There is no question that our lives are radically changing on account of COVID-19. Many of us may need different kinds of information and services than we needed before. We may also have new opportunities to learn and grow. While the mission of Senior Access Points of Larimer County has always been to connect older adults and caregivers with aging-related resources (LarimerSeniors.org), it has become even more important that community residents know about the many services and opportunities available to them during these complex times. Here are a few resources available to you through the community partners that make up Senior Access Points:
1. Senior Access Points of Larimer County has maintained up-to-date information about Covid-19 resources and supports for older adults and caregivers on LarimerSeniors.org. You can find information on grocery delivery, rent and utilities assistance, senior shopping hours, and virtual learning opportunities, among other information.
2. If you are an older adult, or the caregiver, neighbor, friend or family member of an older adult, and you are struggling to find resources and services during this time of crisis, the Larimer County Office on Aging (LCOA) is here to help. The LCOA can help you get connected to services and to organizations with volunteers that are ready to assist. You can always count on the Larimer County Office on Aging to provide assistance and support. We are here to listen and to help. Please call (970) 498-7750.
3. The Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities is conducting a pilot project using volunteers to teach older adults how to use the popular video conferencing platform Zoom to connect with family, friends, service providers and fellow travelers. If you are interested in learning more, please go to https://www.pafclarimer.org/tech-project-infoor contact Sam Crenshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-402-6812.
4. Larimer County Extension offers a plethora of educational programs and classes for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home! You can learn about patio gardening and growing berries and herbs and explore classes on mindfulness and compassion. Check out the workshop schedule here: https://larimer.extension.colostate.edu/classes-and-workshops/
5. Market Days! for Older Adults provides produce vouchers for low-income, older adults to be used at the Larimer County Farmers’ Market. With the need for social distancing, we are identifying community liaisons who will pick up produce and deliver it to neighbors in communities throughout Larimer County. If you are interested in receiving or organizing a Market Days! delivery for your community, contact Alison O’Connor at email@example.com.
Sue Schneider, Community Development Agent, Larimer County office of Colorado State University Extension
Sue Schneider, Ph.D. is a Community Development Agent in the Larimer County office of Colorado State University Extension. She provides leadership, programming, and education in the areas of community health, family well-being, and healthy aging.
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