Boulder County has won a grant to increase transit ridership
in Lafayette by providing free fares to the city's residents and employees. To
encourage public participation in the development of the program, Boulder
County has created an open competition, called "No Fare Contest", to generate innovative ideas on how to
get the most people to ride transit.
Boulder County has $100,000 to implement the program - and to increase interest and excitement, cash prizes for the top three program ideas are available!
for 1st Place
for 2nd Place
for 3rd Place
More information about the
contest and how to apply can be found here.
Summer is almost here, and it’s important to take precautions in case of extreme heat. The following steps can help prepare
you to handle periods of extreme heat and the associated risks:
- Be watchful for signs of heat stroke and dehydration: shallow breathing, a lack of perspiration, dizziness, dry mouth, and
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air
conditioning, especially those who spend much of their time alone.
- Plan to be temporarily self-sufficient if the electricity
- Make provisions for medications that require refrigeration,
and plan arrangements to get to a cooling center, if needed.
- Think about what you need to maintain your health,
safety, and independence. Build
a kit that
includes specialized items you may need, such as wheelchair batteries, oxygen, and medications. Include non-perishable food and water,
items for service animals and pets, and anything else you might
For more information about
extreme heat preparedness and tools, go to ready.gov/heat and cdc.gov.
We know our
volunteers do great work, and we always appreciate hearing it from our clients. Two recent letters stand out, one from a caregiver who
receives assistance through the Respite & Companion Volunteer program
(RCVP), and one from a person who worked with our Medicare Counselors.
volunteers with older adults experiencing social isolation or compromised
health. The volunteer visits with their match for two hours a week. We received this letter from the daughter of the older
adult he visits, a man who has dementia: Thanks for visiting and playing cards with my dad each week! He is always in a good mood after your
visit. You provide him companionship and provide a little respite for us. We
feel blessed to have you in our lives! Thanks for everything!
Counselor volunteers and staff help older adults, people with disabilities, and
their caregivers navigate and understand Medicare. One recent client wrote: I am sending my deepest appreciation and
gratitude … for your help yesterday. I know you went above and beyond for
me, which makes your help even more precious. I will never be able to
adequately tell you how much it will always mean to me, your guidance and
experience, and your kindness and patience, to get me through the paperwork and
the phone call. To get me through my own fear and confusion, with gentle
reassurances. you are angels. Thank you.
in turn, are grateful for our volunteers for their invaluable assistance.
Interested in volunteering? Please contact Kari at
720-864-6526 or visit our webpage.
We are excited to announce that our Falls Prevention Week will receive an Aging Innovations & Achievement Award from the National Association of
Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). Each
September BCAAA's Wellness Specialist, Melissa Pruitt,
coordinates a collaborative week of activities designed to educate the public on ways to reduce risks of falling - and
have some fun while doing it. In 2016, we coordinated more than 40 events
around the county!
Launched in 2005, the awards program
recognizes programs that exemplify innovation and sound management
practices. The award will be presented at the 2017 n4a Annual Conference in
Savanah, GA in July.
Watch for more information about Falls Prevention Week,
September 18 – 22, coming soon!