Established a local Commission on Aging
This goal was mentioned in multiple domains and we are proud to have the Commission on Aging up and running with meetings on the first Wednesday of every month from 3 to 5 p.m. at Transit Services, 1015 Transit Drive, Conference Room A148.
The purpose of the Commission is to provide ongoing and embedded advocacy for older adults in the municipal government of Colorado Springs; advise the City Council on special issues and opportunities relating to the City’s aging population; make recommendations to the City Council and Mayor during the annual municipal budget process; and review legislation that affects older adults and make recommendations to the City Council and Mayor on positions.
Supported the development and further implementation of Silver Key Senior Outreach Services.
Silver Key has fully adopted and expanded the program that is now called Silver Key Senior Outreach Services (Silver Key SOS)
IIAC worked with Silver Key Senior Services and the UCCS Aging Center to incubate Senior Reach. The program helps adults 60 and older who are demonstrating concerning behaviors before a crisis develops. We accomplished our mission as we handed off the program to Silver Key after a year-long incubation period. The program is now highly successful and is known as Silver Key SOS (Senior Outreach Services).
IIAC worked with the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado to develop the Age Friendly Business Designation. This certification, offered to eligible BBB accredited businesses, evaluates factors that impact the experience of older adults and makes suggestions for improvements. The Age Friendly Business Designation will encourage more businesses to consider the needs of older adults, which will be an economic boon to the businesses and increase the quality of life for elders in our community who require goods and services. Find the Age Friendly Certified Businesses Directory HERE.
If your business is interested in becoming Age Friendly, please contact the Better Business Bureau at (719) 636-1155 or go to their website.