The Colorado Commission on Aging was established in 1964 to inform and advise decision makers and to advocate for the quality oflife of all seniors.
About the Aging Population
Colorado has one of the fastest growing aging populations in the U.S. In the year 2021, there will be more than 1,350,000 older adults age 60 years and older in Colorado. From the years 2011 to 2021, the number of older adults in Colorado will increase 54%. Centenarians are also a fast growing segment of the American population. Did you know that four out of every five centenarians are women? Currently there are about 650 Coloradans 100 years and older. In 2021, there will be approximately 1,100 Coloradans 100 years and older. By the year 2050, the Census Bureau predicts there will be over 850,000 centenarians in the United States. The United Nations predicts that by the year 2050, over two million persons in the world will be 100 years or older.
Duties of the Commission
Allen M.A. Buckingham served on the Colorado Commissionon Aging from 1986 to 1998. The Commission's annual Senior Legacy Award was awarded posthumously to Allen in December 1998 and the event was renamed in his honor. Allen served on the national AARP Board of Directors, as regional director of the Region VIII U.S. Administration on Aging, and held other key positions during his career. Allen promoted the needs of older persons, especially that they live in dignity, have freedom and choice, and realize full and active participation in their society. The spirit of his legacy is celebrated annually. Nominations for the 2010 selection will be accepted starting in July 2010. Please have your nominations returned to Tara Franck at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the address listed below. For a nomination form please click here.
The Centenarian Project is a promotional activity of the Commission on Aging to celebrate the lives of Centenarians across the state, recognize their individual century of achievement, and focus the attention of all Coloradans on the political and social issues of aging.
The Centenarian Project recognizes seniors who have achieved the age of 100 or older by awarding centenarian certificates prepared by the Commission and signed by the Governor. Certificates are usually awarded at birthday parties or other family functions and can be presented by Commission members. We know statistically that centenarians are increasing in number, but we want to know them individually so they can be honored for their lifetime of achievement. If you, a family member, or friend will soon turn 100 or more, please contact Viola McNeace at least 90 days prior to the centenarian’s birthday. Information need includes the centenarian's name, current address, date and place of birth, and phone number as well as your name, phone number and your relationship to the centenarian.
The Commission consists of 17 volunteer members appointed by the Governor, with consent of the Senate. The Commission is comprised of:
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Commission, contact the Governor's Boards & Commissions Office at (303) 866-6328. If you are interested in more information please contact Tara Franck at the Division of Aging and Adult Services at (303) 866-5288.
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Denver, CO 80203
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