Arvada Senior Living Guide

The Senior's Resource Guide to Thriving in Arvada, Colorado
Welcome to the Senior Guide to Arvada, Colorado.

This thriving city, located just outside of Denver, offers a high quality of life for seniors with a variety of housing options, top-notch healthcare, and plenty of activities and amenities, there is always something to do here.

In this guide, we'll show you all the things Arvada has to offer for seniors. From your housing and healthcare options to transportation and activities, we've got you covered.

We'll also introduce you to all the resources available for seniors, including senior centers, social clubs, legal and financial assistance, and support for caregivers. And finally, we'll share all the fun ways to stay connected and engaged with the community, including volunteering and community service opportunities.

Let's explore all that Arvada has to offer for seniors!

Health

Finding top-quality healthcare is important for seniors. Fortunately, there are many options to choose from, including hospitals, clinics, and medical specialists.

In this guide, we'll explore the various healthcare options available, helping you find the best fit for your needs. Whether you need routine care or specialized treatment, you'll find what you're looking for.

Let's take a closer look at the healthcare resources available for you in the area.

Mental Health

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners

RMCP is a non-profit organization that provides crisis management services for people experiencing mental health and substance abuse issues. These services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year, and can be accessed by calling or texting. RMCP's team of mental health professionals will assess the individual, stabilize them, and then connect them with appropriate follow-up care and services.

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Jefferson Center

Jefferson Center is a nonprofit organization that provides mental health and substance use services for individuals and families in Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin Counties. They have been serving the community for over 60 years and offers services and programs to support people of all ages facing mental health and substance use disorders. They also have a program called Senior Reach, which focuses on supporting the well-being, independence and dignity of older adults by providing education, care management, mental health services and connecting them to community resources

303-425-0300
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Senior Reach (Jefferson Center)

Senior Reach is a program that helps older adults in the community who may be in need of emotional or physical support and/or connection to community services. The program is run by two organizations, Jefferson Center for Mental Health and Mental Health Partners, and is designed to help older adults get assistance before a serious crisis develops. The program works by having trained volunteers, called Community Partners, observe older adults in the community and report any concerns to the Senior Reach Call Center. If the older adult agrees, a member of the Senior Reach Team will visit them at home to see what kind of support they need. This may include short-term counseling if necessary. The goal of the program is to help older adults maintain their well-being, independence, and dignity as they age.

866-217-5808
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SCL West Pines: Behavioral Health Care for Seniors

Senior Behavioral Health is a program that helps older adults who are experiencing complex mental health issues. The program is located in the Lutheran Medical Center and is designed for people who are 65 years and older. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms such as feeling sad, not enjoying activities, trouble sleeping, having thoughts of hurting oneself or others, unusual behavior, confusion, memory problems, or emotional difficulties, the program may be able to help.

The program includes a thorough examination by a doctor to understand the problem and develop a treatment plan. The patient will have a team of healthcare professionals, led by a psychiatrist, who will provide compassionate care and support during the treatment and help plan for life after leaving the program. The typical stay is 12-14 days. The program accepts patients directly from the hospital emergency department, and also from private doctors, nursing homes, law enforcement professionals and community healthcare providers.

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Heartland Mental Health: Peer Support Community

Heartland Mental Health is a community-based organization that supports people with mental health conditions in Denver, Colorado. They have a center called the Drop-In Center, located in the Capitol Hill area of Denver, where people can visit and connect with others who are going through similar experiences in a safe and welcoming environment. The center is open six days a week and is open to everyone regardless of where they receive their mental health services. At the center, you can find resources such as a small food bank and clothing bank, computers with free internet access, groups, classes, and activities, and lunch is also available for $1.50 on Tuesdays.

Additionally, the organization has a clinic called Heartland Clinic, where they provide psychiatric services to adults with serious mental health conditions. The services include counseling, medication management, case management, and group activities, to help individuals improve their mental health and wellbeing.

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Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line

The Institute on Aging offers a special helpline called the Friendship Line that is specifically for people who are 60 years and older and for adults living with disabilities. This helpline is available 24 hours a day and can be reached by calling a toll-free number 800.971.0016.

The Friendship Line is the only helpline of its kind in the country that is accredited. The organization also makes follow-up calls to older adults who may be feeling lonely. The Friendship Line is designed to help older adults who may be feeling suicidal or depressed, as they may not reach out to traditional suicide prevention centers.

The volunteers on the line are trained to provide a listening ear and have a friendly conversation with older adults who may be feeling down. It is an unique service that aims to reach out to older adults who are feeling isolated, lonely, frail or suicidal, and help them to cope with their feelings and be connected to resources that can help them.

