Transportation Resource Guide

Residents at Holly Creek Retirement Community enjoy living in Centennial.

Residents at Holly Creek Retirement Community enjoy living in Centennial.

The City of Centennial is dedicated to supporting the senior community by promoting community involvement, providing information to obtain resources for aging in place and a forum for senior ideas, needs and concerns.

Senior Resources

Caregivers

The Arapahoe County Veterans Service Office is staffed by Federally Accredited Veteran Services Officers who assist Arapahoe veterans and family members with preparation and presentation of claims for VA benefits and access to other VA resources and services. There is no fee for services.

Veterans Administration - For veterans and their caregivers. This navigational and informational tool is designed to help you quickly find and retrieve specific information.

Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces - When emergencies occur, the Red Cross is there to help military families by easing some of the financial and logistical challenges that come with crises. 

Arapahoe Library District Services

Arapahoe County community resources for seniors - Arapahoe County Senior Resources has many services and links. These are listed out into the various categories that are under Senior Resources, such as veterans, elder abuse homemaker services, transportation assistance, one-time help with a home chore, or home modification. Phone: 303-738-8080. 

The Arapahoe Library District offers homebound book and audiovisual delivery service, and it has caregiving books and resources. Books, brain games, movies, documentaries, and music are available on-line through the district.  They offer free access to medical journals for your own research.  You can book an appointment with a librarian for help in learning to use all the resources available.  Deborah Gonzales is the Senior Services Librarian and can be reached at 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279).

Food Resources

Arapahoe County’s food assistance information site - Phone: 303-738-8080 

TLC Meals on Wheels - Meal delivery west of I-25. Phone: 303-798-7642

Volunteers of America Meals on Wheels - East of I-25 in Arapahoe County.  303-297-0408 or leave a voice message after hours at 303-294-0111 and #5 at phone prompt. (Eastern Plains 303-731-4813)

Hunger-Free Colorado - Food resource hot line

Caregiving and Respite Care

Colorado Respite Coalition - Phone: 303-233-1666 x.257

http://denverregion.co.networkofcare.org/aging/

https://drcog.org/programs/area-agency-aging

http://caregiveraction.org/

https://www.caregiver.org/

http://archrespite.org/respitelocator

Older Adult and Caregiver Services/Care Management

Lutheran Family Services offers assistance with determining care options, and in accessing government benefits and insurance benefits.  They can act as a liaison between family, caregiver, and medical and insurance representatives.  They can accompany older adults to medical appointments.

Jewish Family Service - Care management, counseling, homemaker support services,  senior outreach, and kosher meals on wheels program.

Home Safety/Aging in Place

Brother’s Redevelopment - Arapahoe County provides funds to Brother's Redevelopment to provide home modifications such as ramps or bathroom accessibility. Brother's also sponsors free paint-a-thon’s to assist seniors in maintaining their homes. Phone: 303-685-4216.

Handyman Services through VOA - Handyman program serves Arapahoe County with minor repairs such as replacing light fixtures, faucet washers, installing grab bars, etc. Phone: 303-297-0408.

Home Protection through Knox Box - For residential property owners, at-risk residential occupants, and persons responsible for at risk occupants who need the ability to grant fire departments access to a residential property. Allows emergency entry into a home by the local fire department without property damage. Only the fire fighters/first responders have access to the home key through this lock box on the outside of a home.

Protecting and Searching for Wandering Persons

Project Lifesaver - An application-based program through the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department where the wanderer is fitted with a tracking bracelet.  The Arapahoe Sheriff’s Department searches for any wanderer wearing the bracelet. Contact the Sheriff’s Department at 720-874-3804 for more information and to apply.

Medical Insurance

Medicare 

Medicaid

State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) - for questions about Medicare and Medicaid

Colorado Gerontological Society offers counseling on senior insurance issues

Centura Health Links - State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counseling available to assist people with questions and information on Medicare, appeals, policies, long term care insurance and Medicaid. On site counseling and once a month Medicare seminars offered. Phone: 720-321-8850

Social Security

Social Security Denver office - 1-800-772-1213.  The toll-free TDD number for the deaf and hearing-impaired community is 1-800-325-0778.

Help with Buying Prescriptions

The Arapahoe County Prescription Discount Card offers a discount on the retail price of prescription drugs that are not covered by insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.

