Culture of Aging Priority Group Projects
The Culture of Aging Priority Group has completed several projects designed to raise the visibility of local seniors, to highlight their needs, interests, contributions, and experiences, and to help them merge seamlessly into the fabric of our culture.
Formed Self-Directed Volunteer teams to hold candidate forums in advance of 2012, 2014 and 2016 elections of state and county officials. The purpose was to ask candidates to address issues that would specifically impact Larimer County seniors. An upcoming forum presenting candidates for 2018 state and local office is currently in the planning stages.
Graceful Aging insights:
Formed a SDVT of local writers who write monthly columns highlighting personal experiences related to aging. These articles were also collected in a series of booklets. You can find the series on our Graceful Aging Blog page. Budding writers interested in sharing part of their story can email our editor Barbara Fleming.
Volunteer recruitment and training:
Formed a SDVT to work on volunteer recruitment and training. This team is focusing on developing the Self-Directe d Volunteer team model in Larimer County.
CIRCLE OF CARE
Circle of Care is a program where volunteers help socially-isolated older adults to get out and see free music and arts events. Older adults now isolated would live more fulfilled lives, and those touched by them would benefit from their presence, their input, and influence. This team plans to do an assessment and recommendation to the Culture of Aging priority group regarding the Circle of Care, Boulder program, and the possibility of bringing it to Larimer County/NoCO.
Age Friendly Employers
In partnership with Larimer County Workforce Center a team has conducted a survey of 50 local employers to determine key concerns in hiring older workers. Marketing material has been prepared for a 2018 Workforce Symposium to be held the Lincoln Center on September 21.
at the movies
A SDVT is developing a demonstration project to identify the effect on audiences of commercial films with themes about aging. The team is in the process of selecting a film to show in local theaters. Following each showing they will take a measure of audience reactions. This is an initial step to determine the usefulness of offering future film festivals highlighting the themes of older adulthood.
UPCOMING Projects: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Culture of Aging priority group is constantly exploring new ways of highlighting and enhancing the experience of growing older in Larimer County. As new projects are proposed, new volunteer teams are recruited to help develop them. As they arise, those projects are described here.