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Colorado Hoarding

The Colorado Hoarding Task Force is an organization that helps people and families who are affected by hoarding. The organization is made up of a group of agencies, businesses, and advocates that work together to provide resources, education and raise awareness about hoarding. The organization was started by a person who saw the need for more support in this area.

As people age, hoarding can become more of a problem as it can put their safety, health, and dignity at risk. Hoarding can make it difficult for older adults to access necessary home care services and medication. The task force works to help older adults with hoarding issues by providing resources and assistance to improve their overall well-being.

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Physical Health

Hospitals

#1) Lutheran Medical Center
#2) Denver Health
#3) St Joseph Hospital
#4) North Suburban ‍‍

Diagnosis Specific
Rocky Mountain Stroke Center | Website
Dementia Friendly Denver | Website
Parkinson Association of the Rockies | Website
Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado | Website
The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter | Website ‍‍

End of Life / Hospice

Denver Hospice Grief Center | Website

Respite / Caregiver Support

AARP Colorado Caregiver Resources | Website
Colorado Respite Coalition (CRC) | Website

Transportation Services

As a senior, it's important to still have access to reliable transportation. Fortunately, there are many options to choose from, including public transportation, private taxi services, and transportation specifically for seniors with mobility issues.

In this guide, we'll explore the various transportation options available, helping you find the best fit for your needs. Whether you need to get to medical appointments, run errands, or visit friends and family, you'll find what you're looking for.

The Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council (DRMAC) ensures people with mobility challenges have access to the community by providing regional transportation services and resources.

DRMAC Getting There Guide (PDF)

Getting There APP

VIA is a non-profit, private organization that helps its customers gain the mobility and transportation they need to be more independent and self-sufficient.

M-F 8:00am-4:30pm No weekend service.

IntelliRide manages non-emergency medical and non-medical transportation for Health First Colorado members across the state of Colorado.

Access-a-Ride is RTD's ADA complementary paratransit service, which is a shared-ride service for those who cannot use regular fixed-route bus/light rail due to a disability. It covers the entire RTD service area.

RTD Senior Ride is an essential service for the elderly community that provides transportation for groups of ten or more. Annually, it brings thousands of seniors to a number of recreational, educational and cultural activities.

SeniorShopper is a transportation service that helps seniors who have difficulty using fixed route services or driving. It provides rides for groups of ten or more from senior housing complexes and community centers, and people of all ages may use it. This service is only available on weekdays, excluding any holidays that occur on weekdays.

The RTD G Line is an 11-mile commuter rail line that connects Wheat Ridge to Union Station in just 27 minutes. It provides faster and more frequent service to Denver, Arvada, and Wheat Ridge.

At Union Station, passengers can transfer to the C, E and W light rail lines, the A Line to Denver International Airport, the B Line to Westminster, Local and Regional buses, the Free MallRide, and Free MetroRide. Key stops are at Olde Town Arvada

RTD G Line
DMARC Resource
GoGo Grandparent

Senior Activities & Social

If you're a senior living in or considering a move to Arvada, Colorado, there are many ways to stay active and engaged. One great option is to visit a senior activity center. These centers offer a variety of activities and programs specifically for seniors, including fitness classes, educational programs, and social events.

In this guide, we'll explore the various senior activity centers available in Arvada, helping you find the best fit for your interests. Whether you're looking to stay physically fit, learn something new, or socialize with others, you'll find what you're looking for in this list.

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Workout and Swimming

Apex Center

Apex offers a variety of Active Adult fitness and wellness classes, programs, and membership-based fitness classes; with insurance-based fitness programs such as SilverSneakers®, Silver & Fit™, and Renew Active™, eligible members receive free admission to recreation facilities District-wide and the same benefits as Tier 1 Passholders.

Classes include:
- Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
- Senior Weight Training
Learning

Arvada Library

The Arvada Library, located in Olde Town Arvada, provides wifi, computers and printers, a meeting room, study rooms, and Spanish resources.
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Religious

Arvada Covenant
Website | Email | 303-422-1235
Arvada United Methodist
Website | Email | 303-421-5135
Arvada Vineyard
Arvada Adventist Church

Kavod Senior Life

Education and Volunteering

Metro State Center for Individualized Learning | Website

The University of Colorado Boulder's CU Lifelong Learners Class Auditing program gives adults who are 50 years and older the chance to sit in and attend undergraduate courses, when seats are available. This program is intended for older adults who wish to continue their education without the need to be graded or complete assignments, the goal of the program is to foster lifelong learning and enable older adults to be part of the academic community.

