“How are things over at the city of the dead?” a reporter recently asked Will DeBoer, who manages Colorado Springs’ city cemetery enterprise. “Quiet and peaceful,” replied DeBoer, giving a good-natured response to a quip that he’s heard hundreds of times. In fact, things are not entirely peaceful at the cemeteries. Like any business, the […]
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Community volunteers and city leaders are working to change perceptions about the aging population — by taking part in an international initiative to create cities that take all age groups into account when planning public spaces, workforce development and creating new businesses. The Age-Friendly Communities initiative, started by the World Health Organization, aims to encourage […]
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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is closing their health learning center gym, which provides exercise services to senior citizens who are undergoing rehabilitation after heart attacks or strokes or who suffer from chronic illnesses like diabetes. It’s the only medically supervised gym of its kind in the state.  And the 450 clients are so upset about […]
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The country is on the verge of a brave new Boomer-consumer world, and economists and marketing experts are working overtime trying to predict the next big buying pattern.
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The aging of America has had many impacts, especially on businesses. Local entrepreneurs have had to adapt their products and services to retain and expand their market share as their clients age. “It’s weird — I think the whole market is changing,” said Johnny Nolan, who owns two popular eateries in Colorado Springs, SouthSide Johnny’s […]
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The Colorado Springs Innovations for Aging Collaborative is preparing to meet the baby boomer wave that’s about to wash over El Paso County. The collaborative is hosting a workshop April 21 at Colorado College’s Worner Campus Center. The objective of the meeting is to identify a project related to aging that the community can rally […]
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The most difficult aspect of wealth management at retirement age relates to talking to the next generation about the money. “It’s the second hardest conversation you’ll have with your kids,” said Jerry Webman, Ph.D., chief economist with OppenheimerFunds Inc. The conversation will ultimately touch on who in the family to trust, who not to trust, […]
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Innovations in Aging Collaborative, which started as a loosely based grassroots group, is now forming as its own non-profit organization. The collaborative is on the search for an executive director, who will provide leadership and management to successfully guide the Innovations in Aging Collaborative as a start-up nonprofit, said David Lord, who has been acting […]
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El Paso County is ahead of other counties when it comes to planning for the silver tsunami, according to national experts who study the issue. Local community leaders are already rallying around the topic of aging trying to plan for the estimated 82,000 baby boomers, those over age 65, who will live in El Paso […]
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Cuts to Social Security and Medicare could increase poverty among older people in Colorado. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 15 percent of people over the age of 65 have incomes below the supplemental poverty level and 7 percent living in below the official Federal poverty threshold. Supplemental poverty levels take into account expenses like […]
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Baby boomers are expressing anxieties about losing their driving freedom and mobility. In a survey by American Automobile Association, nearly half of senior drivers said they are worried about losing their freedom when it’s time to give up the car keys. Every day, between 7,000 and 10,000 Americans turn 65; they are the generation known […]
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The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Department of Psychology recently received a two-year, $325,000 graduate psychology education grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will be used to prepare doctoral students in the clinical psychology program to deliver mental health services to older adults within […]
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