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Check out this month's eNews Review topics that range from new approaches to senior living such as home sharing and senior cooperatives to what does it take to program a care robot and more ...
We are leading with reminders about Medicare Open Enrollment which runs from Oct. 15 - Dec. 7
It is the time to compare plans for 2018 and make sure you have the coverage that is right for you. The website has resources to help in your research.

And a Great Place to Get Information on Medicare Open Enrollment is with "SHIP"
State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) provide free, in depth, one-on-one insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, their families, friends, and caregivers. SHIPs operate in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and are grant-funded projects of the federal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL).

More Information on Signing up for Medicare
This is an information web page for people getting started with Medicare. The web page includes information about eligibility for Medicare, whether you get Medicare automatically, your Medicare coverage choices, and how Medicare works with other insurance.
Learn More - CLICK HERE

November is Home Care & Hospice Month
During November, the home care and hospice community honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve - LEARN MORE

And There is a Conversation Starter Kit for Families with Someone that has Dementia 
This Conversation Starter Kit is designed to help families and loved
ones of people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia have the conversation - LEARN MORE

Healthcare has been Changing over the Years and It is Helpful to Understand Healthcare from the Perspective of the Clinics, Physicians and Hospitals Delivering the Care
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is an independent not-for-profit organization that works with healthcare providers to improve healthcare. A popular direction today is "Person- and Family-Centered Care" - LEARN MORE
IHI is an organization for professionals but the consumer can gain understanding of healthcare services from the website.

Did you know that the Healthcare Industry is even evaluating their services in regard to are they Age-Friendly?
The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) are partnering on the Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative - LEARN MORE
IHI is an organization for professionals but the consumer can gain understanding of healthcare services from the website.

Another Part of Healthcare is Spiritual Care
The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is an international professional membership association for promoting and educating practioners in the many aspects of spiritual care in health care - LEARN MORE
SCA is an organization for professionals but the consumer can gain understanding of healthcare services from the website.

Talking about Retirement - even working Dogs want to Retire
This is an interesting story about a dog working for the CIA that wanted to retire - LEARN MORE
  And Another Story about Dogs but Service Dogs
There have been some issues with "fake" service dogs recently

And we have to have something Too Cute!
Here it is - Kitten Cams and also "cams" from bears, bees, bats, birds and more. However the kitten cam on the rescue kittens is just too cute - LEARN MORE
Senior Newswire & Savvy Senior
This is a nationally syndicated information column focused on older adults and the families who support them.
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Physical Activity - CLICK HERE 
Safety Tips for Everyday Living - CLICK HERE  
A-Z Health Topics from National Institute on Aging - CLICK HERE 
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Below are event highlights from our Seniors Resource Guide National News & Events webpage. Find more events on our calendar.
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November 2017 
National Veterans and Military Families Month For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on 11 November - first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. In this 99th year of commemoration, the Department of Veterans Affairs is broadening that tradition of observance and appreciation to include both Veterans and Military Families for the entire month of November - LEARN MORE  
Medicare Open Enrollment for 2018
For 2018 Medicare coverage, open enrollment is in the fall of 2017, from October 15th to December 7, 2017. Find assistance with enrollment with the SHIP program - LEARN MORE
November 15, 2017
Citizen Lobbyist Training & Networking at the State Capitol
The Colorado State Capitol, Denver, CO 
Our Colorado Senior Lobby Citizen Lobbyist Training is "non-partisan citizen lobbyist training" for someone who wants to influence policy and not just discuss policy. The event is from 10AM to Noon at the Legislative Services building across from the Capitol but first at 9:00AM, meet in the cafeteria in the basement of The Capitol and network - LEARN MORE 
November 16, 2017
Advance Care Planning - Unravel the Confusion
Highlands Ranch Library, Highlands Ranch, CO 
This event from 1PM to 2PM will increase your comfort with documented plans that match your values in advance care planning. The gathering is for all ages from adults through boomers, seniors, professionals and medical deci-sion makers. If you are a healthcare agent for someone else you should attend - LEARN MORE 
November 16, 2017
Aging on Your Terms - Making Your Golden Years Golden
Aurora Public Library (Central), Aurora, CO 
Join us as a panel of professionals discuss financial planning for long term care, legal issues for aging, navigating living facilities and financial solutions with reverse mortgage. Time for Q & A as well. Event is from 7PM to 8PM - LEARN MORE   
November 17, 2017
Jeanne Robertson at the Pikes Peak Center
Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO  
An overnight success nearly half a century in the making, Jeanne Robertson keeps audiences rolling on the floor with laughter. At 73 years young, this former Miss North Carolina stands tall at six-foot-two and has a personality, heart and sense of humor that soar just as high. For years, her witty speeches were mostly limited to conventions and meetings, but with the dawn of the digital age, the world became exposed to Robertson's infectious humor when her YouTube videos suddenly went viral. Now with eight nationally released DVDs/CDs, three books, hundreds of hours on SiriusXM satellite radio and over 39 million YouTube views, the demand for Robertsons family-friendly and engaging brand of comedy has grown exponentially - LEARN MORE
November 28, 2017
Boomers Leading Change Information Session
The Forum Building, Denver, CO 
Come to an information session Boomers Leading Change is a non-profit organization that harnesses the experience, energy and conviction of adults age 50+ towards improving the health and well-being in the lives of individuals and families across the seven county Metro Denver area. Join us in this hour-long info session for an overview of Boomer volunteer activities, the Boomer Advocacy Academy, the AmeriCorps Encore program, Projects with a Purpose and the excellent training available to support you in your volunteer choice - LEARN MORE 
One Day University Live Talks & Events One Day University brings stars of the academic world to cities across the country to give thought provoking talks. Events feature award-winning speakers - LEARN MORE

Edible Communities
Find links to healthy eating resources and organizations from more than 90 local Edible magazines and websites across the U.S. and Canada. Look around, and see how to cook, eat, and drink like a local - LEARN MORE
Abilities Expos
Abilities Expos are events where people with disabilities, their families, seniors, vets, caregivers and healthcare professionals gain knowledge and empowerment. The Abilities Expo has customized its offerings to include exhibits, workshops and activities.

Alzheimer's Association Classes & Workshops
The Alzheimer's Association can help you get the information you need about memory loss and dementia - LEARN MORE
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Stay Safe Online - STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
This website from the National Cyber Security Alliance has tips on staying safe online. 
This month's topic is Responding to Identity Theft, Fraud and Cybercrime - LEARN MORE 
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Find your Local Area Agency on Aging
For older adults, your local Area Agency on Aging can be a referral source for food resources and other services that help seniors. Call the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116, Monday through Friday, 9AM to 8PM eastern time. You will be connected to a professional that will help you find your local agency. The website has a searchable database that lists information about different types of senior resources.
Administration for Community Living
ACL brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging (AoA), the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan - LEARN MORE

Benefits Checkup
Are you wondering if you might quality for programs to help you financially? Benefits Checkup from the National Council on Aging maintains a comprehensive website that helps seniors with limited income and resources look for benefits.

Website for Contacting Elected Officials
Check out this website with tips for contacting your legislators and an easy to use interactive map - LEARN MORE
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