DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 — Gov. Hickenlooper today announced that Wade Buchanan is Colorado’s new Senior Advisor on Aging. This position will play a key role helping leaders focus on key aging-related concerns like mobility, health care, housing and more.

The State Demography Office estimates Colorado will have more than 1.2 million residents aged 65 and over by 2030.

“Wade brings a wealth of experience on the issues that affect older Coloradans to our team,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “With Wade at the helm, we will be able to better understand and plan effectively for the unique issues that come with a significantly larger senior population.”

The key responsibilities for the Governor’s Senior Advisor on Aging include:

Acting as a central leader for planning, coordination and policy guidance on issues related to the aging population, providing advice to the state’s policy leadership and the Governor in this area;

Working across foundations, health care providers and private sector initiatives to address gaps to support high impact programs across the state;

Coordinating with policy leaders and funders to ensure that Colorado is adhering to best practices and implementing sound policy as it relates to aging.  

“Given the projected growth, we are anticipating unprecedented demand for services that support our seniors and help them live their lives to the fullest,” said Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer Donna Lynne. “We hear a lot of talk about the influx of millennials, but we need equal focus on those 65 and older.”

In 2015, the Colorado General Assembly enacted House Bill 15-1033, creating a Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging. In a report in November 2016, this group made several recommendations to improve services for older Coloradans, including creating a Senior Advisor on Aging in the Governor’s office. The position is funded by a grant from the NextFifty Initiative that supports the position over the next three years. Second and third year funding is based on renewal agreements.