Join us in Colorado Springs on June 16th – Attend In-Person or Virtual
Aging Resources from our Conference
Join us at The Future of Aging in Colorado Conference! We are inviting Coloradans from across the state to work together to improve the lives of people as they age today, and for decades to come. We will have representatives from non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, government agencies, and individuals of all ages, assessing where we are today and exploring partnerships to move the aging agenda forward.
Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging (SAPGA)
To explore and develop strategies to help prepare Colorado for its growing aging population, the General Assembly passed HB15-1033, creating the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging, often referred to as SAPGA or the Planning Group. The Planning Group was created to develop a comprehensive Strategic Action Plan on Aging in Colorado, examining both the positive and negative effects of Colorado’s shifting demographics.
2020 Strategic Action Plan on Aging – CLICK HERE
Beginning on page 50 is Appendix A – Colorado Master Plan on Aging Progress
All of Appendix A is considered the groundwork for the Colorado Master Plan on Aging (MPA). Appendix A includes recommendations on aging categorized by topic and listed in chronological order with the year published in parentheses at the end of the recommendation. This section captures the entirety of Planning Group recommendations made in the 2016, 2018, and 2019 Action Plans. A final SAPGA report will be completed after the conference updating the MPA through 2022 and will be available electronically in August.
The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)
The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) is the state agency that is available to help strengthen Colorado’s communities. DOLA works in partnership with local governments and communities statewide to provide funding for projects and disaster recovery relief. We provide state and federal funding to private housing developers, housing authorities, and local governments to increase the inventory of affordable housing, and work diligently to help our state’s most vulnerable population to remove them from homelessness. DOLA also provides expertise through robust technical assistance programs to help with community planning, property taxation, and tax appeals.
About our Event Partner
The Colorado Commission on Aging (CCOA)
The Colorado Commission on Aging (CCOA) was established under the authority of the Older Coloradans Act (C.R.S. Sections 26- 11-100.1 to 26-11-106) to serve as the primary advisory body on all matters affecting older persons. The CCOA is a volunteer organization of nineteen people appointed by the governor and approved by the state Senate to serve for two to three year terms. There are two members appointed to each of the eight congressional districts, and members representing that district may not be from the same political party.
Colorado Commission on Aging 2022
In 2022, the modernization of the “Older Coloradans’ Act” (act) has provided an incredible opportunity to recruit new members to the expanded Colorado Commission on Aging. We are looking for Commission members who are interested in:
- participation in a citizen-led commission focused on issues impacting older Coloradans
- policy development that empowers and supports older Coloradans
- ensuring that Colorado is the best state in which to grow old by working to implement strategies aligned with the Strategic Action Plan on Aging and Lifelong Colorado initiative
CCOA Recruitment Flyer 2022 – CLICK HERE
Note that the deadline to apply may be extended
About the Organizations Presenting
AARP Livability Index
The AARP Livability Index scores every neighborhood and community in the United States for the services and amenities that affect people’s lives the most. Using more than 50 national sources of data, the AARP Livability Index provides the clearest picture yet of how well a community meets the current and future needs of people of all ages, regardless of income, physical ability, or ethnicity. Featuring 61 indicators, the AARP Livability Index captures how well a community supports its members in seven critical categories: housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement, and opportunity.
African Americans in Gerontology (AAIG)
Aisha C. Young is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2002, she graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Gerontology. In early 2009, she developed African Americans In Gerontology to network with other gerontologists and to guide students studying gerontology.
Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado
The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
The Bell Policy Center
Since 2000, the Bell Policy Center has worked to advance economic mobility in Colorado. Today, we seek to answer a critical question: In a state that boasts one of the best economies in the country, why do so many feel unable to get ahead? Despite our state’s growing prosperity, Coloradans feel stuck. To address this economic anxiety and find answers for families and communities, we have sharpened our vision to meet the moment: Our mission is to ensure economic mobility for every Coloradan. Through our research and advocacy, we provide policymakers, advocates, and the public with reliable resources to create a practical policy agenda that raises the economic floor, builds a diverse and thriving middle class, and sparks innovative ideas to prepare us for the future.
