Enhances Socialization: Older adults remain productive, useful, and contributing members of society. They increase interaction with children and youth and engage more with one another to prevent isolation in later years.
Stimulates Learning: Older adults learn new innovations and technologies from their younger counterparts.
Increases Emotional Support: Intergenerational programs afford older adults an opportunity to participate in a meaningful activity. This decreases loneliness, boredom, and depression while increasing self-esteem. Older volunteers report more enriched lives, a rejuvenated sense of purpose, and increased coping skills for their personal struggles.
Improves Health: Helping contributes to the maintenance of good health, and can diminish the effect of psychological and physical diseases and disorders.” - From the EPA’s Aging Initiative Benefits of Intergenerational Programs
A Little Connection
A Little Help connects Colorado seniors to a variety of programs including volunteer services, recommended service providers, and educational and social activities. We operate a HelpLine to connect members to volunteer services, including transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store, computer troubleshooting, and house and yard work. For requests beyond our volunteers’ capacity, we maintain a referral system with neighbor-recommended service providers such as landscapers, home repair and modification specialists, and home health care practitioners. We also plan an array of social and educational activities in order to cultivate intergenerational connections and combat isolation. We celebrate interdependence among neighbors of all ages in community.
The list of services provided by our volunteers is long and continues to grow. Senior members of A Little Help can call in to our office to request volunteer services and provider referrals, and our dedicated staff and volunteers will coordinate your requests with our neighborhood volunteers! Volunteering members 55+ can also access one service per year.
Examples of the services provided to our members include, but are not limited to:
- Transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, errands, and social events*
- Medical note-taking
- Minor home repairs and modification
- Pet care
- Yard work
- Snow removal
- Technology help
- Check-in calls or visits
- Light housework or laundry
Service Saturdays!™ are a big perk of senior membership in A Little Help!
When was the last time you had your mattress turned or dusted that high shelf in your living room? How many years ago did you determine you were going to move that old chair out of the garage and donate it to Goodwill? What year was it when you had the outside of your windows washed? It is probably true that these questions are difficult to answer.
Service Saturday!™ provides an excellent opportunity for A Little Help members to receive assistance with various home maintenance jobs, such as inspecting handrails, cleaning cupboards and refrigerators, de-cluttering closets, washing windows, eliminating cobwebs, touching up paint, polishing furniture and floors, cleaning rugs, organizing paperwork, washing cars, or sprucing up the yard. These biannual events provide spring and fall outdoor and indoor cleaning!
Value of Service Saturdays!
Seniors who participate in our Service Saturdays!™ instantly receive an average of more than $500 in services and labor twice a year, which makes your membership immediately worth its low cost. Having A Little Help to live safely and independently in your own home also allows our elders to avoid or delay the financial burden of assisted living (~$50,000/year) or nursing homes (>$90,000/year). When seniors want to live independently in their own homes as they age, they may encounter several obstacles including lack of access to transportation, risk of injury, and social isolation. A Little Help’s programs address each of these facets by organizing volunteers to provide rides to doctor appointments and grocery stores and to help with cleaning and yard work, by creating educational events about health, safety, and injury prevention, and by reducing isolation through a variety of intergenerational social gatherings. Many of our members also volunteer for their elder neighbors, fostering meaningful connections and reciprocity. And the peace of mind knowing a willing neighbor can help at home is priceless!
Tried and True
For those services our volunteers are not equipped to handle, we will refer you to one of our recommended local providers, many of whom provide our members a discount for the services they provide, such as:
- Adaptive home and personal care products to aid independence
- Appliance repairs
- Emergency call systems
- Exterior cleaning, e.g. windows, siding
- Financial planning
- Handymen and women
- Home cleaning services
- Home delivered meals
- Home health care
- Independent contractors
- Interior cleaning, e.g. carpets, weekly housekeeping
- Plumbing and electrical jobs
- Yard and lawn care