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Dear Friends & Family,


We're participating in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Denver.
We're committed to raising awareness and funds to support Alzheimer's care, support and research, and need your help.


We would be so grateful if you would join or sponsor us. Together, we can end Alzheimer's.

The Maintain Me Team

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Daily Caring highlights the 8 most helpful ways to save money on in home care.


When your older adult lives at home, but needs help with daily activities, it may be time to hire an in home caregiver. And if you’re their primary caregiver, getting help allows you to take regular breaks so you won’t get burned out or harm your health. But hiring a caregiver is expensive. 

Daily Caring highlights the 8 most helpful ways to save money on in home care.

1. Hire an in home caregiver privately instead of through a home care agency
Hiring a caregiver on your own typically costs 20-30% less than hiring one through an agency.

However, this method won’t work for everyone. Agencies usually take care of things like background checks, bonding, insurance, training, worker’s comp, taxes, and backup care if the caregiver isn’t available.

When you hire privately, you’ll be responsible for everything.

2. Use technology for monitoring and companionship
Nothing can take the place of in-person help and companionship, but technology can be used to reduce the number of hours an in home caregiver needs to be present.

For example, monitoring or medical alert systems make sure older adults are safe, medication systems make sure prescriptions are taken on time, video chats allow family to check in frequently, and online shopping cuts down on errands.

3. Take advantage of tax credits and deductions
You may be able to get state or federal tax credits or take deductions for caregiving expenses, especially if you claim your older adult as a dependent.

Tax preparation software or advisors can help you with these. Or, consider getting free tax help from an IRS-certified volunteer.

4. Get low cost home modifications to reduce fall risk
Making their environment safer goes a long way to simplifying caring for an older adult and giving you peace of mind.

Many states and non-profit organizations give financial help to low income seniors for home modifications that will make their homes safer and more accessible.

5. Use free or low cost respite care to reduce in home caregiver hours
State and non-profit organizations offer respite programs – essentially, free or low cost caregiving for seniors that qualify.

For example, if you got 10 hours of respite care from one of these programs, that means you’d have 10 less caregiver hours to pay for.

Organizations with respite programs include: Alzheimer’s Association, Veteran’s Administration and National Family Caregiver Support Respite.

6. Sign up for free or low cost meal services
The need to shop and cook makes it tough for many seniors to eat regular, healthy meals – both because of the cost and the physical labor involved.

Meal services like Meals on Wheels provide healthy subsidized meals, including delivery.

Signing up for a meal service means not needing an in home caregiver to shop, cook, or prepare food – reducing the number of hours you’ll need to hire them for.

7. Reduce home heating and cooling costs
Utility bills are expensive, especially with the weather becoming more and more extreme. There are two ways to reduce these costs.

1) Public energy assistance programs called LIHEAPs that help pay for utilities.

2) State weatherization assistance programs that help pay for home modifications that reduce energy usage.

8. Enroll in an adult day program
Adult day programs are places where seniors go during the day for care, meals, and activities.

The cost per day is much lower than in home care and seniors get added benefit from the social interaction. Many day programs even offer transportation services to shuttle seniors to and from home.

To get full-time care, but keep costs low, you could combine a few days at an adult day program with a couple of days of in home care. Or, have your older adult attend an adult day program full-time for even more cost savings.

This article was featured at Daily Caring

Enjoy your Labor Day!


We hope you enjoy your long
Labor Day weekend! 

To most of us this holiday benchmarks the end of summer. But to others, perhaps an older generation, it signifies a great victory for the American worker.

Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the development, growth, endurance, strength, security, prosperity, productivity, laws, sustainability, persistence, structure, and well-being of the country.

Overtime pay, 8-hour work day, sick days, paid vacation, safety standards, child labor laws, civil rights act, health benefits, maternity leave, equal pay. These are just a handful of the things that American Unions achieved.

If you want a great way to celebrate this holiday just ask any senior you know what their work day was like when they were young. The stories they share could be truly enlightening!

