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DRCOG’s Boomer Bond

Brad Calvert - Senior Planner

November 2013

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

  • 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 GrowthDenver Region

2006: 1st Boomers turn 60

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

CO – Income 65+ Householder

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 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 Project Overview

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

Boomer Bond Topic Areas

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…

  • 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)

  • Key Inputs

  • Previous feedback from Project Teams

  • Pilot community experience and debrief session

  • TCHD experience with similar tools

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

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