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Larimer County Reschedules:RETHINKING TRANSPORTATION: Creating An Aging Friendly Community

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Feb 14, 2014

Contact Information:

Lynda Meyer, Program Manager, Larimer County Office on Aging, 970-498-7755/email: lmeyer@larimer.org
Gary Thomas, Executive Director, SAINT/Senior Transportation Coalition, Co-Chair,
970-223-8604/email: sainted@frii.com
Martin Carcasson, Director, CSU Center For Public Deliberation & Senior Transp.
Coalition, Co-Chair, 970-491-5628/email: cpd@colostate.edu
FROM: Deni La Rue, Larimer County Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150

The Senior Transportation Coalition has rescheduled its community transportation meetings that were cancelled last December due to adverse weather.  The public is invited to two sessions to discuss how Larimer County can create a more aging friendly transportation system. 

The Loveland session will be held on:
 Wednesday, March 5th at the Chilson Senior Center, 700 E. 4th Street
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
The Fort Collins session will be held on:
 Wednesday, March 12th at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required. To RSVP call The Larimer County Office on Aging at 970-498-7751. Seven organizations are partnering to host the two sessions including The Loveland Chilson Center, the Fort Collins Senior Center, The Senior Transportation Coalition, The CSU Center for Public Deliberation, Larimer County Office on Aging, and The Larimer County Mobility Council.
Gary Thomas, Executive Director of SAINT Volunteer Transportation and co-chair of the Senior Transportation Coalition believes the conversation centers on access.   “When talking about living independently the real question is - access.  There are several ways to access the goods and services we need to live. You can drive yourself, take a bus, walk, bike, live close by, someone can drive you or someone can bring them to you.   Having options beyond driving yourself will be increasingly important as we get older.”
Martin Carcasson, Director, CSU Center For Public Deliberation (CPD) and co-chair of the Senior Transportation Coalition adds, “Since November 2011, the CPD working with the Fort Collins Senior Center, the Loveland Chilson Center, and the Fort Collins & Loveland Senior Advisory Boards, has engaged over 500 people at five events on how to build on our current strengths and keep Larimer County as a wonderful place for all ages.”    
The need for the conversation to continue is underscored by information shared by Colorado State Demographer Elizabeth Garner in November 2011 at one of the five events. Garner reported that based on 2010 U.S. Census data the Colorado State Demography Office predicts the number of Larimer County residents who are 65 and older will increase 141% (33,584 in 2010 to 81,041 in 2030) in the next 20 years.

Carcasson states, “The March sessions respond to what we heard from both Fort Collins and Loveland; that issues connected to transportation are the most important for us as a community to address and will explore “rethinking transportation” with an emphasis on ensuring our senior population remains engaged and enjoys a high quality of life.”


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Comments: (2)

1. Posted by: Uninc4809 on Feb 15, 2014 9:19 AM

Correction: In The next to the last paragraph, the percentage increase of 65-year-olds is 241% rather than 141%, based on the given numbers.

2. Posted by: DeniLaRueCIM on Feb 20, 2014 3:36 PM

Following up, here is what I found: The original numbers are correct.

Explanation: The number of persons 65+ is going up from 33,584 to 81,041 a difference of 47,457. The #s were based on 47,457 relative to 33,584 so divide 47,457 by 33,584 for a 141% increase. In essence the figures are based on the actual change number instead of dividing 81,041 by 33,584. Thanks for asking.

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