A Little Help offers a range of intergenerational programs, including Teen Team, Scouts and Sages, Care Share, and Tough Talks to foster community, provide education to people of every age, and enrich the lives of elders and volunteers alike! Read more about each of these important programs below. We are always open to suggestions for new programs and events that align with our communities’ interests. Please contact the office if you have an idea or would like to lead an activity.
A Little Help emphasizes intergenerational connection by planning an array of social and educational activities to combat the isolation often felt in aging and adolescence. Our student volunteers can participate in a variety of ways- by volunteering for ongoing services like yard work and handy help, by participating in our Service Saturday! events in the spring and fall, by working with A Little Help staff and volunteers to create and/or lead a new program (like an intergenerational knitting group), or by joining the Teen Team. Our Teen Team program pairs middle and high school students with elder mentors who can share their experience, wisdom, wealth of stories, and love of life. These students build relationships with their senior neighbors while helping with household and yard tasks, technology, a listening ear, and a smiling face. All of our student volunteers are welcome to participate in Service Saturdays! and can fulfill community service hours while forming meaningful bonds with older adults.
Join A Little Help’s Teen Team to:
- Spend time visiting with seniors in your neighborhood or near your school
- Share stories and skills with a senior mentor and provide a listening ear
- Help with house and yard work and technology
- Forge meaningful connections with your older neighbors
- Volunteer at Service Saturdays!
- Log community service hours for school clubs
- Demonstrate to colleges and universities your commitment to improving your community
Scouts and Sages
Scouts and Sages is one of our most fun intergenerational programs! A Little Help works with local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops on a variety of projects to teach scouts the value of volunteerism and to connect them with elders in their communities! We’ve worked with troops who have invited our seniors to their meetings to share stories and desserts, and to play games and make crafts. We’ve also led service days and have gone door-to-door in the neighborhood to spread the word about our good work. Our previous Scouts and Sages events have been heartwarming experiences for all involved.
Call the office if you’re interested in getting your troop involved or if you’re a senior who would like to connect!
Care Share is A Little Help’s response to the ever-present need of respite for caregivers. Folks in any stage of caregiving know the often heavy toll that being a primary caregiver for a loved one can place on an individual. That load can’t always be held by one person- to know that there are other people who are going through the same thing by being connected to other caregivers in different stages is vital. Care Share creates a space where people in any stage of caregiving can share their stories and provides a coordinating service for neighbors in the community who are graciously willing to share the care. Care Share is a cooperative community where we can pool care resources through our existing coordination systems.
While A Little Help already has many examples of providing respite for primary caregivers along the way, we can also serve caregivers in a more purposeful way through the Care Share program. We already have the systems, assessment, and support tools for our seniors in place in our daily work; Care Share represents a refinement of these tools for caregivers as a much more intentional effort to research and address their needs for respite, support, and empowerment while caring for loved ones with the support of the community.
The Care Share program addresses the psychology of caregivers that is largely guilt-ridden; by alleviating that feeling with a friendly face who has volunteered to help, caregivers can feel a sense of connectedness to the community and a financial relief.
A Little Help’s core mission is enhancing and sustaining community- the psychological, spiritual, emotional, and physical weight that a primary caregiver carries needs to be shared by the community and the Care Share program strives to do just that. Join today to take advantage of this wonderful program!
Tough Talks feature speakers and panels on some of life’s tougher, but important topics.
Tough Talks are one of the best things we do. The series is designed to provide a forum to discuss and learn more about difficult subjects. A Little Help offers a different installment of this series every few months and strives to feature relevant and thought-provoking topics with captivating speakers.These Talks are considered a Volunteer Training opportunity for all of our current volunteers for continued education.
In February 2013, Police Chief Robert White spoke with us about the Denver Police Department’s community philosophy and about senior safety. He gave us a great sense of how DPD is keeping our streets safe and fielded several questions from our participants.
In Summer 2013, we discussed the realities of Dementia and Alzheimer’s with a panel featuring voices from many sides of the spectrum. We were fortunate to have two representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association who shared with us the ten early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. We were also graced with the presence of a married couple dealing with the disease who shared their story with incredible transparency. As our group listened to their story and the answers they gave to our questions, it was equal parts heart wrenching and heart warming. The love the two of them share is inspiring. The Tough Talk was informative and captivating.
Our Tough Talk in Fall 2013 helped us navigate end of life issues. The event featured a short video produced by Compassion and Choices and information from three panelists. Dr. Richard Loeffler M.D. represented Compassion and Choices, a nonprofit dedicated to improving care and expanding choices at the end of life. Jamie Sarche, the Director of Outreach and Prearranged Funeral Planning for Feldman Mortuary, helped our attendees explore their fears and misconceptions to make their best educated decisions, and helps loved ones maintain family relationships and have a meaningful bereavement. Rabbi Sara Gilbert from Shalom Cares Hospice brought her myriad experiences to share about hospice care.
Spring 2014’s Tough Talk helped us explore primary caregiving and the importance of respite and personal care. Our panelists, Jane W. Barton of AARP and Cardinal, LCC, Joan Colby Wilson of Americorps, and Katie Wade and Emily Cooper of Boulder County’s Area Agency on Aging, shared important information about the challenges and blessings of caregiving, one of our most ubiquitous but toughest jobs as family members.
In Fall 2014, our series continued with an expert panel helping us have conversations about when to stop driving. We hosted a representative the Colorado Neurological Institute, a member who willingly gave up the keys, and a family member who went through the decision-making process with her mother.
Summer 2015 brought our Sex after Sixty panel. In partnership with Boomers Leading Change in Health and SAGE of the Rockies, we assembled an expert panel on sexuality and aging including a medical professional, sex therapist, and sex educator to share their experiences as we learned more about this provocative topic in a safe and affirming space, while celebrating Denver PrideFest’s 40th year. Watch the video of this Talk here.
In Fall 2015, we presented Elder Fraud and Scam Prevention. We discussed prevention, recognition, and repercussions of elder fraud with Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey; Aaron Bagully, MBA, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones; Sergeant Ana Brun of the Lakewood Police Department Economic Crimes Unit; Cary Johnson, the Director of Crime Prevention in Jefferson County; and an older adult who was a victim of fraud. Watch the video here.
Future Topics include: Financial Planning, Fall Prevention and Home Modification, Diet, Nutrition, and Fitness, and Navigating Health Care. If you have a topic you’d like to discuss, please contact the office and let us know!
Before Tough Talks were coordinated, A Little Help hosted a smaller speaker series, Tuesday Talks. Below is a list of our past Tuesday Talks:
- Energy Expert Dennis Brachfeld from About Saving Heat
- Gourmet Chef Steve Kiner of Buen Provecho and Appetites Catering
- Renowned Actor Jim Hunt of Stories on Stage
- Award-winning Memoir Writer Jeanne Archer of Tell Studios
- Best-selling Author of Chief Left Hand Margaret Coel
- Medicare expert Alan Cooper
- Active Aging Center Owner Dana Patten of ActiveRx
- Film screening of the documentary Age of Champions