Community Resources

JoAnne and IraEstelvina Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center

Hearts & Horses, a non-profit therapeutic riding facility nestled in the foothills of Northern Colorado, has been changing lives for people with disabilities since 1997. In addition to their work with handicapped individuals they offer Equine Assisted Learning programs for at-risk youth. Their instructors are rigorously trained and certified by PATH Intl., the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Hearts & Horses is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center – the highest level of accreditation possible and is a highly regarded training facility for therapeutic riding instructors.

Hearts & Horses provides a variety of therapeutic and educational programs utilizing their incredible herd of four-legged therapists. The Riding in the Moment program helps facilitate adults and seniors facing the challenges of aging, memory loss, and age or injury related cognitive impairments in finding joy in equine related activities. For some, it is a chance to experience past memories and for others, it is a new adventure.

For more information about the Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center,  click here to visit their website.

ShirleyFrank Memories in the Making

For those with Alzheimer's, the world has grown confusing, overwhelming, and maybe even a little frightening. Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making® (MIM) is an art program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias that brings comfort and joy through the process of creating watercolors. Even after people with dementia have lost the ability to use words, they are often able to express thoughts and emotions and to share memories through painting with watercolors. The experience offers an opportunity for the essence of who they are and what they care about to shine through.

Beautiful artwork is created by those with memory impairment at over one hundred Memories in the Making host sites statewide. A jury of professional artists selects the artwork for an art auction in four front range communities. It is then professionally framed for display at annual Memories in the Making Art Shows and Auctions.

Click here to view the Courtyard’s Memories in the Making brochure.

For more information about Memories in the Making and the Alzheimers Association,  click here to visit their website.