The Older Americans Act established in 1965 continues to provide funding to a wide range of services that prevent unnecessary nursing home placement, promote healthy aging and help people age with independence and dignity where they want to live, in their home and communities. In the Pikes Peak region, El Paso, Teller and Park counties’ funds are administered through the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging. The OAA helps millions of older adults each year by providing in-home supportive services that assist them to bathe, get dressed and maintain a clean safe home. It provides transportation services to keep people engaged in the community and 19 other services like family caregiver support and vision services. The PPAAA also houses the State Health Insurance Program, providing no-cost insurance counseling for those with questions.
Services are coordinated through a state four-year plan. The PPAAA is updating the regional part of the plan for 2023. The full plan can be accessed on the Pikes Peak Area Council of Government’s website. Highlights will address affordable housing, mental health, equity, workforce, caregiver supports and transportation resources.
Services to explore this year include the PPAAA’s Retirement Series with Ent Credit Union, Family Caregiver Support Center’s lending library and the support of the Ombudsmen. Additional resources can be explored at ppacg.org/aging and Aging with Altitude podcast at https://studio809podcasts.com/aging-with-altitude/.
Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Melissa Marts, Program Development Administrator, Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging. She may be reached at, 719-471-2096.
In the realm of senior therapy, the integration of music and arts stands out as a transformative approach to holistic well-being. Recent studies highlight the profound cognitive benefits that music can offer to seniors, from stimulating memory recall to enhancing overall cognitive function. Whether through familiar melodies that evoke cherished memories or the joy of learning a new instrument, music becomes a powerful tool for self-expression and connection, particularly for seniors facing cognitive decline. Simultaneously, engaging in visual and performing arts provides an avenue for creative expression, offering a sense of accomplishment and purpose. The emotional impact of these creative endeavors is equally significant, alleviating feelings of loneliness and fostering a sense of community through shared experiences in choir singing or art classes.In essence, the incorporation of music and arts into senior therapy transcends mere entertainment, becoming a vital aspect of promoting the overall well-being of older individuals. By tapping into the creative spirit, seniors can find avenues for cognitive stimulation, emotional connection, and a renewed sense of purpose. As society recognizes the importance of a comprehensive approach to senior care, the role of music and arts in therapeutic practices emerges as a valuable and enriching endeavor for the aging population, contributing to a fulfilling and vibrant later life.
In a world bustling with new experiences and breathtaking landscapes, age should never be a barrier to wanderlust. Senior travel, often overlooked, is a realm of endless possibilities and enriching encounters. Ageless Adventures is a celebration of this spirit, inviting seniors from all walks of life to embark on transformative journeys across the globe. As the golden years gracefully unfold, theres a growing recognition that travel is not just for the young and restless; its a tapestry of discovery, connecting seniors with the world's diverse cultures, cuisines, and captivating histories. Imagine strolling through the vibrant streets of Kyoto, savoring the aroma of freshly brewed Italian coffee in Rome, or marveling at the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu. These are not mere dreams; they are the vivid realities woven into the fabric of senior travel.Ageless Adventures strives to make these dreams tangible. Through meticulously curated itineraries, seniors are guided to explore destinations tailored to their interests and pace. Whether its delving into the artistry of Parisian museums or finding solace amidst the serene beaches of Bali, every adventure is designed to nurture the soul and spark curiosity. Beyond the breathtaking scenery, these journeys foster a sense of community, where like-minded individuals forge lifelong friendships, share laughter, and create cherished memories. Traveling, after all, is not merely about the places visited; its about the stories shared, the perspectives gained, and the moments that take your breath away. Ageless Adventures invites seniors to step into a world where age is but a number, and every passport stamp is a testament to the enduring spirit of exploration. So, let the adventure begin, and let the world be your timeless playground.
Creating a safe and comfortable living environment is essential for seniors who wish to age in place gracefully. With thoughtful design and practical adjustments, homes can be transformed into senior-friendly spaces that enhance independence and overall well-being. In this blog post, we will explore some valuable tips and design ideas to help you create a home that is safe, comfortable, and accessible for seniors, allowing them to maintain their independence and dignity.1. Remove Hazards: Start by eliminating potential hazards in the home, such as loose rugs, cluttered walkways, and low-hanging objects. Clear pathways ensure easy movement, reducing the risk of trips and falls.2. Optimize Lighting: Good lighting is crucial for seniors with reduced vision. Install bright LED lights in key areas like hallways, staircases, and entrances. Consider motion-activated lights to enhance safety during nighttime movement.3. Bathroom Modifications: Modify bathrooms with grab bars near the toilet and shower to provide support. Install a raised toilet seat and a non-slip bath mat to prevent slips. Consider a walk-in shower with a bench and handheld showerhead for added convenience.4. Kitchen Adaptations: Lower countertops and cabinets to a comfortable height, allowing seniors to access items without straining. Install pull-out shelves and easy-to-grasp handles on cabinets and drawers. Consider appliances with large, easy-to-read controls.5. Bedroom Comfort: Choose a comfortable mattress and install a nightlight to aid in nighttime navigation. Position the bed at an accessible height, allowing seniors to sit and stand with ease. Install sturdy handrails if necessary.6. Flooring: Opt for non-slip flooring materials, such as cork, rubber, or textured tiles. These surfaces provide traction and reduce the risk of slipping. Additionally, choose carpets with low pile to prevent tripping.7. Home Security: Invest in a home security system that includes medical alert features. This ensures that help is just a button press away in case of emergencies, providing peace of mind for both seniors and their caregivers.8. Technology Integration: Embrace smart home technology, including voice-activated assistants and remote-controlled devices. These innovations enhance convenience and enable seniors to control various aspects of their home environment effortlessly.9. Outdoor Considerations: Create a safe outdoor space with well-maintained pathways, non-slip surfaces, and adequate lighting. Install handrails on stairs and ramps, and consider raised garden beds for seniors who enjoy gardening without bending or kneeling.10. Regular Maintenance: Schedule regular home maintenance checks to ensure that all safety features are in good working condition. This includes checking grab bars, handrails, and other modifications for stability and durability.Designing a senior-friendly home is a thoughtful and meaningful process that greatly impacts the quality of life for aging individuals. By implementing these practical tips and design ideas, you can create a space that not only meets the physical needs of seniors but also promotes their emotional well-being and independence. With the right adjustments, seniors can continue to enjoy the comfort and familiarity of their own homes, ensuring a happy and fulfilling life as they age in place.
A service of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG)/Area Agency on Aging (AAA). Serving El Paso, Teller and Park counties. The primary goal of the Senior Information and Assistance Center (SIAC) is to provide accurate information on the availability of services for older adults and their caregivers, that help older adults achieve their long-term goals of maintaining independence. Call us when you need quick and direct access to resources. We have an extensive database of services we can use to connect you with the organizations that are best suited to help you. Direct Services we provide include Case Management, Family Caregiver Support Center, Ombudsmen, State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). We also have our podcast Aging with Altitude https://studio809podcasts.com/aging-with-altitude/