Centura Health Links Prescription Assistance - Counseling services to help determine if there are programs to help cover the costs of medications for individual situations. 720-321-8850.

Colorado Peak (State of Colorado) - apply for assistance with food, medical, cash and child care. https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/ or ​Arapahoe County Human Services 303-636-1170. Low income seniors may be eligible for Medicaid to assist with the cost of prescriptions or they may also be eligible for low income subsidies that allow Medicaid to pay for the Medicare premium currently being deducted from their SS check which effectively increases income.

Needy Meds - Information source for those having difficulty buying prescriptions.

Good Rx - Internet site for finding the best prescription prices.

Hearing, Vision and Dental Assistance

Senior Answers - Assistance based on income for senior hearing, vision and dental needs.

Colorado Talking Book Library’s information site

Low Vision Services

Audio Information Network of Colorado - Audio Information Network of Colorado offers free audio access to local newspapers, advertisements, and magazines in English and Spanish to blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals. 

Colorado Center for the Blind - offers independent living classes for seniors with vision problems and they offer training in technology. 

American Council for the Blind - offers free personalized education, training, and support for individuals impacted by vision loss to help them achieve maximum independence. 

Trusted Health/Medical Internet Sites

HealthfinderThe United States government’s site for health topics and organizations.​

Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association - List of health websites from CAPHIS (the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section) of the Medical Library Association.

National Institute for Health - research and education.

Medline Plus - free health magazine.

The Mayo Clinic - Diseases, treatments, drug information from the Mayo Clinic.

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Nutrition and supplemental information.

Cleveland Clinic - Health information, diseases, symptoms, treatments, medications from the Cleveland Clinic.

Family Doctor - Medical conditions and concerns information.  Healthy Living Guides and other health tools from the American Family Academy of Family Physicians.

Following are sites for health education and caregiving support. Only non-profits are listed. We suggest that you search trusted health/medical web sites for specific disease support groups and/or information to discuss with your medical professional. Within the following internet links is information that is helpful to many different health and caregiving situations.

Alzheimer's and Dementia

Alzheimer's Weekly - Free on-line magazine for families and caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer’s victims.

Alz.org - Provides information on local support groups, and gives information on local services  for all those affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias. Check their calendar for classes and workshops. Phone: 303-813-1669 or 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900.

Creative Care Cafe at Koelbel Library - Caretaking can be an exhausting and lonely task. The Creative Care Café offers the opportunity for social support and fun! Each session will consist of a creative activity (art, music, and storytelling) with an emphasis on the present, not the past. Afterward there will be time for visiting, support, learning about resources and refreshments!
Where: Koelbel Library in the Blue Living Room, off the café.
When: The following Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m.: Sept. 16, Oct. 7, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16.

Arthritis

Arthritis.org - Education, treatments, life-style suggestions, Colorado events and resources.

Brain Injury

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado - Education, services, and support.

Cancer

Colorado Cancer Coalition - Education, resources, and support groups.

American Cancer Society - Education, support and treatment, research.   Resources are available for lodging, workshops, transportation, and other services and products for cancer patients, survivors and loved ones. Contact: (866) 500-3272

Cardiovascular and Heart

The National Stroke Association - a website that offers information and support for survivors and their families. It includes links to support groups throughout the USA and locally in Colorado.

Stroke Colorado - Information, rehabilitation and local support groups.

American Heart Association - Education, caregiving and resources.

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease - Heart disease in women: education, research, support.

Diabetes

American Diabetes Association - Education, resources, recipes, on-line magazine.

Kidney Disease 

National Kidney Foundation Education - peer mentoring and a free magazine.

Liver Disease

American Liver Foundation - Education and support.

Mental Health

All Health Network (formerly Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network) - Arapahoe and Douglas counties mental health network  provides counseling, and group therapy on an outpatient basis to treat seniors, individuals, and families with a wide range of emotional, social and psychiatric needs. Senior services include counseling, care management referrals, connection to community resources, depression screening and treatment, and identification and early intervention of prescription drug misuse or abuse. To refer a senior or for more information call 303-730-8858. Emergency Line: 303-730-3303. 

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners - Metro Crisis Suicide Hotline: 1-888-885-1222. Emergency mental health and substance abuse intervention services for Colorado.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Advocacy, education and referrals. 

Depression and Bi-Polar Support AllianceEducation, treatment, research, and support.