Get Peace of Mind with Snug Safety


Daily check in and quote of the day app for people living alone.

While this App may not be for everyone it's a great way technology can help seniors Safe and Independent.

How it Works
Snug is perfect for seniors living alone. The app is simple and easy to understand, no matter how comfortable (or uncomfortable!) one may be with new technology.

  1. Users sign up by providing their name and address, then choosing their emergency contacts and daily check in time.

  2. Snug pings the user at their chosen time every day, prompting them to visit the app to “check in.”

  3. When the user checks in, they receive an inspirational Quote of the Day and the 24 hour timer resets. If the user does not check in, Snug initiates an alert to make sure that they are ok:

  4. For users on the free plan, Snug will send each of your emergency contacts a text message saying that you have missed your check-in.

  5. For users on the Snug Dispatch plan, a Snug dispatcher will call your cell phone and ask if you are alright. If you do not pick up, they will leave a voicemail with a callback number. They will then proceed to call every one of your contacts, in order. If you have not checked-in by 8:15 and the dispatcher does not have confirmation that you are okay, or that one of your emergency contacts will check on you, they will dispatch a wellness check to your last known location.

Download Snug Safety today!
Snug Safety is currently available for iPhone and Android. Search “Snug Safety” in your app store to download today!

Check out their website to learn more

9 MUST-READ Alzheimer's books for Caregivers


Daily Caring rounded up 9 top Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving books that are helpful for both new and experienced caregivers.

These 9 books help with practical care tasks, explain how to manage challenging dementia symptoms, share tips for coping with stress, give ideas for realistic and engaging activities, and share personal stories.

1. The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss, 6th edition, by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins
The 36-Hour Day is often referred to as the “gold standard” book for families who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

It’s a care guide that has practical tips and information to improve the lives of people with dementia and also to help caregivers cope with their own emotions and needs.

2. Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease, by Joanne Koenig Coste
Joanne Koenig Coste has a practical approach to the emotional well-being of both the person with dementia and their caregiver.

She emphasizes relating to people with dementia in their own reality and focuses on improving communication – proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia.

3. Creating Moments of Joy Along the Alzheimer’s Journey: A Guide for Families and Caregivers, 5th edition, by Jolene Brackey
Jolene Brackey’s vision is that we’ll focus on creating moments of joy that put a smile on their face or a twinkle in their eyes. Even if they won’t remember what we said or did, the positive feelings will stay with them.

The newest edition of this book is filled with even more practical advice sprinkled with hope, encouragement, new stories, and humor.

4. Surviving Alzheimer’s: Practical tips and soul-saving wisdom for caregivers, by Paula Spencer Scott
In her book, Paula Spencer Scott talks about what every family caregiver needs to know – how to help someone with dementia without sacrificing yourself.

5. Thoughtful Dementia Care: Understanding the Dementia Experience, by Jennifer Ghent-Fuller
Jennifer Ghent-Fuller explains the loss of different types of memory and other thinking processes and describes how that affects someone’s daily life and their understanding of the world around them.

She also shares practical suggestions based on the way people with dementia view common life situations and real-life experiences that clarify and deepen the explanations.

6. Activities to do with Your Parent who has Alzheimer’s Dementia, by Judith A. Levy EdM OTR
Everyone needs to feel engaged & entertained. But finding activities that someone with dementia can enjoy is a constant challenge.

The activities in this book help maintain your older adult’s self-care skills, mobility, and socialization. The tasks encourage success, boost self-esteem, and give you different opportunities to interact with your older adult.

7. The Dementia Handbook: How to Provide Dementia Care at Home, by Judy Cornish
Judy Cornish is the founder of the Dementia & Alzheimer’s Wellbeing Network® (DAWN). She approaches dementia care with clear and empathetic methods that improve the lives of the person with dementia and those caring for them.

Judy has identified a pattern in the abilities and disabilities of people living with dementia. Based on this, she developed methods for caregivers to ease emotional distress, which can quickly and safely resolve challenging behaviors.

