Age Friendly Colorado Springs Midway Update

In March 2016, Colorado Springs became an Age Friendly City, a designation through AARP and the World Health Organization. Mayor Suthers appointed Innovations in Aging Collaborative to administer the Age Friendly Colorado Springs Plan.  Since becoming an Age Friendly City, Innovations in Aging Collaborative worked to convene the community and establish partnerships to accomplish the actions items within the Age Friendly Action Plan and to improve the community for people of all ages. The AARP

What in the World is an Ombudsman?

Have you ever seen a word and thought, “What is that, where did it come from, and what in the world does it mean?” For many, the word “ombudsman” elicits that response. It’s only early summer, but Ombudsmen (and Ombudswomen!) across the state have already made hundreds of visits to local long term care facilities and provided countless hours of consultation and education to long term care residents and their families. The term “ombudsman” is

Seniors and the Positive Impact of Social Media

Despite the myth that older people can’t manage technology because of cognitive deficits, seniors are flocking to social media at a rapid pace. In fact, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (and Hangouts), Pinterest, and Instagram all note higher adoption rates among adults 65 and older ─ and see seniors as their fastest growing audience. Seniors Benefit Socially, Mentally, and Physically Older adults who have had positive experiences on social media have reported elevated moods. An American Psychological