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Rocky Mountain Aging

Older Adult Independence Month Adapting your home to suit YOU! Pg. 4

Multiple Sclerosis What you need to know Pg. 12

Valuing the Invaluable Why we LOVE Caregivers Pg. 16

Older Adults & Fraud What you need to know from the FTC Study Pg. 17

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National Bath Safety Month

80% The National Institute on Aging reports that 80 percent of falls suffered by those aged 65 and older occur in the bathroom. DID YOU KNOW?

Monitor the Temperature

Install no-slip mats in the bath One of the best ways to ensure your bath is safe is to add safety precautions, like non-slip mats. Place one inside your tub or shower and put a nice rug outside the shower as well. Preventing a slip or fall is crucial and non-slip mats are an affordable and easy way to combat falls.

Safety (handles) first

Another great addition to the bath or shower is safety handles. The towel rack, shower curtain or even slippery surfaces like the sink, are not reliable hand holds. Install (or better yet have a friend or family member help) grab bars today!

It may not seem like the temperature should matter, but too hot water can be dangerous! Test the temperature of the water. Try to make sure it is not hotter than 2 degrees warmer than your body temperature to ensure you do not scald your skin!

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National Mentor Month

750 B.C.E

The word mentor was created in 750 B.C.E when it arose as a name of a character in Homer's "Odyssey." DID YOU KNOW?

WHAT IS A MENTOR? A mentor is someone who supports the long term growth and development of their mentee. The dictionary defines a mentor as "an experienced or trusted advisor." To us, a mentor cares for and guides their mentee, who is usually younger or less experienced, in their career and life. The mentor/mentee relationship focuses on the growth of the mentee, and in many ways, encourages growth in the mentor, as well. A mentor can be a personal and professional advocate and help shape the life of their mentee. WAYS YOU CAN BECOME A MENTOR There are many ways you can become a mentor in your community! Reach out to local organizations, like Mountain Mentors, to get connected with a young kid or young adult to form a professional and fun relationship. That way you are giving back to the community, helping someone in need, and creating a partnership with someone new. The benefits are universal. MENTORING CREATES UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY The beauty of mentoring is that it helps people grow and improve themselves without having to do it alone. Especially in mountain communities, it can be lonely, so connecting with just one unique person (outside of your friends an family) can help alleviate loneliness and shape the way you feel about your environment. 3

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Modifying Your Home for Healthy Aging

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Eldercare Locator 1 (800) 677-1116 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm ET) eldercare.acl.gov Launched in 1991, the Eldercare Locator is the only national information and referral resource to provide support to consumers across the spectrum of issues affecting older Americans. The Locator was established and is funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living and is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The Eldercare Locator’s website contains helpful information that can help older adults and caregivers determine which home modifications they need. Preventing Falls at Home is a brochure that provides information on recommended steps, such as annual vision exams, that can be taken to reduce the incidence of falls in the home. The Caregiver Corner of the Eldercare Locator’s website contains a host of information on resources that can support caregivers as they help older adults stay safe in their homes.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) n4a.org

The mission of n4a is to build the capacity of Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American aging programs so they can better help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Thank you to the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology for lending its expertise to the development of this brochure.

The University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, Fall Prevention Center of Excellence www.homemods.org The Fall Prevention Center of Excellence (FPCE), based at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, promotes aging in place and independent living for persons of all ages and abilities. With support from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, it offers research, training, and technical assistance opportunities for the Aging Network. FPCE also serves as an information clearinghouse on home modification to equip professionals and consumers with a comprehensive inventory of resources such as a National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Resources.

This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90EEIR0001, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

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National Low Vision Awareness Month

DID YOU KNOW?

4.2 Million

Alpine Area Agency on Aging's VISION IMPAIRMENT PROGRAM If you are 60 or older and have: Diabetic Eye Disease, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, or another condition that cannot be corrected with lenses, we are able to provide assistance in purchasing adaptive equipment.

VISION REHABILITATION With people in the United States living longer, eye diseases and vision loss have become major public health concerns. Currently, 4.2 million Americans, age 40 and older, are visually impaired. By 2030, when the last baby boomers turn 65, this number is projected to reach 7.2 million, with 5 million having low vision. Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery. Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV hard to do. In addition, the consequences of vision loss may leave people feeling anxious, helpless, and depressed. Vision rehabilitation can help people with vision loss to maximize their remaining vision and maintain their independence and quality of life by teaching them how to:

CONTACT: Amanda Rens-Moon

Move safely around the home Continue to read, cook, and do other activities Find resources, adaptive devices, and support

970-315-1325

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arensmoon@nwccog.org

Multiple Sclerosis ÀMSÁ Awareness Not only is March National MS Awareness month but \nowledge is power. Here's some information on MS.

