Older Adult Refugees and Friends program

Inside a conference room a diverse group of older adult refugees sit around a table taking notes and talking with each other.

DRCOG works in partnership with the Aurora Center for Active Adults to offer the Older Adult Refugees and Friends program (formerly the Elder Refugee program). Older adults in refugee and immigrant communities from across the globe participate in activities that reduce social isolation and increase integration and connection in the community and promote health and wellness. Participants and their families receive information about services for older adults, as well as help enhance the skills of service providers who work with refugees. The program is funded through the federal Older Americans Act and a state grant from the Colorado Refugee Services program.

DRCOG’s Older Adult Refugees and Friends program strives to: 

  • Provide the Denver region’s elder refugees with information and assistance and improved access to Older Americans Act programs
  • Ensure inclusion of the elder refugee voice and perspective in future planning for older adults in the region
  • Fund programs for elder refugees at the Aurora Center for Active Adults, including exercise classes and recreation
  • Supply cultural competency training and cross-training for both traditional aging service providers and the refugee resettlement agencies in the Denver region.

Interested in learning how we developed our program? Want to know more about serving these populations? Click here for best practices documents. 

Who is a refugee?
A refugee is someone who "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country." Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees