COVID-19

WE CARE ABOUT OUR SENIOR COMMUNITY.

We have many organizations that are trying to help our senior community throughout the current COVID-19 situation. Please click button below for a list of opportunities and information from our members. If you have a need, or have volunteer opportunities please fill out this form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Please visit https://covrn.com/ for volunteer opportunities.

At Silver Key, we are busier than ever and need the community’s help to keep pace with demand.  This pandemic poses a much higher risk to older adults than the general population.  Extended social isolation and loneliness significantly impact the quality of life and health of older adults.  The needs of seniors to receive transportation, nutritional, and other assistance services remain in spite of the current public health crisis. We are balancing maintaining the necessity of services for seniors and to the community while simultaneously taking additional measures to ensure the health and well-being of all.

Here’s what folks can do to serve and support the often invisible and vulnerable population that Silver Key aids and advocates for:

  1. For those that the virus poses less of a risk and that are able, please consider serving those who are vulnerable. This is a highly personal decision and should be one that each considers for themselves and their families.

We need volunteers badly.  (See below for an outline of opportunities) 
One way to help and not have to have direct contact with clients (if you’re concerned about exposure) is to participate in our Calls of Reassurance program.  Silver Key Calls of Reassurance are available for seniors!  Seniors who self-enroll can be called weekly (1-3 times) to talk with a Silver Key volunteer. We currently offer two types of helpful calls:

  • Social Calls: for seniors who wish to have a weekly, bright, and supportive connection with a well-trained V.I.P. volunteer.
  • Safety Checks: similar to Social Calls in terms of conversation, but have an emergency component. If the senior does not answer after three calls, emergency contacts (maintained on file) will be contacted. If the emergency contacts cannot be reached, Silver Key will request for police to make a welfare check at the senior’s on-file address.

In this time of uncertainty, we know that many seniors and their families are deeply concerned.  Providing Silver Key Calls of Reassurance are made possible by donors and volunteers who care about older adults, and want to know that their support makes a positive impact for the most vulnerable amongst us.

  1. Donations always help.    As a non-profit, we can make dollars go really far.  Visit https://www.silverkey.org/donate/ to make a contribution. 
  2. As to necessities drive—everyone is having difficulty coming by these items.  However we have a kit:  https://www.silverkey.org/necessities-drive/  found on the link. 

Specifically right now, we need:

Shelf stable non-perishables:

  • Soup
  • Tuna/chicken
  • Chili
  • Vegetables/corn
  • “Pouched” (easy open): Rice, tuna, instant potatoes, etc

Hygiene products are also great (but difficult to come by right now):

  • Toilet Paper
  • Kleenex
  • Paper Towels
  • Dish Soap

No one should face Alzheimer’s or any dementia alone, especially in a time like this. The Alzheimer’s Association may not be in the office at this time but we are still open 24/7. If you, a loved one or anyone you know needs to talk, do not hesitate to reach out. Our professional staff provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. 800-272-3900 or alz.org. We are offering support groups and education via conference calls and web meetings throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Dear Senior Center Patrons,

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, please know we are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to send updates as needed. We are committed to maintaining a healthy environment and supporting the health of our community. As of today, we have made the decision to close the Colorado Springs Senior Center through Sunday, April 19. We will reopen on Monday, April 20.

We understand that many patrons rely on Silver Key for meals. Starting Tuesday, March 17, Silver Key will be offering a “drive-through” option for lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on weekdays through Friday, March 20.

Beginning on Monday, March 23, each patron may pick up five frozen meals from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. From March 23 on, meals (only frozen meals available) will be given out ONLY on Monday (March 23, March 30, April 6, & April 13). Each patron may pick up five frozen meals each Friday.

You may drive to the Senior Center to pick up your meal, where Silver Key will have a table in the entryway. When you reach the table, they will place your meal on the table and step back six feet, allowing you to pick up your meal. Please be careful to maintain six feet of space between yourself and anyone else in line. If you need the meals delivered to you please call 719-955-3400.

Although the building will be closed, our phone line (719-955-3400) will be staffed from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each weekday for anyone who is feeling isolated or afraid, or just needs to talk to someone. We understand that the Senior Center is a community hub, and we remain dedicated to providing community in any way we are able.

For those who were signed up for any paid classes, we will be postponing them. Our amended schedule is as follows:

Amended Program Schedule
March 2 – Spring Session Began
April 20 – Planned Reopening
May 11 – Summer Class Schedules Available & Registration is Open
May 15 – Day Trip Registration
May 22 – Spring Session Ends
May 25-29 – New Break Week
June 1 – Summer Sessions Start  

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we strive to best serve our community.

We all have a unique opportunity to come together as a community. Our Y has been serving community needs during varying times of uncertainty since 1878 and will continue to serve as a beacon of light for the distant future. Please visit ppymca.org/colorado-springs-senior-center/about-us/coronavirus for regular updates.

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