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Multiple Sclerosis ÀMSÁ Basics

What causes MS?

What is MS?

MS is a central nervous system disorder which disrupts the flow of information between the brain and different parts of the body. Among others, MS symptoms can commonly affectÐwalking,Ðvision,Ðthinking,Ð speaking,Ðsensation, and memory. The average person in the United States has about one in 750 À.1åÁ chance of developing MS. However, there is no real data about who gets MS. However, it is at least two to three times more common in women than in men. Who gets MS?

The cause of MS is not known, but it is believed to involve genetic susceptibility, abnormalities in the immune system and environmental factors that combine to trigger the disease.

Types of MS

There are 4 types of MS:

Regardless of the type, managing MS is an ongoing process, and there is no cure for MS.Ð Clinically Isolated Syndrome ÀCISÁ Relapsing-remitting MS ÀRRMSÁ Secondary progressive MS ÀS,MSÁ ,rimary progressive MS À,,MSÁÐ

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However, MS can be difficult to diagnose. Since there is no single test for MS, the diagnosis can be missed, delayed or even incorrect. MS is not a ËreportableÌ disease, which means that there is no requirement for healthcare providers to inform any central database when they make the diagnosis. Without this kind of centralized reporting system, there is no easy way to count people with MS. There are thought to be more than 2.5 million people living with MS worldwide.

Support those with MS in March

There are so many ways you can support loved ones with MS. Volunteering, raising awareness, donating and even participating in a Walk for MS are just a few examples. Go to nationalmssociety.org¸Get- Involved to learn more about all of the ways you can support those with MS.

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NUTRITION AWARENESS MONTH

FOR MORE INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE WITH HEALTH & NUTRITION CALL OR EMAIL:

Health and Nutrition is important at any age! Studies show that poor nutrition is a key factor in health issues in older adults. To celebrate this month, here's a delicious butternut squash soup recipe that is healthy and delicious.

Molly Bruchez, RD Mollybruchez@gmail.com½ (970) 531-4172

CLASSIC BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

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1 butternut squash

Peel the squash, split in half and remove the seeds.

2 tbsp unsalted butter

Sauté 1 onion in olive oil.

1 chopped onion

6 cups of chicken stock

Add chopped onion, nutmeg, salt and pepper and stir.

1 tspn nutmeg

1 tspn salt and pepper

Add squash and chicken stock to a pot.

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Valuing the Invaluable: Caregivers

Hours of Care

Economic Value

In 2017, about 41 million family caregivers in the United States provided an estimated 34 billion hours of care to an adult with limitations in daily activities.

The estimated economic value of their unpaid contributions was approximately $470 billion. The estimated $470 billion equates to about $1,450 for every person in the United States.

Gender in Caregiving

Today's Data

More women, traditionally the family caregivers for older adults, have paid jobs. Men, meanwhile, increasingly take on caregiving duties.

High rates of divorce, smaller family sizes, and more working families mean that in the future, older adults with health and functional needs will have fewer potential family members on whom they can rely for everyday help.

The Future in Caregiving

The Future in Caregiving

In 2026, baby boomers begin to turn 80 years old — when people are most at risk to need LTSS and receive help from others to carry out tasks of daily living.

The U.S. population aged 45-64 (peak caregiving years) will increase by only 1 % between 2010 and 2030, and the 80-plus population will increase by 79 percent.

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,rotecting Older Consumers: A FTC Report

The Federal Trade Commission ÀFTCÁ's most recent 201Š-2019 report on protecting older consumers against fraud found that older adults have been targeted or disproportionately affected by fraud. One of the top priorities of the FTC is to protect older adults from fraud. Here's the summary of their findings: The FTC Consumers who said they were 60 and older Àolder adultsÁ filed 256,404 fraud reports with reported losses of nearly Õ400 million. Compared to 2017 numbers, reported median individual losses among consumers 60 and over increased, and the increase was unusually significant for people Š0 and over. Older adults were much more likely than younger consumers to report losing money on tech support scams, prize, sweepstakes é lottery scams, and family é friend impersonation. ,hone scams were the most lucrative against older consumers in terms of aggregate losses, and online scams were a distant second. Gift cards became the payment of choice for scammers, but wire transfers persisted in the top spot.

