The majority of Americans over 60 want to “age in place” and remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Both older adults and their caregivers continue to report that their biggest obstacle is not knowing who to call for information and access to services. Service delivery systems are fragmented and there is a lack of coordination among and between services providers.
The Impact We Seek
To ensure that a spectrum of opportunities and services are available to support older adults in living independent and meaningful lives for as long as possible through:
- Expansion and enhancement of programs and services that improve independence, mobility and community involvement of older adults
- Innovative changes or proven strategies in how communities organize care and support for older adults and their caregivers
To address these needs in aging, we fund programs and projects in these areas:
- In-home and community-based services for low- and moderate-income older adults
- Access to – and information about – transportation and mobility options for older adults
- Efforts with selected partners to address emerging issues and opportunities that have the potential for systemic change
Collaborations and Leadership in Aging
In addition to inviting grant applications for these grant priorities, the Aging program area takes leadership by creating and participating in initiatives to change the community. Here are a few examples:
- Colorado Latino Age Wave – This initiative advocates for the well-being of Latino older adults in collaboration with Hispanics in Philanthropy and the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado. Learn more about this work.
- Boomers Leading Change – We created this initiative engaging people over 55 in opportunities for ongoing work, community service and lifelong learning and is a collaboration between Rose Community Foundation and numerous community leaders. Learn more about this work.
- Boomers Leading Change in Health – In partnership with the Health program area, this is part of a national initiative to harness the experience, energy and conviction of adults 50+ to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families by creating healthier, better informed and more confident health care consumers and improving access to health care for all. Visit Boomers Leading Change in Health's website.
- 9NEWS Senior Source – We’ve been an integral supporter of this valuable media and online resource designed to assist people navigating issues and seeking information related to aging. Visit 9News Senior Source's website.
- Getting There Collaborative – This initiative improves transportation for older adults in the Greater Denver and Boulder community in partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation. Visit the Denver Regional and Mobility Access Council to view the Getting There Guide funded by this Collaborative. For more information about the Collaborative, view the report, Getting There: Analysis of Colorado's Human Service and Public Transportation Networks (PDF).
- BenefitsCheckUp – Now a national program, this initiative began as a pilot in Colorado under our leadership to help older adults find and secure federal and state benefits to improve their health and financial stability. View the BenefitsCheckUp website.
A variety of resources inform our work in Aging. View our reports and studies.
We invite you to join us as we connect people, resources and innovative ideas to strengthen the community. Please contact the program officer in Aging if you are interested in joining us in this work.