The Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District and the Village at Belmar are proud to co-sponsor The Passions Project Lakewood: Redefining Aging, a celebration of the beauty and vitality of local residents who are living life to its fullest no matter their age.
Highlighting two of its core values, Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District has partnered with Heidi Wagner, founder of The Passions Project, to initiate this innovative project to promote inclusion, collaboration and cultivation of Lakewood’s pride, history and identify.
Wagner, a respected photographer, will photograph the unique passions of Lakewood seniors that dispel the myth of ageism and promote these individuals – and seniors in general – in a positive and compelling manner.
Nominations are being accepted now, and a selection committee, compromised of respected local individuals, will weigh the options to select 20 local candidates for this portrait series. Look for the finished results exhibited around Metro Denver and, of course in Lakewood.
For 15 years, Colorado based photographer Heidi Wagner has used her camera to look closely at extraordinary people of all ages. Since 2011, Wagner has made The Passions Project the central focus of her creative work. Through The Passions Project, you get a new view of aging and the importance of living.
Cary Johnson has worked for the 1ST Judicial Attorney’s Office for 15 years as Director of Crime Prevention. He works extensively in the area of older adults and crime. He loves time with his grandchildren.
David Appel, M.S.W. is the Senior Services Support Specialist with the City of Lakewood. David works in a program called the Reachout Office based out of the Clements Community Center at 1580 Yarrow Street. He assists older adults and caregivers as a solid first step for those looking for information and assistance. David has more than thirty years of experience working with older adults in a variety of different areas.
Roddy is involved with Denver University’s Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging. He has been teaching photography at the University of Denver for twenty-years. He received a BA in photography from Edinburgh Napier University, and an MFA in photography from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Chris is the President and CEO of Seniors’ Resource Center, Denver area’s largest nonprofit serving seniors and adults with developmental disabilities. Prior to being named President and CEO, he served on SRC’s Board of Directors for five years. A native of Colorado, Chris is committed to helping older adults throughout the community preserve their independence, remain in their homes as long as possible, and enjoying the highest possible quality of life.
Amy Davis worked for years with senior services in Jefferson County through Village at Belmar. After realizing how much help families require navigating many facets of senior care, Amy is now a Senior Advisor representing families finding housing to keep our elders’ as safe and as independent as possible. Amy leads the Lakewood Parkinson’s Support Group, is a member of the Jefferson County Council on Aging, volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado and is a devoted member of St. John’s Cathedral.
Amy Miller, LCSW, is the Senior Services Manager at Jefferson Center, where she oversees the Senior Services Outpatient and Senior Reach programs. Amy has a wide variety of experience providing training on working with older adults with mental health and cognitive challenges, and has been a Mental Health First Aid instructor for over three years.