Douglas County is experiencing the nation’s most dramatic percentage of population growth in adults aged 60 and older. According to the State Demography Office, by 2030 it is estimated that one in four residents of Douglas County will be age 60 or older – approximately 24% of the County’s population.
The Douglas County Adult Services program strives to enhance the quality of life for aging adults and persons with disabilities throughout the community. The goals of the program are to provide countywide leadership, conduct ongoing needs assessment, and provide a means of exchanging information, networking, promoting the development of resources and services, and serving as an advocate for County residents.
With the rapid increase in our older adult population, many seniors find that they do not have access to the services they need in order to continue to live safely and comfortably in their homes and communities.
To help with this goal is Neighbor Network a local nonprofit in Douglas County with a big mission – Helping Older Adults Stay Independent. Neighbor Network’s innovative volunteer programs help keep costs down and quality of life up for our older residents. This grassroots nonprofit partners with Douglas County government, local providers and the faith-based community.
Neighbor Network’s programs provide a safety net for members, allowing older adults to remain active in the community while living independently in their homes. Services offered include a volunteer driver program, companionship, handyman and repair services, grocery shopping, and information, and assistance.
Neighbor Network volunteers are screened, trained, and supervised.
To be eligible to receive services, one must be age 60 or over or an adult with a disability, reside in Douglas County, and complete an application.
For volunteer opportunities or to become a client, please contact the Neighbor Network office at 303-814-4300 or visit the website at www.dcneighbornetwork.org to learn more and fill out an application.