Colorado Commission on Aging

The Colorado Commission on Aging (CCOA) was established under the authority of the Older Coloradans Act (C.R.S. Sections 26- 11-100.1 to 26-11-106) to serve as the primary advisory body on all matters affecting older persons. The CCOA is a volunteer organization of seventeen people appointed by the governor and approved by the state Senate to serve for four-year terms. There are two members appointed to each of the seven congressional districts, and members representing that district may not be from the same political party. There is also one at-large commissioner and one member each of different parties from the state Senate and House.

Commissioners' duties include:

  • Conducting, and encouraging others to conduct, studies of problems of the state's older people,
  • Assisting government and private agencies to coordinate their efforts on behalf of the aging and older adults in order that efforts are effective and non-duplicative,
  • Promoting and aiding in the establishment of local programs and services for Colorado's aging and older adults,
  • Conducting promotional activities and programs for public education on problems of the aging, and
  • Reviewing existing programs for the aging and making recommendations to the governor and General Assembly for improvements.

The CCOA meets 12 times a year, with at least two meetings outside the Denver metro area.

Membership opportunity

If you are interested in applying for a position on the commission, please fill out a boards and commissions application. (Note: On the application form, the CCOA is listed as "Aging, Colorado Commission on the.")

Upcoming meetings

Next Meeting

Thursday, October 21, 2021
9 am - 12:00 pm
meet.google.com/jeg-ijpy-qgs
Phone: 617-675-4444‬‬ 
PIN: ‪555 105 474 6981‬#

For more meeting information, please contact Adrian Cowan at adrian.cowan@state.co.us.

 

Centenarian Project (ongoing program)

The Centenarian Project is a promotional activity of the Commission on Aging to celebrate the lives of Centenarians across the state, recognize their individual century of achievement, and focus the attention of all Coloradans on the political and social issues of aging. The Centenarian Project recognizes seniors who have achieved the age of 100 or older by awarding centenarian certificates prepared by the Commission and signed by the Governor. Certificates are usually awarded at birthday parties or other family functions and can be presented by Commission members. We know statistically that centenarians are increasing in number, but we want to know them individually so they can be honored for their lifetime of achievement. If you, a family member, or friend will soon turn 100 years old and/or 101 or older, please complete and submit either the paper form or the online form (links to application are below) at least 30 days prior to the centenarian's birthday. ***We can still provide certificates if an application is received within 30 days of the Centenarian\'s birthday, however, there is the possibility that it might not arrive in time for the birthday.

Centenarian Certificate Paper Application

Centenarian Certificate Online Application

Centenarian Celebration 2021 (annual event)

Photos of Centenarian Celebration-Aurora, 2019

In addition to providing certificates signed by the Governor throughout the year, the CCOA also 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.

To view the 2020 Centenarian Celebration click here.

The 2021 Centenarian Celebration will be hosted virtually on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Friday, September 24, 2021
10 am - 11:00 am
meet.google.com/bsw-dofe-arv
Phone: 617-675-4444‬‬ 
PIN: ‪353 584 257 1104‬#

For more information about the Centenarian Program, please contact Adrian Cowan at adrian.cowan@state.co.us.

Allen Buckingham Senior Leadership Legacy Award

Click here to view photos from the 25th annual Allen Buckingham Senior Leadership Legacy 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 27th Allen Buckingham Senior Leadership Legacy Award will be held virtually, on November 18th, 2021.

Thursday, November 18, 2021
meet.google.com/jeg-ijpy-qgs
Phone: 617-675-4444‬‬ 
PIN: ‪555 105 474 6981#

For more information about the Allen Buckingham Senior Leadership Legacy Award, please contact Adrian Cowan at adrian.cowan@state.co.us.

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 mark.techmeyer@state.co.us or Madlynn Ruble, Deputy Director of Communications at madlynn.ruble@state.co.us

Members
Name Representation Term Expiration
Paulette St. James CD 1 7-1-22
Ron DeVries CD 1 7-1-24
Myles Crane CD 2 7-1-24
Sean Wood CD 2 7-1-22
Erin Berge CD 3 7-1-24
Debra Herrera CD 3 7-1-24
Jim Collins CD 4 7-1-23
Connie Ring CD 4 7-1-24
Jody Barker CD 5 7-1-22
Peg Nugent CD 5 7-1-24
Lauren O'Connell CD 6 7-1-24
Jackie Stiff CD 6 7-1-22
Jane Barnes, Chair CD 7 7-1-24
Christina Johnson CD 7 7-1-22
Chad Federwitz, Vice Chair Member-at-large 7-1-22
Vacant State Senate WNLS
Vacant State Senate WNLS
Agendas and Minutes

Legislation & Reports

§C.R.S. 26-11-101: Statute Governing the Colorado Commission on Aging

Resources

Resources

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.