Colorado's age demographics are rapidly changing. Like the rest of the nation, our state's Baby Boomers (born between 1946 - 1964) are entering their retirement years. The dramatic increase in the 65 and older population is expected to be at its height between the years 2010 and 2030.1 In fact, the state demographer projects a 646,003 increase in the number of Colorado residents ages 65-100 years old between 2010 and 2030.2
Colorado is the third fastest aging state in the nation.3 Many older Coloradans are living longer, healthier lives and are eager to capitalize on their years of experience and insights. This offers us the opportunity to reimagine what it will look like to grow older in Colorado. Collectively, state agencies, the Governor's office, county and city governments, local communities, and residents are working toward making Colorado the best place to grow up and grow old.
Older Adult Strategic Plan
As part of this collective effort, the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing launched a strategic planning process in December 2018 to map out the Department's efforts over the next five years. This Strategic Plan will outline the strategies the Department will commit to in order to improve the quality of care and health of older adults with disabilities, while also lowering costs.
The key priorities of this process are to:
- align the Department's strategies with stakeholder priorities,
- coordinate the Department's work with other state-level efforts,
- capitalize on efforts already underway within the Department, and
- focus on up-stream strategies to maximize impact and decrease costs.
Engagement with state and local stakeholders has been a key component of this planning process, with the goal of understanding the challenges facing older adults and eliciting recommendations for changes to current policies and programs and suggestions for new strategies to consider.
Strategic Planning Process Timeline
- January - February 2019: Host seven focus groups with state-level aging experts
- March - April 2019: Host ten regional listening sessions across the state with stakeholders, older adults, and family members
- April - May 2019: Host an advisory committee of experts to assist with making strategy recommendations
- June 2019 - March 2020: Develop final Older Adult Strategic Plan
- Anticipated Release Date: On hold due to COVID-19 pandemic
Older Adult Stakeholder Meetings
The purpose of the Older Adult Stakeholder meeting is to inform older adult stakeholders about the Department's work, to gather feedback, and to identify opportunities for collaboration. The group meets on the 4th Monday of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. To be added to the communications list for these meetings, contact John Barry at John.R.Barry@state.co.us or (303) 866-3173.
- Older Adult Strategic Roadmap Presentation - Stakeholder Engagement Meetings - April 2019
- Older Adult Policy Strategy Presentation - Legislative Caucus on Aging - February 2019
- Colorado State Demography Office - more information about Colorado's changing demographics
- Other Long-Term Services and Supports Programs
- Colorado Aging Framework: A Guide for Policymakers, Providers, and Others for Aging Well in Colorado. Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Commission on Aging. July 2015.
- Colorado State Demography Office. demography.dola.colorado.gov/population/data/sya-regions/.
- Colorado State Plan on Aging: October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2023. Polis, Jared., Barnes, Michelle., Gates, Mindy. July 2019.
Hayley Gleason, PhD, MSW
Strategic Outcomes Division
Office of Community Living