Older Adults were 5 times more likely to report loosing money on tech related scams  # '/ 

Imposter scams were the top type of scam reported to the FTC in 201Š (+*./ -.

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%ccording to the report, aggressiZe law enforcement is a key component in the *T'˜s efforts to protect older consumers. The *T' is doing its best to protect older adults from scams. %ctions include but are not limited to settlements, warning letters, issuance of consumer refunds, and subsequent criminal action. Scams usually inZolZe a wide range of matters, including alleged business opportunity and money-making schemes, deceptiZe health product adZertising claims, deceptiZe negatiZe option schemes, data security and priZacy Ziolations, charity frauds, scams directed at small business owners, and more. Here's 4 common scams to aZoid

TeGh Support Another common scam is for tech support on your computer. They claim to be able to help you recover items on your computer and ask for your password don t share it!

Fake 1ediGaP -nsuranGe 'efinitely look out for this one! &ompanies are pretending to be affiliated with AARP and Medicaid while posing as medical insurance providers.

AntiAging,eaPth CPaims

&usiness Opportunity SGhemes Like pyramid schemes, these companies claim for you to be able to earn money through their programs. %eware of schemes requiring you to make an initial investment that will "help you earn more."

át is tempting to want to be healthy, at any age, and these claims offer stem cell therapy without any actual testing or data to back them up. %eware and only buy products from companies you recognize!

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BECOME A CERTIFIED MEDICARE VOLUNTEER!

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FREE Tours and Attractions in Denver

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALKS Explore Denver's creative neighborhoods!bFind the pulse of Denver's vibrant creative community year-round on the first Friday of each month in The Mile High City's neighborhood seven art districts. For more information contact visitorinfo@visitdenver.com. DENVER FREEWALKING TOURS See and experience Denver on one of the free two-hour tours that start at the Veteran's Memorial (1449 Lincoln St.), wind through downtown past more than a dozen of Denver’s distinctive landmarks and end in front of Coors Field. Tours showcase the history, architecture and landmarks of the beautiful city. No reservations required! For more information call (720) 372-3849 COLORADO STATE CAPITOL TOUR A Golden Crown atop the Mile High City, full of stained glass, murals, government and more! Free Tours Monday through Friday. For more information call (303) 866-2604 DENVER CENTRAL LIBRARY Denver Central Librarybhas an impressive art gallery on the seventh floor. The library is best known for its Western History Collection, Spanish land grants, Native American history, the gold rush era and the present day. For more information call (720) 865-1111 COLORADO SPORTS HALL OF FAME Come see the museum honoring Colorado sports legends. Open most Thursday-Saturday (summer Monday-Saturday) from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Free. Also visit Empower Field at Mile High. Tours begin each hour and are 75 minutes in length. This is your chance to see the 'back of the house' where the Broncos play. Adults $20, children and seniors $15, and groups $10. For more information call (720) 258-3888 22

Grief Recovery Support Group

STARTS JANUARY 15, 2020 Grief can feel like getting hit by a tsunami. The feelings can overwhelm you in an instant. We can help you regain your footing and find hope again. Go beyond telling your grief story. Find out how to free yourself of regrets, guilt, resentments and anguish of grief to find new meaning and purpose in your life. Whether your loss happened long ago or recently, we can help give you the support and skills to deal with navigating the world again. Your investment in this 8 week program is $300. This is not an occasional drop in

group. Our groups are structured meetings that build support, educate about grief and gives hope and skills for you to regain your footing again after your world has been turned upside down. When: Jan. 15 - March 4, 2020 Where: Edwards Interfaith Chapel Time: 6-8 pm Call today to reserve your spot or ask questions. Celynn McClarrinon, LSW celynninvail@gmail.com 970-376-8248 23

The best gift you can give an older adult in your community is the gift of your time

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Hour a Week

Loneliness has the same effect as 15 cigarettes a day in terms of health care outcomes and costs.

Contact us today to join our team of volunteers! Stephanie.Giangiulio@cassialife.org 970-989-4727 or Support@getcaregiverconnections.org 970-977-0188

1 hour a week of your time can reduce an older adult's risk of½ Dementia, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Depression.

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Caregiver Support Program Alpine Area Agency on Aging

Are you helping a family member over the age of 60?

Do you live in Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin, or Summit County?

Does your family member live with you?

Does your family member need help with meal preparation, housekeeping, transportation, mobility, personal care, or feeding?

Alpine Area Agency on Aging may be able to provide some financial help.

