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Eastern CO GRECC Older Veterans Engagement Team

 

Older Veteran Engagement Team

16 August 2019

Engaging the Voice of the Older Veteran

Use your voice to inform research, clinical and community-based services for older Veterans and caregivers.

“OVET gave me a chance to meet people, associate, get out and learn from other[s].”

“Increased [my] awareness and education about available programs and resources.”

“Introduced me to other Veterans with similar concerns.”

“Good variety of topics that are of general interest.” What veterans and caregivers say about their involvement with the older veteran engagement team

Mission of the Older Veteran Engagement Team

Our mission is to promote older Veteran and caregiver engagement in planning research, clinical services and educational efforts of the Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).

The goal of the Older Veteran Engagement Team is to help ensure that the voice of older Veterans and caregivers informs research, clinical and other types of services to support Veterans as they age.

The Older Veteran Engagement Team was formed for two reasons:

  1. To give Veterans and caregivers a forum to connect with their peers, learn about available support and research, and offer their opinions; and,
  2. To give providers, researchers and health educators a way to receive feedback at any stage of their projects/initiatives.

Interested in joining our team?
Please contact:
Kathryn.Nearing@va.gov or 303-724-7186

Who We Wish to Engage

Veterans and Caregivers

We are actively looking for older Veterans and caregivers to volunteer for the Older Veteran Engagement Team. Contact us if you meet the following criteria and are interested in joining the team:

  • Men and women age 65+ with previous experience in any branch of the military
  • Those living in urban or rural areas
  • Caregivers of older Veterans (spouses/partners, friends or adult children)
  • Individuals with an ability to work well with others, consider different points of view, and offer a variety of perspectives

How Your Input Makes a Difference

Older Veterans and caregivers are experts of their own experience. By sharing your knowledge and perspectives, you can help ensure the efforts of researchers and clinical and community-based service providers are beneficial to older Veterans and their caregivers.

Our Members have provided input and feedback on topics such as:

  • Ways to share information about free hearing aids available through the VA
  • Using results of new research that shows older adults benefit from intensive strength training
  • A new program to put Veterans in charge of deciding the support they wish to use to remain independent in their homes

 

Interested in joining our team?
Please contact:
Kathryn.Nearing@va.gov or 303-724-7186

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