Grand County Council on Aging turns to community for support
August 12, 2008
To the Editor:
The Grand County Council on Aging serves the seniors and the disabled in Grand County. Established as a non-profit organization by a group of Grand County seniors in 1972, the Grand County Council on Aging has for 36 years sought to serve this growing segment of our population. According to the state demographer’s office, there are approximately 2,000 people over the age of 55 living in Grand County.
The purpose of the Grand County Council on Aging (GCCA) is to determine the needs of our older citizens and to make every effort to meet these needs; to encourage the participation of seniors in social, recreational and educational activities; to develop coordination and cooperation among all agencies involved in working with seniors; and in every way possible to promote the welfare and continued independence of the seniors and the disabled of Grand County.
To accomplish this, with funding from grants and private contributions, the Council at the present time maintains a fleet of six buses and vans for transporting seniors and the disabled to medical appointments, nutrition centers, senior potlucks, water aerobic programs at the YMCA, shopping opportunities and special events such as baseball games, plays, picnics, concerts and other activities.
GCCA also offers services for tax preparation, a Caregiver Support Group, legal help, chair aerobics and other information and referral services. Just recently we helped to sponsor a Disaster Preparedness Public Meeting for the citizens of all ages in Grand County with special attention to seniors and the disabled and the problems they might face in the case of an emergency evacuation.
We are grateful for the financial assistance we receive from the county and local town boards, state and federal funds, grants and voluntary contributions from our seniors, as they are able to contribute. But funding continues to be a challenge, especially with the increased costs for vehicle fuel, maintenance and insurance, along with the other programing we provide.
For the first time we are reaching out to the whole community seeking support for the GCCA and its programs for the senior and disabled residents of Grand County. In the next few weeks letters will be going out to all those living in Grand County telling of our programs and asking that consideration be given to help support those programs with modest contributions. Contributions may be sent to the Grand County Council on Aging, P.O. Box 42, Granby, CO 80446.
These contributions will be tax deductible, will be very much appreciated and will serve a very important purpose. Seniors and the disabled are our neighbors, members of our families, important members of our community. We believe the services that seek to meet their needs are worthy of the support of us all.
Dr. Robert A. Bielenberg, president
Grand County Council on Aging