I am 62 years old and live on the east side of Highlands Ranch. My parents lived in Highlands Ranch and when they were ready for a condo, my husband and I were ready to relocate from a Chicago suburb. So, we bought my parents' home and moved here in 2012.
My parents were Denver natives, and I spent a part of every summer at my grandparents' home in Denver. I have wanted to live in the Denver area since I was 4 years old. My husband had visited Colorado in high school and wanted to move here one day.
Comfort in their Journey
In January I launched a new endeavor, called Comfort in their Journey. The foundation of this business is a series of three books that I wrote based on what I learned and the information I needed when my sisters and I cared for our parents during the last 2 1/2 years of their lives and provided them the dignified, peaceful end of life that they wanted. The books are designed to serve as easy-access, actionable reference books.
One of the books tells the story of my father's Alzheimer's journey, another conveys the message that death is due its dignity and the third book explains medical issues, provides practical solutions to the challenges that caregivers face and creates awareness of the products and services available to meet the needs that arise.
I also offer presentations and workshops for groups and businesses of any size, and individual consulting services. I am passionate about my work, specifically in both dispelling the detrimental stigma that surrounds those living with Alzheimer's and promoting dignified care through the end of life for everyone.
I am involved with both the Douglas County Senior Council, which aims to help older adults live and age well, and the Denver Senior Coalitions, networking groups for individuals, businesses and organizations that support older adults.
A community that supports elderly
Highlands Ranch has a reputation for supporting and valuing the quality of life of older adults. As a result, and to date, I have experienced a collective effort to ensure that Highlands Ranch delivers on that reputation.
I love the way that Highlands Ranch is a very large community and yet I can feel completely separate from the hustle and bustle as I look out onto Mt. Evans from my back yard. It reminds me every day not to take things too seriously; there are forces much bigger than me. Most recently I have been enjoying exploring the many new happy hour options in the area.
Growing up skiing in the Midwest
I have been skiing since I was 5 years old. I learned to ski in Illinois, where the only lift was a rope tow. My dad would pull me up the hill and run back down next to me because I was not strong enough to keep a steady hold on the rope. Now I ski every week with an instructor and a group of women that includes my two sisters. Additionally, I am passionate about The Nia Technique, a holistic mind-body movement class. I am a licensed black belt instructor and have been teaching Nia for over 20 years. My other passion is spending time with my husband and our boxer dog.
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