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).
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
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.
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 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
Healthfinder - The 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.org - Education, treatments, life-style suggestions, Colorado events and resources.
Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado - Education, services, and support.
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.
American Diabetes Association - Education, resources, recipes, on-line magazine.
National Kidney Foundation Education - peer mentoring and a free magazine.
American Liver Foundation - Education and support.
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 Alliance - Education, 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.
National MS Society - Education, resources and local support groups.
The Colorado Neurological Institute - works with patients with neurological conditions. They offer classes, treatment, and research opportunities.
National Osteoporosis Foundation - Education, living with osteoporosis, and support.
Parkinson's Network - Provides exercise classes for People with Parkinson’s Disease (PWP), MS, TBI, neurological disorders, and those that want to age well.