Pitkin County Senior Services

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The number of elderly residents getting involved in Pitkin County’s Senior Services’ offerings is growing. 

The first half of 2015 saw twice the number of new senior registrations for programs like nutrition, compared to the same period in 2014. Pitkin County Senior Services offers things like transportation, home delivered meals and exercise classes. Senior Services Director Marty Ames says the Aspen Recreation Center is also seeing more seniors.

Aspen Valley Foundation

A failed effort to develop a retirement community in Basalt is disappointing but not surprising to officials involved. 

Tom Griffiths, with the now defunct Aspen Valley Foundation, knew 19 months ago seeing the project through was a long shot. The foundation had lost its CEO and Griffiths began meeting with local governments, hospitals and banks. He wanted someone to take over the $105 million project.

Rebecca Kruth

As the Valley’s population ages, some seniors are finding themselves working far past retirement age. Reasons vary from financial necessity to simply enjoying the social aspects the workplace offers. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth checked in with a couple of local seniors to find out what’s kept them in the workforce.

Rich Burge has been working since he was a boy. The 75-year-old property manager said he’ll do it until he can’t anymore.

“I’ve joked that someday they’ll find me face down in one of my homes I take care,” Burge said.

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.