Happy Older Americans Month! The theme for 2021 is Communities of Strength: "recognizing the important role older adults play in fostering the connection and engagement that build strong, resilient communities."
By building stronger connections in our community between people of different ages, backgrounds and strengths we can become more resilient. If you are looking for ways to reconnect with your community, here are some ideas.
See New Sights
Maybe what you need in order to feel more connected in the community is a fresh perspective. These organizations offer different ways to see and experience Arapahoe County and other nearby locales.
- Cycling Without Age is a nonprofit founded on the idea that everyone, regardless of ability, deserves the opportunity to take a bike ride on the beautiful trails in our city. People who otherwise couldn't ride a bike can request a roughly two-hour long trishaw ride for free.
- The Over-The-Hill Jeep Club is a group of older adults who meet to socialize and drive their Jeeps on easy to difficult off-road trails. This is just one of many Meetup groups designed to bring people with certain interests and hobbies together.
- Wish of a Lifetime is a nonprofit founded to celebrate older adults by granting their lifelong wishes. Older adults can submit a wish to the organization—anything from reconnecting with far-off loved ones to revisiting passions from their pasts—and the organization does what it can to make those wishes financially, physically or logistically possible.
There are so many ways to volunteer in the Denver metro area. The organizations listed here leverage older adults' knowledge and wisdom to help other people in the community.
- Boomers Leading Change connects volunteers with classrooms, nonprofits and other community centers that need your specific expertise. The organization also offers education for participants and time to socialize with peers.
- AmeriCorps Seniors-RSVP exists all across the country, and its Denver branch has partners all over Arapahoe and Douglas counties. Volunteers work with veterans, address a range of community needs and tutor students.
- The Foster Grandparent Program pairs older adults living on a fixed income with children up to twelve years old for mentoring and tutoring in classroom settings.
Go to the Library
If you're reading this you might already know what a wide range of things you can do at the library. But maybe there are a few things you haven't heard about before.