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Larimer County, Colorado Prepares for the Future

January 22, 2010

170 citizens of Larimer County, Colorado convened in Fort Collins today to begin an important conversation about changing age-demographics and how to prepare for the future. Organized by the Larimer County Foundation on Aging, the day began with a kenote by Philip B. Stafford, Director of the Center on Aging and Community, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University. In his talk, Stafford emphasized the need to move away from our culture's obsession with individual anti-aging fantasies and begin to come to grips with aging in the community and our collective responsibility for creating good places in which people can grow old. Sue Bozinowski, Ph.D., provided a statistical overview of aging in Larimer County, relating these changes to national and global phenomena. A panel discussion of housing, health care, transportation and supportive services followed. The afternoon was spent in small group work, identifying key themes and opportunities that exist to help shape the future of Larimer County. The Foundation and an expanded group of volunteers will digest the material and help direct a participatory community planning process in the next twelve months.

Stafford's slide presentation can be found here - Aging as an out-of-body experience or, How I stopped worrying and learned to love gravity.

To read a story on the workshop from the Fort Collins Coloradoan, visit its website.

The Foundation on Aging website will serve as an ongoing recourse and point of coordination for the upcoming planning initiative.