Once Colorado Springs was inducted into the Age-Friendly Network, Innovations in Aging Collaborative undertook community surveys and convened committees of community members and experts to tackle each of the eight domains of livability.
Eight Domain Committees
The Age-Friendly Steering Committee built a committee for each of the 8 domains of livability by identifying community leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds including city representatives, non-profit leaders, local residents, and active college students to participate in the initiative. Individuals were invited to contribute to the Age-Friendly Action Plan and encouraged to suggest any additional individuals who might provide valuable input. Committee chairs were selected for each domain to help organize meetings and maintain project momentum.
Former City Council President Pro Tem, Jan Martin, acted as the Age Friendly Colorado Springs Facilitator. In this role, she guided conversations at committee meetings and worked to ensure that each committee produced finalized goals that would be impactful and obtainable.
All committees held the same responsibilities:
- Identify current initiatives in Colorado Springs that make the city age-friendly
- Pinpoint any gaps in service or available resources that hinder the age-friendliness of Colorado Springs
- Develop three to five goals with specific action items in order to best address community needs.
Each committee met six to seven times over the course of two months to brainstorm, cultivate, and finalize their individual goals. On May 19, 2016, committee members from every domain gathered to share their individual action plans and to provide input on the identified goals and action items.
In addition to the work of our domain committees, the Age-Friendly Steering Committee gathered information about the age-friendliness of Colorado Springs by conducting a Community Needs Assessment Survey with local residents. Questions on the survey asked for feedback on all eight domains of livability and included an option to provide additional comments. The survey was made available online, via email, as a website and social media link, and was also disseminated in person at several locations with high levels of senior traffic.
Additionally, the Steering Committee conducted three small focus groups with active senior residents and senior-industry professionals, asking them to provide their input on the finalized Age-Friendly Action Plan. Residents were instructed to evaluate each goal, identify any issues that were not addressed by the action plan, and to help the steering committee prioritize initiatives.