The Colorado Gerontological Society - referrals for mental health, senior counseling, family counseling, and caregiver support groups. 

Lutheran Family Services - counseling for older adults and family caregivers.

Multiple Sclerosis

National MS Society -  Education, resources and local support groups.

Neurological

The Colorado Neurological Instituteworks with patients with neurological conditions. They offer classes, treatment, and research opportunities.

Osteoporosis 

National Osteoporosis Foundation - Education, living with osteoporosis, and support.

Parkinson's

Parkinson's Network - Provides exercise classes for People with Parkinson’s Disease (PWP), MS, TBI, neurological disorders, and those that want to age well.

Education

University of Colorado – Denver/Anschutz Campus: Offers tuition-free classes to Seniors (60 years and older) who reside in the metro area.

Arapahoe Community College: Offers a variety of programs geared to senior (50 years and older).

University of Denver: Offers seniors (60 years and older) to audit select undergraduate courses for a fee of $100 per course.

Financial/Legal/Fraud Assistance

Tips from the Senior Commission on Preventing Senior Fraud

Arapahoe County Department of Human Services: Offers financial assistance and protective services to children, families and elderly and disabled adults in our community. Phone: (303) 636-1130

Colorado Legal Services: Provides legal assistance for low-come Coloradans. Phone: (303) 837-1313.

Colorado Coalition for Elder Rights and Abuse Prevention: The mission of CCERAP: to promote statewide understanding of elder/at-risk adult abuse and the rights and protections available to elder and at-risk adults.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers: A pro bono program of the Denver Bar Association, providing civil legal services to those in need in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, and Jefferson counties. Phone: (303) 830-8210.

DU Student Law Office: (303) 871-6140

The Senior Law Handbook: The Senior Law Handbook is designed to provide aging adults and their caregivers and families with useful information on myriad subjects pertinent to their legal concerns. 

Arapahoe County Department of Human Services Adult Protection Unit: Supports at-risk adults susceptible to abuse or self-neglect. Phone: 303-636-1750

Arapahoe County Property Tax Exemptions

Health and Wellness

South Suburban Parks and Recreation Active at Any Age Catalog: Summer 2016

Silver Sneakers: Recreational resources for seniors. Kelsey Whisler: 303-483-7082 (call for eligibility requirements)

All Health Network (formerly Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network): Provides an array of outpatient services tailored to unique mental health needs of men and women 60 years of age and older. Information/appointments: 303-730-8858 Emergency Line: 303-730-3303.

The South Metro Medical Equipment Loan Closet: provides used durable medical equipment to persons age 18 and over in need in the south metro area of Denver. To be eligible, applicants must live in the South Metro Denver Area; provide identification; have a short-term need to borrow some piece of durable medical equipment that the Loan Closet has in-stock; agree to return the piece of equipment when they are finished using it; consider making a monetary donation for the piece(s) of equipment borrowed; sign a waiver of liability release; and accept the piece of equipment for the purpose it is intended to be used.

Alzheimer's Association ColoradoProvides support groups and information on local services to support for all those affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias. Phone: 303-813-1669 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900.

Senior Resources and Services for Healthy Aging: A senior resource guide featuring senior housing, health at home, health services, professional services and community resources. 

State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) - a resource for questions about Medicare and Medicaid​.

Meals on Wheels – TLC Meals on Wheels: Western portion of Arapahoe County - 303-798-7642. Aurora – Volunteers of America 303-297-0408. Eastern Plains 303-731-4813

Senior Reach of Arapahoe and Douglas County: Support for the wellbeing, independence and dignity of older adults through community education, mental health services and connection to community resources. Services include counseling, care management referrals, connection to community resources, depression screening and treatment, and identification and early intervention of prescription drug misuse or abuse. To refer a senior or for more information call 303-723-4289.

GZSobol’s​ Parkinson’s Network: Provides exercise classes for People with Parkinson’s Disease (PWP), MS, TBI, neurological disorders, and those that want to age well.

Comprehensive Medicaid long term care guide -  State by State

Housing

Arapahoe County Home Repair and Modification ProgramThis grant program is available for a limited time to seniors or disabled homeowners in Arapahoe County (Centennial, Englewood and Littleton). Grants will be awarded to directly service, fabricate and install up to $5,000 of needed modifications per household. Applications will be sent upon request by contacting Rhonda Hill, Housing Services Navigator, at 303-685-4225 or email rhill@brothersredevelopment.org.

