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
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 www.innovationsinaging.org.