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Enriching Life for Older Adults

OLDER ADULT SERVICES

At Southwest Improvement Council (SWIC), we understand the transformative power of social connections.  Our dedicated programs and activities are designed to foster meaningful interactions, provide opportunities for personal growth and create a vibrant community for older adults, age 60+.  At SWIC, we firmly believe that social connections play a vital role in enriching life for older adults.  Research shows that as we age, maintaining an active social life becomes increasingly important to overall well-being.  Here’s why:

– Social isolation can lead to feelings of loneliness, depression and a
decline in both physical and mental health. By participating in our social
engagement programs, older adults can forge new friendships, establish
support networks and combat the negative effects of isolation.

– Engaging in social activities stimulates cognitive function and promotes
mental acuity. Our diverse range of activities provide opportunities for
older adults to continuously learn, challenge themselves and expand
their horizons.

– Socialization contributes to better physical health and emotional well
being also. Through our exercise classes and recreational activities,
older adults can improve their fitness levels, reduce stress and
experience a sense of joy and fulfillment.

At SWIC, our programs create opportunities for older adults to connect with peers, participate in group activities and pursue hobbies they are passionate about. Creative activities include arts and crafts, sewing, puzzle solving and participating in fun games like bingo. Plant care and technology classes are also available for those interested in expanding their knowledgebase or pursuing associated passions.

Additionally, we know that physical activity is critical in maintaining overall well-being, so we offer chair yoga and low-impact movement classes. And probably one of the most important aspects of our services is the opportunity to receive a free nutritious hot lunch. We partner with Volunteers of America (VOA) to provide a healthy meal Monday – Friday, which creates an opportunity for older adults to engage in conversation and build meaningful connections within a supportive community. In partnership with the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), SWIC seeks to enrich the lives of the older adults it serves, by providing the following Programming:

Colorado has one of the fastest growing aging populations in the United States.

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In the Colorado counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson and Weld, 1 in 4 will be 60+ by 2040.

 
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By 2030, Colorado’s population 65+ will be 125% larger than it was in 2010 growing from 555,000 to 1,243,013.

PROGRAMS

Activities

Games: Participating in games, such as bingo, bring joy and laughter to our older adults, creating a sense of camaraderie and friendly competition.

 

Creative Expression: Engaging in arts and crafts, sewing and needlework activities provides a creative outlet and space for shared interests.

 

Plant Care: Nurturing plants nurtures people and cultivates the healing power of nature, while bringing joy and vitality to those engaged in this activity.

Nutrition

Weekday Hot Lunch: Enjoying a shared meal fosters connections and nourishes the body and soul, while ensuring no older adult in our community goes hungry.

 

Monthly Food Pantry: Utilizing our monthly food pantry expands access to nutritious groceries and personal care items that many might otherwise do without.

Recreation

Chair Yoga: Nurturing the mind-body connection, yoga provides our older adults with the opportunity to maintain physical, as well as mental health and flexibility.

 

Movement & Strengthening Exercise: Targeted movement, using physical support tools like a chair or low-impact resistance bands, increases our older adult’s physical stamina and improves balance and mobility.

Technology

Basic Computer Skills: Acquiring essential computer and technology skills can be challenging for older adults, however when supported in a safe environment, along with their peers, learning the basics can become easier and less stressful.

 

Basic Internet Navigation: Developing the skills needed to stay connected to family and friends, while keeping personal information safe, builds confidence and creates independence for older adults.

Cultural Activities

Native American Community: Oyate (All the People) provides opportunities for our Native American Elders to share meals and engage in enriching social interactions has been a core element in SWIC’s programming since 2003. Through monthly gatherings in our warm and welcoming space, our elders receive nourishment, along with the invaluable experience of community connection and cultural exchange.

 

Asian American Community: Our Asian American Older Adult Gathering shines a light on the growing number of aging Asian Americans in Southwest Denver. Studies show that when social gatherings include a meal, the health and happiness of Asian American Older Adults can be significantly improved. Fostering social connections, alongside a nutritious meal is vital for the mental health of All Older Adults.

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