Listening

Paul Martin worries about long-term care costs

Paul Martin: Looming costs of long-term care

By Paul Martin I am sole caregiver for my spouse, Linda, who began exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease around 2008 and is now in what I would describe as late stage 5—requiring more help choosing her daily outfits, and having trouble…


Power in shared experience: Cheryl Sullivan Staveley

When I was asked to be on Adira’s board of directors at its inception in 2019, the idea of starting out fresh with a brand-new nonprofit foundation was enticing and challenging at the same time. The name Adira means “strong, noble and…


collage of pictures from Joe Sparkman's life with family

Meet Joe Sparkman: A StoryCorps conversation

Joe Sparkman is part of our series of conversations produced in partnership with StoryCorps to help change the narrative around neurodegenerative disease.  Julián Esteban Torres interviewed his friend Melvin "Joe" Sparkman about living with…


Mental health and care coordination top list of concerns for ND organizations

Fourteen people representing 12 Fast-Track COVID-19 Grant Response grantee organizations joined Adira in July for a roundtable convening on how their projects have unfolded since April. The group offered rich discourse, highlighted what they’d…


Chronic Care Collaborative: Uniting to find common goals

By Sara Froelich of the Chronic Care Collaborative and Marilyn Spinner of Adira Foundation Each March, the Chronic Care Collaborative of Colorado recognizes Chronic Disease Awareness Day, where people living with chronic conditions are united…


lauren setting up pens for meeting

Visiting support groups: What we’re learning

Over the last few months, Adira was visiting support groups in our region to hear from people living with neurodegenerative diseases and their caregivers—ensuring the point of view of people living with neurodegenerative diseases is what shapes…