Aging Well in Boulder County | Issue 19 | April 21, 2017

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Aging Well in Boulder County

Issue 19 | April 21, 2017 |"You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing." 

Help us shine a spotlight on local heroes

Spotlight Elder Abuse 2017

Every year an estimated 5 million older adults experience some sort of abuse, neglect or exploitation.  On top of that, it is estimated that elders in the U.S. lose $2.6 billion as a result of financial exploitation!  Abuse can happen to anyone, and it is often under-reported.   The aging of our population will only compound the problem in the coming years as the number older adults doubles by 2050.  For this reason, we work to raise awareness and prevention of elder abuse.  June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and we will recognize it by spotlighting community members who have taken action to stop or prevent the abuse of an older adult in Boulder County.  Please join us by nominating someone you know that has intervened in the mistreatment of an older adult and come to our awards ceremony on the 15th.   Email Erica for more information.

Come dine with us at the new Lyons Bistro


We’re excited to kick off a new senior lunch program in Lyons! In partnership with Housing and Human Services, lunch is now served at the Walt Self Housing Community Room on Wednesdays (except the first Wednesday of the month) and Fridays at 11:30 a.m.  Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling 303-441-1415. For more information, contact Teresa.

Are you pre-diabetic? You're not alone

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Untreated, prediabetes can raise your risk of developing type 2 diabetes – and lead to serious medical problems. The good news is that you can prevent diabetes. Join others like you and learn how our free Diabetes Prevention Program can help you make positive behavior changes in your life – and reduce your risk of diabetes. New classes start April 25th. Contact Melissa to learn more: 303-441-3599. 

Register now for the 12th annual Caregiving Symposium

C symposium 2017

Join us Tuesday, May 16th for our annual Caregiving Symposium.  We’ll offer a resource fair, educational workshops, handouts, lunch and more. Pre-register by calling 303-441-1685 or online

We stormed the Capitol!

DC visit 2017

Earlier this month, staff members Sherry Leach and Laura Mathews joined forces with AAAs from across the state to advocate for Older Americans Act Funding.  Want to know what else we're up to? Follow us on Facebook today!

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Improving access for LGBT caregivers

Rainbow Elders

We’re proud to be partnering with AARP Colorado and the GLBT Community Center of Colorado in an important research project regarding the unique challenges faced within the LGBT community surrounding issues related to caregiving. Responses will be part of a significant new report on the community’s experiences with healthcare offices both as individuals and, where appropriate, caregivers.   Please complete the confidential survey here.

Celebrating Centenarians

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Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed, May 19, 2017, Colorado Centenarian Day. The Colorado Commission on Aging is hosting a special celebration and luncheon for all Coloradans who have reached or will reach 100 years of age or older in 2017!

When: May 19th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where:  Greeley Senior Activity Center

            1010 6th St., Greeley

The program, held in conjunction with Older Americans Month, will include recognition of the Centenarians by appointees of the Colorado Commission on Aging. An RSVP is requested by May 12. Email Tara Franck

Help support the mission of BCAAA

Make a difference give today

Help us build and sustain much-needed programs for older adults and family caregivers in our community! The Aging Services Foundation of Boulder County helps us raise funds from individuals like you, in order to keep many of our programs and special events going year after year. Without the ASF’s strong support, many of our programs in the community would not be possible. Make a contribution today

Homestead Adult Day to close April 28th

Closing soon

Longmont United Hospital recently announced that they are closing their Homestead Adult Day Services effective Friday, April 28, 2017.  This decision was made “so that the hospital is better able to focus on its core services and continue providing high value care to (the) community.” 

Our ADRC staff is here to help connect you to resources. Call 303-441-1617 or email us today. 

Extra help for low-income families

Energy smart

Boulder County has partnered with the Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC), a local non-profit, to provide a new benefit to EnergySmart program participants. Participants will now be able to donate rebate dollars they have received to low- to moderate-income residents who are interested in energy and cost saving upgrades, but can't afford them. Gifted rebates and other donations are spent on improving energy and water efficiency throughout income-qualifying homes. This includes switching out everything from old lightbulbs, old water-wasting toilets, and even installing solar power. Click here for more information about Boulder County’s EnergySmart program