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Colorado Commission on Aging

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.

Click here for the Colorado Aging Framework document.

Duties of the Commission

  • To conduct, and encourage others to conduct, studies of problems of the state’s older people.
  • To assist government and private agencies to coordinate their efforts on behalf of the aging and aged in order that efforts are effective and non-duplicative on behalf of the state's older people.
  • To promote and aid in the establishment of local programs and services for the aging and aged for the state's older people.
  • To conduct promotional activities and programs of public education on problems of the aging.
  • To review existing programs for the aging and make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly for improvements. 

Allen Buckingham Senior Leadership Legacy Award


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.  


Centenarian Project

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 years old and/or 101 or older, please complete this  Centenarian Form at least 90 days prior to the centenarian's birthday.  


Commission Membership - CCOA Members List

The Commission consists of 17 volunteer members appointed by the Governor, with consent of the Senate. The Commission is comprised of: 

  • Two persons from each Congressional District (one from each major political party), one person at-large, one from the Senate, and one from the House of Representatives. One of the Congressional District appointees must be from the Western Slope.
  • No more than 9 members may be from the same major political party.
  • Appointment is for a four-year term. 

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 via email at tara.franck@state.co.us 


Attend a Meeting -  FY 14-15 Meeting Schedule 



To Approve Aging Framework document 




Call-In Information
Participant Passcode
Dial In Numbers
Toll free
Please contact Tara Franck at 303.866.5288 or email at tara.franck@state.co.us
for agenda and meeting minutes.


Weekly Public Policy Committee Conference Call
  Every Monday during Legislative Session
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  
Executive Committee Conference Calls
Tuesday, June, 16, 2015 
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
March 2014 Minutes                                   
April 2014 Minutes                               
May 2014 Minutes                                   
June 2014 Minutes                                 
Monthly Strategic Planning Committee Conference Call
July 10, 2015
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Community Relations Committee and Bylaws Policies Committee Meeting as needed
No meetings scheduled at this time.



























































Meeting Minutes

Contact Information 
Tara Franck
1575 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203
FAX: 303.866.2696