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I'm Lucy Crandall, your local partner. Please let me know how I can help you. Whether you are looking for resources, looking to promote your business or just want to know what's happening around town, the Seniors Blue Book website is your go to!  I know from personal experience from taking care of an aging parent in another state that the search is not easy, aging is not easy. Our healthcare system is difficult to navigate, throw in insurance and legal issues on top, and then manage it all in a crisis… no one should have to do it alone. Let me help you. Call me directly at 719-641-6850, email me or use our Chat Line. Thank you for using the Seniors Blue Book!

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Feb 02, 2023 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Aging Mastery Journey

Please RSVP to Mary Duran by calling 719-365-8061 or by email mary.duran@uchealth.orgCost $25 - Limited spots available RSVP now! 

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Jan 26, 2023 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Be Pro-Active Not Re-Active

AAA Medicaid Consulting, Inc would like to invite you to join us at Library 21, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO  80920 In the Ent Conference Room on the 4th Thursday of each month.Please RSVP by calling 719-412-1468 option 2.

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Feb 14, 2023 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

My Medicare Community

Do you have questions about Medicare, need assistance with planning, or are curious about community resources, we invite you to join the My Medicare Community. During these 1 hour workshops hosted at the ACA Club (905 Garden of the Gods), we will have a brief presentation, followed by time for conversation and questions. We will cover topics like the FAQs of Medicare, services provided by Oak Street Health for our local community, and tips for care plans and local resources. Lunch will be provided.This monthly lunch & learn is hosted by Connie Ryan with Journey Care Coordinating, LLC, Edward Heller with Oak Street Health, and Michael Gallagher & Stacy Gallagher with My Longevity Health Compass as part of our greater mission to change the way we age and provide educational opportunities for our community. Please be sure to RSVP: https://lnkd.in/gBErMXNt

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Feb 14, 2023 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Senior Speed Dating

It's never too late to make new friends. Join Oak Street Health- Vista Grande for a fun speed dating event where you will get to meet new people in the community, and hopefully, lifelong connections!  Invite a plus one to join you!Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP with Delaine Elsrode, 719-761-1767 or delaine.elsrode@oakstreethealth.comWhen: Tuesday, February 14th Valentine's Day from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmWhere: Oak Street Health-Vista Grande, 4380 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO  80918

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Local Aging Options

The Lodge at Palmer Point

Independent Living 3205 Leslie Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80909

The Lodge at Palmer Point is not a facility but a beautiful 11,000+ Sq. Ft. home that has wonderful views of Pikes Peak and sits between the Colorado Springs Country Club golf course and Palmer Park. Upon arriving, cathedral ceilings will welcome you into the home complete with a a grand piano in the great room, a gourmet Kitchen, an indoor atrium complete with an oversized fish tank, an onsite hair salon, an inviting family room for games and crafts and a well-stocked library of books with various areas to cozy up to read. Residents have their choice of custom layouts for their large, spacious bedroom suites, and the house also includes a true one-bedroom apartment (with a full kitchen) to call home.The Lodge at Palmer Point offers opportunities to engage with others who live here, and we encourage input from our residents to provide opportunities to socialize and be involved. We have game nights, movie nights, musical performances and social hours available to take part in. The Lodge at Palmer Point places the highest priority on preparing a variety of fresh, seasonally appropriate entrees and dishes that are made from scratch.We provide a variety of home-cooked meals ranging from classic dishes to resident personal favorites, and mix in several delectable dessert options.Between our kitchen area, our dining room, our two living rooms, and outside patios, there is more than enough space to host people or to enjoy a meal wherever they pleaseResidents, their family, and friends all experience exceptional meals and ambiance daily without leaving the comforts of home.

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Gentle Shepherd Home Care

Non-Medical 1271 Kelly Johnson Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920

Gentle Shepherd Home Care is a best-in-class, locally-owned Home Care provider serving Colorado Springs. What makes us different is our people! Our caregivers must pass rigorous skills testing, qualifications, and a criminal background check, drug screening and driving. Gentle Shepherd Home Care was founded because of our experience and is based on the principal that we only place caregivers we would feel comfortable placing with our own loved ones. We can provide you and your loved one with the individualized, compassionate care that only a hometown agency can provide, enabling your loved one to stay in the comfort of their own home.