Volunteer options
- Jeffco List (PDF)

Arvada Gardeners

Housing Options

In this guide, we'll explore the various housing options available in Arvada, helping you find the perfect place to call home.

Whether you're looking for a maintenance-free lifestyle of an Independent Living facility or need more hands on medical attention and daily needs care, you'll find what you're looking for here.

Aging in Place

Receive medical care while remaining in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes using these services offering Arvada residents care.

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Colorado Visiting Nurse

6750 W 52nd Ave
Arvada, CO 80002-3928
  • 303-698-2121
  • Skilled Nursing &Rehabilitation at Home
A Little Help
A Little Help

A Little Help, a non-profit organization, arranges for volunteers to assist older adults with transportation, yard work, handyman tasks, and home organization.

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Brothers Redevelopment
Brothers’ Senior Services Coordination

Helps seniors with general counseling and resources to stay at home.

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Gold Leaf Home Health
Gold Leaf Home Care

Short-term nursing care, rehabilitation, therapy, and assistance with daily tasks

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InnovAge PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) | Website


Single-family homes

Assisted living in a single-family home setting, like those listed below, offer a more intimate and homelike atmosphere for seniors in need of assistance with daily living tasks

Well House Arvada

The Well House

6501 W 60th Ave Arvada, CO 80003
  • (303) 489-9025
  • Assisted Living
AppleWood Our House

6435 Garrison Street • Arvada, CO 80004
303.424.6435
Memory Care

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Garden Care Columbine Acres
Garden Care: Columbine Acres

5375 OTIS STREET, ARVADA, CO 80002
720-458-0707
Memory Care

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Jaxpointe Arvada
Jaxpointe

6445 Saulsbury Court Arvada, CO 80003
303-420-5590
Memory Care

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Independent / Assisted / Memory Care

Full-service facilities offering everything from meals to activities and transportation services.

These facilities can range from Independent Living to secure Memory Care facilities with specialized care for Dementia patients and everything in between.

Gardens on Quail Assisted Living & Memory Care

Gardens on Quail

6447 Quail St, Arvada, CO 80004
  • 303-456-1500
  • Independent Plus, Assisted, Memory Care
Morningstar Arvada
Morningstar Arvada

17351 W 64th Ave, Arvada, CO 80007
720.697.2918
Independent | Assisted | Memory Care

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Amira Senior Living
Amira Choice Arvada

15594 W 63rd Ave. Arvada, CO 80403
720-679-6005
Independent | Assisted | Memory Care

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Brookdale
Brookdale Meridian

9555 W. 59th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80004
720-949-7361
Independent | Assisted | Memory Care

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More Arvada Living Facilities
Arbor View Senior Living
Covenant Living of Colorado
Dial Kipling Meadows
Ralston Creek
Springwood
Arbor View
Oberon House
Assured Assisted Living

Skilled Nursing / Rehabilitation

Arvada Care & Rehabilitation

Arvada Care & Rehabilitation

6121 West 60th Avenue Arvada, CO 80003
  • (303) 420-4550
  • Rehabilitation
Wildflower Assisted Living
A Wildflower Assisted Living

6197 W 83rd Ave Arvada, CO 80003
720-628-9092
Focus on Brain Injuries

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Hospice

Elevation Hospice

Elevation Hospice

7850 Vance Dr, Arvada, CO 80003
  • (720) 713-7478
  • Hospice / Palliative Care / Mobile Care
Colorado Visiting Nurse
Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

6750 W 52nd Ave
Arvada, CO 80002-3928
303-329-0870
Home Health & Hospice

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Gracia Hospice

7985 N Vance Drive
Suite 308 Arvada, CO
+1 720 531 3172
Hospice

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Senior Placement Providers
Senior housing placement services industry sees surge in demand as baby boomers reach retirement age, companies like those listed below aim to help families navigate the complex process of finding the right assisted living facility.

Colorado Chapter:  The National Placement & Referral Alliance
All About Seniors
Next Steps
Aging at 5280
Senior Living Navigation
Stacy's Helping Hand
Care Matters
Assisted Living Advisors of Colorado
Maintain Me
Heart 2 Heart 4 Seniors
Care Patrol

Senior Property Tax Exceptions

A partial property tax exemption is available for Older Adults who have owned their home and occupied the property as their primary residence for the past 10 consecutive years or more, 65+, veterans with disabilities, Have total income of less than $12,953 (or $17,460 for a couple) income level. Follow link for specifics.

Property Tax Exception Form

Medicare

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
- SHIP provides Medicare beneficiaries with objective information, counseling, and enrollment assistance.

