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, January 19, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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
Vacant 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
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


Centenarian Celebration:

The CCOA hosts an annual Centenarian Celebration. Centenarians and their families are invited to attend this event to celebrate their birthdays if they turned 100 years or older in the year of the event or before. This event is held in a different location throughout the state and is usually held in the month of May. Please check back for more information over the next couple of weeks for location. You can still order a certificate for yourself, friend, or a loved one at any time and have it sent to you and/or you can plan to attend the Centenarian Celebration this year and we can hold onto it until the event for you and have a commissioner present it at the event.

Centenarian Certificate Paper Application

Centenarian Certificate Online Application

For more information about the Centenarian Program, please contact Adrian Cowan at

Allen Buckingham Senior Leadership Award:

Allen M.A. Buckingham served on the Colorado Commission on Aging from 1986 to 1998. The Commission's annual Senior Legacy Award was awarded posthumously to Allen in December 1998 and the event was renamed in his honor. Allen served on the national AARP Board of Directors, as regional director of the Region VIII U.S. Administration on Aging, and held other key positions during his career. Allen promoted the needs of older persons, especially that they live in dignity, have freedom and choice, and realize full and active participation in their society.

The Commission collects nominations throughout the year and will review all nominations in August and notify the nominator.

The 30th Allen Buckingham Senior Leadership Legacy Award will be held on TBD.


For more information about the Allen Buckingham Senior Leadership Legacy Award, please contact Adrian Cowan at

Click here for the nomination form.

Click here to be directed to the online nomination form.

Media Inquiries

For all media inquiries, please contact Mark Techmeyer, Director of Communications at or Madlynn Ruble, Deputy Director of Communications at