El Paso County’s senior population is expected to jump an estimated 179 percent over the next thirty years. KRCC’s Elaina Formby has more on a new report identifying possible ways to help support the growing demographic.
According to a report from the Innovations in Aging Collaborative and Peak Vista Community Health Centers, El Paso County’s seniors are challenged by gaps in transportation, healthcare, and housing options.
Project leaders met with 52 senior stakeholders and senior-serving organizations over a six-month period to determine possible solutions. Their main suggestion is the development of a service hub where seniors could socialize and access assistance with daily personal care. The report also suggests increases in healthcare education and better representation of senior voices in community planning efforts.