Baby Boomers

APR Local News
7:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Pitkin County's "Aging Well Initiative" Prepares For Aging Boomers

This map shows the growth of the senior population in Pitkin County from 1990 to 2014. As baby boomers age, the County is preparing for more growth.
Credit Pitkin County Senior Services

Just like around the nation Pitkin County’s population of seniors is expected to grow dramatically over the coming years. Already, 20 percent of the people living here are age 60 and older. By 2030, that group is expected to grow by 75 percent. The county is preparing by investigating what’s needed to accommodate this growing demographic. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

On Tuesday, seniors from around Pitkin County joined elected leaders and other community members in Aspen for a presentation on aging. Curt Strand was among the participants.

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Basalt
11:25 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Construction Could Start on Facility for Seniors in 2015

Basalt Town Council approved a continuing care retirement community near the high school. Now, the non profit behind the project is ramping up marketing.
Credit Design Workshop

Now that the Basalt Town Board has green-lighted a senior housing facility, marketing efforts to reach area seniors will ramp up. The non-profit behind the Continuing Care Retirement Community wants to start building in 2015. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Senior Living
10:13 am
Tue July 9, 2013

As Aspen Ages, Community Leaders Look for Housing Solutions

Ken Canfield came up with the idea to build a retirement community in the Roaring Fork Valley. At 88, he says he would move into such a facility in a heartbeat.
Marci Krivonen

A clearer picture is emerging of a senior living community in Basalt. Last month, the organizers of the massive project presented detailed plans to Basalt’s Town Council. The senior campus would include multiple buildings on 18 acres just down the road from the local high school.

Organizers say such a development is badly needed in an area where the senior age demographic is expected to skyrocket in coming years. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Health
5:53 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Physicians Juggling Patient Loads as the Medicare Pool Expands

David Ressler is the outgoing CEO at Aspen Valley Hospital. He says most doctors in Aspen take Medicare patients, but in the future, that may not be the case.
Credit Aspen Valley Hospital

 

 A recent Aspen City Council meeting shed light on a national problem regarding health care for seniors. Earlier this month, over a discussion on the expansion to Aspen Valley Hospital, Mayor Mick Ireland raised the issue of Medicare. He wondered if private physicians renting space in the newly renovated Hospital would be required to care for Medicare patients.

 

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