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  • Emily Cooper Caregiving

    Resources For Learning About Caregiving

    It’s a week before the Caregiving Symposium as I write this. We’re expecting a large crowd, and we hope that people find helpful information and feel more empowered by the end of the day. But we know there are many working caregivers who won’t be able to attend this weekday event, some who won’t hear …

  • Emily Cooper Caregiving

    Caregiving Symposium Is Coming!

    Are you looking for one place to learn a lot about family caregiving? Look no further! The annual Caregiving Symposium, sponsored by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging and TRU PACE, is a free educational event for family caregivers (and the general public) that offers a unique opportunity for learning about local resources and gaining …

  • Emily Cooper Caregiving

    Course Teaches Practical Caregiving Skills

    The National Caregiver Training Program, sponsored by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, is an 18-hour course designed to help family caregivers learn the practical skills needed for providing safe, confident home care for frail older loved ones. Hundreds of family caregivers have taken the course, and their comments about it include, “I want to …

  • Emily Cooper Caregiving

    Training Course Helps Caregivers Thrive

    Though providing care for an older loved one can be rewarding, it may also be stressful, tiring, and overwhelming. Family caregivers often are puzzled to find that wanting to be there for a frail older loved one doesn’t exempt them from having difficult feelings and being challenged by their responsibilities. But caregiving—walking with a loved …

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    New Workshop: The Hero’s Journey of the Caregiver

    Do you consider yourself a hero in your journey as a caregiver? In the stories about epic journeys, the hero often is an ordinary person who discovers hidden inner strength through facing multiple challenges along the way. We family caregivers aren’t often the subject of such stories, but we confront our own unique challenges on …

  • Emily Cooper Caregiving

    The Gifts of Caregiving

    We often use words like “challenging,” “stressful,” and “difficult” when we talk about caring for an older loved one. Those words certainly can describe caregiving, but they’re only part of the picture. Being a caregiver offers gifts too, and it’s important to remember those gifts when we’re feeling unbalanced by the challenges. Love. Most of …

  • Emily Cooper Caregiving

    November Is National Family Caregivers Month

    by Emily Cooper National Family Caregivers Month, observed each November, is the officially designated time for recognizing our nation’s 90 million family caregivers—though, of course, they deserve our thanks daily. The theme for this year’s special month is “Take Care to Give Care.” Caregiver Action Network (CAN, www.caregiveraction.org), the founder of National Family Caregivers Month, …

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    Training Course Aids Family Caregivers

    by Emily Cooper The National Caregiver Training Program is an 18-hour course for family caregivers of older adults offered by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, a division of Community Services. It’s designed to help family caregivers gain the practical skills they need to provide safe, confident home care for older loved ones. Hundreds of local …

  • Emily Cooper Caregiving

    Taking Care of Yourself

    When you’re a “family” caregiver—some – one who provides part- or full-time support for an older loved one—it’s easy to become so focused on your care recipient’s needs that you ignore or forget about your own. In the short term, you may get away with putting yourself on the back burner, but if your caregiving …

  • Emily Cooper Caregiving

    Training Course Helps Caregivers Thrive

    Though providing care for an older loved one can be rewarding, it’s also stressful, tiring, and sometimes overwhelming. Family caregivers may not realize that it’s normal to want to help their loved one while also having some difficult feelings at the same time—and they may judge themselves harshly. Thankfully, Boulder County Area Agency on Aging …

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