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Introducing New Conversation Guides

The Conversation Project is committed to helping people make sure their wishes for care through the end of life are understood and respected. To stay true to this goal, it’s important for the Conversation Starter Guide and other tools we offer to be inclusive and accessible to everyone. 
With the generous support of the Cambia Health Foundation, national TCP sought feedback on our materials from dozens of leaders representing diverse backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religions, etc.) and serving various groups (in the community, health care, faith, educational institutions, etc.). TCP also included those who have gone through, or are going through, a serious illness or the end of life with someone. 
This valuable input resulted in more resonant, inclusive and approachable The Conversation Project guides, which you can find on our website.  

National Healthcare Decisions Day: April 16 

We plan ahead for lots of major events and milestones on our lives, yet many of us fail to plan ahead for our healthcare in the event we become unable to make our own decisions. That’s the motivation behind National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) on April 16, 2021. The initiative shines a light on the importance of advance care planning and connects people to resources that will help them determine, document and share their desires with their designated agents and providers. The COVID-19 pandemic has further intensified the importance of this planning. 
The Conversation Project in Boulder County will host an NHDD themed presentation with the City of Boulder's Older Adult Services on April 13. It will be followed by open appointments with our conversation coaches on April 15. This is an excellent opportunity to take action in your own ACP journey!  Please check our events page in the coming weeks for the registration information.


New Front Range Aging Solo Network

Solo agers are individuals growing older without traditional family support. This group is expected to grow significantly in the next decade--comprising more than 20% of the Baby Boom generation!

At TCPBC, we have been hearing from solo agers more frequently. They are asking questions about how to plan for the end of life and how to find a medical decision-maker. They also want to connect with like-minded people to discuss topics like co-housing, social connection and community resources.

To meet this community need, TCPBC is creating a group called the Front Range Aging Solo Network. This group is in the planning stages, so there is time to join and shape our direction. The first meeting is Monday, March 8, from 4-5 p.m. MT. We will organize meetings around the needs and desires of members to foster learning, sharing and support.  Register here.


Monthly Advance Care Planning Open Houses 

Throughout 2021, The Conversation Project in Boulder County will hold an advance care planning (ACP) open house the last Tuesday of every month. People interested in learning more about the tools and resources available for ACP will be able to sign up to talk one-on-one with a trained volunteer.  
We can direct you to the right documents, offer topics to consider in your planning, and suggest ways you can start important ACP conversations with those that matter most. Appointments are conducted online or via phone and last up to one hour. The registration link will be updated monthly on our  Upcoming Events page.  Please see below to register for a March appointment.


Upcoming Events

Front Range Aging Solo Network
March 8, 2021, at 4 p.m. MT

Are you aging solo–without traditional family support? If so, this group could be for you. We are in the beginning stages of gathering solo agers together to form a resource and education group. This group will be member-led and cover topics important to participants.  

Register here.
Aging Solo: But Not Alone (two options)
Lafayette Senior Center (online)
March 10, 2021, from 1-2:30 p.m. MT
Register Here
or call 303-665-9052 X 0
Longmont Senior Center (online)
April 14, 2021 ,from 1-2:30 p.m. MT
Register here

Many of us will be unable to make healthcare decisions at the end of our life. That’s why it’s important to designate a healthcare agent to act on our behalf if needed. People who are “aging solo” may have limited options when choosing a healthcare decision-maker, but there are resources to help.
Join The Conversation Project in Boulder County and Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for a Zoom expert panel discussion featuring Claire Morrow, owner of Caring Stewardship, Sue Mackey, owner of Out of the Box Funeral End-of-Life Planning, and Amanda Meier of The Conversation Project in Boulder County. We help you identify your values, decide what matters to you, and provide guidance on how to find a decision-maker. Most importantly, we will help you prepare “your person.”
Open House: Advance Care Planning
Zoom/telephone appointments available
March 30, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., MT

Would you like to know more about advance care planning? Our trained volunteers are available to meet with you one-on-one via Zoom or telephone throughout the day on Tuesday, March 30. See “Monthly Advance Care Planning Open Houses” above for more information about this event. 
View available spots and sign up for your appointment here.

National Healthcare Decision's Day: Start your ACP Journey!
City of Boulder’s Older Adult Services Program
April 13, 2021, 3-4 p.m., MT

Learn about National Healthcare Decision's Day and how you can take action to start your personal ACP journey. The presentation will be followed by open house style appointments on April 15th to help you proceed in action.

Check our events page in the coming weeks for a registration link. 

Support The Conversation Project in Boulder County

The Conversation Project in Boulder County is an important resource for our community—to help you with advance directive documents, facilitate important values-based conversations, and even help you safely hug your loved ones using our hug tent. To support our ongoing work, please consider a donation. All of our services remain free to all.

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