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Boulder Colorado is such a fantastic place to be,
no matter what your age - young or old. I should know - I have spent
the past 10 years or so living in and around this great town. It
has consistently been voted by a variety of sources as one of the
most beautiful, vibrant and healthy cities in the country.
Although there isn't a large senior population in
Boulder, as compared to the national average, there are still many
thousand seniors here, and a number of excellent assisted living
facilities and Alzheimer's/memory care
homes to choose from. Seems like every day I drive by a new one
that I hadn't seen before. Just yesterday I noticed a new one in
Superior, just outside of Boulder - by Sunrise Senior Living - a
beautiful multi-story brand-new building.
Most of the recreation centers in Boulder also have
Senior Centers, and/or very robust senior programs and calendars
of events. There is always something to do, or other seniors to
meet. The City of Boulder also has a great Senior Services page
that lists a number of excellent programs, registration fees, and
important phone numbers. The East Boulder Senior Center phone number
is 303-441-4150, and the West Boulder Senior Ctr. number is 303-441-3148.
We had mentioned above a little bit about the Boulder
Senior Services magazine, and how it is an excellent way to stay
in touch with all of the latest happenings in the 'senior scene'
in the Boulder Area. This fantastic publication is put out several
times a year (I believe it is seasonal), and is one of the best
community senior publications we have seen!
Although there is quite a bit of advertising in this magazine (which,
can be a good thing - helping to educate readers about the numerous
long-term care or assisted living options in Boulder, as well as
other senior services in the area - not to mention the additional
funds to make the magazine even better..!), there are dozens of
pages of articles, calendars, and relevant information for seniors.
One of the first things that I noticed in their 'summer' issue
was a "Meet the Staff Open House" which is an opportunity
for local Boulder Seniors to meet the Senior Services staff, the
Health and Wellness Coordinators, as well as the SilverSneakers
advisor. In addition, this is a chance for seniors to visit the
East Boulder Senior Center, and meet the representative for both
the east and west Customer Service Representatives. What a great
way to put a 'name with a face' - and make the local senior program
much more personalized!
The Senior Services Magazine also contains information about the
local Meals on Wheels program in Boulder - which is an essential
program that brings meals to anyone (senior or not) who are not
able to have at least one 'hot, nutritious meal a day.' Volunteers
are an essential part of this program, who act as drivers to deliver
these meals throughout the city.
Volunteers may also offer their time and services in a number of
other areas within the Senior Services program, or at the Senior
Centers in Boulder. Volunteers can help out at events, or to help
seniors to manage money, and balance checkbooks, or even help to
organize bills, paperwork...or even to offer friendship and companionship.
Although seniors living in assisted living environments may be exposed
to other people frequently - having a dedicated 'friend' to visit
periodically to check up on them can have far-reaching and profound
Seniors, at times, may need a 'refresher' course on driver safety.
The AARP offers just such a class/course in conjunction with the
Boulder Senior Services which usually happens in the Senior Center
parking lot. To find out when the next driver safety course is happening,
as well as any fees, please call 303-764-5995.
One service area that is becoming all-too important in Boulder,
as well as almost anywhere else in the US is "Bilingual Services."
Our Spanish speaking senior and retired residents are growing in
number every year, and having volunteers and employees within any
city's senior services department who can speak Spanish to help
offer assistance, information and referrals to local elderly Spanish-speaking
citizens is imperative to the overall health and well-being of this
population. The City of Boulder's Senior Services department offers
Bilingual Services and consultations to increase it's presence in
the Spanish Speaking Community in Boulder.
We have touched on just a few of the many items found in the Senior
Services Magazine in Boulder. To find out more about the Senior
Center in Boulder, and any classes, events, and activities available,
please refer to the following information:
East Boulder Senior Center
5660 Sioux Drive
Boulder, CO 80303
West Boulder Senior Center
Boulder, CO 80302
For further information about Aging Services in Boulder County,
we recommend visiting the Aging
Services for Boulder Bounty, or call 303-441-3570