Assistive Technology Resource Center

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Center for Independence

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Mar 30, 2023

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Colorado - Western Slope

The Center for Independence has computers available for resume writing and basic software skill building practice. We also offer assistance in online job searches and internet literacy.

If you are in need of low vision or blind services visit our low vision lab for training and demonstration of low vision equipment and software options.

Please call Denice at 970-241-0315 ext. 29 to schedule an appointment or to use the lab.

Learn Basic Computer Skills

Training is individually tailored to meet each person’s goals and needs. Our on-site staff can assist with understanding the difference between hardware and software, identifying basic usage terminology, mouse and keyboard skills, electronic maps and basic word processing skills such as resume writing.

We offer training for Microsoft Office and other computer programs including:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Outlook
  • Powerpoint
  • Zoom
  • Google Drive

Learn Internet and Browser Education

Individuals looking for basic information about browsers, internet search systems, how to set up and use email, and how to effectively use the internet to search for information can attend classes or receive one-on-one assistance through the Center for Independence.

Adaptive Hardware/Software

The Center for Independence can provide training and resources to consumers in adaptive hardware such as ergonomic keyboards, low vision keyboards, trackball mouse, and trackman marble mouse. Software available includes JAWS, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and ZoomText.


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Causes of Malnutrition in Seniors to Monitor

The Mayo Clinic (www.mayo.org) states that in addition to financial limitations, physical, social, and psychological factors contribute to senior malnutrition, impeding seniors' ability to maintain a diet that provides the necessary balance of nutrients for healthful living.Below are leading contributing causes of senior malnutrition:Debilitating conditions that limit seniors ability to get out to shop, prepare meals and feed themselvesFixed incomes can prevent seniors from being able to purchase the groceries they need to stay nourished.Difficulty chewing and swallowing as a result of diseases such as Parkinson's, dry mouth caused by some medications, dental conditions, and poorly fitting denturesFrailty due to loss of muscle mass and fat, which can alter body chemistry, diminishing appetite, especially in seniors with serious illnessesMedications, such as some antidepressants, blood pressure, and osteoporosis drugs that diminish appetite alter the flavor of foods, and interfere with absorption of nutrientsReduced absorption of nutrients as a result of some physiological changes due to aging. For instance, in many seniors, reduced production of digestive enzymes and acids interferes with the breakdown of protein and absorption of essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B-12, folate, calcium, and iron. Some illnesses, such as gastrointestinal cancers, diarrhea, and inflammatory bowel disease, can also cause this problem.Diminished sense of taste or smell that often occurs with aging. Some medications and illnesses accelerate or intensify this loss, depriving seniors of some of the pleasure associated with eating. These factors can affect appetite. Bland, medically prescribed diets can have the same effect. Natural flavor enhancers like garlic, onions, and spices can help counteract this.Dementia, which often prevents individuals from recognizing the need to eat. Some people with dementia need to be reminded to swallow.Depression, due to multiple causes such as grief, loneliness, retirement, poor health, and medications. Depression affects about 6 million American seniors.Alcoholism, which is often a hidden problem in the senior population, decreases appetite, destroys nutrients, and negatively affects seniors ability to care for themselves How Comfort Keepers can helpComfort Keepers can provide the assistance needed to help promote heart health, starting with nutrition. Whether a special diet has been prescribed or all required is a healthier meal plan, our caregivers, who we call Comfort Keepers, work with our clients to ensure they benefit from foods that promote optimum wellness.At Comfort Keepers, we believe in Elevating the Human Spirit by providing our clients with both assistance and daily moments of joy. With the help of our trained Comfort Keepers, seniors can enjoy a healthy lifestyle while finding pleasure in the everyday moments that make life worth living.

