We may not be Florida, but Colorado is aging too.
By 2050, the number of older adults in Colorado is expected to double to 1.7 million. That’s more than the current populations of Denver, Colorado Springs, and Aurora combined.
El Paso County is expecting a 33% growth in the 65+ demographic between 2020 and 2030, the largest increase in any age group.
Aging affects a community in a wide range of areas: housing, transportation, community supports, healthcare, employment, lifestyles and more. To serve its older members well, a community must listen carefully, plan inclusively, and act decisively.
That’s what Age Friendly Pikes Peak is about. In 2022-2023, with support from the City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County, we are convening the region’s stakeholders to develop a five-year, need-based action plan. Our goal is to make the Pikes Peak Region a better place for everyone by becoming as welcoming, inclusive, and supportive as possible for older persons. We will build on the highly insightful, Age Friendly Colorado Springs plan.
To achieve the best results, we need the involvement of all stakeholders: residents, businesses, community organizations, and government agencies. You can help in any or all of the following areas:
- Participate in or organize a listening session this summer to help us gain a better understanding of needs throughout the Pikes Peak Region.
- Serve as a “community champion” and communicate the process to various groups throughout the Pikes Peak Region.
- Volunteer to serve as a team member this fall to develop goals and actions for key elements of the plan prior to January 2023.
- Attend a one-day summit this fall to learn what has been successful in our community and what can be improved.
Please join us and help Age Friendly Pikes Peak make our community a great place to live for people of all ages!
Please check back for more information, coming soon!
Questions? Contact us at:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (719) 602-3815
Age Friendly Colorado Springs
History of Age Friendly Colorado Springs 2015-2020
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers submitted an application to AARP to join the Age-Friendly Communities Network, and that application was approved in 2015. Colorado Springs joined the network on March 8, 2016 in a ceremony at Colorado Springs City Council, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office, Innovations in Aging and AARP Colorado.
Purpose/Mission: To create a strategic plan for our community to become an age friendly city that is welcoming and open to citizens of all ages and encourages a maximum quality of life.
Goal: To create an action plan based on the 8 domains of livability that includes performance metrics, a timeline and recommendations for implementation.
Vision: City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County will be an Age Friendly Community that is inclusive and accessible, where all residents may live a healthy, active, and engaged life.
Facilitation: Former City Council President Richard Skorman and owner of Martin Business Group, Jan Martin, will serve as our lead Facilitator and Community Champion
Age-Friendly Colorado Springs Official Launch
March 8, 2016, Colorado Springs City Council
Eight Domains of Livability