8. When Reasoning No Longer Works: A Practical Guide for Caregivers Dealing with Dementia & Alzheimer’s Care, by Angel Smits
Angel Smits is a gerontologist with over 20 years of experience and wrote this book to be like a training manual for family caregivers caring for someone with dementia.

It gives an easy-to-understand view of what dementia does to the brain, how it’s diagnosed, and most importantly, how to deal with its effects.

9. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias: 101 Stories of Caregiving, Coping, and Compassion, by Amy Newmark
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia can make you feel lonely and isolated but you’re definitely not alone in this.

This book has 101 encouraging and inspiring stories by caregivers like you. It’s a wonderful source of support and encouragement throughout the caregiving journey.

To see the original posting of this great Book List with live links, breakdowns of contents and Reader Reviews please visit:

Check out the Yampa Valley Crane Festival!


The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition (CCCC) is dedicated to the conservation and protection of Sandhill Cranes in Colorado. The purpose of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival is to educate the public about these ancient birds and to celebrate their presence in Northwest Colorado.

Registration continues for the 8th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival.
Aug. 29 – Sept.1, 2019.

Openings remain for guided crane viewing shuttles on Fri., Sat., & Sun.
Nature Journaling workshop
Guided Nature Walk at Butcherknife Canyon
HawkQuest live raptor photo shoot
Carpenter Ranch picnic

Click here for complete information about all festival events.
Click here to register for events.

Most of the festival events are free and do not require registration. This includes all talks by our 11 expert speakers, 3 documentary films, HawkQuest live raptor booth, children's activities, live entertainment by Yer State Birds band, crane-inspired aerial dancers, sketch-a-bird workshop with live birds taught by artist, naturalist Julie Zickefoose, Hummingbird/Hummingbird Moth walk at Yampa River Botanic Park, crane yoga and wine and cheese gallery event at Pine Moon Gallery.

Refresh, remodel or relocate?


Expert advice for wise home renovation decisions

Should you remodel your home and stay for the long run or just update it because you're planning to sell within five years?

That's the question facing those who are planning to retire soon.

To make the decision, think about how long you plan to stay in your home, experts say. If it's less than five years, update your home and spend less. If it's longer, consider creating your dream home so you can enjoy it.

"If you are here for the long haul, you should turn the house into your house,” says Vince Butler, president of Butler Brothers Corp. in Clifton, Virginia. “If you sell, they're going to want to renovate again. Don't go so radical that it will take your house off the market.” Unless the market tanks in your area, the home is likely to appreciate over time.

That's what Karen and Thomas Hampton decided to do — improve their 1938 home — including the most recent project, remodeling their kitchen for the first time. They had to gut it and “have everything new,” she says.

If you're planning to stay, a major remodeling project can be worth it because you'll be able to enjoy living in your home and sell it later. “You're never going to get 100 percent of your investment back unless you stay long enough so that it appreciates,” says Vince Butler.

Remodeling Guidelines Whether You're
Staying or Selling Your Home

1. Figure how much you are willing to spend.

2. Decide which type of professional you need — an architect, a design/build firm, a certified kitchen and bath designer, a general contractor, big-box store, a specialty kitchen store, a high-end design firm, or DIY. 

3. Get everything in writing so all parties understand the scope of the work and the cost.

4. Request a schedule including start and completion dates.

5. Put down 10 percent to 15 percent up front in a construction contract for the work to start, recommends Bill Millholland of Case Design/Remodeling. Some states regulate home improvement contracts.

6. For homes built before 1978, make sure lead-safe work practices are used for painting, sanding and other work that disturbs lead-based paint; even a small amount of lead dust can be harmful to children and adults, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.


What percentage of the value of your home should you spend on remodeling? “There is not a single good answer,” says David Pekel, CEO of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, a nonprofit organization. He compares it to asking how much you should spend on a vehicle. “In different areas, municipalities limit the remodeling cost not to exceed 50 percent of the value of the house,” he says.