Changing the Narrative
Changing the Narrative is a strategic communications and awareness campaign to increase understanding of ageism and to change how people think, talk, and act about aging and ageism. Ageism is in our minds and our institutions – and it impacts our health, our ability to work and our economy. The good news is that there are things we can all do about it.
Colorado Association of Area Agencies on Aging (c4a)
The Colorado Association of Area Agencies on Aging (c4a) is made up of 16 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) across Colorado that provide comprehensive community-based services to older adults aged 60+ and caregivers. c4a is supported by the federal Older Americans Act and the Colorado Department of Human Services’ State Unit on Aging.
Colorado Center for Aging (CCA)
The Mission of Colorado Center for Aging is to educate and inform the public, community leaders and elected officials on diverse communities across the state and issues that impact the health and well-being of older Coloradans. We make policy and rule-making processes accessible and understandable while providing an advocacy platform for the issues most impacting older Coloradans.
Denver Commission on Aging
The Denver Commission on Aging helps to make Denver the best community for older adults through outreach, communication and advocacy including: Advocating for their rights and concerns, Empowering older adults through dissemination of information and sharing community resources, and Monitoring and recommending legislation and proposed policy changes affecting older adults.
The Lifelong Colorado initiative is a collection of state, regional, and local strategies that support aging in the community. It is our vehicle for moving aging efforts forward in our state and livable community efforts are a critical piece of the puzzle.
Older Coloradans’ Act (act)
The bill updates the “Older Coloradans’ Act” (act). The purpose of the act is to support older Coloradans through community planning, social services, health and well-being services, and strategies to prepare the state’s infrastructure for an increasing older population of Coloradans.
Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU)
MSU Denver was named the No.5 most innovative university among regional universities in the West. Metropolitan State University of Denver sits right in the heart of downtown and less than an hour from the mountains. Take a day trip to ski, hike and enjoy the outdoors, or walk to theme parks, live music, restaurants, theaters, sporting events and more. From the city to the slopes, campus allows access to experiences both in and out of the classroom.
Pitkin County Senior Services
The mission of Pitkin County Senior Services is to facilitate quality of life and independence for individuals over 60. We provide responsive, reliable services and creative programs that enable residents and visitors over age 60 to remain as independent as possible within our community. Our goal is to assist seniors to maintain a quality of life consistent with their personal abilities and expectations.
State of Colorado – Colorado Department of Human Services
CDHS supports people and families by connecting them with assistance, resources and support at every stage of their lives. We serve Coloradans through bold and innovative health and human services. And together, we empower Coloradans to thrive.
State of Colorado – Colorado State Demographer
State Demography Office is the primary source for Colorado population and demographic information. The office provides population estimates and forecasts for Colorado’s regions, counties, and municipalities developed by the State Demography Office and the U.S. Census Bureau.
State of Colorado – Office of Governor Jared Polis at State of Colorado
Governor Jared Polis is an entrepreneur, education leader, and public servant. After launching several successful companies, Governor Polis committed himself to making sure other Coloradans had the opportunity to pursue their dreams through founding schools for at-risk students and new immigrants and started nonprofits to help veterans. Prior to serving as Governor, Polis served on the State Board of Education and represented Colorado’s 2nd Congressional district.
The Scan Foundation
The Scan Foundation is an independent public charity devoted to transforming care for older adults in ways that preserve dignity and encourage independence. They believe aging well means being able to thrive in the place one calls home. As such, they focus on myriad initiatives to improve care, services, and daily living experiences for older adults and families.
What is a Master Plan on Aging – CLICK HERE
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus – Multidisciplinary Center on Aging
The Multi-disciplinary Center on Aging at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus was established in 1993 through an agreement between the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, the deans of the schools on the Anschutz Medical Campus and the leadership of the University of Colorado Hospital. The mission of the center is to promote improved health for older adults through the establishment and continuation of high quality and innovative clinical programs; the education of community professionals in geriatrics and gerontology; an emphasis on multidisciplinary team care and activity; and the promotion of collaborative transdisciplinary efforts in basic, clinical, and health services research that span the university community.