Community Services and Resources for Older Adults

senior commissioner handing out resources

Aligned with the City’s mission to provide exceptional service to the community, following are programs, services and resources that provide offerings in support of older adults locally and regionally.

Arapahoe County Services

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.

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. 

Arapahoe Library District Services

Arapahoe Libraries offers home-delivery book and audiovisual services; caregiving books and resources; as well as books, brain games, movies, documentaries and music that are available online. Additionally, Older Adult Services Librarians are available to meet one-on-one and assist with accessing library resources. Call 303-LIBRARY or visit arapahoelibraries.org/older-adults for more information.

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)

Caregiving and Respite Care

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

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

The Time is Now | Caregiving Checklist(PDF, 8MB)  - This a checklist consisting of six different categories provides helpful tips and considerations to help you or a loved one prepare for aging.

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. 

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

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.

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.

Low Vision Services

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

Trusted Health/Medical Internet Sites

Healthfinder - The United States government’s site for health topics and organizations.

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Food and Nutrition Information Center

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

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!

Baylor University: How to Identify and Address Apathy Caused by Dementia - Examine how apathy can be caused by dementia present in senior adults. Discover the three types of apathy that may be linked to dementia: Affective, Behavioral, and Cognitive Apathy and view information on signs to pay attention to, along with tips and strategies to help seniors through the experience.

Cancer

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

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. 

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

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(PDF, 14KB)

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

DU Student Law Office: (303) 871-6140

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

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. 

Housing

AARP HomeFit Guide(PDF, 2MB) : The following link is to the HomeFit Guide developed by AARP. This guide addresses a number of safety issues faced by older adults on a room-by-room basis throughout your home and the ways in which the home can be made safer.

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.

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 Program: To 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.

DRCOG Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC):Information and Assistance, Options Counseling | 303-480-6700 |Toll-free outside Denver: 1-866-959-3017