Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 363 Executive Summary Background Like other communities in Colorado, the fastest population growth in the Rural Resort Region (including Pitkin, Garfield, and Eagle Counties) will be among residents older than 65.i The region’s overall popu- lation is projected to almost double between 2010 and 2035, while the population of adults aged 65 and older is expected to more than quadruple during that time.i As a result, Eagle County Public Health (ECPH), along with community organizations and citizens, have identified Independently Aging in Place as a top community health priority, recommended for targeted resources and community focus through 2017. Since 2014, ECPH and community partners have been working together on the Aging Well Community Planning Initiative, with the goal of realizing systems which allow Eagle County older adults to indepen- dently age in place. The Initiative focuses on an improved quality of life, a reduction of healthcare costs, and healthy equity. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Report (2003), “The increased number of persons aged 65 years will potentially lead to increased health-care costs… However, these increases will be less if public health interventions decrease disability among older persons, helping them to live independently.” Older adults who are supported by their community in remaining independent are likely to experience an improved quality of life and have fewer hospital visits and lower rates of disability.ii It is, therefore, in the community’s best interest to support aging in place so that older adults are able to live independently for as long as they wish to do so.