Blind & Vision Impaired
Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Transportation is a vital need to seniors, who often must give up driving; having available transportation can mean the difference between living independently or moving into a facility. Douglas County does not have public transportation, so our program is critical for hundreds of seniors. We offer a shuttle service for seniors and people with disabilities. This service is operated Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm, excluding Center holidays and or weather related closures. We have purchased and maintain a fleet of vehicles and our volunteer drivers are fully trained to work with the elderly. Riders go to local and Denver Metro area doctor appointments, grocery stores, congregate meal sites and other local destinations. Our service is provided on a no/low suggested donation scale, which is dependent on the distance traveled. Not only does the program keep seniors "aging in place" in their own homes, but it allows adult family members to be able to work and know their parent is in caring hands.
The evidence of our program successes are in the letters and cards we receive from the clients as well as the comments from our annual survey.
Cay recently moved here from San Francisco to be near her great-grandchildren and say's "I rely on the senior center to get out and to socialize." This Center is by far one of the best in the United States"!
Irene and her husband moved here from out of state to be near a daughter and grandchildren. After her husband passed away, she came to rely on the Center to get her around and says "If we didn't have you coming and providing us transportation to the Doctors, dentists or hair appointments we would have no way of getting there". She does "not drive and relies on the Center not only for transportation, but for activities" as well. She is a strong believer that staying active has kept her young! She is 88.
Baylee is a blind adult who's mother is single and works full-time, so our program transports Baylee to her employment. She says she doesn't know what the family would do if we weren't able to do this for them.
One of our long-time volunteer drivers, Rich, recently said this: "I drive for the Senior Center because I want to help someone in need and receive smiles and satisfaction that I did something good today."
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Blind & Vision Impaired
We offer sit-and-be-fit exercise classes three mornings a week and support the silver sneakers program which is paid for by many insurance companies and provided through the attached Recreation Center. We have also provided other programs such as dance classes and new this year are very popular Tai Chi for Arthritis classes, designed to keep seniors active.
We host wellness clinics in partnership with the Visiting Nurses Association, along with regular foot clinics. We have a local audiologist who provides a monthly free hearing screening and local RNs who volunteer their time hosting blood pressure screening clinics. We have a reduced-cost reflexology and chair massage program for members to utilize.
Through Tri-County Health Department we have been able to provide 8-session "Matter of Balance" classes, which is a program to prevent falling, a prevalent reason for disability. We offer these 2-3 times per year. We offer other classes or programs on health-related issues, such as a year-long program, "Preventing Diabetes" for those who have early blood sugar issues.
We host a monthly "Low Vision Support Group" through the Colorado Center for the Blind.
We host the Volunteers of America congregate hot nutritional meal lunch program at our facility three days a week, and we operate the Douglas County Meals-on-Wheels program for the Volunteers of America.
Our monthly "Lunch and Learn" programs feature a healthy lunch and a presentation on a wellness or health topic of interest to the senior population. 40 or more people attend each month.
Due to the rising financial issues facing seniors, case workers from the Douglas County Department of Human Services has a drop-in program at our facility monthly where seniors can inquire about services they may be eligible for.
In 2017 we are adding additional programming related to health and wellness, including quarterly "Discovery Hour" programs where we bring hands-on and interactive programs on-site for those older or more frail individuals who aren't able to join us on trips off-site. Our monthly Active Minds learning programs, begun in 2016, have proven very popular and important for stimulating the brain.
For the more active senior, as part of our wellness program we also have golf, bowling, softball, and pickle ball teams and opportunities.
We receive stories and comments from clients that reflect the evidence of success.
We had a gentleman that had been coming here for a couple years to receive foot care from our visiting nurse and on one of his visits he was telling the nurse that he was not feeling himself. Long story short, because the nurse was familiar with him and didn't like the stats she received on a couple small tests with him, she convinced him that it would be a good idea to call the paramedics out to look him over. The paramedics arrived and checked him over and convinced him that he needed to go on into the hospital to see his cardiologist. It turned out that he was having a very serious issue and we helped to save his life by being having that relationship with him to know he was not having his normal readings/stats.
Joyce had been having a little back pain issue and attended lunch and learns which was about the benefits of reflexology. The reflexologist asked for a volunteer to come up and remove their shoes to be worked on in front of the group. Joyce said "I would have never known that working on my feet would improve my back pain, but it sure has. She said "it has changed her life."
Every month there is a health-related "Lunch and Learn" program with a speaker of interest. Every single time people leave saying how much they learned about the topic and how thankful they are to have come.
Our "Matter of Balance" classes have been widely attended, often after a person has fallen. So many report that they wish they'd taken the class before falling because of how much they learned.
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Female Aging/ Elderly/Senior Citizens
Male Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
We provide an array of activities and events amounting to about 150 ways each month seniors can participate. Because of the increased demand, we are adding more trips and more buses as needed. We purchased a third 15-passenger bus this year because so many more people were attending trips. eWe go to restaurants for socially interactive lunch or dinner meals. Our members enjoy spending time with each other and keeping busy playing games, from bridge or bingo, to bunco or mah jong. Game tables, puzzle tables and trivia matches are in constant use. We offer many learning programs such as "Lunch and Learn" presentations, "Active Minds" programming, legal presentations and more. We offer cultural programming, some of them here at our facility like harp concerts, organ concerts or even having a "piano bar" right here on-site. We also frequent area performing arts venues for concerts, plays and dinner theaters; going together on the bus is not only socially valuable, but allows our more frail members to limit the walking from parking lots. We offer many trips each month to museums, special events, festivals and tourist attractions. Our "Mystery Trips," "Bucket List Trips," and overnight adventures are very popular and the highlight of many of our members' month or year.
Through all these and much more too numerous to list, is the fact that our activities programming keeps seniors active, involved in their community, and making meaningful relationships to sustain them. We believe that social interaction is the key to healthful aging.
One of the keys to feeling happy and well is to remain connected with friends, family and doing the things you enjoy. We offer many opportunities to stay connected with friends and family. We bring our seniors together easily and naturally throughout the community.
Shirley, a long-time member, said, "I moved to Castle Rock and didn't know anyone in town other than my son, so I joined to meet friends in my new community. It's been so enjoyable. The various activities sponsored by the Center are a large part of my social life. I am quite sure that, were it not for the existence of the organization, I would not have met even a fraction of the wonderful people I now consider good friends."
Ruth said, "How friendly everyone has been. You make me feel home although I'm a long way away from my home and I have enjoyed every minute spent here in the last year and a half and have made many friends I am reluctant now to leave."
Phyllis says "staying active, socializing, stimulating the mind and living this kind of life is the key to keeping her feeling alive and healthy."
One of our members and riders, Jan, recently said, "I wouldn't know what to do without the Center."
Pauline has said that the events, trips and activities she has participated in has given new meaning to her life and changed it for the better.