Dietary Changes as We Age - Comfort Keepers Western Slope

One in three hospital patients is malnourished upon admission and almost one-third of U.S. patients (31 percent) experiences declines in nutritional status while in the hospital.Dietary needs evolve as people age, and seniors need to know how to manage those changes to maintain physical health and wellness. Older adults need to take an active role in shaping their diet and nutrition habits to ensure more energy, better disease prevention and quality of life.Seniors should consult their physician to discuss their individual needs. Healthcare professionals can also help seniors and their families create and implement healthy eating plans.These plans often include:         Increased protein and fiber intake. Protein and fiber are important nutrients for seniors. Foods high in fiber can help maintain healthy digestive systems as we age, and increasing protein intake can help seniors increase or maintain energy and strength.          Whole grains have multiple benefits. Whole grains are also fiber-rich foods that not only aid the digestive process but promote healthy hearts for seniors. Cereal, rice and bread made with whole grains can easily be found at any grocery store and provide several serving choices to meet recommended daily requirements.         Calcium is a key component in maintaining bone strength. Calcium can help prevent osteoporosis, especially when calcium intake is consistent. Preventing osteoporosis is critical for seniors especially those that are at risk for falls.         Hydration is critical at any age. Physical changes that occur with age make hydration even more important for older adults. For those that are less inclined to drink water, there are alternatives milk, juice and broth are all hydrating liquids, and there are hydrating foods including watermelon, cucumbers and grapes. If engaging in good eating habits is a struggle, there are steps seniors can take to ensure that they are getting proper nutrition. In addition to consulting a physician about diet or health concerns they might have, they can also try the following tactics to get back on the right track:         Make meals a social occasion Sharing a meal is one of the most enjoyable ways to ensure that someone is eating well. This can include making something healthy and delicious for others, or reaching out to people that love to cook healthy food and offering them some company at mealtimes.         Make healthy eating fit your budget Good food doesnt have to be expensive. A doctor or nutritionist can point patients to budget friendly, nutritious food options. And maintaining a healthy lifestyle saves money on medical care in the future.         Shop for healthy foods Having a kitchen stocked with healthy snacks and meal options is one of the most important steps to maintaining a balanced diet.          Encourage people to ask for help If someone has concerns about their ability to plan healthy meals, shop for the groceries or if they just arent getting the nutrition they need, tell them to ask for help! In-home caregivers, delivery services, family, friends and medical professionals can all help older adults reach their nutrition goals.Comfort Keepers Can HelpIf someone is struggling to maintain healthy eating habits, consider getting support from the trusted care team at Comfort Keepers. Our caregivers can help with grocery shopping, meal preparation, and can help support physician-prescribed exercise regimens and diets. Our goal is to see that clients have the means to find the joy and happiness in each day, regardless of age or acuity.To learn more about our in-home care services, contact your local Comfort Keepers location today.ReferencesMayo Clinic. Senior health: How to prevent and detect malnutrition. Web. 2017.Next Avenue, Malnutrition is Affecting Too Many Older Adults. Web. 2016.  Public Health Post. Malnutrition in Older Adults. Web. 2017  Healthline. How Your Nutritional Needs Change as you Age. Web. 2017.

What is Respite Care? by Comfort Keepers Western Slope

Respite care is defined as the transfer of primary caregiving responsibilities to another person, typically a professional caregiver, relative or friend, in order for primary caregivers to receive temporary relief from caregiving responsibilities. Respite care takes many forms some family caregivers choose to have someone take on caregiver duties for a few hours a week or a few hours a day. Or, some schedule respite care for longer periods of time to accommodate an extended break or vacation.  What You Need to Know When Caring for a Senior Loved One In its Caregiving in the U.S. report, AARP estimates that 39.8 million family members provided unpaid care to an adult in 2014 and 2015. And, the Centers for Disease Control reports that over half (53%) of caregivers indicated that a decline in their health compromises their ability to provide care. Caring for a senior loved one is both rewarding and challenging. Family caregivers need to remember that its important to take necessary breaks and practice self-care so they can ensure that they continue to find joy in their role.This can be particularly important for those caring for a senior that has a severe illness. A study led by the Stanford Center on Longevity and Stanford University Psychology Department, which was conducted with assistance from Comfort Keepers and Clear Care, found that for older family caregivers:          Caring for a loved one with a mild illness generally leaves them in the same emotional state as their peers with emotional well-being generally greater than that of younger adults.         When responsible for a loved one with a severe illness, reported emotional well-being tended to be lower than those of their peers.         The cause of a decrease in emotional well-being is attributed to caregivers inability to pursue their social goals and friendships. The purpose of this study was to help identify the unique challenges and stressors that family caregivers face. As a partner in this research study, we reached out to the family members and decision-makers of approximately 2,000 Comfort Keepers clients.  These results suggest that older people have higher emotional well-being than younger people but not when they have a relative with a severe illness. Not all older people with ailing relatives have low well-being; rather, it depends on the severity of the relative's ailment.  Caring for a senior loved one can be fulfilling and can strengthen bonds within a family. But its important to recognize that being a family caregiver can come with feelings of loss, stress and physical strain. Caregivers risk their own health and wellbeing when they dont account for their own needs or take a break when necessary, and respite care provides a convenient solution for many families.   Comfort Keepers Can Help Trusting your loved one with someone else can be difficult, but with Comfort Keepers, you can trust that he or she will be in capable hands. Our specially trained caregivers will stay with your loved one while you take care of yourself, for as much or as little time as you need. And, every client receives a custom care plan that aims to engage them in intellectual, physical and emotional exercises and activities. To learn more about our uplifting in-home and respite services, contact your nearest Comfort Keepers office today. ReferencesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention. Caregiving for Family and Friends A Public Health Issue. Web. 2019.AARP. Caregiving in the U.S., 2015 Report. Web. 2015.Family Caregiver Alliance. Policy and Advocacy. Web.Alzheimers Association. Alzheimers and Dementia Caregiver Center: Respite Care. Web. 2017 Stanford Center on Longevity. Age and Emotional Well-Being: The Varied Emotional Experience of Family Caregivers by Sarah Raposo, Jessica Barnes, Tamara Sims, Amy Yotopoulos, Lara Carstensen, Mary Bowman, Jacquelyn Kung. Web. 2017. Read more about the study here. https://www.comfortkeepers.com/family-caregiver-study

