Jarett Hughes, Senior Policy Advisor on Aging for the Governor, will explain the basics of the Lifelong Colorado State Plan, as it promotes quality of life for older Coloradans as vital members of our communities. Lifelong Colorado is our statewide initiative that captures local, regional, and state strategies supporting aging in the community. At the state-level, this involves coordinating agency planning and aligning implementation efforts in-line with Colorado’s Strategic Action Plan on Aging. At the local-level, one of the most critical components in response to our shifting demographics are livable community efforts through either the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities and the Denver Regional Council of Governments Boomer Bond initiative. Both AARP and DRCOG efforts focus on housing, transportation, built environment, workforce development, social engagement, health care, and community support services. Access, or lack of access, to these domains across the lifespan drive health disparities and impact health outcomes in later life. Our emerging demographic reality is a first and will become our new normal as generations of Coloradans continue to live long and productive lives. It also requires us to confront, and boldly address, the challenges that adequately supporting an aging population raises.
Join the SRC for our annual presentation: Colorado and Regional Population Trends and Aging.
Colorado was the 2nd fastest aging state in the nation last decade. Cindy DeGroen, the Senior Demographer in the State Demography Office, will discuss Colorado’s changing demographics and present the trends in Colorado’s aging, looking back over the past 30 years and looking forward to the next 30 years. Always an informational and interesting presentation especially this year with the implications of Covid on our population.