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 366 Current State of Aging Well in Eagle County The overall goal of embarking on an Aging Well Community Planning Initiative is to realize systems which allow Ea- gle County older adults to independently age in place, focusing on an improved quality of life, a reduction of health- care costs, and health equity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” Chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and disabilities due to falls limit activities for 12 mil- lion elderly individuals living in community settings; 25 percent of these individuals are not able to perform basic activities of daily living, such as bathing, shopping, dressing, or eating.ii Life satisfaction has been found to drop dramatically once an individual becomes dependent on others for their activities of daily living.ii Additionally, chronic conditions account for seven out of ten deaths and more than three-quarters of all healthcare costs in the US.iii In 2009, direct healthcare expenditures for chronic conditions in the US totaled more than $262 billion.iii Subsequently, not only will promoting independently aging in place in Eagle County improve the health and quality of life of its residents, it is also fiscally responsible for the county. (See Appendix A: Healthcare Costs and Savings.) Demographics The overall population of Colorado’s Rural Resort Region (RRR), which includes Pitkin, Garfield, and Eagle Counties, is projected to almost double between 2010 and 2035. The population of adults aged 65 and older, however, is ex- pected to quadruple between 2010 and 2035,i from 3,005 to 14,160 (Figure 1).iv This rapid growth of adults 65 and older is due to the current age distribution of the population and the projected number of those who may choose to age in place. The median age of the population in Eagle County is 35.1 years,v compared to Colorado at 36.9v and the US at 37.8 (2015).vi However, the county has experienced a demographic shift since 2000, when the median age was 31.v And, according to 2010 Census data, the population of older adults, defined as 65 and older, has increased by 135% (Ea- gle) since 2000, thus ranking Eagle County third in the state for the greatest growth during that decade.vii Hispanics and Latinos represent the largest growing subset in Eagle County, with approximately 15,738-16,787 total residents, 3.2 percent of which are over the age of 60.viii Eagle County 2010 2015 2020 2025 2030 2035 Age 65+ 3,005 4,928 7,199 9,874 12,292 14,160 All Ages 52,057 53,303 57,226 65,046 74,776 84,565 % Aged 65+ 6% 9% 12% 15% 16% 17% Figure 1: Eagle County population estimates and projections 2010-2035 Source: Colorado Department of Local Affairs State Demography Office online population data tool (https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dola/ population-data).