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Center for Independence

Support Groups & Services 740 Gunnison Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81501

Welcome to The Center for Independence on the Western Slope, where support services empower individuals to live their lives to the fullest. As a leading provider of disability support services in the region, we are dedicated to fostering independence, dignity, and inclusion for all.At The Center for Independence, we understand that every individual's journey is unique. That's why we offer a comprehensive range of support services tailored to meet the diverse needs of our community. From physical disabilities to developmental challenges, our team of compassionate professionals is here to provide the assistance and encouragement needed to overcome obstacles and achieve personal goals.Our support services encompass a wide array of areas, including personal care, transportation, housing assistance, and more. Whether you require help with daily tasks such as dressing and grooming or assistance navigating the complexities of healthcare and social services, our experienced staff is here to lend a helping hand.In addition to practical assistance, we also offer a variety of programs and resources designed to promote skill-building, socialization, and community engagement. From life skills workshops to recreational activities and peer support groups, we provide opportunities for individuals to connect with others, develop new talents, and explore their interests.As advocates for disability rights and accessibility, we are committed to breaking down barriers and promoting inclusion in all aspects of life. Whether advocating for accessible public transportation or working to ensure equal access to employment and education opportunities, we are dedicated to creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all.At The Center for Independence, we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to live with dignity, respect, and independence. Through our support services, we empower individuals to take control of their lives, pursue their passions, and contribute to their communities in meaningful ways.If you or a loved one are in need of support services on the Western Slope, we invite you to contact The Center for Independence today. Our friendly staff is here to answer your questions, provide guidance, and help you access the resources you need to thrive. Together, we can build a brighter future for individuals of all abilities.CFI is governed by people with disabilities and upholds the independent living philosophy that people with disabilities have the right to live their lives independently and with dignity to their fullest potential. CFI provides information to individuals and businesses about the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA), accessibility guidelines, and other technical assistance. The Independent Living Philosophy recognizes that; all people with disabilities face many barriers in seeking to achieve personal goals, community acceptance and integration. The goal of the Center for Independence is to help consumers overcome those barriers. Services include: hearing resources, vision resources, benefits counseling, social security disability application assistance, tax assistance, volunteer opportunities among others.We have 2 offices on the Western Slope:740 Gunnison Ave, Grand Junction 970-241-0315401 27th St Ste 115 Glenwood Springs 970-718-5155

Center for Independence

Hearing Services & Resources 740 Gunnison Ave, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81501

Center for Independence

Vision Resources 740 Gunnison Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81501

Center for Independence promotes community solutions and empowers individuals with disabilities to live independently. CFI is governed by people with disabilities and upholds the independent living philosophy that people with disabilities have the right to live their lives independently and with dignity to their fullest potential. CFI provides information to individuals and businesses about the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA), accessibility guidelines, and other technical assistance. The Independent Living Philosophy recognizes that; all people with disabilities face many barriers in seeking to achieve personal goals, community acceptance and integration. The goal of the Center for Independence is to help consumers overcome those barriers.