Tough Talks feature speakers and panels on some of life’s tougher, but important topics.
Tough Talks are one of the best things we do. The series is designed to provide a forum to discuss and learn more about difficult subjects. A Little Help offers a different installment of this series every few months and strives to feature relevant and thought-provoking topics with captivating speakers.These Talks are considered a Volunteer Training opportunity for all of our current volunteers for continued education.
Future Topics include: Financial Planning, Fall Prevention and Home Modification, Diet, Nutrition, and Fitness, and Navigating Health Care. If you have a topic you’d like to discuss, please contact the office and let us know!
Senior Safety - Police Chief Robert White spoke with us about the Denver Police Department’s community philosophy and about senior safety. He gave us a great sense of how DPD is keeping our streets safe and fielded several questions from our participants.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s - A panel featuring voices from many sides of the spectrum. We were fortunate to have two representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association who shared with us the ten early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. We were also graced with the presence of a married couple dealing with the disease who shared their story with incredible transparency. As our group listened to their story and the answers they gave to our questions, it was equal parts heart wrenching and heart warming. The love the two of them share is inspiring. The Tough Talk was informative and captivating.
Navigate End of Life Issues - The event featured a short video produced by Compassion and Choices and information from three panelists. Dr. Richard Loeffler M.D. represented Compassion and Choices, a nonprofit dedicated to improving care and expanding choices at the end of life. Jamie Sarche, the Director of Outreach and Prearranged Funeral Planning for Feldman Mortuary, helped our attendees explore their fears and misconceptions to make their best educated decisions, and helps loved ones maintain family relationships and have a meaningful bereavement. Rabbi Sara Gilbert from Shalom Cares Hospice brought her myriad experiences to share about hospice care.
Primary Caregiving - Our panelists, Jane W. Barton of AARP and Cardinal, LCC, Joan Colby Wilson of Americorps, and Katie Wade and Emily Cooper of Boulder County’s Area Agency on Aging, shared important information about the challenges and blessings of caregiving, one of our most ubiquitous but toughest jobs as family members.
When to stop driving - We hosted a representative the Colorado Neurological Institute, a member who willingly gave up the keys, and a family member who went through the decision-making process with her mother.
Sex after Sixty - In partnership with Boomers Leading Change in Health and SAGE of the Rockies, we assembled an expert panel on sexuality and aging including a medical professional, sex therapist, and sex educator to share their experiences as we learned more about this provocative topic in a safe and affirming space, while celebrating Denver PrideFest’s 40th year. Watch the video of this Talk here.
In Fall 2015, we presented Elder Fraud and Scam Prevention. We discussed prevention, recognition, and repercussions of elder fraud with Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey; Aaron Bagully, MBA, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones; Sergeant Ana Brun of the Lakewood Police Department Economic Crimes Unit; Cary Johnson, the Director of Crime Prevention in Jefferson County; and an older adult who was a victim of fraud. Watch the video here.
Before Tough Talks were coordinated, A Little Help hosted a smaller speaker series, Tuesday Talks. Below is a list of our past Tuesday Talks:
- Energy Expert Dennis Brachfeld from About Saving Heat
- Gourmet Chef Steve Kiner of Buen Provecho and Appetites Catering
- Renowned Actor Jim Hunt of Stories on Stage
- Award-winning Memoir Writer Jeanne Archer of Tell Studios
- Best-selling Author of Chief Left Hand Margaret Coel
- Medicare expert Alan Cooper
- Active Aging Center Owner Dana Patten of ActiveRx
- Film screening of the documentary Age of Champions