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Tough Talks

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.

Mark your calendars as we continue our Tough Talk speaker series of important conversations on Thursday, July 27 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Leedom Hall at the Washington Street Community Center (809 S. Washington). As part of the Tough Talk program, through which we’ve tackled some difficult discussions, July’s event will feature a panel of experts to talk about putting our affairs in order. We’ll be joined by panelists with great professional and personal experience with estate planning, advanced directives, downsizing and moving, home modifications, and hospice care and funeral planning. We invite everyone (members, volunteers, community members, recent retirees, you name it!) to learn more about these vital planning decisions that help us age well. We will have snacks and drinks and you’re welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Please RSVP to the office if you plan to attend and let us know if you need a ride.


In February, 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.


On Thursday, June 27th, we discussed the realities of Dementia and Alzheimer’s with 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.

Our Tough Talk on Tuesday, October 8th helped us 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. Through Tough Talks, A Little Help can help navigate these important issues!

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Spring’s Tough Talk helped us explore primary caregiving and the importance of respite and personal care. 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.

On November 22, 2016, our series continued with an expert panel helping us have conversations about when to stop driving. We’ll have a representative from AARP and the Colorado Neurological Institute, as well as family members who have gone through the decision-making process.

Future Topics


Financial Planning


Fraud and Theft Prevention

Safe Driving

Sex After 60

Fall Prevention and Fall Modification

Diet, Nutrition, and Fitness

Navigating Health Care




Tuesday Talks

On the second Tuesday of every month, A Little Help has hosted its 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
  • 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