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Read Our Action Plan for Colorado

Colorado’s aging population is projected to grow at an unprecedented rate through 2030. The Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging compiled informative and in-depth research in its "Initial Strategic Action Plan on Aging for Colorado."

 The plan contains eight major goals for the state, as well as nine recommendations for the governor and state legislature to adopt for a  stronger Colorado. Read the plan and let us know your reaction and priorities for the state to meet the needs of the growing aging population.

 

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Two New Members Appointed to Planning Group

The Governor's office recently named two new members to the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging.

Coral Cosway, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy for the Alzheimer's Association - Colorado Chapter, and Gabriel Kaplan, PhD, MPA, who is the Chief of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch for the state of Colorado, are the two newest members of the Planning Group. One vacancy remains to be filled for the 23-member organization created by the state in 2015.

 

First Priority of Aging Group Advanced by Governor

The Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging applauds the announcement by Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne of a new position of Senior Advisor on Aging in the Governor’s Office.

In November 2016, the Planning Group established nine key recommendations for actions to be taken to address a sizeable demographic shift that will see Colorado’s population aged 65 and over rise by more than 508,000 — an increase of 68 percent — by 2030. This will result in more than 1.2 million residents in this age group, nearly one out of every five Coloradans. Recognizing the need to have vision and oversight over an issue that will cross sectors and policy areas, the Planning Group prioritized a governor’s office position as the first of its nine recommendations.

Support for the position was provided by The NextFifty Initiative, which will fund the position for three years.  

"We are pleased that the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and The NextFifty Initiative took action to address the first recommendation of the action plan we approved just 10 months ago," says Jim Riesberg, chair of the Planning Group. "Having a government office at a high level is critical to shine light on the issues that are important to address Colorado’s changing demographics."

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