Colorado maybe home to only half a million seniors, but that population has grown by 37% since 2000, among the biggest increases of any state in the nation. That growth is expected to continue -- by 2021 it is estimated that more than a million seniors will be living in the state. This has left the Colorado Department of Aging and Adult Services scrambling to offer services to make sure the state?s seniors live long and healthy lives.
Those services include:
-- Adult Protective Services Program: Protecting seniors for abuse, neglect and exploitation.
-- Friendly Visitors & Telephone Reassurance: Volunteers visit and phone seniors who are homebound or live alone.
-- Home Health Care: Health services in a senior’s own home, under the supervision of a doctor.
-- In-Home Services: Homemaking and personal care for seniors who have trouble taking care of themselves.
-- Legal Assistance: Information to seniors so they know their legal rights, as well as possibly providing representation of necessary.
-- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: Standing up for the rights of residents of long-term care facilities.
-- National Family Caregiver Support Program: Providing assistance and services for those who are taking care of elderly family members.
-- Nutrition: Comprehensive programs including meal delivery, congregate meals at senior or community centers and nutrition education.
-- Senior Community Service Employment Program: Job training and placement for low-income seniors.
-- Transportation: One of the biggest needs among Colorado seniors, providing rides for those who can no longer drive or are not able to take public transportation.
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There are about 650 people who are 100 years old or older in Colorado, and that number is expected to jump to 1100 by 2021. So the state has started a Centenarian Project to honor those who have made it to the century mark.
These special seniors are honored with a certificate signed by the Governor, which is usually presented at a birthday party or a celebration. An official from the Commission on Aging can be on hand to present the award.
If a friend or family member is approaching the milestone, the Commission asks that you notify it so it can prepare the certificate. You can find more information here.
The Colorado Department of Aging and Adult Services offers programs and services through 16 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) scattered throughout the state.
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