Grand County Council on Aging, Inc.'s mission is assisting Grand County Senior and Disabled Persons Maintain Independence.
Its goals are to determine the needs of the aging in Grand County and to make every effort to meet those needs through appropriate action; to encourage members' participation in social, recreational, and educational activities; to establish and carry on an outreach program for the aging; and to develop coordination and cooperation among all local, state, and federal agencies involved in working with the aging population.
Grand County Council on Aging, Inc. (GCCA) is a small non-profit organization serving seniors and persons with disabilities in Grand County, Colorado. It was established by a group of Grand County seniors in 1972 to meet the needs of area seniors 60 years of age and older and disabled adults ages 18-59. In 1974 GCCA was incorporated as a 501(C)(3) Colorado Non-Profit Corporation. Membership consisted of "all agencies and individuals concerned with problems of the aging and willing to work on these problems." It remains so today.
GCCA's transportation program is the basis for much of its existing programming and remains its most important service. GCCA provides transportation to medical appointments in Grand County as well as out-of-county to Denver, Steamboat Springs, and Summit County. Transportation is also provided to senior nutrition centers and potlucks, for shopping and errands, and to social and recreational activities. In addition to transportation, GCCA also provides an array of senior programming including educational opportunities such as the AARP Driver Safety Class - a refresher course for those 50 and older; and the Ask-A-Lawyer Day provides a free legal consultation four times per year. An IRS trained volunteer provides free assistance with income tax preparation and filing for seniors and low to moderate income individuals. To promote healthy living lifestyles, senior fitness classes are offered in Granby and transportation is provided to water aerobics and aqua-fitness classes. Yoga classes are on-going and enhance the health and wellness of seniors by educating them in falls prevention. A Caregiver Support Group offers support to those caring for family members suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Ensure nutritional supplement and surplus bread distribution is available to at-risk seniors. Information and referral services are provided on a case by case basis to link individuals with available services.
I am going blind. I will never be able to drive myself again. I would starve to death if not for this service. Thank you so very much.
Drivers are courteous and helpful and always on time.
Before I knew of GCCA, I had to drive myself to the doctor and I am on many, many medications. I used to drive myself heavily medicated since one has to do what one must. Bless GCCA.
It gives people like me a way to survive in an area that has no public transportation.
I can no longer drive and my caregiver also works, so without transportation to lunches I would be very isolated during the day. I appreciate not only good meals but the opportunity to socialize.
Without GCCA I would not be able to go to a doctor [at all] since I don't have family in the area and my friends are as old as I am!