Celebrating over 37 years of service to Larimer County and Northern Colorado
Elderhaus provides holistic and therapeutic daytime care to seniors and adults with disabilities in a safe, engaging environment tailored to their needs.  Our participants, whether seniors or adults over 18 years old with disabilities and including all income levels, have an engaging, safe daytime environment that fosters an enhanced sense of self and of community belonging.  Our caregivers have the freedom to adjust to their new normal, be productive, and experience less stress. 
Letter from our Executive Director
Families and friends of Elderhaus,

You’ve heard “you build it, they’ll come”.  That was proven as Elderhaus moved to their dream location at 6813 S. College Avenue in Fort Collins.  We are much more accessible for many more people in northern Colorado including Weld County.  It’s been a great first year and we continue to grow positively.

With summer fast approaching, there are many events/activities to look forward to. The second week of June is looking pretty full.  But remember we are an activity program to keep us all busy.  Restaurant night out this month is at Nordy’s Bar-B-Que and Grill.  Take your honey, your family or yourself out to dinner from 5:00 to close on Thursday, June 15.  Bring a coupon from our website and they will donate 10% of your dinner back to Elderhaus.  What a great deal.  Watch the website (elderhaus.org) for the next one.  We have one on the 15th most months.  Come and meet everyone.  It’s always a fun time.

Father’s Day is always a big celebration here.  We have several volunteer groups coming in to spoil our fathers and remind them how special they are.  The party starts at 1 PM on Friday, June 16.  Everyone’s invited – just let Jordan know if you plan on coming.  If that’s not enough ---
On Friday, June 16 from 5 to 7 PM we will be having a benefit spaghetti dinner for a family attending Elderhaus having a very hard time right now.  Jessica and her three children will be there to meet everyone and tell you all thank you.  She has quite the story to tell and could use a little bit of help.  Each plate will have spaghetti, a vegetable and bread and then if anyone wants to donate goodies for dessert, we won’t turn it down.  Come on in and spread a little love.

The fourth of July is a great celebration.  Although we’re closed on the 4th, we will be celebrating the Monday before with a barbecue picnic.  Early September we will be hosting another Olympics games day.  The fishing crew is in full force on Thursdays. City Park proves to be great fishing.  The Body gym is one of our great supporters. They provide our occupational therapists a place to work with clients on balance, strength and even confidence.  The L.I.F.E. program is new in June.  8 AM to 10 AM the post stroke group works with the occupational therapist and then they work on adaptive equipment in the kitchen, and support groups.  We are soon to add speech therapy through Covelle and UNC, and the Social Work department at CSU will be interning with us this fall.  

The Lions continue with their long hikes, support groups and travel training.  The Cubs are the group that like the physical exercise but cannot quite do the long hikes. Swimming, bowling, mountain trips, and even coffee at Vern’s.  Whew, keeping very busy.

We don’t only want to keep your loved ones busy.  We have an amazing caregiver support group every Wednesday from 9 AM to 11 AM.  They are an amazing group with tough love, encouragement and support.  Anyone is welcome who might be going through some crazy transitions.  Watch for our Care Talks.  We have had Dr. Pressman from Anschutz Medical Center come up and talk about dementia.  Our next one will be in July working with caregivers and others on how to transfer into vehicles, from wheelchair to chair/toilet, folding a wheelchair and placing it in your trunk safely without hurting your back. These events are usually on Saturday mornings and you are welcome to bring your family member with you so that you can focus.  

I hope you all are planning some great things for your summers also.  It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with and share the lives of your loved ones.  Thank you.

Sincerely,
Joanne Vande Walle, Executive Director
Please share with others who may have an interest in the services of Elderhaus and Mindset. 
3rd Annual  Rhinestone Cowboy Gala
Our 3rd Annual Rhinestone Cowboy Gala took place on April 28.   We thank our incredible supporters who braved the April 28 snowstorm to attend.  A big thank you to MacKenzie Place for their presenting sponsorship in catering the event with exceptional food and service matched by the beautiful surroundings of Windsong Estate Event Center.  We had generous sponsors including Jeff & Sandy Lindberg in memory of John and Rema Moren, the American Baptist Church, Poudre Valley REA, Business Equipment Services, SUITES Fort Collins, Guaranty Bank, and Woodward Governor.   Hours of planning by our director Joanne Vande Walle, Sandy Lindberg, Maureen Acton, Sally Walczyk, Joyce Devaney, Doug Burns, and other board and staff members set the stage for the delightful evening.   DJ Joe Oppenheimer, dance instructor Nancy Gorman, Flashbox photo booth, and the many donors of auction items made this a memorable evening for all  and raised over $31,000 for Elderhaus.   This amazing show of support allows us to provide exceptional adult day programs to this community.  

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 
Featured participant - Harry Austin Booth
Austin began attending Elderhaus in 2009 when he needed extra support as he began dealing with the effects of Alzheimer's and has loved his Elderhaus family so much! He was sad to leave his Elderhaus family in January of 2017 when he moved to a new supportive home in Woodland Park, Colorado. Austin was thrilled to leave great memories and several works of art with Elderhaus. 

Born in 1936, Austin hails from Marshall, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism. While in college, Austin also studied drawing and painting with Artist/Instructor Remington Schuyler.

Austin and his family lived in Marshall, Missouri, Marshalltown, Iowa, and Grinnell, Iowa. During those years he worked as a journalist and as an English, Speech, and Drama teacher at both the high school and college levels. He also ran a public service agency, and owned an art gallery. After moving to Fort Collins in 1985, Austin continued to paint and sell his artwork as he worked at Woodward Governor and Cytomation. Austin has five children and eleven grandchildren.

