National Senior Citizens Day
This observance day is on August 21st. President Ronald Reagan established the day in 1988 to raise awareness of supporting senior citizens with social, health, and economic issues. The day also recognizes the achievements of those who have made positive contributions in their community.
In Colorado Springs, several great non-profit organizations serve the senior citizen community. Click on the name of each organization (highlighted in purple) below for more information.
Founded in 1970, Silver Key serves in partnership with stakeholders to support quality of life for seniors. The goal is to allow them the choice of safely aging in place with dignity and independence. Some of services they provide include home delivered meals, the Silver Connections Café, Reserve & Ride transportation services, and vital Senior Assistance services.
Volunteers are vital to many areas of their organization. Here is how you can become involved.
In partnership with the YMCA, their mission is to offer quality of life experiences to adults 55 years of age and older. This center offers many art, exercise, lifelong learning, and technology classes, as well as special events throughout the year. They also partner with Silver Key to offer the Silver Key Connections Café a place for adults 60 plus to gather and share a donation-based lunch together. Additionally, Colorado Springs Senior Center offers nutritional classes.
Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up at the café. Please contact Silver Key at 719.884.2300 to volunteer or for more information.
Senior Resource Of Colorado is a Website Referral List, Radio Show, and Consumer Help Center for Seniors and Caregivers. This resource thoroughly conducts background checks and recommends only the most trusted, qualified, and reputable businesses in Colorado.
Other Ways to Help our Seniors
Chances are with the current booming senior citizens population, you know people 65 years or older. Here are some suggested ways to make a difference in their lives:
Ensure that they have reliable transportation.
Access to transportation helps seniors to feel less lonely and helpless. Offer to drive them to run errands, to doctor appointments and to social gatherings. Or help them to navigate the public transportation system. You could even volunteer to drive for a local organization.
Encourage them to become and active part of their community.
Senior citizens can provide a vital contribution to schools, libraries, community organizations and places of worship. The elderly receive the benefit of feeling needed while the organizations receive wisdom and mentorship for the people they serve.
Assist them in making exercise and their health a priority in their lives.
Make a plan to walk together or to take a class together. If they live far way, connect them with their local Senior Citizen Center or help them to find the resources to meet their medical and mental needs.
Contact your local nursing home or senior residency facility to become involved in an Adopt a Grandparent program with your children.
Involvement can be as simple as sending a card, or visiting a resident who doesn’t have anyone nearby to care for them. Or plan a playdate at one of these places with your friends and little ones. Arrange with the program coordinator to help the residents create a simple art project or simply visit.
Be friendly with your neighbors. Offer to help them with household chores or yard work. Be aware of suspicious activity. And check on them if have not seen them in a few days. Your vigilance can make a huge difference in an emergency situation.
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