Innovations in Aging Collaborative, along with the city of Colorado Springs and AARP, have launched the Age-Friendly Colorado Springs Initiative. The purpose of Colorado Springs joining the network of AARP Age Friendly Communities is to serve as a catalyst to educate, inspire and promote improvements that Colorado Springs can implement to make our community known as a remarkable place to age, according to a news release.

Age-Friendly Colorado Springs is a partnership between governmental agencies, nonprofits, businesses, committed volunteers and funders. The purpose of AFCS is to develop an action plan that guides and builds strategies to make Colorado Springs livable and welcoming for individuals of all ages. The affiliation with AARP provides value, networking and best practices of other age-friendly communities.

Mayor John Suthers has appointed the following Colorado Springs citizens to head the eight Age-Friendly Colorado Springs Subcommittees:

Transportation – Craig Blewitt, transportation services manager, Mountain Metropolitan Transit, city of Colorado Springs

Housing – Dan O’Rear, executive director, Myron Stratton Home

Social Participation: Jody Barker, executive director of aging initiatives, YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region

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Community Support and Health Services: Kent Matthews, family caregiver support center, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, Area Agency on Aging

Respect and Social Inclusion: Carrie Schillinger, program development, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, Area Agency on Aging

Civic Participation and Employment: Susan Presti, community relations and information management, Colorado Springs Utilities

Outdoor Spaces and Buildings:  Carl Schueler, comprehensive planning manager, city of Colorado Springs

Communication and Information: Jeanne Devant, editor, Life After 50

For more about the Age-Friendly Colorado Springs Initiative, visit


  1. Great place to age if you don’t mind local government taking away legal rights the State gave you years ago. Why it’s just like the 1980s all over again.

    • I am 61 yrs. ‘young’ and recently called 911 for the first time. When the emergency responders were in my living room they told me that I had to sign a paper before they could help me or take me to a hospital. My heart had been racing persistently, my feet were numbing, I had great difficulty breathing on my own, and had squeezing pressure on my chest. I was desperate for help, which is why I called 911, but was not going to sign a paper when I was not even able to see the printed word. I was told I was being combative because I would not sign. After about 20 minutes they took me to the hospital. I ended up in the emergency room psyche ward. I was released in less than 24 hrs. What legal rights DO we have left? Today I am still trying to recover and I know two 80 yr. young people who are able to do more than I can physically.

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