Homemaker and Chore Services: Provides seniors with free, light housekeeping or assistance with heaver chores. For eligibility information call 303-738-8080.

Arapahoe County Weatherization Division: Installs free energy conservation measures and energy efficient appliances in low income homes. To determine eligibility and obtain an application call 303-636-1982.

Social Services

Arapahoe County Department of Human Services: Offers several financial assistance programs for elderly and disabled including aid to needy and disabled, food assistance general assistance, long term care, low income energy assistance, and old age pension for residents 60+ with little or no income. For detailed information on each of these programs and application information call 303-636-1170.

Senior Resources and Services for Healthy Aging: A senior resource guide featuring senior housing, health at home, health services, professional services and community resources. 

Network of Care:  A comprehensive, community based website to help you age successfully. Services include: a) Easy to use service directory for the Denver metro area, b) library of unbiased, evidence-based information on more than 40,000 health topics  c) electronic Personal Health Record to manage your medical info online d) Directory of Assisted Devices to assist in independent living.

 Arapahoe County Veterans Services: Assists residents who served in the armed forces to obtain any and all benefits for which they may be eligible. Phone: 303-738-8045.

Transportation

Arapahoe County Senior Transportation ProgramTo make a trip reservation, call 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. three business days in advance Monday through Friday at 303-235-6972 for appointments. First Ride customers are encouraged to call Senior Resource Center for their transportation services. When you call please have the name of rider, pick-up address, drop-off address, time of appointment and emergency contact’s phone number ready. Please notify Seniors’ Resource Center if your appointment is cancelled.

DRMAC Getting There GuideRTD access-a-Cab, Denver Metro: call (303) 244-1388 for same day service; ADA certification required • RTD access-a-Ride: call (303) 299-2980 one to three business days in advance; ADA certification required • RTD call-n-Ride: call (303) 299-6000 for same day service; 20 metro service locations; general public • RTD Senior Ride: call (303) 299-6503 for details; general public groups of 10 • RTD Senior Shopper: call (303)299-6503 for details; general public groups of 10 RTD Senior Discount Coupons available at all King Soopers stores Regional Transportation District (RTD): www.rtd-denver.com

Mobility Ambassadors Program (MAP) Transportation Resource Guide: A comprehensive guide to navigating transit in the Denver Metro Area. Download the full guide here: MAP Transportation Resource Guide 

Individual Sections of the guide are also available to download: Go Denver AppLyft App | Uber App | RTD Light Rail Transit | RTD Ride Services | Start-to-End Trip Plans 

Go Centennial Pilot Program: Instructional videos and step-by-step instructions outlining how to use Go Denver, Lyft, Lyft Access. 

Volunteer/Work Opportunities 

Serve As An Election Judge: The Arapahoe County Elections Division wants interested citizens to apply now to serve as paid temporary Election Workers during the 2016 General Election. This is a unique opportunity to get involved in local government and play a role in the democratic process. Positions are limited and varied. Wages start at $12 per hour depending upon position. Paid training is required. 
Applicants can apply to more than one of the following jobs: ballot processing judge, ballot security judge, voter service and polling center judge, and election judge trainer. Learn about serving as an election judge before applying.

Senior Civic and Social Engagement Resource Guide: The Centennial Senior Commission provides a variety of community resources for active Centennial seniors, including volunteer opportunities, networks and organizations and events.

Generations @ Work: Resource center offering free employment assistance to mature job seekers. Located inside the Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce center at 6974 S Lima in Centennial. Offers computers, fax and copy machines, courtesy phones, reference materials, job postings, and hiring events. Phone: 303-636-1160.

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About the Centennial Senior Commission 

The Centennial Senior Commission's mission is to foster greater understanding of senior citizens in Centennial by listening to their concerns, recognizing their contributions, encouraging greater senior citizen participation in community issues, providing a voice for seniors and advocating for seniors as they pertain to the City of Centennial. 

Contact Information

Please contact Kelly Brady, Commissions Coordinator, for more information about senior resources or the Centennial Senior Commission.

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Monday, February 20, 2017
1:00 PM
Willow Creek Clubhouse #3

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
12:00 PM
Call 303-400-3641 or email cmajack@me.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
9:00 AM
6974 S. Lima Street

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4:00 PM
GeJo's Italian Restaurant

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