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 Area Agency on Aging


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The Denver region has recently experienced tremendous growth in the older adult population and will continue to have significant growth in this population over the next 25 years. Just a few short years ago one out of every eight residents in the Denver region was over the age of 60, but by 2035 more than than 1 in 4 people in the Denver area will be 60 years old or older. In the next five years alone the region will experience a 30% increase in persons over the age of 60 living in the region due to the aging of baby boomers living in the metro area.

The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) serves as the region's Area Agency on Aging, planning and coordinating a continuum of services available to older adults living in the Denver metro area (excluding Boulder County). DRCOG assesses the needs of the region's older adults and outlines strategies to meet them through its Area Plan on Aging.

DRCOG staff is available to answer questions regarding community resources for older adults in the Denver area. DRCOG's resource specialists can provide specific information regarding programs funded through DRCOG, general information regarding Medicaid programs, transportation services, caregiver support programs and social service agency information, as well as offer guidance for placing a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living residence. To speak with a resource specialist place call 303-480-6700 or toll free 1-866-959-3017. An online request system is also available - Click here to enter your request.

DRCOG has also developed a comprehensive, community-based website to provide current information on services available to older adults and their caregivers. Please visit Network of Care to learn more.

In addition to providing information about services available to older adults DRCOG also funds community services around the region and advocates for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities through our ombudsman program.

Section Highlights

View DRCOG's 2011-2015 Area Plan on Aging.

Need help with transportation? Check out the Getting There Guide, a resource for seniors. A Spanish-language edition is also available.

View contact information for resources from around the region for persons 60 years old and older.

Visit DRCOG's Network of Care website for a comprehensive guide to services available to older adults and their families.

Selected Downloads

2011-2015 Area Plan on Aging

Choosing a Good Nursing Home - A Consumer's Checklist

Choosing a Good Assisted Living Residence - A Consumer's Checklist

Denver Metro Area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Elder Resource Guide

Caregiver Handbook - A Local Guide for Caregivers of Older Adults

Download PDF Reader

External Links

AARP - Colorado

Administration on Aging

Benefits Check-Up

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging

CDC - Healthy Aging

Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council (DRMAC)

Easter Seals Colorado

Elder Care Locator

Health Facilities - Licensing and Certification

It's Never 2 Late

Medicaid Colorado

Medicare Information

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information

Senior Source -- A Resource for Aging and Living Well

Social Security Administration

The Seniors Blue Book