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News from The Conversation Project in Boulder County and TRU Community Care
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Make a New Year's resolution 
to have the conversation
It’s not too late to make a New Year’s Resolution that is a gift to yourself and those you love. Download The Conversation Project’s free Starter Kit or request a Conversation Coach to start one of the most important conversations you will ever have.

It has already been three months since TRU Community Care and The Conversation Project in Boulder County have joined forces. I have been honored to learn from TCPBC mentors and begin to integrate that knowledge with the trusted programs at TRU Community Care. As 2020 begins, I find myself excited about where TCPBC is headed. We have already trained our first group of coach volunteers at TRU. They will be shadowing experienced Conversation Coaches and be ready to help people in our community talk about their end-of-life wishes. We continue to provide advance care planning presentations in various settings to a wide variety of audiences. l look forward to seeing all of you out in the community in 2020.

Amanda Meier
Rev. Amelia Dress (left/top) and Amanda Meier
Podcasts

In November, Amanda joined Rev. Amelia Dress at the United Church of Christ in Longmont to record a podcast. They covered a challenging but important topic: the discussion of death when children are in the home. The conversation was rich and offered concrete steps to help families engage all generations in discussions of mortality. Listen to it by clicking here.

Speaking of podcasts, the national Conversation Project has collected an engaging selection of end-of-life audio recordings. Some are funny, others are more serious, but be assured that all of them carry important messages. There is something for everyone. Listen here.

Upcoming events

There are exciting projects in the works for TCPBC in 2020. We are organizing a third faith community series in Lafayette after two successful runs in Gunbarrel and Longmont. This will take place in late April and May. Stay tuned for further details. 

Feb. 6
The Conversation Project and Starter Kit, at Balfour Senior Living, 1331 Hecla Dr., Louisville, 7-8pm

Feb. 13
Medical Aid in Dying, at Balfour Senior Living, 1331 Hecla Dr., Louisville, 7-8pm

Feb. 20
Dementia and Decision-Making, at Balfour Senior Living, 1331 Hecla Dr., Louisville, 7-8pm

Feb. 27
Disposition of Remains/Organ Donation, at Balfour Senior Living, 1331 Hecla Dr., Louisville, 7-8pm

March 3
The Conversation Project and Starter Kit presentation at the Aspen Club in Longs Peak Hospital. 1750 E Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont. 1:30-3pm

March 17
Aging Solo: Finding a Person to Represent You. This panel discussion will help you identify your values, what is important to you, and provide guidance on how to choose a decision-maker. This presentation will be of particular interest to those in our community who are aging without the help of family or other obvious decision-maker. Louisville Senior Center. 900 Via Appia Way, Louisville. 10-11:30am

March 29
Aging Solo: We will cover the basics of The Conversation and the Starter Kit, focusing on those who are aging without a traditional family support structure. First Presbyterian Church Boulder. 1820 15th St, Boulder. 10:45am

April 8
TCPBC will be presenting on The Conversation at the Caregiver’s Symposium. Boulder Jewish Community Center. 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder. Time TBD

April 16
April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day. TCPBC volunteers will be available on a drop-in basis to help the community with their advance care planning. This is a free service open to everyone. Stay tuned for further details.

We're looking for volunteers

We are recruiting and training Conversation Project volunteers at TRU. Training has been designed to help new volunteers learn and practice advance care plan coaching at TRU and throughout the community. If you have experience or significant interest in advance care planning and would like to help our neighbors clarify and express their wishes for end-of-life, contact Amanda at amandameier@trucare.org for further details.

Invest in TCPBC

The Conversation Project in Boulder County continues to serve the advance care planning needs of our community free of charge. We are able to provide these vital services because of financial support from people like you. Please consider a donation to help us continue our educational and coaching services. Click here to donate.

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