Outdoor Recreation

Not a total surprise since Arvada is in the great active state of Colorado but you'll be pleased to know that the city has a wide variety of outdoor activities to enjoy, including hiking at Mount Galbraith Park in the nearby foothills, biking the Ralston Creek Trail, or visiting one of the city's many beautiful parks such as the Majestic View Nature Center or the Arvada Reservoir.

In this guide, we'll explore the various outdoor activities and events available in Arvada, helping you find the best fit for your interests.

Parks and Open Space

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Nature Center

Majestic View

The 80 acre Majestic View Nature Center and Community Park offers wildlife exhibits, hands-on displays, kids' activity area, classrooms, meeting spaces, and Oberon Lake for visitors to explore for free Tuesday Through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A paved interactive trail is a nice starting point.
Creek Trail

Ralston Creek

Arvada's longest public trail follows Ralston Creek, connecting many City parks, open spaces, and picnic/play areas, and ending with views of the Denver skyline at Arvada Blunn Reservoir, tracing the path of the 1850 Colorado Gold Rush.
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Wheelchair Accessible Parks

Van Bibber Park

Van Bibber Park offers wheelchair accessibility via a 1.5-mile concrete trail as well as urban get-aways, soft-surface trails, open meadows and an observation deck for viewing wildlife.

There are two main trailheads.
 National Wildlife Refuge

Two Ponds


Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge offers 72 acres of trails, grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands to explore, with beautiful views of the Rocky Mountain Front Range and opportunities to observe native wildlife and plants in an urban setting.

There are several short .3 mile loop trails along with another longer accessible 2.3 mile trail.
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Lake and Fishing

Arvada Blunn Reservoir

The 180 acre Arvada Blunn Reservoir is open to the public for fishing, hiking, and boating and supplies 25% of Arvada's drinking water; it offers good fishing.
City of Arvada Open Space

Local Arvada Golf Courses

Arvada, Colorado is proud to offer golfers two exceptional options for their game, both of which are owned and operated by the city.

The West Woods Golf Club, a 27-hole course designed by Richard Phelps, is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is just a 20-minute drive from downtown Denver.

The Lake Arbor Golf Club, an 18-hole course, is characterized by its lush greens, narrow fairways, and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. Both clubs host tournaments and offer programs to promote the growth of the game.
In addition to these, another great option is the Indian Tree Golf Course, which is owned and operated by the Apex Park and Recreation District and Willis Case just across from i-70 and operated by the City of Denver

#1) West Woods Golf Club | Website (720) 898-7370)
- Three unique golf courses-- The Sleeping Indian, The Cottonwood, and The Silo
6655 Quaker St, Arvada, CO 80007 (Map)

#2) Indian Tree Golf Club | Website (303-403-2542 )
- Richard Phelps design
7555 Wadsworth Blvd.Arvada, CO 80003 (Map)

#3) Lake Arbor | Website (720) 898-7360)
- Classic 18
8600 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada 80003 (Map)

#4) Willis Case | Website (720-865-0700)
- While technically in Denver the Willis Case course is close to Downtown Arvada and offers view of the foothills and Front Range
4999 Vrain St.Denver, CO 80212 (Map)

Golf Courses

Attractions & Event Calendar

As a senior living in or considering a move to Arvada, Colorado, you'll be pleased to know that the city has a wide variety of local attractions to enjoy, including the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Arvada Festival Playhouse, the Arvada History Museum, the Arvada Rose Garden, and the Arvada Flour Mill Museum.

The city also has a number of annual events and festivals, such as the Arvada Harvest Festival and the Arvada on Tap Beer Festival, providing even more opportunities for fun and entertainment.

In this guide, we'll explore the various local attractions and events available in Arvada, helping you find the best fit for your interests.

Let's take a closer look at the local attractions available.

Summer Festivals

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Arvada on Tap

A unique beer tasting event in June featuring a selection of craft brews from around the world. Enjoy live music, delicious food, and the chance to meet the brewers and learn more about their beers.
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Arvada Kite Festival

Experience the thrill of flying kites of all shapes, sizes and colors in the Colorado breeze in April. Arvada Colorado Kite Festival is an annual celebration of kite flying with a wide variety of kites, live music, food, and activities for the whole family.
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Arvada Days

Celebrate with family at Arvada Days this summer! Enjoy games, vendors, live music and the beer garden. All proceeds from the beer garden will go to Ralston House.
Arvada Kit Festival

Other Festivals

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Arvada Harvest Festival


Since 1925, the Arvada Harvest Festival and Parade has been the biggest and oldest community event in Jefferson County. Sept Event Date
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Arvada Craft Fair

Our annual craft fair featuring handmade items crafted by local artists is being held on Saturday November 19 at Arvada High School, with all proceeds going to the Arvada High School Music programs.
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Arvada Farmers Market

At the Arvada Farmers Market, held at Olde Town Square, you can celebrate local food, thank the farmers, and stock up on what you need; it is open Saturdays 11 AM - 3 PM (December) and Sundays 9 AM - 1:30 PM (June - Sept).