Otherwise, if you're in for the short run — less than five years — updating your home and improving its curb appeal is the way to go, experts say.

"The way your home looks from the street can impact the value,” says Bill Millholland, executive vice president of Case Design/Remodeling Inc. in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. “It's not one thing but the overall aesthetic,” he says.

For example, rather than remodel your kitchen or bathroom, update it, Pekel says. “You don't have to gut your kitchen to have a stunning result."

Instead, he says, you can color match your appliances, replace the floor, refinish the cabinets, install new countertops, update the backsplash, improve the lighting or any one or combination of these options.

Yet, in the Hanley Wood Media 2019 Cost vs. Value report, nine of the top 10 remodeling projects for recouping cost are exterior replacement projects, says Clayton DeKorne, editor of Remodeling magazine. The report evaluates how much a project is likely to increase resale value.


Top 10 projects for cost recouped, in the national 2019
Cost vs. Value report

Garage door replacement: 97.5 percent
Manufactured stone veneer: 94.9 percent
Minor kitchen remodel: 80.5 percent
Outdoor wood deck addition: 75.6 percent
Siding replacement: 75.6 percent
Steel entry door replacement: 74.9 percent
Vinyl window replacement: 73.4 percent
Grand entrance, fiberglass: 71.9 percent
Wood window replacement: 70.8 percent
Composite Deck Addition: 69.1 percent


"Use it as a guide,” Butler says. The report is just a starting point for thinking about the cost of remodeling your home, experts say. “A lot of this stuff is subjective,” Millholland says. How much any project will add to the resale value of your home “depends on the market and the value of the house,” he says. “If you're only going to be in it for five years or less, you're probably going to spend less money.”

In deciding whether to remodel or just update, it's not just about the money, experts say.

The Hamptons got a kitchen they love and the expectation that they've improved the resale value of their home for the long run.

"A big focus of it is quality of life,” Butler says.

by Harriet Edleson, AARP, August 16, 2019

Caregiving Education Series- Fall 2019


The Aging Well Caregiving and Supportive Services workgroup is hosting a four-part Caregiving Series early this fall.

  Participants will learn practical ways to assist loved ones that improves care, eases anxiety and reduces caregiver stress. Training series will include tools and strategies for communication, personal care and difficult behaviors. 

Help us share this information by personally inviting and encouraging caregivers you know. 
Thank you!

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GDPRA: Building Strong Relationships Part 2

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We are excited to be on the the Best Practices Committee.

Our monthly meetings have been very productive. It really is energizing to be in the process of drafting Best Practices Guidelines that will help all Placement Agents in the Denver Area, and we will continue to build stronger relationships with our partners.

School Gives Students PE Credit For Doing Yard Work For The Elderly And People With Disabilities


We love this idea!

Forget dodgeball, soccer or other boring drills. One school is swapping out these traditional physical education activities for yard work.

Students at the Alternative Learning Center (ALC) in Dubuque, Iowa, can now receive physical education credit when they help senior citizens or people with disabilities with their landscaping needs. But those receiving help with their landscaping aren’t the only ones who benefit.

The school itself provides an alternative setting for junior and senior high school students who have struggled to succeed at more traditional schools.

These students have been identified as in danger of dropping out of school entirely. At ALC, they can focus on project-based and independent learning opportunities designed to get them back on the path toward graduation.

The landscaping program, in particular, has proven beneficial both for the students and the community. It has helped in building relationships, too, resulting in social invitations to the students from those they are working for. The kids do whatever homeowners need for about two hours a day during the last few school weeks, including raking, pulling weeds, cleaning gutters, cutting bamboo — even tending to chicken coops.

Tim Hitzler, a teacher at the school, told local news station KWWL that giving the students this option during the last two weeks of classes is a great opportunity for them to give back while getting a workout at the same time.

