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Meetings on making El Paso County "Age Friendly" scheduled during October

 

Last updated 10/4/2022 at 9:29pm | View PDF

El Paso County citizens will have four opportunities in October to contribute their ideas on how the county can best enhance quality of life for its older residents.

The Innovation in Aging Collaborative (IIAC), a nonprofit whose mission is to make El Paso County "age friendly," will hold four 90-minute listening sessions:

• Colorado Springs: Oct. 11, 4 p.m., Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon)

• Manitou Springs: Oct. 14, 10 a.m., Manitou Art Center (513 Manitou Ave.)

• Monument: Oct. 19, 10 a.m., Tri-Lakes Chamber (166 2nd St.)

• Fountain: Oct. 26, 10 a.m., Fountain Valley YMCA (326 W. Alabama Ave.)

IIAC, which is supported by El Paso County and the City of Colorado Springs, will present initial findings from the listening sessions and receive further input at a half-day summit on November 17 at City Auditorium.

IIAC previously developed and implemented (from 2016 to 2021) a five-year Age Friendly plan for the City of Colorado Springs. Among the many improvements influenced by that process were the creation of an Age Friendly business designation with the Better Business Bureau; redesign of five city parks to better serve older users; the city ordinance governing Accessory Dwelling Units; and creation of a city Commission on Aging and an affordable housing collaborative.

"The 65-and-over age group is El Paso County's fastest-growing demographic," said Judith Scott, UCCS assistant professor of nursing and co-chair of IIAC's Age Friendly steering committee, "so ensuring a high quality of life for our older neighbors is a crucial issue for all of us."

According to census data, the number of El Paso County residents age 65 and over has more than doubled in the past two decades, to an estimated 99,406 as of 2021.

For more information or to sign up for a listening session or the summit, e-mail [email protected]

 

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