Families move east as Boulder County ages and becomes more diverse
Eat, play, love
We love our dogs in Boulder County, especially when they wow us with amazing tricks like diving for a Frisbee as Socks did here.
Want some evidence? Public pools such as Scott Carpenter pool in Boulder and local rec centers allow canines to take to the water for a day at end of season or during closures for yearly cleaning. In Boulder, since a law was passed in 2009, dogs’ best friends are called guardians instead of owners.
Leadership Fellows diversify passions and perspectives
Shifting demographics and increasing cultural diversity in Boulder County call for resident leadership that responds to – and anticipates – the needs and opportunities of our changing communities. Leadership Fellows Boulder County – a joint leadership development and networking program of the Community Foundation and the Boulder Chamber – represents our long-standing commitment to leadership development right here at home.
Seeking larger house, family moves to Lafayette
Sharon Collinge and Joan Laubacher bought their Martin Acres home in Boulder in 2001, planning to stay there.
“We didn’t have children (at the time), and we weren’t thinking of having children,” Collinge said.
But as their family grew – their son Jacob is now 10, and daughter Savannah is 8 – their 1,175 square-foot home began to feel cramped, a situation made more difficult because the house has only one bathroom. They enclosed a garage seven years ago and explored other expansion options, but they were cost-prohibitive. So was buying a larger home at Boulder prices.
Helping parents help their kids
As a 15-year-old, Claudia Sánchez gave up her quinceañera to help her family be together. Then still in Mexico, the family needed the quinceañera money to join Sánchez’ father who had already immigrated to Boulder.
Aging in place – with some help
Lilly Darcy gets her groceries delivered by volunteers from Boulder County CareConnect’s Carryout Caravan and gets regular visits from aides who clean and help her with tasks such as washing her hair.
“I don’t get around very well,” said the 87-year-old, who has lived in her Louisville apartment more than 10 years. “I use a walker. I don’t have good balance without it.” Darcy’s daughter, Linda, lives nearby, and friends in the building check on her regularly.
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.
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?