Colorado Takes Steps to Become an Age-Friendly State
On Tuesday September 18, 2018 Colorado became the third state in the union to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. Colorado’s designation as age-friendly comes on the heels of other communities – Colorado Springs and Larimer County – taking these steps years ago. The new initiative, Lifelong Colorado, announced by Governor John Hickenlooper will be a bottom-up, inclusive strategy that will build on these efforts and support livable communities for all Coloradans. This community led initiative, with state agencies and other statewide organizations playing supporting roles, is intended to grow and evolve over time. The hope is that Colorado will add 20 new communities to the age-friendly network in the next year and 100 new communities by 2023.
This ambitious project will be chaired by Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne and Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. Engaging regional Area Agencies on Aging, Colorado Municipal League, Colorado County Commissioners, Colorado state departments, and various other stakeholders the Lifelong Colorado initiative seeks inclusive and diverse guidance to ensure Coloradans from all regions and every background can thrive across the lifecourse. Bob Murphy, AARP Colorado State Director, made it clear that these steps taken by the state would not be possible without the work done by the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging.
Stay tuned for more information as the advisory committee begins to meet and plan for how to make Colorado the most age-friendly state in America.