Every May the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month.
Older Americans Month is in May and we celebrated older Coloradans with “Older Coloradans Month” in May 2021!
We can all agree that Colorado’s population is rapidly aging. According to the Colorado state demographer, in just the next 9 years, Colorado’s 65 to 74-year-old population will grow by 24%, and our 75+ population will increase by 64%. These are huge increases. They call for big ideas.
- We also know that more and more people are not retiring from paid work at age 65, but instead are working well into their 70’s.
- Our country’s average age is also changing as younger people have fewer children.
- The Millennials – people in their 20’s and 30’s today are now the largest generation in the United States today (72.1 Million vs. the Boomers 71.6 Million).
While it may seem a long way away now, Millennials will begin hitting their 60’s in about thirty years. The work we do today across the generations will be serving this generation for decades to come and long after the older Boomers are gone.
- Clearly, the importance of communities designing public (and private) facilities with the needs of ALL ages in mind has never been more critical. The two generations alone – the Millennials and the Boomers – represent nearly half the population of the United States.
- By 2035, most of the American population will be 65+. Given the pace of change in our attitudes on aging, those 24 years will pass so quickly as to be like 24 minutes.
We know that different parts of our state are doing different things to plan for this growth and to work with the numbers we have today, in 2021. We need to learn more about what those innovative ideas and activities are and then help spread the best ideas across the state.
On May 12, 19, and 26, 2021, Colorado Center for Aging, along with AARP and other important aging-related organizations, hosted three distinct webinars – one for each of those days. We hope you were able to attend the webinars and together we will all learn from one and other, and hopefully implement ideas to make Colorado an age friendly state for coming generations.