Colorado to increase funding for aging services

Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced  an additional $4 million in funding for aging services in Colorado as part of the proposed budget. As the federally designated Area Agency on Aging for eight metro Denver counties, DRCOG expects to receive roughly 40 percent of these funds in order to provide services to older adults and people with disabilities, including meals and nutrition, transportation, and caregiver services. Once available, the funding will have an immediate positive effect on the region’s older adults by addressing extensive waiting lists and delivering essential services. With one in four of the region’s residents expected to be older than 60 by 2040, the growing population has put a strain on resources. "We want to express our sincere thanks to Governor Hickenlooper for his continued support of aging Coloradans,” said Doug Rex, DRCOG executive director. “Our state is faced with the challenge of meeting the needs of one of the fastest-growing aging populations in the country with limited funds. This will go a long way to making life better for some of our most vulnerable residents.”