According to the Denver Regional Council of Government's 2016-2019 Area Plan on Aging, Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties are projected to experience some of the fastest growing populations ages 65 and older in Colorado. Between 2015 and 2030, the number of people age 60 and over is expected to increase 69% in Adams County, 51% in Arapahoe County and 97% in Douglas County.
For most older adults, good health ensures independence, security, and productivity as they age. At Tri-County Health Department we work collaboratively with all of our divisions and with partners in the community to help ensure that services as well as community planning efforts address the unique needs of the growing older adult population. DRCOG Area Agency on Aging Resources:
- Programs Funded by DRCOG to Serve Older Adults (PDF)
- Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults (PDF)
- Older Adult Resources & Services (PDF)
Slips and falls can steal the independence of older adults and their families. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, and injury deaths. Annually, there are 2.8 million falls in the US, and 800,000 of those falls require hospitalization. After a fall and hospitalization, only 28% of older adults return to their homes.
But falls are not an inevitable consequence of aging. Falls can be prevented. Tri-County Health Department has been actively engaged in addressing fall prevention as part of education and prevention efforts to enhance the health, independence and quality of life for our older adult residents.