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Mount Saint Francis Nursing Center

Skilled Nursing 7550 Assisi Heights, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80919

Mount St. Francis Nursing Center a 5-Star Medicare/Medicaid Facility is located in the heart of the Colorado Springs foothills. Peace, beauty and serenity cradle beautiful Mount St. Francis Nursing Center in the heart of the Colorado Springs foothills. The picturesque setting, with deer and other wildlife, truly sets apart our community as a sanctuary of care.  Staff and residents share a positive energy and enthusiastic attitude; our community, filled with encouragement and laughter, resembles an extended family providing trust, respect, commitment and love.At the Mount St. Francis Nursing Center Colorado Springs, we understand the importance of independence and choice when selecting a care community; we understand the importance of choosing a care community able to meet your loved ones needs and desires. We nurture our residents with consistent respect and dignity, acknowledging these qualities as vital to continued health and wellbeing. Mount St. Francis is a ministry sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration.

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Guerra Dental

Dental Services 3208 N Academy Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80917

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All about Aging and Your Teeth

How does getting older affect your teeth and how do changes in your teeth and your bite affect your looks and your health? Dr. Guerra and Guerra Dental have the answers, and we are ready to help counteract those effects in a number of ways.How does age affect you?Its simply a matter of time. As the years pass, the stresses put on your teeth take their toll. Over time, your smile ages right along with the rest of your body. Your smile can lose vibrancy due to discoloration, tooth loss and excessive grinding. Lips begin to sag and lose their elasticity. Gravity and aging make our lower face shrink and sink, resulting in less of our upper teeth showing as we speak or smile. Loss of collagen and diminished muscle tone allow wrinkles to form around our mouth and lips.Night grindingTeeth clenchingDiscoloring foodsImproper bitePoor preventative care and so much more can have a major negative effect on your health and of course, it can get worse the longer it goes on.How does aging actually affect your appearance?Here are some of the actual effects on your face:A chance in your bite can result in wrinkles around the corner of your mouth.As you age, your jaw may become narrower. Your smile may seem less full, and spaces may appear on both sides of your teeth.Grinding, clenching and even regular eating over time can cause pain to your bite.Changes in the angles of your teeth can make your face asymmetrical and actually narrow the look of your lips and smile.What can be done? Consult with Dr. GuerraAnti-aging dentistry has become an important field of study and treatment at Guerra Dental, and today we can use various techniques and technologies to improve and even reverse the signs of aging. Anti-aging dentists address the issues of wrinkles, cheek support, lip fullness, dark corners, discoloration and asymmetry. It begins with a careful and thorough examination, including the latest in digital imaging to look at your entire facial structure, the extent of damage thats already occurred and may occur without treatment. Then we focus on the treatment that can actually repair age-related damage, improve your smile and features, and actually help you look younger.You dont have to wait for a problem to occur.The effects of aging are gradual and long-term, but you can address them immediately. Don't wait until you have a toothache, infection or fracture due to aging that has to be addressed. Make your appointment with Dr. Guerra today, so you can look forward to a new, youthful appearance tomorrow.

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Older individuals with blindness are being served locally

Older Individuals with Blindness (OIB) services for the blind and visually impaired (for individuals that are 55 and above) are available through the Colorado Springs Independence Center and are partially funded by a Federal grant. The Center provides services in the area of advocacy, peer counseling/ leadership training, information and referral, assistive equipment access and technology rental (through Silver Key), support groups and independent living skills. Their Outreach programs serve El Paso and Teller counties. The Center opened an Accessibility Store in mid-October, 2010 for visually impaired, blind, hearing impaired, deaf and mobility products.For more information please call The Colorado Springs Independence Center 719-471-8181

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Identity Thieves Love Tax Season

The vast amount of information shared online during tax season makes it a haven for identity thieves, and they're doing everything they can to take advantage of the opportunity! Here are several ways that identity thieves are targeting you, common signs of ID theft and steps to take if you become a victim.How Identity Thieves Target YouImpersonating the IRS. Thieves calling you and claiming to be the IRS will try and intimidate you into making an immediate payment using a gift card or wire service. Remember, the IRS will physically mail you a letter as a means of first contact. And the IRS will never call you to demand an immediate payment.Filing a fraudulent tax return. Identity thieves often try to file a tax return using your Social Security number before you do. So consider filing your tax return as quickly as you can to beat identity thieves at their own game.Phishing schemes. Be on the lookout for unsolicited emails, texts and social media posts that prompt you to share personal and financial information. These messages could also contain viruses, spyware or other malware that could infect your electronic devices.Common Signs Of ID TheftHere are some of the common signs of identity theft according to the IRS:In early 2023, you receive a refund before filing your 2022 tax return.You receive a tax transcript you didnt request from the IRS.A notice that someone created an IRS online account without your consent.You find out that more than one tax return was filed using your Social Security number.You receive tax documents from an employer you do not know.Other signs of identity theft include:Unexplained withdrawals on bank statements.Mysterious credit card charges.Your credit report shows accounts you didnt open.You are billed for services you didnt use or receive calls about phantom debts.What You Can DoIf you discover that youre a victim of identity theft, consider taking the following action:Notify creditors and banks. Most credit card companies offer protections to cardholders affected by ID theft. You can generally avoid liability for unauthorized charges exceeding $50. But if your ATM or debit card is stolen, report the theft immediately to avoid dire consequences.Place a fraud alert on your credit report. To avoid long-lasting impact, contact any one of the three major credit reporting agenciesEquifax, Experian or TransUnionto request a fraud alert. This alert covers all three of your credit files.Report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Visit identitytheft.gov or call 877-438-4338. The FTC will provide a recovery plan and offer updates if you set up an account on the website.Please call if you suspect any tax-related identity theft. If any of the previously mentioned signs of tax-related identity theft have happened to you, please call to schedule an appointment to discuss next steps.Article Submitted by Senior Tax Advisory Group. Call them with any questions at 719-596-4844

