Colorado Mountain/Rural Communities
The mountain communities in Boulder County have always had unique characteristics. But one thing they have in common is a greater concentration of older adults than the municipalities. Seniors in these communities also struggle with isolation, access to fewer services, and transportation needs, which can all be barriers to aging well. One other feature shared by most mountain communities is a tight-knit sense of self, where informal systems are often used to keep residents thriving.
What we heard in Community Conversations:
- Mountain community residents made up almost one-quarter of participants in the Conversations.
- Mountain seniors value the physical environment (beauty, clean air, proximity to nature) and close-knit nature of their communities.
- Life in mountain communities can be particularly difficult during the winter months and during emergencies such as flooding and wildfires, when there can be a strong sense of isolation and when access is more difficult.
- Seniors expressed the need for both housing designed specifically for older adults as well as better access to home maintenance and modification services.
- Participants cited limited access to services in general, but specifically health care, hospice services, and transportation, as key barriers to aging well.
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