than 300 MHA af-filiates across the country. Mad Pride. It wasn't until the early 1970s that the consumers' rights movement started calling for system- wide change in mental health care services. In the first half of the twentieth century, many in-dividuals with mental health con-ditions were institutionalized in state- run hospitals. In the 1950s, states began closing the institutions to reduce government spending. Around the country, ex- pa-tients of these facilities began to share the feelings of anger about the abuse and the need for inde-pendent living in the community. They organized with the belief that former patients, like mem-bers of other marginalized groups, had been denied basic rights. They protested against forced treatment and inhumane treatments and called for inclusion in every aspect of the mental health system, in-cluding consumer- run alternatives to psychiatric treatment. They re-nounced their roles as powerless victims of the mental health sys-tem. In 1972, a group of consum-ers began publishing Madness Network News, the flagship pub-lication of the movement. In 1973, consumers began gathering for the Conference on Human Rights and Psychiatric Oppression. The news-paper continued publication until 1986 and the conference contin-ued through 1985. The movement began to see major victories as a result of their efforts in the 1980s, particularly in the policy arena. In 1978, the Carter administration invited a small number of consumers to participate in discussions about mental health policy. By 1984, the National Institute of Mental Health offered the Alternatives A Century and Counting: The Mental Health Rights Movement in America Mental health advo-cates from Colorado meet with mental health spokesperson and Former First Lady, Conference, a convention centered on consumers' ideas and thoughts about their care. The peer support movement has deep roots in the consumers' rights movement. Peer support provides alternatives to traditional psychiatric care. Gayle Bluebird, an activist in the move-ment for over 40 years, defines peer support as a way to share similar experiences and can be a model for each other a willingness to learn and grow. Locally, Mental Health America of Colorado's WE CAN! ( Wellness Edu-cation and Coalition Advocacy Network) program is leading the effort to create a peer support net-work in the state of Colorado. WE CAN! unites consumers and en-courages mental wellness through education, personal and systems advocacy and leadership for em-powerment and recovery. Blue-bird, a peer specialist advocate, is the keynote speaker at the Innova-tions in Mental Health conference on August 6, in Denver. For more information, call 720- 208- 2220. Mental health bell