The Denver Public Library is the most visited cultural institution in Denver. We are welcoming to all, and we provide programs, resources, and services, free of charge, in our 26 branches and in the community. Our vision is: “A strong community where everyone thrives.” Our mission is: “Together, we create welcoming spaces where all are free to explore and connect.” Our Older Adult Services Department has a positive aging approach, meaning we view age as a gift, not a problem. We support the many older adults who have the time and emotional space to engage in lifelong learning, creative endeavors, and community connections. At the same time, we recognize and address the real challenges people face as they age, including social isolation, homelessness, financial insecurity, dementia, and declining health. The older adults we serve are as diverse as the population of Denver itself. DPL’s Older Adult Services welcomes and supports all older adults, in all of their circumstances and identities, in all of their hopes and dreams for the best quality of life possible.
By Janine Vanderburg, Director of Changing the Narrative In 2018, when we began Changing the Narrative, we facilitated 42 in-person reframing aging workshops across Colorado. No matter what the location