DENVER (May 24, 2022) — The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is calling for applications to the Colorado Commission on Aging. This expanded commission comes as Colorado is celebrating Older Adult Month and recognizing the age demographics that are rapidly changing in Colorado.
Many older Coloradans are living longer, healthier lives and are eager to capitalize on their years of experience and insights. This offers the opportunity to reimagine what it will look like to grow older in Colorado. Collectively, state agencies, county and city governments, local communities, and residents are working toward making Colorado the best place to grow up and grow old.
The Colorado Commission on Aging is calling for applicants by June 15. Interested Coloradans can apply here. (Note: On the application form, the CCOA is listed as "Aging, Colorado Commission on the.") The Commission will focus on issues impacting older Coloradans and policy development that empowers and supports older Coloradans ensuring, that Colorado is the best state in which to grow old.
“The number of aging Coloradans in this state is increasing rapidly; and the number of women, minorities, people of color and persons 75 years of age or older is expanding at an even greater rate,” said Office of Adult, Aging and Disability Services Director Yolanda Webb. “We are proud to continue Colorado’s reputation as a place for older adults to thrive.”
Colorado is the third-fastest aging state in the nation. Like the rest of the U.S., Colorado’s Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964) are entering their retirement years, and there will be a projected 646,003 increase in the number of Colorado residents ages 65-100 years old between 2010 and 2030.
About the 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. More information can be found here.
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