For Immediate Release
Contact: Robert Brocker
A Denver-based nonprofit launched two years ago is steadily expanding its work in striving to meet the needs of older Coloradans who consistently prefer to age in place as long as possible. AgeWise Colorado (AWC) does this by providing a free, easy-to-use connection point/hub for all things related to aging in place for seniors and their caregivers.
Founder and CEO Robert Brocker says, “We aim to minimize stress, help people save money, and streamline the effort in getting relevant information and finding the reliable and trusted resources people need to facilitate aging in place.” He explains that AWC offers reliable and up-to-date information about the many aspects and challenges impacting older adults and their caregivers. This is done through well researched articles, educational webinars featuring professionals in various fields of aging-related services, topical booklets, and timely updates on news items affecting Colorado’s seniors. AWC makes this available at no cost to consumers.
In addition to providing timely, relevant information, AWC also helps consumers connect to products and services by matching them to local, state and nationally based “Participating Providers.” “We have a stringent vetting process individuals and entities must pass to qualify as one of our Providers,” Brocker says. “We make sure they are reputable and do what they say they do.” These approved Providers are in a searchable directory on the AWC website.
Examples of the types of products, services, and information AWC offers include the following:
- Cost-savings information
- Community resources
- Help with handling impacts of dementia, Alzheimer’s
- Home modifications
- In-home care services
- Finance and legal matters
- Mobility and transportation
- Food access
- Smart technology for the home and person
- Estate planning
- End-of-life planning
- Legislative issues
- Healthy aging
- Alternative housing
- Social and learning opportunities
- And more!
The full range of topics and types of services offered by Providers can be viewed and accessed on the AgeWise Colorado website at https://agewisecolorado.org/.
Brocker says it is the aging-in-place preference of Coloradans and the state’s demographic trends that spurred the formation of AWC. Colorado has the second fastest population growth in residents age 65 and older. It is estimated that as many as 1 million Coloradans may be caring for an older adult or juggling the care of both adults and children in what is called the “sandwich generation.” As a result, both the seniors who wish to age in place and their family caregivers face challenges in finding the support they need.
Brocker adds that family caregivers in many cases are also still in the workforce, which adds to their stress, and AWC can alleviate some of the stress by offering valuable information, guidance, and referral to resources. This indirectly help employers because less stress means increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, and enhanced employee retention.
“Colorado seniors and their caregivers pay a price in time, money, and mental and physical health as they strive to make aging in place possible and manageable,” Brocker says. “Our goal is to ease those burdens by showing them where to turn to get the help they need, when they need it.”
Learn more at https://agewisecolorado.org/.
P.O. Box 102662Denver, CO 80250