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AARP recognizes county efforts for aging population

Contact: Carly Rietmann, MPH, Healthy Aging Program Supervisor, 970-328-8896, carly.rietmann@eaglecounty.us

Sept. 19, 2017 – An AARP representative today (9/19) designated Eagle County as an “Age-Friendly Community.” State Director at AARP Colorado Bob Murphy presented the Board of County Commissioners with this award to recognize the county’s commitment to healthy aging.

Eagle County is only the sixth Colorado community to receive the designation, joining Pitkin County as the other western slope recipient of the award.

”We are proud to receive this recognition from AARP,” said Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry. “Community members, non-profits and public health professionals came together to recognize the importance of our aging population, both to our county’s heritage and to our economy. Their work has positioned us to meet the needs and demands of older adults in the coming decade. All county residents benefit from the efforts to make us an age-friendly place to live and work.”

Membership in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities does not denote a retirement or other senior living community but rather means that local elected leadership has actively committed to working toward making this county a great place for people of all ages.

The population of Eagle County residents age 60 and over is expected to quadruple by 2035 from 2010, according to the Aging Well report from the county’s department of public health.

To respond to this challenge, Eagle County Public Health along with stakeholders and community members began working on the Aging Well Initiative in 2015.  Aging Well Eagle County provides resources to help older adults age in place for as long as they wish to do so. 

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities operates within the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, an international effort helping cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization. The AARP program began in April 2012 and has added 182 communities to the network since its launch.

For more information, contact Carly Rietmann, Eagle County Health Aging Program Supervisor at 970-328-8896 or carly.rietmann@eaglecounty.us

Bob Murphy
State Director at AARP Colorado Bob Murphy recognizes Eagle County as an Age-Friendly community.
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Bob Murphy of AARP with the Eagle County Board of County Commissioners and constituents.