Typical yardwork activities — such as mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges, raking leaves, chopping firewood and weeding the garden — can all offer a significant calorie burn as well as provide the benefits of your average cardio or strength-building workout.

Men’s Journal reports that for a 150 lb. male, moving the lawn can offer a 408 calorie loss per hour. One hour of hedge trimming burns about 238 calories. Raking the leaves for an hour will burn 292 calories, and wedding the garden burns 160 calories in just 30 minutes. These activities also work out your shoulders, back, and core. Not to mention, there’s the satisfaction of a job well done!

Just remember, if you decide to go this route and build a workout routine around your yardwork activities, to use sunblock liberally and hydrate well. You’re likely to build up a sweat doing this, especially if it’s warm outside, so be careful! Change your stance regularly, gradually increase your intensity, focus on your legs and core muscles, and don’t forget to stretch! Bend at the waist in a lunge rather than sit hunched over.

Students can also choose from a number of other activities in order to fulfill their P.E. requirement, such as cleaning up golf courses or a river barge. However, about 29 teens signed up for the service program altogether, with about 12 of those wanting to do yard work specifically. Hitzler believes that the act of helping others is what makes the program so impactful and compelling.

“The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning but once they get involved and start doing the yard work they become more motivated,” said Hitzler. “What they really like is … helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person.”

The program has proven so popular with the students that some of them choose to continue volunteering over the summer.

“I’ve had students that graduated that have come back to help,” Hitzler told People. “There’s something about helping people that really need it.”

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The Maintain Me family has GROWN!


The Sweeney Family is happy to announce...

Adelaide Eve Sweeney 
was born July 30th

7lbs 10oz - 20.25 inches

She and Mom are happy and healthy at home. They have been getting lots of extra love and support from big brother Kingston and proud Dad, Peter. 
She's a beautiful addition to the Maintain Me Family!


SPACE STILL AVAILABLE: Reframing Aging Workshop Thursday, August 8th 1:00pm-4:30pm


They’ve had a few slots open up for Thursday’s Reframing Aging workshop, so please share this with your networks and let folks know it’s not too late to register to attend.

You may have already heard about NextFifty Initiative’s innovative partnership with Rose Community Foundation entitled: Changing the Narrative in Colorado, a strategic communications campaign designed to change the way we think, talk and act about aging and ageism. You can read more about Changing the Narrative here:

Through collaboration with Aging Well and Jefferson County Council on Aging , we are thrilled to announce that we are bringing a Changing the Narrative workshop to Jefferson County. This workshop will provide you tools to tell the story of aging and ageism in a new way—an effective way that is based on research conducted by the FrameWorks Institute, a national communications firm.

We will offer a 3 ½ hour workshop on August 8, 2019, from 1-4:30pm at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Building, located at 500 Jefferson County Pkwy, Golden, CO 80401. You can participate in an exceptional opportunity to learn about and practice these effective strategies. Together, we can tell a better story to advance the case for policies and practices that will make Jefferson County an age-friendly/livable community.

You'll learn:

  • Why telling a new story about aging and ageism is so important

  • What the general public believes about older people and about aging in America

  • What ageism is, and how when ageism is directed against older people, the harmful effects it has not only older people but also on our communities and economy

  • The benefits to older adults of having positive views of aging

  • Evidence-based messaging and communications strategies based on three years of research by FrameWorks Institute that have been proven to shift public opinion in a positive direction, to increase support for age-friendly policies and to decrease bias against older people.

  • How words and phrases in common use can have negative consequences that we don't intend because they reinforce ageist attitudes and prejudicial stereotypes about older people

You'll also practice using the new frames and messages, and you'll leave with some concrete tips and tactics for using the new frames and sharing them with those around you.

The workshop is free, but do register in advance at this link:

Space is limited so please sign up soon. If you have questions, feel free to email Initiative Leader Janine Vanderburg at

We are thrilled to bring this workshop to Jefferson County, and look forward to seeing you there!

Death and Taxes: Understanding at Least One of Them.