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We Are Here For You!

Here at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, our want and goal is to combat social isolation for seniors within the community. When COVID hit, our creativity, capacity and caliber were challenged and created an opportunity for growth. We have tapped our resources and have stretched our boundaries to allow for the new channels needed to continue to connect and support our older adult community. Staying physically distanced is important and so is remaining socially engaged and mentally strong. We CAN do this together and we ARE going to be okay. While we all adjust to the new normal, it is imperative to remain flexible; we are all going to have to give each other a little more grace as each of us is coping the best we know how. We are here and we would love to engage with you! We are offering Zoom classes every week. New to Zoom? Would you like some assistance getting started? We can help you with that! Just give us a call and we can walk you through it. Once you are comfortable, give a Zoom class a try; we offer exercise, history, and health classes online every month. Are you in need of some resources or services? Just give us a call and we will do our best to get you connected to the right people. We encourage you to call and when we open our doors to come see all of the possibilities that are available to you. We are located at 1514 N. Hancock Ave., just 2 blocks north of Uintah. Find all our class offerings and more information at csseniorcenter.com or call us at 719-955-3400. We are even on Facebook! Come discover a community where everyone knows your name and they are always glad you came!Editors Note: This article was submitted by the Colorado Springs Senior Center. For more information please call 719-955-3400

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Local Business Videos

Gym Memberships and Medicare

This month with KKTV we discussed gym memberships and Medicare. Lyndsey Pouncey of the YMCA joined us in discussing what the YMCA and the Senior Center of Colorado Springs have to offer to Seniors and how to gain access at no cost with your Medicare plan.Medicare plans with gym membershipsA lot of Medicare plans now offer free gym memberships as a part of their benefits package. These free gym memberships come in a variety of names, but if your plan offers a free gym membership the end result is the same. you get to go to a gym at no cost, such as the YMCA and the Senior Center of Colorado Springs.Medicare plans such as Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C) or Medicare Supplement plans provide these gym memberships. If you are unsure if your current Medicare plan is providing the free gym membership benefit, give our office a call and we can let you know if you have access or let you know how to get access. Many beneficiaries on Medicare do not even realize what benefits actually are a part of the plan they chose, let alone if there is a free gym membership included. So, do not feel alone if you are unsure what benefits your Medicare plan is providing to you.That is what our offices in Southern Colorado are here for. With our local offices you can schedule reviews of your plan options and benefit reviews to ensure you take advantage of everything that is available in your area at no cost. We can also let you know what gyms are near you that will allow you to utilize your no cost membership benefit.YMCA and the Senior CenterThe YMCA and the Senior Center of Colorado Springs were able to join us this month for KKTV to go over some of the great benefits their buildings provide. If you have not been to a YMCA recently it is definitely worth the trip. The YMCA is providing daily Silver Sneaker programs, group exercises, pool therapy, racquetball games, cycling, and much more. They are very involved with the community and try to provide as much resources as possible to the senior community.There are several YMCA buildings around Southern Colorado that provide a ton of senior oriented services. Take a look at the local YMCA locations and join one today at no cost with your free gym membership!Veterans and Free Gym MembershipsVeterans with VA access or Tricare for Life do not get a gym membership (unless you want to go to the base with all the trainees) included with their coverage benefits when they get Medicare. HealthCare coverage with Tricare and service-connected veterans can be top-notch, but when it comes to some of the ancillary benefits such as a free gym membership the government is not providing it.The great thing is there are plans available for Veterans that provide the gym membership benefits, along with many other benefits. If you have not had a chance to review your Medicare & Tricare or VA access coverage, then you should reach out to us because you are missing out on benefits that you are eligible for. We know it can seem daunting and seem too good to be true, but there are plans available for Veterans that do not affect the government provided HealthCare to enhance the benefits provided.Thank you to KKTV 11 ConnectsWe are very happy to be a part of the KKTV 11 connects family and to be able to provide these valuable interviews with them. If you have not had a chance to take a look at what KKTV 11 connects is doing in the community, take a look at KKTV 11 connects page. We look forward to next months interview and hope you will enjoy it. (Get excited: we will be joined by a great person, helping an organization do great things for those with Alzheimers- can you guess who it is, or what organization?)As always if you have any more questions, you are more than welcome to reach out to our office and talk with one of your local Medicare Brokers. We have several offices throughout Southern Colorado.You can call us directly at 719-404-3202Or navigate to our contact page and we can reach out to you.

