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DRCOG’s Boomer Bond

Brad Calvert - Senior Planner

November 2013

Drcog s motivation
DRCOG’s Motivation

DRCOG Overview

  • Non-profit, public agency dedicating to serving local governments

  • Local officials working together to address the region's challenges

  • Each community has voice in regional decision-making

  • Program areas:

  • Advocacy

  • Aging Services

  • Environment

  • Regional growth and development

  • Shared services

  • Transportation and traffic operations

Headlines state aging demographics
Headlines – State Aging Demographics

  • Colorado’s growth in 65+ population 4th fastest nationally (2000 – 2010)

    • 85+ fastest growing among that group

  • 2010-2020 growth rate will be nearly twice as much 2000-2010

  • Growth in older adult population will outpace other age groups for the next 20 years

  • Colorado’s growth in its 65 plus population was 4th fastest in the US (2000 – 2010)

  • Of the population over 65, the population over 85 was the fastest growing age group growing by 44% or 21,397.

  • Between 2010 and 2020 Colorado’s 65+ population is forecast to increase by 61% - this current decade will be the fastest growing decade for the population over 65.

  • The growth rate for the 65+ will not slow to a rate similar to other age groups until after 2030

  • 65+ population will increase by 150% between 2010 and 2030

  • Colorado is home to over 1.3 million Baby Boomers

Older adult population growth denver region
Older Adult Population GrowthDenver Region

2006: 1st Boomers turn 60

Rooted and staying put
Rooted and Staying Put

Source: 2010 Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults (CASOA) –

National Research Center

53% have lived in their community for more than 20 years

Model for aging well
Model for Aging Well

Outlook on Life

mental health


valued by community




Physical Health

physical activity

nutrition/food security

activities of daily living


practical support

social support

engagement in life


Communities for lifelong living
Communities for Lifelong Living

  • Communities can facilitate or create barriers to successful aging

  • Promote physical activity and community engagement

  • Reduced burden on caregivers

  • Age-friendly communities benefit all ages

  • Boomer Bond will support local efforts

Boomer bond key elements
Boomer Bond – Key Elements

  • A community assessment tool to facilitate local dialogue and identify priorities

  • A comprehensive set of policies, strategies and tools for local governments to consider

  • A voluntary recognition program to highlight local efforts

  • A voluntary regional agreement to meet the growing needs of an older adult population

Community Design - Issues

  • Neighborhood environment has greatest impact on older adults

  • Nearly 50% report difficulty crossing main roads

  • Walking is most common form of physical activity

  • Almost half of older adult falls occur outside the home ($9K per fall)

Community Engagement - Issues

  • Understanding of what community engagement means at the local level

  • Communicating opportunities for engagement, particularly to isolated persons

  • Managing volunteers and volunteer activities

  • Difficulty reentering workforce

Housing - Issues

  • Older adults prefer to remain in their homes and communities

  • Consumer demand for age-friendly design often comes when there is an immediate need

  • Lack of range of housing options in many communities

  • Lack of affordable housing alternatives

    • One-third spend too much on housing

Mobility & Access - Issues

  • Current system is auto- dominated

  • Nationally 21% of 65+ do not drive

  • Limited public transportation options/cost of specialized transit

  • Men outlive their driving years by 7 years, women by 10

  • Older adults with disabilities remaining in communities

Safety & Security - Issues

  • Many older adults lack confidence to leave home to complete daily tasks

  • Increasingly targeted for consumer fraud

  • Personal safety identified as key barrier preventing transit trips

  • Effectively leveraging existing programs

Support Systems - Issues

  • Older adults prefer to remain in their homes and communities

  • Wide array of groups providing community-based support

  • Status quo for assisting seniors is unsustainable

  • Efforts to slow growth in Medicaid spending will add pressure to community-based networks

What s been done so far
What’s been done so far…

  • Significant outreach to community leaders

  • Community Assessment tool

    • 25+ meetings with multi-disciplinary teams to develop and review

    • Working “professional” version

  • Pilot communities (3)

  • Selected TCHD to further program development

Lyons, CO – Rebuild or Donate


Assessment tool revised
Assessment Tool (Revised)

  • Key Inputs

  • Previous feedback from Project Teams

  • Pilot community experience and debrief session

  • TCHD experience with similar tools

Why an assessment tool
Why an Assessment Tool?

  • “Conversation starter” at the local level (including partners)

  • Provide structure to what might be an otherwise overwhelming conversation

  • Resource for local staff leading initiative

  • First step in defining “problem statement” and/or local priorities for action

Boomer Bond Toolkit

  • Easy transition from assessment to action (think of documents as a pair)

  • Helps with “what next” questions

  • Turning a “NO” to “YES”

  • Expandable, current, and locally relevant

  • Your input is needed to ensure a quality/useful project

Today’s Key Outcomes

  • Learn what happened after the Project Teams completed the first version of the assessment tool

  • Share inputs into the reorganization of the tool

  • Learn from your experiences

  • Develop common understanding of toolkit purpose and what’s important to the group

  • Provide feedback on initial toolkit concepts

DRCOG’s Boomer Bond

Brad Calvert - Senior Planner

November 2013