First Step in a Community-Wide Effort
to Meet the Needs of the Fastest Growing Local Population
to Colorado Census figures, nearly one quarter of the population in Pitkin
County is over age 60 and the over 80 demographic is growing at a faster rate
than any other locally. This was the impetus for a 6-month-long strategic
planning effort called the “Aging Well Community Planning Initiative” (AWCPI).
The effort has resulted this month in a list of priorities that have the best
interests of the over 60 population in Pitkin County at heart.
“Many of us in the over 60 crowd don’t
recognize ourselves as aging because we’re still active and involved,” said
Pitkin County Senior Services Director, Marty Ames. “The results of our Aging Well
Initiative are recognition by the entire community what we’re going to need to
stay here and live, age well, and thrive” Ames said.
priorities identified in the AWCPI plan are ensuring that older adults will be
able to age in place, be safe, and have access to physical and mental health
services and that they will have access to services that support their wellness
including nutrition, exercise, brain fitness, socialization and spirituality.
Other priorities identified in the plan include encouraging social and civic
engagement as the community increasingly recognizes older adults as an
essential and valued segment of the population. A Senior Center that is properly sized,
designed and located to serve the needs of a growing and aging older adult
population is also listed as a priority along with a centralized, commonly
known and user-friendly system for accessing information that is important and
relevant to older adults.
Summit” is planned in mid-June where community leaders, partners, resources and
priority completion dates in the AWCPI plan will be identified.
heard the saying ‘It takes a village’. This effort is going to take the
commitment of the entire community to be successful and sustainable,” Ames
said. “As we roll out these priorities we will rely on the private and public
sectors to take action.”
The date and
time of the Senior Summit has yet to be determined. More information about the
planning effort is available online at www.aspenpitkin.com/seniorservices.