Hear from community members who have experience caring for their aging loved ones and professionals with expertise in navigating Larimer County residents towards the aging-related services they need. The lessons shared in their stories might be helpful in your own caretaking journey.
Crystal’s Caregiver Story
“Don’t hesitate to ask for help.”
If you are caring for an aging loved one, you may feel overwhelmed, lost, and alone. Listen to Crystal’s account of caring for both of her parents and what she learned. If you find yourself in a similar situation, there are many local resources available in Larimer County. As Crystal advises: “Don’t hesitate, because people want to help… They don’t want you to suffer. So, find those people, surround yourself with people, and ask for help. Because it’s there. Moreso now than ever.”
Resources for Caregivers
“Being thrust into it all of the sudden was like sink or swim and I felt like I was drowning all of the time”
Anne Evans shares her story of caring for both of her ailing parents at the same time up until their death. She recounts her struggle to find local resources to help her parents while simultaneously needing supports to cope with the strains of being in the sandwich generation as a working mom caring for her parents. Anne recounts that it would have been a “life saver” had her family known at that time about the Options Counselors at the Office on Aging and the Senior Access Points website,
Lesson’s Learned: Phoebe’s Story
Phoebe’s story details her family’s experience in making many hard decisions for her ill father-in-law. Her story highlights the difficulties that families can face when they do not know the wishes of their ailing loved one. She shares the importance of Advance Care Planning when describing the lessons she learned. Looking ahead, for her parents, she wants to know what they want in writing, “and I want to talk about it with my sister before it all goes down. And that’s that. I’m not going to take anything for granted.”
- A Road Too often Traveled – Read this story by Melissa Jensen, Community Liaison for the Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, about the challenges she and her family confronted while facing a terminal illness. Melissa seeks to educate adult children and senior citizens about how to ensure they get the home care benefits they are entitled to during a chronic or terminal illness.
- Elder Care Network Family Stories – Read the stories of caregiving collected by the Elder Care Network and learn about how families have dealt with situations that might be relevant to you.
Larimer County Office on Aging (LCOA)/Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) helps to plan and coordinate a wide variety of services for adults 60 and over and individuals 18 – 59 living with a disabilities in Larimer County.
2601 Midpoint Dr. Suite 112
Fort Collins, CO 80525
“Everyone wants to be as independent as possible”
Eliza Piesman, with the Larimer County Office on Aging, recounts a story of an individual she worked with whose life changed dramatically on account of the support she received from the Office on Aging. Watch this video about how the Office on Aging supports individuals with their unique needs, in a nonjudgemental way.
“We do this in a nonjudgmental way”
Listen to Eliza Piesman’s account of how individuals that come to the Larimer County Office on Aging receive more than the services they are seeking. As she says, “Our office is always open. We are familiar with these issues. And we know a lot of different information that might be of help to people. But we always do this in a nonjudgemental way.”
“We all strive for independence in this community. We’re a society focused on being independent individuals. And it can be very difficult to talk about needing assistance.”