Join Colorado Senior Lobby on Monday, August 12, 2019 for:

Death and Taxes: 
Understanding at Least One of Them.

How Colorado’s Unique Tax Structure 
Matters to YOU and YOUR Family.

When: Monday, August 12, 2019
8:00AM – 9:00AM Coffee & Gathering
9:00AM – 3:30PM Program, with Lunch

Where: PPA Events Center
Address: 2105 Decatur Street, Denver, CO 80211

Tickets: $20 per person – includes full program, with Lunch and Laugh (with Chicken Lips) and helps support Colorado Senior Lobby programs. Seating is limited – buy your tickets today!

You will: See, hear, and interact with a select group of lawmakers, policy experts and fellow citizens as we, together, unravel the mysteries of how these laws and constitutional amendments: GALLAGHER (1982), TABOR (1992), SENIOR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION (2000), AMENDMENT 23 (2000) REFERENDUM C (2005), and Proposition CC (2019) together, impact your lives, your schools, your roads, fire departments, and law enforcement in significant and meaningful ways. And what every voter needs to understand about Proposition CC, coming on the fall ballot.

Buy your Tickets Today - CLICK HERE

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Share our event flyer with your friends and your network - CLICK HERE

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5 Ways Caregiving Routines make Daily Life Easier


Daily Caring highlights how Routines simplify and smooth life for caregivers.

A top care-giving goal is to make life easier for your older adult, yourself, and others who are involved.

One way to do that is to create a consistent daily routine for your older adult. This helps days run more smoothly. Daily routines can reduce uncertainty, arguments, and decision-making – decreasing overall stress for both you and your older adult.

In addition, sticking to a routine might free up some mental energy to help you find more ways to take breaks and take care of yourself.

What are caregiving routines?
A routine is doing the same basic activities around the same time every day. This gives structure and a natural flow to the day.

For example, part of a regular daily routine for your older adult might be to wake up at 8am, use the toilet, brush teeth, and comb hair. Then, change from pajamas to regular clothes and sit down for a hot breakfast of oatmeal, apples, and tea. Late afternoons might be reserved for audiobooks, puzzles, or no-fail household tasks.

It might take a little experimenting to create a daily routine that works well for your older adult and you. Start with the timing and activities you think work best and make adjustments as needed.

5 ways Caregiving routines make daily life easier

1. Stop the power struggles
Most people dislike being told what to do and when to do it and seniors are no exception.

But if your older adult has a consistent daily or weekly routine, the activity is simply what’s done at that time (getting dressed, eating, bathing, etc.).

Once a routine becomes a natural part of their life, they’ll be more likely to go with the flow of activities and won’t feel like you’re suddenly forcing them to do a certain activity.

2. Increase cooperation
Nobody likes surprises. When you and your older adult both know what’s going to happen and when, there’s less stress and uncertainty in your lives.

And when someone is able to anticipate the next task or activity, they can mentally prepare and will be more willing to participate than if they feel surprised by a seemingly random activity.

Even if your older adult has dementia, their subconscious can develop a sense for the regular rhythm of the day. That helps them feel more comfortable and secure even if they aren’t outwardly aware of the routine.

3. Reduce the need for decision-making
Making decisions all day is tiring, even if they’re minor ones.

A regular daily routine saves valuable mental energy because most of the tasks, timing, and activities have already been decided.

This significantly reduces the number of choices you’ll have to make so you can spend your brainpower on other things.

4. Improve your sleep
Quality sleep is essential for good health and a daily routine can also help older adults sleep better and more regularly.

Plus, having a steady sleep schedule helps both of you get better rest overall.

5. Build in time to enjoy each other
With all the responsibilities of caregiving, spending quality time with your older adult often gets pushed to the bottom of the To Do list.

Make it easier to spend quality time together by building it into their daily, weekly, or monthly routine. It could be as simple as starting each morning with a hug, ending the day with a bedtime song, enjoying a nice walk in the park every Sunday afternoon, or having lunch at their favorite restaurant once a month.

