Designing the future for a growing aging population in Pitkin County
Over 70% of locals over 60 say they have every intention of remaining in Pitkin County as they age and the Pitkin County Senior Center is spearheading an effort to help them do that. The “Aging Well Community Planning Initiative” kicks off the 9-month effort with a public work session on Tuesday, July 23rd from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Aspen High School Seminar Room. The initiative will look at everything from healthy activities for the older demographic to in-home services, transportation, and simply staying connected within our mountain communities.
“The vast majority of our senior population does not want to pull up stakes and move to a place like Arizona because life gets too tough for them here,” said Director of Pitkin County Senior Services, Marty Ames. “They want to remain rooted in the community they know and love, and where their friends are. There are some basic things they’ll need to be able to do that here,” Ames said.
Citizen work groups made up of a cross-section of the community will meet for 6 months to brainstorm what it takes to age “healthfully” in Pitkin County. The goal is to come up with an action plan to enhance the aging experience throughout the county.
“Some of the things older adults want include access to activities to maintain fitness and social interaction, access to health care options, services to fill in the gaps when extra help is needed; all of the things a community can provide to make this a place to thrive in later years,” Ames said.
The public is invited to attend the kickoff work session. For more information call Patty Kravitz at 920-5432 or email her at email@example.com.