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Speakers’ Bureau

The Dynamics of Aging

This Speakers’ Bureau is designed to share information to groups about the many community services and resources available when older citizens are preparing for dynamic aging or if they are caring for someone in immediate need of information regarding aging.  For more information or to schedule a presentation, please e-mail accoa@comcast.net.

Active Rx

“Did you know that by the age of 60 you have already lost 35% of your strength?  By age 75, 60% of your total strength will be gone. Add any health issues to the normal effects of aging, and you may have to give up the activities you love…unless you do something about it.” Representatives will discuss Activerx Strengtherapy Center, a place you can go to regain that lost strength and function, help prevent injuries, falls, and illnesses that can interfere with one’s ability to live actively and independently.  Most services are covered by insurance.

Addressing Long Term Care

70% of us will need Long Term Care in our lives.  A Long Term Care event can be oh emotionally and financially devastating to a family.  In this seminar we explain what Long-Term Care is, who needs it and what options people have if they need it.  We also cover the different ways to address the potential costs of Long Term Care from self-funding to stand alone insurance policies to the new hybrid policies.  The presentation emphasizes that, without proper planning, the potential costs associated with the need for LTC can be devastating to the family and to the assets built over the years.

Aging and its Financial Implications—Planning for Housing

Housing is a key component of long-term retirement planning.  The time to plan is before a crisis or health event drive a change that is not budgeted nor anticipated.  This presentation will broaden your familiarity with housing options in retirement for yourself or a loved one.  The focus of the presentation is to help you design a potential timeline of housing options and then understand the most common choices and the financial considerations of each option.  Workbook with case studies and checklists included.

Aging:  Legislative Issues

This is a report provided by representatives from Arapahoe County Council on Aging (ACCoA) who serve as advocates on issues and legislation affecting seniors in Arapahoe County.  These advocates attend and report concerning the meetings of the Senior Lobby and promote any educational events sponsored by that lobby.

Alternative Therapies for Arthritis

This PowerPoint presentation shows the many ways to combat the various types of arthritis.  Focus points include:  aquatics, low-impact floor exercise, massage, acupuncture, nutrition, and tai chi.

Alzheimer’s Association

There are several specific programs available and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association staff.

Angels Everywhere

This hour-long program was created to raise awareness of the many forms and ways in which angels are presented to us and touch our lives.  Miracles and coincidences are happening to us all of the time.  Angels are messengers of the abiding presence and power of God in the world.  COST: $50.00 – $60.00

Arapahoe County Council on Aging (ACCoA)

This presentation discusses the Arapahoe County Council on Aging in detail.  It may be presented in a 20-minute format as typically given at a luncheon meeting or it may be presented in a 45-minute format as typically presented as the program for an organization.  PowerPoint presentations accompany both formats.

Beasy Bee

Planning a move? Need help with decluttering and organizaing? Don’t miss this presentation by Marti Lederman and Alicia Tait, owners of Beasy Bee, a service that focuses on disposal of unwanted items, packing and unpacking, space planning and interior design. These custom services accommodate all kinds of moves.  Especially interesting is the “Senior Moves” segment. 

Boomers:  Who are they really?

Have questions about the ‘real’ Boomer? This program, presented by Boomers Leading Change in Health, an organization devoted to defining and advocating positively for the ‘Boomer’ generation, will help answer those questions.

Brainworks:  Strength Training for your Brain

While cognitive decline may be an inevitable part of the aging process, studies show that, through interventions, we can prevent or at least postpone its development. This fun and interactive program will help train your brain by setting the right foundation, building your brain’s fitness, and helping you develop a brain workout program.  We will teach you the Brain Health Fab Five.  Just as in strength training, you want to ensure that your mental training efforts bring you the greatest return on investment.  Workbook and exercises are provided.

Colorado Talking Book Library

For people who cannot read standard print, the Colorado Talking Book Library provides free service audio, Braille and large-print books and magazines that help keep them connected to reading, stories and adventure.  Annually CTBL serves more than 7,000 people, http://www.myctbl.org. CTBL serves the blind, vision impaired and print disabled populations.  Many people do not realize that ‘print disability” includes those with MS, Parkinson’s, stroke patients, arthritis, plus chemo, dialysis and surgical patients.  This is a fully bilingual service. Come, learn more about this FREE service.

