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Pitkin County wants to make it easier to age here

More than 70 percent of locals older than 60 say they have every intention of remaining in Pitkin County as they age, and the Pitkin County Senior Center is spearheading an effort to help them do that.

The initiative will look at everything from healthy activities for the older demographic to in-home services, transportation and simply staying connected within the communities. The Aging Well Community Planning Initiative kicks off with a public work session from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on July 23 in the Aspen High School seminar room.

“The vast majority of our senior population does not want to pull up stakes and move to a place like Arizona because life gets too tough for them here,” said Marty Ames, director of Pitkin County senior services. “They want to remain rooted in the community they know and love and where their friends are. There are some basic things they’ll need to be able to do that here.”

Resident work groups made up of a cross-section of the community will meet for nine months to brainstorm what it takes to age “healthfully” in Pitkin County. The goal is to come up with an action plan to enhance the aging experience throughout the county.

The public is invited to attend the kickoff work session. For more information, contact Patty Kravitz at 970-920-5432 or patty.kravitz@co.pitkin.co.us.

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