Contact us at 970-531-4087 for more information

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Mountain Ride Transportation Resource Center 1-844-686-7433 www.mountainride.org

Mountain Ride is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

The "Mountain Ride" Transportation Resource Center is a local, non-profit service organization and part of the Alpine Area Agency on Aging department of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG). We act as a resource center, connecting clients to transportation possibilities in their area. Our service area includes Routt, Jackson, Grand, Eagle, Summit, Garfield, Pitkin, and Park Counties in Colorado's High Country.

MOUNTAIN RIDE IS YOUR NEMT BILLING BROKER

WE SERVE:

Veterans Persons with Disabilities Older Adults Health First Colorado (Medicaid) qualified individuals

TO ARRANGE TRIPS FOR:

Doctor's Appointments Dental Appointments Physical or Behavioral Therapy

Mountain Ride receives requests from clients who have medical appointments, and puts them in touch with the agency in their county that can assist them. These agencies include transportation providers such as Summit Stage or ECO Transit, County Health and Human Services Agencies, Veterans Services Offices, or Volunteer Organizations.

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BIG NEWS!

Alpine Area Agency on Aging is now trained and licensed to bring the Virtual Dementia Tour to your community!

VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR The Virtual Dementia Tour is an evidence-based, patented program designed to give people the opportunity to experience what dementia is like through an individualized, experiential tour. Experience what it's like to live with dementia by walking in their shoes. This life-changing simulation teaches us how to provide better care and make our communities more dementia friendly!

"Those 8-minutes put me in my mother-in-law's shoes. I flashed-back to elders, now passed, with whom I was impatient. As I struggled through glasses, headphones, gloves and shoe inserts designed to simulate impairments to navigate daily activities, I became quietly frustrated and agitated. I felt very alone. So much of my current self-esteem & image are based on how gracefully I believe that I navigate through my world and connect with others. I felt the isolation of impairment. I felt the inevitability of my own mortality. It made visible my own vulnerability, and the narrowing that accompanies age. It was overwhelming, though the debrief underscored the object of the exercise-empathy can invoke action. The exercise unsettled me. AAAA staff will be taking this Virtual Dementia Tour to an organization near you. I highly recommend it if you want to step into the shoes of someone with dementia."

Jon Stavney, Executive Director, NWCCOG

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HOME ENERGY IMPROVEMENTS AVAILABLE! If you qualify, you could get: CAULKING & WEATHER STRIPPING INSULATION | STORM WINDOWS FURNACE TUNE-UP | MINOR REPAIRS FURNACE REPLACEMENT REFRIGERATOR REPLACEMENT If you make less than the guidelines listed below, The NWCCOG Energy Program can do this work on your house or mobile home FREE OF CHARGE

Household Size

Income 1.......................................................$24,980 2.......................................................$33,820 3.......................................................$42,660 4.......................................................$51,500 5.......................................................$60,340 6.......................................................$69,180

For family units with more than 6 members, add $8,840 for each additional member If you receive LEAP, TANF, OAP, AND, SSI, SSDI, or SNAP you AUTOMATICALLY qualify. The improvements will be made by NWCCOG Energy Program Specialists, through federal and state grant monies. Home owners AND renters are eligible. REDUCE FUEL BILLS | BE MORE COMFORTABLE 1-800-332-3669 AVAILABLE IN: GRAND, JACKSON, EAGLE, AND SUMMIT COUNTIES Post Office Box 2308 | Silverthorne, CO 80498 | 970-468-0295 | Fax 970-468-1208 31

Long-term Care Ombudsman Program

Your Long-Term Care Advocate

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What's an Ombudsman (om-budz-man)?

Disability Law Colorado says it best as, "Ombudsman is a Swedish word meaning 'one who speaks on behalf of another.' Ombudsmen protect the rights of people living in nursing homes and assisted living residences." Ombudsman adhere to highest levels of confidentiality, and CANNOT release any information about you, without your permission.

Ombudsmen...

Assists residents in resolving issues related to care, health, safety, or the residents' rights Educate the community, residents and care providers about residents' rights and best practices Advocate for residents' rights and quality care in nursing homes, assisted living, residential care and other long- term care facilities Promote development of citizen organizations, family councils and resident councils

Who can Use an Ombudsman's Services?

Residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities Family and friends of long-term care residents Long-term care facility staff or administration Individuals or advocacy groups interested in resident welfare Families and potential residents considering long-term care placement

½½Credit to: https://disabilitylawco.org/colorado-long-term-care-ombudsman

Tina Strang, LTC Ombudsman, 970-531-2980

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2020 Census FAQ What is the census? The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape your future. What’s in it for me?

