INNOVAGE FOUNDATION is one of seven local charities nominated in Citywide Banks’ Charity Hand-Up Contest taking place October 1-14, 2013. The Denver/Boulder community is invited to vote for a nominee and enter prize drawings. The charity receiving the most contest votes will receive a $5,000 donation, while the other nominees will split $2,500 in donations based on the voting results.
The InnovAge Foundation raises awareness and money to support InnovAge, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping Colorado’s aging population and other disabled individuals live as independently as possible. Its mission is to empower those who deal with issues and diseases associated with aging such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and mobility challenges, providing information, resources, and advocates to allow individuals to live life on their terms (in Colorado and New Mexico). InnovAge also provides resources and support for family members and care givers as they navigate the sometimes rocky terrain of finding the right care for their loved ones.
“It’s about people living how they want to live as they age, on their own terms. It’s having the ability to make decisions and receive assistance to live as independently as possible,” explained InnovAge Foundation executive director Leslie Karotkin.
InnovAge offers an array of programs including in-home services as well as day programs from locations in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Englewood, Thornton, Pueblo, and Estes Park. These include the following programs:
- InnovAge Johnson Adult Day Program – An adult day center that provides meaningful activities for individuals with memory loss and physical impairments;
- InnovAge Home Care – In-home services and support that allow aging adults to live safely and comfortably in their own homes;
- InnovAge Greater Colorado Program of All-inclusive Care for Elderly (PACE) – Coordinated healthcare and day programs for people over 55 who are Medicaid and Medicare eligible;
Through a centralized call center, a case worker will personally work with seniors or their loved ones to figure out which services best meet their needs. If InnovAge does not offer the services needed, referrals are made to partnering community organizations.
“Do they need someone to come into their house, do they need medical care, do they need day care services,” explained Karotkin. “InnovAge continues to expand to be able to provide a wide array of services to the growing population of aging individuals and their care givers.”
The InnovAge PACE program provides a comprehensive offering of health related services including transportation to and from the facility, dental, medical, optometry, audiology, podiatry — and it’s also a day center for their participants to interact and socialize. “It’s quite a high level of care, a level of care we should all receive as we age,” said Karotkin.
The InnovAge Johnson Adult Day Program, a day center for those with dementia or memory loss, provides great respite for both caretakers and participants. They offer a varied schedule of activities, which include visual arts, music, writing, gentle exercise and dance, which are geared to the client’s abilities. “Often people who have dementia are cared for by their spouse or adult children, who may or may not still work full time, in addition to caring for their loved one, so bringing them here provides respite for the caregiver. Also the participant wants to be in an environment where they can have fun, be active and with peers who are experiencing similar life changes and not feeling “watched” by their child or spouse, so it’s a respite for both,” Karotkin explained.
And InnovAge HomeCare helps participants with anything from light housekeeping to money management advice and transportation to prescription assistance. All services are designed to enable those who want to, to live as independently as possible.
Last year InnovAge served over 26,000 people in Colorado and New Mexico, and had more than 150 community volunteers help in their programs. Karotkin says they are always looking for more volunteers to help out with recreational activities like arts and crafts, or bingo, or to offer computer or financial advice and assistance, or even provide one-on-one companionship to participants who choose not to come into the day center routinely. Volunteers also help raise critical funds needed to expand their programs, as well as heighten awareness among seniors and their families.
A $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would be spread between all its programs to help expand its reach in the community and serve more individuals in need of its services.
For more information on ways to donate your time or money, please visit www.MyInnovAge.org.
Vote to Give InnovAge Foundation a $5,000 Hand-Up
As a Colorado owned bank focused entirely on the Front Range, Citywide Banks shares a commitment to our local community with the InnovAge Foundation. Through our Charity Hand-Up Contest, we are proud to spotlight the great work and ongoing needs of local nonprofits. Based on the results of a 14-day Facebook vote, the local community will determine how $7,500 is split among seven Colorado charities nominated by Citywide Banks employees. The charity receiving the most votes will receive $5,000 and the runner-up will receive $1,000. The remaining donation amounts will correspond to the voting results for each nominated charity. The voting public can also enter to win great prizes, including $100 dinner out at a top Denver restaurant. Official prize drawing rules are available by clicking here. Full contest details are at www.CitywideBanks.com/charity/.
How to Cast Your Vote – October 1 -14
The contest is open to the general public within the Denver/Boulder community (non-customers welcome to participate; no purchase necessary). The easiest way to vote is online by clicking the “Charity Contest” tab on the Citywide Banks Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/citywidebanks. Users will need to “like” the bank’s Facebook page to cast a vote/entry online. One vote/entry is permitted during the 14-day contest. After voting on Facebook, users can use the sharing buttons to easily invite their Facebook friends to vote for their favorite charity.
Spread the Word about InnovAge Foundation
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