Austin has been painting continuously for over sixty years. He says he never really knows where his ideas are going to come from and describes some of his paintings as fresh, spontaneous and wacky as well. These whimsical works point to Austin's sense of fun and humor. Even a cursory look at Austin's work, however, reveals his serious talent and mastery of various media.

Of the creative process, Austin says, "I get a sense of accomplishment, that I'm doing something that's unique to me. I get great satisfaction from my friends and clients who appreciate my work." Austin has received numerous honors over the years including "Best Of Show". 
Our Cafe is open!
Come enjoy some snacks from Great Harvest Bread Company and Gib's Bagels at our newly opened cafe in our Elderhaus facility. This is operated by our Brain Benders group and is open Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8 AM to 10 AM. Cold drinks and coffee are available. We look forward to serving you!  This is a great way to see the new facility if you have not already done so. Donations for the snacks are gladly accepted. 
Featured Volunteer - Joyce Litchfield
When Joyce Litchfield began volunteering with us in 2012, she told Sandie Cogswell, Elderhaus volunteer coordinator, she felt overwhelmed because, as a volunteer, she didn’t know what she was supposed to do.  A year later, Sandie watched her as the group she was with returned from an outing, arriving just in time for lunch. Joyce quickly had the group seated at their tables, their hands washed, napkins in their laps, and she was busy finding out what they wanted to drink with their meal. We’re pretty sure she could run our entire operation if we would just let her!

Joyce is not only good at what she does with our participants, but she helps new volunteers learn how to help our participants.  She also makes new staff feel comfortable and at ease, and helps them learn about our individual participants.
Joyce has a job, volunteers with other groups besides ours, and remains faithful in helping us out.  Joyce knows what she is doing, helps our ladies so they know what they are doing, and does it all effortlessly.  Our ladies baking group in particular benefits tremendously from Joyce’s expert leadership and guidance.  

If you ever need a definition of what a perfect volunteer is, we suggest the perfect definition would be “Joyce”. 
Did you know....
Every day 10,000 people in the USA turn 65!   At Elderhaus, 36% of our clients/participants are under 65, the highest percentage of "young old" that we have ever seen.  We have programs that meet the needs of the younger and the elderly. 
Every month, a local restaurant in Northern Colorado offers to give a portion of the tab back to Elderhaus for those presenting a flyer to their server. In May, Texas Roadhouse in Fort Collins was our generous sponsor. Thank you for your generosity!

In June,  Nordy's at 4360 St. Cloud Drive in Loveland will be our sponsor. Please click on the image at right to access a printable flyer to bring with you.  Come enjoy the evening with barbecue and friends, and support Elderhaus at the same time.

Watch our website for upcoming events at other restaurants such as Freddy's, Garlic Knot, and a return to Texas Roadhouse.
Wish List for June
Elderhaus and Mindset could use the following items for activities:
 - Construction Paper (variety of colors)
 - Scissors
 - Paint (non-toxic and washable)
 - Tape
Thank you for your generosity in providing needed supplies! 
What your donations can provide...
As a nonprofit, our revenue base includes fees for services as well as grants and donations to keep the wheels on the buses turning, meals on the tables and the very best staff providing care for our clients/participants and respite to their loving/dedicated caregivers.  Your donation of any amount is greatly appreciated and helps to keep Elderhaus services available in our community. 
  • $79 provides 2 meals, a snack, a day full of activities in the community with oversight by a registered nurse, an occupational therapist, certified nursing assistants and loving people.
  • $35 provides 25 delicious nutritious meals following guidelines of the Colorado Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
  • $25 provides travel to and from the program for a rural participant who could not get to the program without assistance.

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Please consider making a one time donation or a legacy or estate gift to assist Elderhaus in fulfilling our dream of a debt-free facility and/or starting an endowment fund for Elderhaus.  

Contact Joanne at 970-221-0406 if you would like to contribute. Your gift will help sustain this program for years into the future.  
 Thank you for your generous support of Elderhaus and Mindset!
Community Events of Interest
Elderhaus offers an ongoing caregiver support group meeting from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Wednesdays at Elderhaus.  Anyone going through difficult transitions with a loved one is welcome.  Please join us.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Thursday, June 15, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at The Ranch - First National Bank Building, Morehouse Hall, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO.  Email weaad@larimer.org or call 970-498-7751 to RSVP by June 8. A light breakfast will be served. 

Dementia Communication and Coping Strategies , July 13, 2017, 5:30 PM to 06:30 PM at Fort Collins Senior Center, Phone 970-495-3442 and again July 20, 2017, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Loveland Library.

The Larimer County Office on Aging maintains a community announcements page for resources related to aging and disabilities.  Please click here to access the current list.  

Elderhaus Adult Day Program, Inc.,
6813 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO  80525  
970-221-0406
Board of Directors
Maureen Acton, Poudre School District                           Misty Bordeaux, Atty, Bordeaux & Boyes, LLC
Doug Burns, Retired Hewlett-Packard Sales/Marketing  Joyce Devaney, RN, Retired Public Health Admin
MaryAnne Heyman, Financial Planner                            Don Lambert, Retired American Baptist pastor
Sandy Lindberg, RN, FCN,Parish Nurse                         
Gordon Thayer, Retired Hewlett-Packard Engineering 

Contact Joanne if you would like to be considered for a board member position.