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Setting your sights on aging

Old tree on the plains
Old tree on the plains
Photo by Zach Carter

Trees aren't the only things that grow old. People do too.

May is Older Americans month. Currently, the oldest verified living person in the world is Frenchwoman named Eugenie Blanchard, born February 16, 1896.

According to the Colorado Commission on Aging (CCOA), in 2010 there will be more than 770,000 seniors age 60 and over in Colorado.

Centenarians are the fastest growing segment of the population and there are 700 Coloradoans who are 100 years or older. In 2008, The United States was estimated to have 96,548 centenarians. Four out of five centenarians are women.

According to a recent Fox News article, a pill that will help you to live to 100 will be available within two years.

By the year 2050, numbers are expected to grow by 80,000 in the United States and the United Nations predicts that by that year, 2050, those 100 or over will number two million in the world.

The CCOA is involved in a Centenarian project, involving the reward of a Centenarian Certificate prepared by the Commission and signed by the Governor. If you know of someone who will turn 100 soon, contact CCOA at least 90 prior.

Two persons, one from each major political party, can apply to become a Commission Member of CCOA. The seven Congressional Districts, plus one member at large, one from the senate and one from the Western Slope comprises the 17 volunteer members. Appointment is four years and made by the Governor. If interested, contact the Governor’s Boards and Commissions office at 303-866-3628.

The Colorado Department of Human Health Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services assist elderly adults and adults with disabilities to live independently through County Departments of Social Services. Services for those 60 and older are available through their Area Agencies on Aging (AAA). For further information, contact Division of Aging and Adult Services, 1575 Sherman St., 10th Floor, Denver, CO, 80203--303-866-2800.

Who knows if you'll outlive an old tree?


  • Bill 5 years ago

    Thank you for providing a very imformative article. We all want to have full, but also quality lives.

  • Susan 5 years ago

    Interesting story on aging, Terri. I have a question concerning centenarian. Are there any World War One veterans alive? I have seem some figures of a few, but these facts may be dated,

  • Denise Miller Holmes 5 years ago

    It's nice to be a Boomer. We are the major demographic, and they spend so many dollars in research to help us age gracefully. :D
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  • Terri 5 years ago

    Susan-Regarding your question about the number of WWI centenarians living today, there are three that are verified. Claude Stanley Choules, age 109, British, living in Australia; Florence Beatrice Green, age 109, living in the United Kingdom; and Frank Woodruff Buckles, age 109, American, living in West Virginia. Pretty amazing. There may be two others, both 106 years of age, which are unverified.

  • Susan 5 years ago

    Thanks, Terri about the WWI vets. My grandfather was one of them, but he passed away over 40 years ago.

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