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Senior Spotlight - Rocky Mountain PACE wins BBB Excellence in Customer Service Award

Congratulations to Rocky Mountain Health Care's PACE Program for their win of the Better Business Bureau's Excellence in Customer Service Award this year! As you will hear, this is not a simple process. Well-deserved Carolyn and team! For more information visit https://www.rmhcare.org/ or call 719-314-2327.

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Google ranks Seniorsbluebook.com in the top 1% of 41M+ domains worldwide, your business can benefit

Google ranks Seniorsbluebook.com in the top 1% of all 41M+ domains worldwide - Why these matter to our SBB partners -SBB Article Library-SBB Video-SBB Social Media Presence-SBB Partner Dashboard-How to get the most out of your print ad-SBB Media Digital SolutionsLearn how your business can benefit from this. Visit SeniorsBlueBook.com for more information!

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Senior Services Spotlight- PACE An All Inclusive Program for Seniors

Can a senior care program really be all inclusive and take care of ALL needs? Listen to Carolyn Wilson from Rocky Mountain Health Care's PACE Program and learn the answer is Yes! Families can rest at ease knowing their loved one's every need is being met- from personal care, to social outings, to toe nails clipped and meds dispensed. Call Carolyn today to see if the PACE program is right for you or your loved one!Call today for more information, 719-314-2327 or RMPace.org

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Resident Program Coordinator - Skilled Nursing

Full Job DescriptionCompany DescriptionDo you have HEART? We are looking for individuals who can embrace our mission to purposely brighten and enrich the lives of those we serve with HEART; Hospitality, Excellence, Appreciation, Respect & Teamwork. In these roles you will be responsible for planning and implementing programs and events which provide socialization opportunities, fitness and wellness activities, educational and recreational programs, as well as spiritual life support based on the needs and preferences of the residents at the community. This position is for our Skilled Nursing Level of Care.Job DescriptionPlan, develop, and implement resident lifestyle programming within the community as well as through outside trips and events.Survey and interview residents to determine their past and present interests and talents, as well as their satisfaction with the communitys programs and activities.Recognize the individuality, diversity, and spirituality of all residents when planning activities and celebrating holiday functions.Develop individualized care plans for each resident and be a part of the interdisciplinary team care conferences.Document and file resident participation.Develop relationships with residents to encourage their participation in activities that enhance their quality of and appreciation for life.Observe residents function and behavior and reports significant changes or concerns to appropriate staff.Utilize outside community resources and independent contractors to enrich the variety of programs made available to residents.Attend interdisciplinary team meetings.Keep up to date with the Colorado Department of Health and Environment Regulations.Assist with developing and managing the annual department budget.Reports directly to Director of Resident Programs.Assist with managing Resident Program Assistants as needed in the absence of the Director of Resident Programs.QualificationsMust be an activity professional certified by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals as an Activity Director Certified (ADC) or Activity Consultant Certified (ACC), ORAre registered by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist having at least one year of experience in providing activity programming in a nursing care facility.You are able to professionally communicate and listen to residents, guests, and coworkers.Perform work tasks in a manner that preserves each residents dignity, privacy and confidentiality.You are an enthusiastic person and enjoy building relationships with the residents and co-workers that you work with and for.Additional InformationSenior Lifestyle offers a comprehensive benefits plan to eligible team members including health, dental, vision, retirement benefits, short-term disability, long-term disability, and paid time off. All Senior Lifestyle positions are eligible to use DailyPay, an application that allows you to access your earned but unpaid wages before your next payday.Job Type: Full-timePay: $17.00 - $19.00 per hourBenefits:401(k)Dental insuranceFlexible scheduleFlexible spending accountHealth insuranceHealth savings accountPaid time offReferral programTuition reimbursementVision insuranceSchedule:8 hour shiftMonday to FridayWeekend availabilityAbility to commute/relocate:Colorado Springs, CO 80921: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)Experience:planning or activities: 1 year (Preferred)Long term care: 1 year (Preferred)APPLY HERE

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