Families move east as Boulder County ages and becomes more diverse
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Helping parents help their kids
Aging in place – with some help
Keeping a home and giving back
Mary Doyle has lived in her Boulder home since 1984. Like many long-time homeowners in the county, she has seen her home grow greatly in value, but Doyle won’t see the benefits unless she moves to a less expensive area.
Median housing prices have risen all over the county, but the trend is particularly evident in Boulder where prices rose nearly $100,000 between 2015 and 2016. More than half of Boulder’s housing stock is in single family homes, where many of the city’s seniors hope and plan to age in place.
Keeping your independence as you age
As you get older, do your best to keep yourself in shape. If you are unable to get up from the floor unassisted, work on strengthening your legs. Local rec centers offer classes under the Silver Sneakers program. A physical therapist can also help with balance and strengthening exercises that will take into account any health issues you might have.
Make sure you have clear paths in your home for getting around. Get any loose tiles, boards or other tripping hazards fixed. Remove rugs or carpet runners that you might slip on. Get shower bars installed.
Government labs helped shape modern Boulder County
WHAT CAN I DO?
Volunteer or make a donation to a nonprofit that helps elders. Almost any expertise can be useful, from carpentry to financial planning.
Know your neighbors, especially older folks who live alone. When you have a relationship, it’s not awkward to ask if they need something at the store or if it would be a help to cut their grass. Let them know they can call you in an emergency.
Volunteer with Care Connect—a program dedicated to seniors.
Teach your children to respect others and offer help when needed. Make your home a place of tolerance, and let them learn the concept of community by doing.
Consider volunteering at Intercambio Uniting Communities or a similar organization to learn about other cultures and perhaps teach English to residents from other countries.
Volunteer to read with young students at local schools.
One in four Boulder County residents identifies as a person of color. More than 50% of Latinos here are younger than 25. Yet, only four of our county’s 108 elected officials were people of color in 2017. Is this representative democracy?