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 364 The Current State Across the US, the vast majority of older adults have said clearly that they prefer to remain in their own home—not a group setting—as they age.ii The good news is that older adults in the mountain region rate their quality of life, mental health, and physi- cal health positively overall.ii This region, including Eagle County, is not devoid of gaps which present barriers to aging well. These gap areas include: • Community Design: Future developments should take into consideration design elements, such as accessibil- ity, paved walkways, and lighting, which accommodate an aging population in a way historical design in the region has not. • Connection to Resources: While there are some existing programs serving older adults in Eagle County, re- search shows that 70 percent of older adults in the region struggle to find information about these programs, and as a result do not utilize available services. • Employment: Older adults are increasingly remaining in, or re-joining, the workforce and rank employment opportunities high on the list of what contributes to making a community a good place to live in retirement. Unfortunately, there is a lack of availability of employment opportunities for older adults in Eagle County and the surrounding region. • Healthcare: The gap in healthcare is twofold and refers to both preventive and specialty healthcare—medi- cal specialists, dental, and mental health—for older adults. Those living in Eagle County cite accessibility as a hurdle to obtaining the care they need (i.e., they often have to travel from a medical office in one town to see a doctor for a diagnosis and to another medical office in another town for more specialized treatments). • Housing: There is currently a lack in the variety of affordable and appropriate housing options which meet the unique needs of older adults. • Social & Community Engagement: While there may be a variety of opportunities for community engage- ment—from educational lectures to volunteer opportunities—in Eagle County, older adults are often una- ware of these opportunities and/or the event organizer does not take into account appropriate accommoda- tions for an older adult audience, who often experience sensory challenges such as hearing or vision loss. • Transportation: Older adults living in Eagle County cite challenges to using public transportation such as safety concerns and accessibility (i.e., older adults may be unable to climb the steps required to board a bus), as a result 58 percent do not use public transportation. i. Sources: (Northwest Colorado Council of Governments 2011), Eagle County Public Health Aging Well Initiative Key Informant Inter- views, (Hispanidad 2015)