Colorado Commission on Aging

The Colorado Commission on Aging (CCOA) was established under the authority of the Older Coloradans Act Section 26-11-101, C.R.S. to serve as the primary advisory body on all matters affecting older persons. The CCOA is a Governor-appointed, citizen-led, multidisciplinary Commission, comprised of representatives from both the public and private sectors to coordinate and contribute to guiding state programs, services, projects, policies, procedures, and resources in the area of aging and coordinate and guide the implementation of the strategic action plan on aging (Master Plan on Aging).

The make-up of the CCOA comprises of 19 Commissioners:

  • 2 legislators (one from the House of Representatives, and one from the Senate),
  • 8 Congressional Districts: at least one member who is 60+, or a person living with a disability, or who has a family member with a disability; rural/frontier; local government; business community, 
  • 9 remaining categories: higher ed; director of an Area Agency on Aging; knowledge of workforce issues impacting older Coloradans; represents a long-term residential care setting; represents an organization providing HCBS; extensive knowledge of or experience with transportation infrastructure and services; represents housing sector; and public policy or elder law community with knowledge of an experience with aging policy or elder rights issues.

Statute also requires that members represent diverse racial, cultural, socioeconomic, gender, and ability groups, and individuals receiving community based social or medical services that support independent living and there be no more than a minimum majority affiliated with the same political party. 

The CCOA meets monthly every 3rd Thursday of the month virtually until further notice. Please see the FY 22-23 dates and times here

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Upcoming meetings

Next Meeting

Thursday, June 14, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Community First Foundation

5855 Wadsworth Bypass A, 

Arvada, CO 80003

Meeting ID: 899 5375 0485 Passcode: 166298 One tap mobile +17193594580,,89953750485#,,,,*166298# US

For more meeting information, please contact Adrian Cowan at

Name Representation Term Expiration
Adam Dempsey  CD 1 9-1-24
Ellen Taxman  CD 2 9-1-25
Lynne Thompson  CD 3 9-1-24
James Kuemmerle  CD 4 9-1-24
Kathleen Cerullo-Smith  CD 5 9-1-24
Jacqueline Stiff  CD 6 9-1-24
Karen Brown  CD 7 9-1-24
Ronica Rooks  CD 8 9-1-24
Jodi Waterhouse  Higher Education 9-1-25
Christine Vogel AAA Director 9-1-25
Penny Whitney  Workforce 9-1-24
Kimberly Bryant  LTC Setting 9-1-24
Kelly Osthoff  Dementia 9-1-25
Chad Federwitz  HCBS 9-1-25
Rich McClintock  Transportation 9-1-25
Diana Delgado  Housing 9-1-25
Gina Brown  Public Policy 9-1-24
Rep. Mary Young  House Rep WNLS
Sen. Joann Ginal  State Senate WNLS

Executive Committee:

Meets monthly on the first Tuesday, from 10:00am - 11:00am.

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Age-Friendly Communities Committee:

Meets monthly on the fourth Friday, from 9:00am - 10:00am (9:00am - 11:00am quarterly)

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Public Policy Committee:

Meets monthly on the second Monday, from 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Workforce Committee:

Meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday, from 10:00am - 11:00am

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Agendas and Minutes


Resources, Legislation, & Reports

The Colorado Aging Framework: A Guide for Policymakers, Providers and Others for Aging Well in Colorado

This framework was developed as a collaboration between CDHS and the Colorado Commission on Aging (CCOA) in response to the currently increasing older adult population in Colorado. The Colorado Aging Framework incorporates the findings of the 16 Area Agencies on Aging as they assess the needs of older adults in their communities. It includes information from other states and national organizations, such as the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and others, regarding the most up-to-date thinking on issues affecting older adults (e.g., housing, health care, employment, caregiving, etc.). It captures what state agencies in Colorado are doing, right now, to respond to the increasing population of older adults.


Colorado Commission on Aging: Improve Prison Release Outcomes 

Media Inquiries

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