Community-Based Services for Seniors

Arapahoe County’s Senior Resources Division staff provides information on the services available in the community which assist seniors in remaining independent in their own homes.  Information ranges from those services provided by non-profits in the community to Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services as well as the fees charged for securing each service program.  A segment of the program is presented in the 3-levels of care format.

End-of-Life Blueprint

As part of your estate planning, you’ll want to make things easier for those you leave behind.  You will want to discuss with your financial advisor such questions as:  Who needs a trust? Who should be my executor/trustee? What are the costs associated with trusts?  What is probate? This interactive presentation will help you design a plan for you and your loved ones.  Creating a blueprint of your wishes, will help you to prepare and communicate those wishes and will assist you with interactions with those doing the legal and tax work.  For ease in planning, a workbook is provided.

Fall Prevention

As we age, there is a growing concern of falling, which is often related to balance problems.  In fact, one third of people over the age of 65 will fall this year.  Falls can be life-altering and can be avoided.  To learn more about what factors determine balance and exercises that can be done to improve balance, attend the discussion provided by Jessica Bandelier, a physical therapist from Active Rx Strength Therapy Center.

Five Wishes

Five Wishes is an easy to use legal document written in everyday language that lets adults of all ages plan how they want to be cared for in case they become seriously ill.  This legal document helps people express how they want to be treated if they are unable to speak for themselves.  It is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it looks to all needs of a person—medical, personal, emotional and spiritual.  Five wishes also encourages discussing those wishes with both family and physician.  During this interactive presentation, we will be hands-on with Five Wishes while discussing each separate area, answering questions and discussing other forms of advanced directives.

Funeral Consumer Society of Colorado

The mission of the Funeral Consumer Society is to encourage people to plan early for the end-of-life issues.  Such planning will include living wills, durable powers of attorney, and funeral planning.  Their 53 page handbook describes these issues in detail.  Representatives from the society give presentations to small or large groups.  Each presentation is ½ to ¾ hour in length followed by a Q & A session.

Laugh Together

Do you often feel bogged down? Stressed? Remember when we were kids and there was time everyday just to play together and have fun?  Laughaceuticals will have you ringing the bell for recess.  Put down your pen: get up from your computer and discover once again the de-stressing value of laughter and play.  Every activity in the interactive Laughaceutical workshop supports the evidence that laughter is actually good medicine.  Evidenced based facts about the healthy benefits of laughter, including reducing stress and blood pressure are shared.  Ideas for regularly incorporating laughter and play throughout one’s day are provided by the Kaiser Permanente group. MINIMUM OF 40 PARTICIPANTS REQUIRED.

Liver Health Connection

Of the 3.2 million people in the U.S. with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), 75% are baby boomers, born between 1945 and 1965.  Hepatitis C is spread ONLY through blood, which means that anyone who received a blood transfusion, Rhogam, plasma, tissue, or organ donation before 1992 is at risk of having contracted the virus. Untreated hepatitis C virus can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver transplantation, and death. These results may accumulate over a 30-year timespan.  Our message to you today:  if you are a Baby Boomer, ask your doctor for the simple hepatitis C test.  It is covered at no cost to you through your insurance and may save your life.  If you want to know more about Hep-C, you are urged to attend this presentation.

Mediation and Conflict Management

Whether it’s barking dogs, kids playing in the street, trees, leaves, loud cars, fence repair replacement issues, or someone just needing help communicating with a neighbor, the Littleton Conflict Resolution Center is happy to assist in resolving any ongoing disputes or conflicts within a neighborhood at no cost to the individual.  Ryan Thompson, MA in Conflict Management and BA in speech communications, speaks about the inception and creation of the Conflict Resolution Center, how the program is structured and what types of cases have been referred to the CRC as well as the impact this programs has had on the Littleton Community.

Medicare 101—A look at the different components of Medicare

This presentation focuses on what Medicare covers and the differences among supplements, advantage plans, and prescription drug plans.  Included too, is a discussion about resources available for people who are unable to afford medical or prescription costs (through low-income subsidy and/or Medicaid), and how these work together with Medicare. Additional topics covered are: Medicare enrollment periods, eligibility requirements, and extra benefits such as vision, hearing, and SilverSneakers, available through Medicate Advantage plans.

Necessity of Strength in Aging

Did you know that normal strength loss with aging has been shown to be the primary culprit for falls and premature loss of independence?  The good news is that it’s never too late to regain strength, and in doing so drastically improve your physical function, balance, stability, independence and quality of life.

