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News Release

RETHINKING TRANSPORTATION: Creating An Aging Friendly Community

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Nov 21, 2013

Contact Information:

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


The Senior Transportation Coalition is holding two public sessions to discuss and rethink how Larimer County can create a more aging friendly transportation system to ensure seniors remain engaged and enjoy a high quality of life. The two sessions are being held:
·         Wednesday December 4th from 12:00 pm -2:30 pm and 5:00pm -7:30 pm at Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Five organizations are partnering to host the two sessions including The Senior Transportation Coalition, The CSU Center for Public Deliberation, Larimer County Office on Aging, Columbine Health Systems and The Larimer County Mobility Council.
Complimentary light meals will be served 30 minutes prior to each session and RSVP’s are required. Limited transportation is also being provided from the Fort Collins and Loveland Senior Centers to the 12:00 pm session only. To RSVP call The Larimer County Office on Aging at 970-498-7751.
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.” Carcasson adds, “The December 4 sessions respond to what we heard; that issues connected to transportation are the most important for us as a community to address.” 
In November 2011 Colorado State Demographer Elizabeth Garner reported that based on the 2010 U.S. Census, 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.
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