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A senior’s suggestions

Dear Editor:

Where to build the new Aspen continuing care retirement community? Consider these ideas:

Keep assisted living where it is now located next to Aspen Valley Hospital and run by AVH. Build a third floor connecting to AVH. There is need for better transportation as emergencies arise.

A third-floor annex would give at least eight more apartments for assisted living. And moving the Senior Center, run by Pitkin County, to a new Aspen location along the Roaring Fork River at the old Aspen Art Museum and electric building … and constructing a three-story apartment similar to the Aspen Square condo-hotel … keeping the old matching red brick of the historic original building … even attached to the building for convenience. Here is a perfect location for seniors who wish to be part of the action here in Aspen!

Seniors would be able to walk to the post office and to ACES, or to the library uptown and to the Music Tent in summer and to the Red Brick and gardens along the way. Preferring to use RFTA to enjoy the ride more than trying to continue driving in all kinds of weather … an important decision at any age!

As a three-year resident of Whitcomb Terrace I appreciate the comfortable living here where 16 AVH staff members look after the individual needs of 15 residents! When it snows, my snowshoes give me daily exercise on the trails nearby, including the cross-country trails of Aspen High School. Hearing loss is my only complaint as we enjoy comparing notes! (Relearning to type so that others might read my poor handwriting …)

Recently, local schools entertained us with special programs and the St. Regis had a grand dinner and today a sing-along here at lunch to celebrate this Christmas season. We do appreciate Aspen and its people!

Becky Sparks


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