Network of Care

The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Area Agency on Aging is pleased to present a demonstration of the Network of Care website.  Launched 5 years ago, Network of Care is a comprehensive community-based website that puts senior services at your fingertips.  There are many features on Network of Care that Kelly Blair Roberts, Community Resource Specialist with DRCOG will demonstrate in a virtual tour of the website.

Next Step for Seniors

This program is presented by a representative from Next Step for Seniors.  Next Step helps seniors stay in their own homes longer than the senior or their family thought possible.  They do this by “picking up” where home care companies leave off in recommending pre-screened resources that help with completing Medicaid, Medicare, and VA benefit forms, long-term care insurance forms, and other legal documents.  Next Step works hand-in-hand with home health care companies when asked or in securing a home health care company when needed.  Next Step also oversees home improvements related to home safety concerns or issues.

Osteoarthritis

Do you often wake up with sore and stiff knees, hips or shoulders?  This may be a result of osteoarthritis.  An estimated 27 million Americans are affected by osteoarthritis many of whom are over the age of 60.  One of the best treatments for osteoarthritis is exercise.  To learn more about osteoarthritis and exercises to help protect from wear and tear on the joints, attend the discussion provided by Jessica Bandelier, physical therapist from Active RX Strength Therapy Center.

Osteoporosis

Do you have osteoporosis or osteopenia?  Are you at risk for either? Statistics show that as many as one in two women and one in four men over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in her/his remaining lifetime.  What can be done?  To learn more about osteoporosis and the benefits of exercise on bone mineral density, attend the discussion provided by Jessica Bandelier, physical therapist from Active Rx Strength Therapy Center.

Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses.  It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis.  The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.  Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.  It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.  The goal of Palliative care is to improve the patient’s quality of life while having a support team in place throughout medical treatment.  Palliative care is appropriate for many diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, COPD, Heart Failure, Kidney Disease, ALS and Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s

In 2008, Gary Sobol, the Founder & Executive Director of the Parkinson’s Network was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  Gary developed exercises that focus on the effects of Parkinson’s.  These workouts are a series of physical and cognitive drills specifically designed to attack the symptoms of Parkinson’s, MS, neurological deficits, stroke and aging.  The Parkinson’s Network trains fitness instructors for free throughout the USA.  Their web address is; parkinsonsnetwork.org.  Hear more about this network and participate in some of the specifically designed physical and cognitive drills.

Physical Therapy:  Is it right for you?

Although many believe physical therapy is only necessary following an injury or surgery, physical therapy can help improve a wide range of injuries, dysfunctions or deficits.  Physical therapists treat individuals who are suffering from a musculoskeletal injury, recovering from surgery or struggling with other difficulties such as balance, gait or neurological disorders.

Physical therapists aim to decrease pain, improve function and mobility and educate patients on how to self-manage their condition so they can achieve long-term health benefits.

Come, learn how physical therapy can work for you.

Planning for Aging:  When to start?

Facing difficult life decisions for yourself or someone you love?  Making these decisions alone, without direction or support, is a most stressful and fearful time for each and every family.  This session brings those with training and experience to assist you in making the proper decisions for your family.

Records and Roles

Today’s world is fast-paced.  Families are often pulled in many directions.  Younger generations may live in cities distant from their parents, while managing careers and raising children of their own.  Visits with parents may be few and far between and often are jam-packed with activities.  As a result, most people have not had the time nor the inclination to discuss important questions such as: What will happen should there be an emergency, major life event, illness or even death in the family?   This presentation provides two workbooks to use as a starting point toward documenting assets, liabilities, contacts, insurances, and most importantly your wishes.

Resources for Caregivers in a World of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Are you a caregiver for a loved one with an Alzheimer’s or Dementia diagnosis?  If you wait until a fall, accident or serious diagnosis takes place, choices may be more limited and more difficult to evaluate than they would have been had planning taken place prior to stress levels being sky-high.  This presentation offers practical resources and ideas for caregivers of those living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, as well as some financial and legal answers to questions that may arise throughout the journey.

Retirement Planning Solutions

This seminar deals with ways to protect your assets without long-term care insurance.  “Learn planning tips, strategies, and laws to avoid spending down your hard-earned nest egg when a medical crisis occurs.  This seminar is presented by an advisor to the Council of Aging, a long-term care specialist and an elder law specialist.

