I am a 3rd generation Colorado native who was raised in Littleton and I love giving back to my community and helping others. Twenty years ago, at age 61, my father suffered and survived a devastating stroke that left him unable to communicate or care for himself independently. He still had a familiar twinkle in his eye, longing for interaction, adventure, stimulation, and the drive to improve and maintain a quality of life. I have an intimate understanding of what it was like to have his life (and ours) change so profoundly. He had retired only weeks before, and this certainly was not the path we could have foreseen. I have been supporting and assisting my mother ever since then, trying to enrich Dad’s life as well as provide much needed and deserved respite for my Mom. 

During those years my husband and I raised one son, I volunteered in the schools working in classrooms, serving on PTA Boards and CDM teams, and occasionally, team Mom. I have spent the last 11  years working in my community to improve forest health and wildfire concerns and am currently serving on the Board of Directors of my local fire protection district. 

When I decided to get back into the work force, I spent a very rewarding year with a local agency providing in home personal and companionship care for several clients.

Then I found Out and About Colorado and couldn’t be happier that I did! I’ve been assisting our clients and hosting our outings since  March 2016.



 From the early 1990s into the early 2000s I worked for an organization caring for severely developmentally disabled individuals including those with Autism. During this time I moved in with my elderly grandparents in Minnesota to be their primary caregiver. In the mid 90’s I fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and moved to Boulder to   pursue my passion of film, earning a degree in Digital Film Making and Video Production, and working in that field for a few years. My wife, daughter and I now live in Littleton, where I made the decision to return to work as a caregiver. It’s important to me that I do what I can to help make the world a better place. I joined the Out and About Colorado team in February 2017, and  appreciate the opportunity to assist and spend time with the wonderful people in our care.




I have lived in Colorado most of my life, currently we are happily  settled  on our horse ranch in the foothills.   I spent the last 20 years as a high school teacher, specifically in arts and woodworking.   I am passionate about the therapeutic value of writing and art, and  encouraged my students to use  ceramics, painting, photography, and journaling as important, creative outlets.
When I joined the Out and About Colorado team, I learned about  the value of art therapy for people who have dementia. Art therapy and pet therapy and equine therapy and music therapy; there are so many ways to help our clients connect with the world  and express themselves.  I joined the Out and About Colorado team of caregivers early in 2019. I  now enjoy  helping our clients make those connections, as we spend our days together.
I have many hobbies and have had a variety of jobs, but  am happiest when I’m doing meaningful work, like caring for the people in the Out and About Colorado program. Taking them on adventures and spending time with them is important to me. I joined the team in December 2018  and have enjoyed learning to make an adventure even out  of a simple walk in the park. There is a lot of value in taking time to pause,  and look around us.  Colorado has been my home my entire life, I know it well, and like exploring it with our groups.  Each person is  unique in their care needs and interests. It’s a pleasure to get to know everyone, and  be of  some help. 



                                        Mary Archer

My professional experience dates back to 2007 and includes caring for people with dementia in the nursing home setting,  in adult day programs and as an in-home healthcare provider. I created Out and About Colorado in January 2014, to serve in particular those in the earlier stages of dementia, though I am experienced  in all stages.

It’s a rough journey, and my goal is to help families find joy along the way.