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We just wanted to thank Millie Jones with Senior Wellness for reaching out to us! Millie is the curator of a senior citizen focused website

The purpose of is to encourage her peers to enjoy this chapter of their lives.
Simply put... Embrace your wellness. Embrace your golden years.

 There are some great Resources listed.
Check out the website today!



How do you build a great place to grow old?


The number of people living on their own in Scotland has never been higher.

The main reason is an ageing population - which is good news for those who are living longer, but also presents challenges for society as a whole.

Age Scotland has highlighted the need for more accessible, age-friendly homes which would let people live independently as long as possible.

Dumfries and Galloway, with its ageing population and smaller-scale towns and villages, believes it is the perfect place to learn how this could be achieved.

It wants to become a testing ground for intergenerational living - allowing older people to play an active part in the community.

The thinking is that everyone involved could benefit, both young and old.

Villages in Dumfries and Galloway could be used to test intergenerational housing

Villages in Dumfries and Galloway could be used to test intergenerational housing

Experts from across the country gathered at an event at the Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries recently to discuss the subject. The location was not chosen by chance.

The Dumfries and Galloway care campus project, backed by the Crichton Trust, is looking at ways to make the region "a great place to grow old".

"It is an important subject for all of us because clearly we are all ageing," said the trust's chief executive Gwilym Gibbons.

"Rural areas are aging faster than other other areas. "So here at the Crichton Trust we are trying to imagine what the world looks like in 15 to 20 years time with a significant proportion of the population being over 65."

That means developing homes with the technology to help people in later life - while also seeing older people as "a key asset in terms of experience and knowledge". He said the project was about how to create places that are "really vibrant" in an ageing society. Mr Gibbons said that meant looking at all the characteristics of creating a "caring compassionate community" where people could live.

"We're looking at testing ideas and seeing what we can do," he added. Steve Malone, principal architect with Architecture and Design Scotland, said the aim was to create places where people from all generations could live together. They have been looking particularly closely at town centres.

"In a nutshell, that's looking at the benefits and the barriers to town centres as places to live, in particular for the ageing demographic," he said. This included studying housing types, their locations and also - just as importantly - the spaces between the buildings. Amanda Britain, who chaired the event in Dumfries, said that getting it right could have huge benefits.

"We have a growing number of older people and so we're all living longer," she said.

"We have challenges with that - you know that this is not all bad.

"Older people contribute massively to the economy and to society."

One goal of intergenerational housing is to ensure that people have a good quality of life and retain social connections for as long as possible.

Ms Britain said studies had shown that both young and old benefited from greater interaction with one another.

The south west of Scotland is happy to play a guinea pig role in developing those links. "The reality of Dumfries and Galloway is important here because it means that we can test ideas and solutions and think of new ways of providing care and support for individuals that then can either be replicated or scaled into other environments - into cities," said Mr Gibbons.

"So it's about Dumfries and Galloway absolutely leading the way on what future care looks like, what living looks like in later life. "That's about supporting people to stay cultural, economically and socially active as long as possible and as healthily as possible."

And the lessons learned in south west Scotland might help tackle similar issues across the rest of the country.

By Giancarlo Rinaldi
South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

University Hospital- Highlands Ranch Campus


Great trip to visit the new University Hospital- Highlands Ranch Campus.

Beautiful touches, new technology, and friendly volunteers to help you navigate.

Grateful for the opportunity!

Seniors' Resource Center- 2019 Fundraising Luncheon


Seniors' Resource Center is hosting it's
2019 Fundraising Luncheon 

September 12th, 2019
Denver Marriott West

Come be inspired and learn about how you can help SRC continue to make it possible for older adults to age at home in our community.

SRC helps seniors live rich and rewarding lives, through a variety of programs, including transportation, in-home services, adult day programs, chores and much more. They advocate for those that need it most. But couldn’t do it without you! Luncheon tickets are $50.

Reserve your tickets here