Senior Reach

By 2020 the 60+ population will more than double.  Some seniors have little or no support from family and friends.  Many of them are not aware of resources that are available within their local communities. Senior Reach is a community-based volunteer program that identifies older adults who may benefit from additional assistance and support and strives to connect these individuals with community services that may improve their lives.

This program is presented by a member of Senior Reach of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties

Seven Stones

The theme of this presentation is “Re-inventing The (Cemetery) Experience”.  Focus is on the history of cemeteries, celebrating and remembering lives in a meaningful new way, current trends including green burial and cremation, technology and cemeteries and current options for families.  This format works well when discussing a potentially, to some, difficult subject.  The hope is that this approach will ‘catch on’ in an industry that needs a new approach.

Social Security

Is it time to make a decision about Social Security?  Before you make that decision you will want to hear this discussion of social security.  Importance facts such as what it is and what it isn’t, as well as when to begin receiving this earned benefit and when to ‘wait awhile’ before you do.

Stryker Orthopaedics Summit Surgical

A physician from Summit Surgical will discuss arthritis of the hip and knee and the latest advancement in surgical and non-surgical treatment options.  The physician will also introduce participants to Denver’s FIRST Mako Robotic Assisted Hip and Knee programs.

The Affordable Care Act and Medicare

This presentation deals with the thousands of questions concerning the new health care laws:  Does this new law effect everyone?  If so, how? Do all plans cover the same kinds of things?  If not, how do they differ?  Can a person be denied because of pre-existing conditions?  Does the plan cover things like flu shots, exercise programs, different kinds of screenings?  Describe “income-related medicare premiums”. What is a doughnut hole?  These and additional questions are answered by a qualified AARP representative and a healthcare professional.

The Dementia Whisperer

Laura, the “Dementia Whisperer” will grab your full attention in the first minutes of her presentation and hold it throughout with interesting stories, humor and relevant details that support and reinforce her message of the delicate and complicated topic of dementia.  Laura’s message may leave you with a full range of emotion, from tears to laughter, and allow you to comfortably relate to sometimes serious and disturbing information, but leave you with a new sense of confidence, purpose and direction.  She’ll help you understand the altered reality and perception of those experiencing the loss of normal brain function presenting as dementia.  Laura is an accomplished keynote speaker, author, trainer, dedicated Gerontologist and the Director of Dementia Care Services.

The Healthy Heart

A discussion of the importance of nutrition and exercise as it relates to keeping the heart healthy.  Some discussion may center on risk factors of coronary heart disease, controlling stress, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

Transportation Needs in Arapahoe County

DRMAC, the Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council works with our members, transportation providers, and the community to improve access to transportation and facilitate solutions to transportation problems.  Without transportation, older adults, people with disabilities, people with limited incomes, and others with mobility challenges, are isolated and disconnected from the medical, nutritional, and social supports necessary for healthy living.  Through coordination, information-sharing and education, we identify and address barriers to transportation.  If you need transportation assistance, please call us a 303-243-3114.  To learn more, visit our website: http://drmac-co.org/. 

Veterans Services

A County Veteran Services Officer provides a general overview of VA Benefits.  Also discussed are the claims process and key issues facing veterans.  At the end of the session, the presentation includes a large question and answer session to address individual concerns.

Volunteers of America—Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Are you, or is someone you know, 55 and better, looking for volunteer opportunities? The mission of VOA-RSVP is to help those who are 55 and better find meaningful volunteer opportunities in which they can share their experience, abilities, and skills for the betterment of their communities and themselves.  With connections to over 60 organizations with a wide variety of volunteer positions, volunteers can find the best position for their interests and needs.  Representatives from Volunteers of America discuss how volunteers can work within four focus areas to help achieve this mission—Healthy Futures (Meals on Wheels); Disaster Preparedness & Response (education and training); Education (tutoring or mentoring opportunities): and Veteran Services (mentor and coach veterans in business related skills).

VOA-RSVP—Disaster Preparedness Training

Are you and your community prepared should a disaster occur?  Join one of the experienced RSVP volunteers for a presentation on how to be prepared for the natural, technological, and human-caused disasters Coloradans may encounter.  Our presenters go through local risks and ways to prepare yourselves, your families, and your communities should a disaster occur.