Resources

Arvada Festivals Commission
Website | (720) 898-7403

Arvada Destinations

Arvada, Colorado offers a variety of cultural and historical attractions for seniors to explore. The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, established in 1976, features 3 theaters, an amphitheater, a conference center, art galleries, music and dance halls, and the Arvada Historical Museum.

The Arvada Historical Society, founded in 1972, preserves historical objects and artifacts, disseminates information about Arvada's history, maintains a research library and museum, and encourages preservation of Arvada's heritage. The Society also owns and operates the Arvada Flour Mill Museum and Belgin Cemetery, which can be toured on Saturdays or by appointment.

Old Towne Arvada, a National Register of Historic Places site, offers a variety of shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, breweries, wineries, and events, and is a great destination to explore the heart and soul of the city.

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Features

1) Cussler Museum

The Cussler Museum is a unique and educational experience that offers visitors a chance to explore the fascinating history of vintage cars and transportation.

Admission is $10.00 for seniors and is located at 14959 W. 69th Avenue
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2)Old Towne Arvada

Olde Town is a National Register of Historic Places site with a turn-of-the-century Main Street Americana ambiance; it is the heart and soul of Arvada and a destination for locals and visitors alike, offering a variety of shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, breweries, wineries and events.
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3) Historic Flour Mill

The Arvada Flour Mill Museum, constructed by Eugene Emory Benjamin and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is owned by the Arvada Historical Society and can be toured Saturdays 11-3 or by appointment (303-431-1261); donations are accepted.
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4) Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Since 1976, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has provided Denver with visual and performing arts, boasting 3 theaters, an amphitheater, a conference center, art galleries, music and dance halls, and the Arvada Historical Museum.
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5) Arvada History Museum

The Arvada Historical Museum is a part of the Arvada Center, it was established in 1972 by the Arvada Historical Society to preserve and promote local history. It features a restored 144-year-old Haines log house, furnished as it would have appeared in the 1800s. The museum has undergone two expansions since its opening in 1976 and is closely associated with the Arvada Historical Society.
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6) Arvada Historical Society

The Arvada Historical Society, founded in 1972 preserves historical objects and artifacts, disseminates information about Arvada's history, maintains a research library and museum and encourages preservation of Arvada's heritage, relying on memberships, donations, fundraising events, grants and programs such as walking tours, oral histories and historical research; the Society also owns and operates the Arvada Flour Mills and Belgin Cemetery.
Arvada Historical Society

Cost of Living & Low Income Resources

While it's true that the cost of living in Arvada is higher than the national average, it's important to keep in mind that this is due in large part to the city's high quality of life.

Arvada has a strong economy, top-notch healthcare, and a wide range of housing, shopping, and dining options. In this guide, we'll explore the various factors that contribute to the cost of living in Arvada, helping you understand what to expect and make informed decisions about your budget.

DRCOG’s Boomer Bond initiative is helping local governments around the region create age-friendly physical and social environments allowing older adults to remain in their homes and communities for as long as they desire.

Low-Income Senior Resources


Food
Project Angel Heart | Website
Meals on Wheels| Website

Health Care
Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP) | Website

Taxes & Finances
Old Age Pension Health and Medical Care Program (OAP) | Website
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide | Website


Housing
Arvada Housing Authority - Housing Choice Voucher Program | Website
Senior Support Services | Website

Volunteers of America Senior Housing near Arvada > List

Additional Resources

Arvada Region Focused

City of Arvada
Website | (720) 898-7000
Arvada Visitor Center
Website | Email | (720) 898-3380
Chamber of Commerce
Website | Email | (303) 424-0313
Arvada Economic Development Association
Website | Email | 720.898.7010
Arvada Press
Arvada Urban Renewal
Arvada Visitor Center
7305 Grandview Avenue

Senior Focused Resources

AARP Colorado
Jeffco Human Services Aging
Seniors’ Resource Center
A Little Help
City of Denver: Older Adult Resource Directory
Denver Commission on Aging
Colorado Gerontological Society
Agewise Colorado

Emergency Help Lines

Adult Protective Services