Your responses inform where over $675 billion

Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future.

Responding also fulfills your civic duty because it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

is distributed each year to communities

nationwide for clinics, schools, roads, and more.

Is my information safe? Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE. When can I respond to the census? In early 2020, every household in America will receive a notice to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that have yet to respond.

What will I be asked? You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children. What won’t be asked? The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.

For more information, visit: 2020CENSUS.GOV

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Important Survey Coming Your Way FEBRUARY 2020

If you received Caregiver Support Funding Dental or Vision Funding Medicare Assistance Congregate Meals Home Delivered Meals Transportation Services Case Management Services Delivered Produce &Milk You received a service paid by Alpine Area Agency on Aging, andWE want to hear from you!

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NEED A RIDE? The Alpine Area Agency on Aging has a transportation voucher to suit your needs. If you’re an adult 60+ and live in Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin or Summit county, you may qualify.

The voucher program works in two ways:

1. You drive yourself and receive mileage reimbursement. 2. Someone else drives you and we pay them or reimburse you for payment.

Find out more and complete an application at www.alpineaaa.org or call the Alpine Area Agency on Aging at 970-455-1067 / efisher@nwccog.org

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Alpine Area Agency onAging In-Home Services Voucher program

Doyouneedhelpwithdailyactivities like vacuuming,doing laundry,personal careandsnowremoval? TheAlpineAreaAgencyonAging’s In-HomeServicesProgram provides funding for older adultswhoneedassistancewith personal carechores andhomemakingservices. Who is eligible? If you’re 60+ and live in Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin or Summit county, you may qualify.

Find out more and complete an application at www.alpineaaa.org or call the Alpine Area Agency on Aging at Phone: 970-455-1067 Email: efisher@nwccog.org

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Grand Seniors at Mountain Family Center

Grand County Council on Aging (GCCA), has successfully transitioned into Grand Seniors atÍMountain Family Center (MFC), and is now a department of theÍMFCÍnon-profit organization.ÍThe overall goal is to promote independence and quality of life for seniors and individuals with disabilities in their community.Í

MFC provides non-emergency medical and a limited variety of other transportation services within and outside Grand County to their elderly and disabled community members. Along with Grand Seniors non-emergent medical transportation service, transportation can also be provided to nutrition centers located in Granby and Kremmling, as well as for shopping and recreational activities within and outside of the county. Transportation

Nutrition Education and Foot Care Mountain Family Center - Grand Seniors has registered dietitians on staff to offer individualized nutrition education. In addition, foot care is offered 6 times annually

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Grand Seniors at Mountain Family Center

Grand County Council on Aging (GCCA), has successfully transitioned into Grand Seniors atÍMountain Family Center (MFC), and is now a department of theÍMFCÍnon-profit organization.ÍThe overall goal is to promote independence and quality of life for seniors and individuals with disabilities in their community.Í

Meet the Staff

Katie Stuvel Katie creates the newsletters, maintains the web page, promotes events on Facebook and does other marketing for the Grand Seniors and Mountain Family Center.

Susan is the Director of Transportation and is the voice on the phone when people call to arrange a ride in and out of the county. She makes all the rides happen by coordinating the riders with the drivers. Susan Hamilton

Terry Sidell Terry is the Program Manager and arranges activities and excursions throughout the County and on the Front Range. Terry is also the Board Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention instructor.

Volunteers & Donations Volunteers are integral to Mountain Family Center for helping out, as well as ongoing fundraising efforts and individual donations are critical to the ongoing success of these programs.

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480 E. Agate Suite 1C Granby, CO 80446 | 970-557-3186 | www.mountainfamilycenter.org

