Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Senior tsunami threatens Colorado’s healthy outlook

Colorado faces daunting challenges in providing a healthy environment for both its oldest and youngest citizens, according to a new report from the Colorado Health Institute
The report, Reaching Our Peak: Creating a Healthier Colorado,”  assesses how Colorado rates in five major areas that affect health: schools, workplaces, communities, medical providers and places where we age.
The Colorado Health Institute unveiled the report at this week’s Colorado Health Symposium, a gathering of state and national health leaders sponsored by the Colorado Health Foundation.
Colorado scores lowest for healthy aging, according to the report’s authors who warn that a senior tsunami will wash ashore in the coming decades. Colorado’s fastest-growing age group is 65 and older. By 2030, the older population is expected to be three times larger than it was in 2000, increasing from nearly 420,000 to more than 1.3 million.
By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
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