Aug. 24 meeting set to discuss issues related to aging

A series of meetings planned across Colorado to discuss issues related to aging is scheduled to begin Aug. 24 with a session in Grand Junction.

The meeting is set for 1 to 4 p.m. at Two Rivers Convention Center, located at 159 Main St. The meeting is open to the public, with a special invitation extended to older adults, caregivers, service providers and advocates who work with seniors.

Other meetings are scheduled for Sept. 13 in Frisco, Oct. 19 in Pueblo,  Oct. 25 in Fort Morgan and Nov. 2 in Denver.

The proportion of people more than 65 years old in Colorado expected to increase nearly 68 percent by 2030. A planning group on aging seeks opinions, suggestions and guidance on issues related to aging that it can use to support initiatives that improve the lives of seniors in the area.

Members of the planning group, comprised of experts selected to address issues related to the state’s fast-growing aging population, will attend the meetings.

“Addressing the complexities of Colorado’s rapidly growing aging population requires an ongoing dialogue with community stakeholders,” said Jim Riesberg, chairman of the planning group. “This series is just the beginning of what I hope will be an ongoing conversation with communities around the state to seize on opportunities to develop innovative solutions for our aging population.”

For more information, send an e-mail to agingstrategy@state.co.us.