Strategic Action Plan Group on Aging (SAPGA) – February 2020

Outreach meeting at Aurora Center for Active Adults

Topic: Community-Based Successes and Strengths:

  • Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council – DRMAC

o Creating an app that will be age-friendly (e.g., large font, user friendly)

  • Integrates various transit providers
  • Replicable and will be shared

o Travel training and mobility support – training individuals to use public transit and training them to train others

  • Age-Friendly Workplace Initiatives

o Multigenerational workforce efforts

  • Intergenerational app/technology training in Pitkin County
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging

o Hop, Skip, Drive Voucher Program – funded by excess Senior Property Tax Exemption dollars – use steadily increased month to month

  • Door through door service, available weekdays, weekends, and evenings
  • Working on contract with Lyft and Uber
  • Complimentary services to existing transit options – has not negatively impacted other providers or trips

o Voucher for non-medical in-home services

  • Dementia Friendly Denver: National initiative in 300+ cities

o Education and training course = Dementia 101

  • Train family caregivers, service providers, drivers, etc.
  • Jefferson County Crime Prevention: Safety concerns are major issue among older adults

o Financial fraud education

o Computer safety training – coordinate with law enforcement and DA Offices

  • Senior Medicare Patrol and Medicare Fraud – Department of Regulatory Agencies

o Federal grant program – part of the Division of Insurance and State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

o Free scam and fraud prevention for beneficiaries, families, and caregivers

  • Wellness calls and check-ins in Arapahoe County

Audio Information Network

o Individuals with vision impairment, majority 60+

o Audio for Rocky Mountain PBS and local news outlets from around the state

o Podcasts ranging from local news to health and wellness to the 2020 Census

o Provide Amazon Echo’s to individuals

  • On-demand technology is more engaging and active, less passive

o English, Spanish, and Mandarin

o Partner with Spark the Change

o Importance on statewide networking and partnerships

  • Via Mobility – Transit and Paratransit in Boulder County

o Innovative collaborations: local governments, grant funding, private technology firms, and research partnerships

o Boulder County Local Coordinating Council and their Mobility Ambassador Model

o Intentional technology and app-based education

o On-demand paratransit services is a goal for the future

  • Home health care as an opportunity for engagement, involvement, and outreach
  • Kavod Senior Life

o Kavod on the Road

  • Outreach program intended to combat isolation and support engagement
  • Use Jewish Community Centers but also cross network (not all Jewish-focused)
  • Scalable and replicable

o Kavod in the City – Denver Housing Authority

o Communication in partnerships is critical

  • Spark the Change – Workforce development and volunteer focused

o Senior Companion Program

o Pro-bono mental health services

o Mental health mentorship program

  • Retired practitioners work with students as mentors
  • Sunshine Home Share

o Home sharing opportunities and income for older adults matched with affordable, below market costs for renters

o Currently expanding into Colorado Springs

  • Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence

o Virtual dementia experience – grant funded, free dementia education focused on employers, organizations, direct care workers, and family caregivers across the state