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PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments-Alpine Area Agency on Aging (NWCCOG-Alpine AAA) has released its Request for Proposal (RFP) for the provision of the following services in the Region 12 area, that includes Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin, and Summit counties: Case Management Congregate Meals Home Delivered Meals Information and Assistance/Referral Public Information Legal Assistance Registered Dietitian (Nutrition Consultation, Nutrition Education, Nutrition Counseling) Transportation The RFP and all of its forms, service requirements and other necessary information is available for completion at: http://nwccog.oaa-sys.com/rfp Proposals are due to the NWCCOG-Alpine Area Agency on Aging by 11:59 pm (MDT) February 6 th , 2020 . This RFP is a solicitation and not an offer to contract. An open proposers’ conference webinar on the RFP proposal and RFP website will be held January 10 th , 2020. The webinar link and dial-in information is available at the above URL. One member of the agency submitting an RFP must either attend the live training or attest to viewing the recording of the event. Questions regarding the RFP after the Proposers’ Conference on January 10 th , 2020 must be submitted by e-mail to Efisher@nwccog.org. Technical questions regarding use of the RFP website, should be made to Erin Fisher at 970-455-1067 Contracts are to be awarded for the period of July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 . When the Alpine AAA is reasonably assured of continuous funding and provider contractual compliance, it may enter into an option letter for the subsequent year for a total of two (2) fiscal years. Alpine AAA is all-inclusive. Everyone is welcome to participate in all of our programs regardless of age (must be 60 or older to receive services), gender, race, ethnicity, religion/no religion, national origin, language, education, marital status, body size, political affiliation/philosophy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or variance, physical and mental ability, social-economic status, genetic information and HIV, and veteran status. Discrimination will not be tolerated in any way.

MEMBER JURISDICTIONS City of Glenwood Springs City of Steamboat Springs Town of Carbondale EAGLE COUNTY Basalt Eagle Gypsum Minturn Red Cliff Vail GRAND COUNTY Fraser Granby Grand Lake Hot Sulphur Springs Kremmling Winter Park JACKSON COUNTY Walden PITKIN COUNTY Aspen Snowmass Village SUMMIT COUNTY Blue River Breckenridge

Dillon Frisco Montezuma

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Summit County UPCOMING EVENTS

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease Presented by Sandy Bainbridge, Alzheimer's Community Educator. Join us at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, to get insights about what is normal aging and what could be signs of Alzheimer's Disease. Stay for Summit Seniors Open House where tables representing activities and services will be set up.b Membership applications available $15 for people 50 and over. Alpine Area Agency on Aging and the Summit County Community and Senior Center are hosting the Virtual Dementia tour. Come experience what it might be like to live with dementia.b Call 970.668.2940 to schedule your 30 minute experience. Community Virtual Dementia Tour

Jan 27,

2020 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Mar 4, 2020 By Appointment

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Dietary Guidance & Consultation

GRAND COUNTY

Transportation & Programming Mountain Family Center Education & Support Groups/ Medical Transportation & Recreation 970-557-3186 Home Care Grand County Home Care Non-medical assistance 970-725-3288 Public Health - Adult Services Grand County Public Health Educational & vaccinations programs 970-725-3288 Case Management / Patient Navigator Grand County Rural Health Network 970-725-3477 Senior Nutrition Grand County Senior Nutrition 970-725-3288 Social Services Grand County Social Services Adult Protective Services / Human Services Benefits Programs 970-725-3331 Veteran Services

Molly Bruchez, RD Contact Molly through your local community meal site

EAGLE COUNTY

Healthy Aging Carly Rietmann Supervisor – Eagle 970-328-8896 carly.rietmann@eaglecounty.us Mandi Dicamillo Coordinator – El Jebel 970-379-0020 mandi.dicamillo@eaglecounty.us

Pat Nolan Coordinator – Minturn 970-328-8831 pat.nolan@eaglecounty.us

Marti Barbour El Jebel Bus Driver 970-309-8465

Mikey Colley Eagle & Minturn Bus Driver 970-343-9565

Home Delivered Meals Edwards/Avon/Minturn/Vail 970-328-8831

El Jebel/Basalt 970-328-7682

Duane Dailey 970-509-9024

Gypsum/Eagle/Wolcott 970-328-8896

JACKSON COUNTY

Adult Protection Program 970-723-4750

Veteran Services Pat Hammon 970-328-9674

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Jackson County Council on Aging Transportation/Senior services 970-723-3203 JACKSON COUNTY CONT. Older Americans Transportation Service 970-367-7211 Senior Noon Pot Luck 970-723-3203 Senior Services 970-723-3203 PITKIN COUNTY Adult & Family Services Adult Protection Services 1-844-264-5437 Health & Human Services 970-920-5244 Senior Services Nutrition program & transportation 970-920-5432 Veteran Services 970-429-6115 Veteran Services 970-218-9877

SUMMIT COUNTY

Adult Protective Services 970-668-4030 Caregiver Support Group 970-668-2940 Adult Day Services 970-668-2952

Community & Senior Center Senior services/Care Navigation 970-668-2940 Meal program/Meals on Wheels 970-668-2942 Social Services 970-668-9160 Veteran Services 970-509-9024 BRAIN GAME

Dementia Jackson Nutrition Summit Eagle Low Vision

Pitkin Grand Mentor Safety

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