Voice of the consumer: Improving the quality of life in old age |

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A non-profit organization is asking for your help to make our area the best place to grow old.

The Innovations in Aging Collaborative (IIAC) works to improve the quality of life for older residents in El Paso County. They will hold four listening sessions in October that are open to the public. They want to hear your thoughts on how we can improve our community.

“Being age-friendly means our community is livable for people of all ages, so there is equity to serve residents of all ages, abilities, incomes, race and ethnicities and other backgrounds,” said Judith Scott of Innovations in Aging Collaborative : “In other words, we need great services in healthcare, housing, transportation and economic opportunities, including employment, and social activities.”

According to IIAC, the number of El Paso County residents age 65 and older has more than doubled over the past two decades to approximately 99,406 in 2021, according to U.S. Census data.

While this initiative aims to make our community a better place for aging adults, it really impacts people of all ages, including younger people.

“Let’s look at it this way, on the sidewalk of life, we all walk from end to end, and that includes people of all ages, so if you really think about it, if we’re lucky enough to get older, we want to age in communities that serve us well, with El Paso County being our target community,” Scott said.

There are four different public listening sessions taking place, the first starting this week. People of all ages are invited to participate and bring ideas about what they would like to change in our region.

“It is very important that we get the opinions of everyone who lives in our community and uses our services. That’s why we’re going to be holding four 90-minute listening sessions in October to get everyone’s opinions on what’s important to them. We know some of the top priorities are housing, affordable housing, transportation and good health care,” Scott added.

“But if you come and talk to us we will get a better idea of ​​what your priorities are as citizens and these will help shape our working groups for the upcoming summit that we will have in November and next year, how we work out in our working groups what the priorities are has evolved from our listening sessions.”

Here is a list of the four 90 minute listening sessions:

11 Oct4 p.m., Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)

14 Oct10 a.m., Manitou Art Center (513 Manitou Ave.)

19 Oct10 a.m., Tri-Lakes Chamber (166 2nd St., Monument)

26 Oct10 a.m., Fountain Valley YMCA (326 W. Alabama Ave., Fountain)

For more details or to register for the sessions, you can email [email protected] Also see InnovationsInAging.org for more information.

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