Wills and Trusts

Seniors face many challenges as they age.  Two such challenges are: making sure that someone is legally qualified to make financial and medical decisions for them and involving the right people to help them make financial and medical arrangements and decisions should they be unable to carry out these decisions for themselves.  This informative presentation discusses:

  •             How can Powers of Attorney appoint the right person to become a decision-maker?
  •             What is probate and does it need to be avoided?
  •             What happens if a person does not have a Will?
  •             How do revocable trusts work?

 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office Fraud Prevention Series

OUTFOXING THE PREDATORS:  Preventing Fraud and Exploitation

This series is presented by the Office of the District Attorney-18th Judicial District. The presentation series is given by Barbara Martin-Worley; Director, Consumer Protection.  Organizations may choose presentations individually from the series or have the series presented in its entirety.

Common Frauds & Scams

Predators—those who perpetrate frauds against others for their own personal gain, do so because it is easy, highly profitable and very low-risk.  Unfortunately, such con games leave too many victims, especially elders, depleted of their savings and financial security.  With the advent of technology, victims of all ages are being taken in cybercrimes, and scams that have been around for years are becoming more complex.  This session covers the most common frauds against people of all ages, including cybercrimes, solicitation and extortion scams, current trends; and what consumers should know and do.

Identity Theft

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, and Colorado is no exception.   By definition, identity theft occurs when someone illegally uses one’s personal and financial information to open credit card and other accounts, steal tax returns, apply for loans in that person’s name, or draw down on a victim’s line of credit.  Although mostly associated with financial gain, stealing an individual’s identity is also done to obtain benefits, such as public and private health insurance, or to gain employment using a victim’s SSN.  This presentation covers the types of identity theft, prevention and what is known about the perpetrators.

Elder Abuse and Exploitation

As of July 1, 2014, certain professional groups in Colorado are now required to report caregiver neglect, and physical, financial and sexual abuse.  This presentation provides examples of each category of abuse, the prevalence and impact of neglect and exploitation on older victims, motives and insights into the offenders and the role of reporting parties in responding to such cases.

Health Claims & Advertising Lures:  Do They Deliver?

Crimes are not the only ways in which elders are taken.  As primary consumers of health care, older adults are aggressively targeted by manufacturers of dietary supplements and by companies whose products sound, well. . .too good to be true! Free trial offers sound great—until you try to cancel one.  And, how do you know that a product is really as efficacious as its claims?  Quality goods or pyramid scheme? . . .Learn how to be a discerning consumer.


 

Senior Living Truth Series

This series is presented by Equity Colorado Real Estate and moderated by Larry Clarke, Certified Senior Housing Professional.  Organizations may choose individually from the series or schedule the entire series.  All programs may be modified to meet organizational time-lines and scheduling.

The Truth about 55+ Senior Living Options

Retirement communities and 55+active adult living options are popping up all around the Denver metro area and in every other city across the country.  But what are they exactly?  What do they offer me as a senior?  Where do I even begin?  During this 90- minute panel discussion, learn the TRUTH about local senior living options from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in senior living.

The Truth about Selling a Home in Today’s Market

Selling a home you have lived in for two, three, four, or even five decades can seem like a daunting, overwhelming task, but it doesn’t need to be.  Real estate agents can be helpful, but they all seem to give different (and often conflicting) advice, so what should I believe?  Where do I begin and what should I expect before, during, and after my home goes on the market?  When you attend this lively and informative 90-minute program, get the TRUTH about what is involved in selling a home in today’s market.

The Truth about Reverse Mortgages

If you are 62 or older, whether you choose to stay in your current home or move to one more manageable, you have options—lots of them.  The challenge:  knowing which options are right for you!  During this 90-minute program, we will discuss the TRUTH about reverse mortgages.  How these loans work, the myths and rumors associated with them, as well as ways they can be used to buy or refinance in order to help you stay in your home for a longer period of time than would otherwise be possible.

 

The Truth about Preparing your Home for “Staying Put”

You’ve decided to stay in your home—now what?  Are you prepared?  Have you taken steps to equip yourself and your residence for the long haul?  Learn the TRUTH about aging in place during this 90-minute lively and informative seminar.  Our panel of experts will share with you some of the most effective strategies and resources available for living safely and independently in your own home as you get older.  Learn about precautions you can take to insure the YOU remain in control of your lifestyle choices and decisions.