Colorado Senior Guide

The Colorado Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in Colorado live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for Colorado with the rest of the country. This guide also contains helpful contact information for local government agencies that offer assistance to senior citizens.

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Key Senior Statistics

Use these key statistics to learn more about Colorado seniors.

  • 11% of the population of Colorado are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 28% of those seniors living in Colorado are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 6% of Colorado senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 22% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 22% of Colorado residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Colorado is $16,820/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Colorado senior is $41,471 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Colorado ranks 7th for Long Term Care and 8th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 103,769 working seniors in Colorado Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 26% of the seniors in Colorado are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (22%) working aged (67%) seniors (11%)

(as of 2010)

In the U.S., around 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 today and everyday for over the next 15 years.

Learn more about the aging population explosion.
The number of people aged 65 and over in Colorado is projected to rise 52% over the next 15 years, from 627,408 to 956,278. U.S. Census Population Projections

Colorado 65+ Population by County

Colorado 65+ Population by County

The 65+ population in Colorado as a percent of total state population is below:

Over 652015202020252030
Population 627,408 750,903 869,646 956,278
Percent 12.4% 14.2% 15.7% 16.5%
National Percent 14.5% 16.3% 18.2% 19.7%

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The number of Colorado residents 85 and over will increase 54%, from 85,642 to 132,035. U.S. Census Population Projections

Colorado 85+ Population by County

Colorado 85+ Population by County

The 85+ population in Colorado as a percent of total state population is below:

Over 852015202020252030
Population 85,642 94,774 107,296 132,035
Percent 1.7% 1.8% 1.9% 2.3%
National Percent 2.1% 2.2% 2.3% 2.6%

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Senior Housing

Use our senior housing data to get a snapshot of the housing characteristics and living arrangements of the aging population in Colorado.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 154,132 seniors living alone in Colorado. Of these, 70% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

73% of males 65 and older are married compared with 46% of females.
34% of females are widowed compared with 11% of males. Source: Census.gov

Marital Status

Males

Females

Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built

Renters

Homeowners

Year Current Resident Moved In

Renters

Homeowners

Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 1% of Colorado senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 10% of Colorado senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

32% of senior renters reside in a large development - one that has 50 or more units.

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Long Term Care Choices

Just 37% of people think they will need long term care, but 69% of people actually will.

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Average Monthly Cost of Long Term Care Services in Colorado

Care TypeColorado Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$763$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,408$1,492
Assisted Living$3,750$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$4,143$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$4,195$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$6,996$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$7,794$7,604
Data from Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care in 2015
Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care

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Senior Healthcare Quality

Compare the quality of healthcare in Colorado with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Colorado Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

The 50 states plus Washington, D.C. are ranked on a scale of 1 to 51, where 1 is the highest quality, 51 the lowest.

Ranking DimensionColorado 2011 RankColorado 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank

Consumers can easily find and afford the services they need and there is a safety net for those who cannot afford services.

#20#5
Choice of Setting & Provider

A person-centered approach to LTSS places high value on allowing consumers to exercise choice and control over where they receive services and who providers them.

#10#14
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank

Services maximize positive outcomes and consumers are treated with respect. Personal preferences are honored when possible.

#19#7
Support for Family Caregivers

Family caregivers' needs are assessed and addressed so that they can continue in their caregiving role without being overburdened.

#6#16
Effective Transitions Rank

LTSS are arranged to integrate effectively with health care and social services, minimizing disruptions such as hospitalizations, institutionalizations, and transitions between settings.

#N/A#11
Overall Rank

Rank considering all available data.

#7#7

Data from LongTermScorecard.org - A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers created by:

AARP, Inc.
The Commonwealth Fund
The SCAN Foundation

America's Health Rankings® for Colorado

The states are ranked on a scale of 1 to 50, where 1 is the highest ranking, 50 the lowest.

Determinant Colorado 2013 Rank Colorado 2015 Rank
Overall #6 #8
All Determinants #6 #8
Behaviors #2 #7
Smoking

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who smoke at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and who currently smoke every day or some days

#17 #27
Chronic Drinking

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who consumed more than 60 drinks in the last 30 days for men and more than 30 drinks in the last 30 days for women

#26 #33
Obesity

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older estimated to be obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher

#4 #2
Underweight

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with fair or better health status estimated to be underweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 or less

#25 #43
Physical Inactivity

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with fair or better health status who report doing no physical activity or exercise (such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening or walking) other than their regular job in the last 30 days

#1 #2
Dental Visit

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having visited a dental health professional within the last 12 months

#13 #14
Pain Management

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with arthritis who report arthritis or joint pain does not limit their usual activities

#19 #41
Education

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with a college degree

#1 #1
Community #24 #16
Community & Environment - Macro #23 #14
Poverty

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who live in households at or below 100% of the poverty threshold

#22 #13
Volunteerism

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report volunteering in the past 12 months

#22 #16
Nursing Home Quality

Percentage of certified nursing home beds rated 4- or 5-stars

#21 #10
Community & Environment - Micro #18 #28
Food Insecurity

Percentage of adults aged 60 and older who are marginally food insecure

#14 #21
Community Support

Total expenditures captured by the Administration on Aging divided by the number of adults aged 65 and older living in poverty

#29 #29
Policy #22 #20
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents

Percentage of nursing home residents who were low-care, according to the broad definition (no physical assistance required for late-loss activities of daily living)

#29 #29
Prescription Drug Coverage

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who have a creditable prescription drug plan

#18 #18
Geriatrician Shortfall

Estimated geriatrician shortfall as a percentage of the minimum required number

#24 #20
Clinical Care #2 #1
Dedicated Health Care Provider

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having a personal doctor or health care provider

#32 #22
Flu Vaccine

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who received the flu vaccine in the last year

#9 #8
Health Screenings

Percentage of adults aged 65 to 74 who have had mammograms and/or fecal occult/colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy screens within the recommended time period

#29 #38
Recommended Hospital Care

Percentage of hospitalized patients aged 65 and older who received the recommended care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical procedures

#18 #13
Diabetes Management

Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 to 75 with diabetes receiving a blood lipids test

#43 #38
Home Health Care

Number of personal care and home health aides per 1,000 adults aged 75 or older

#14 #12
Preventable Hospitalizations

Number of discharges for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries

#6 #5
Hospital Readmissions

Percentage of patients aged 65 or older who were readmitted within 30 days of discharge

#9 #6
Hospice Care

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older who were enrolled in hospice during the last 6 months of life after diagnosis of condition with high probability of death

#4 #9
Hospital Deaths

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older who died in a hospital

#3 #3
All Outcomes #8 #5
ICU Use

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older spending 7 or more days in the intensive care unit (ICU) or critical care unit (CCU) during the last 6 months of life

#18 #18
Falls

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having had a fall within the last 12 months

#32 #21
Hip Fracture

Rate of hospitalization for hip fracture per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries

#31 #30
Health Status

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report their health is very good or excellent

#4 #2
Able-bodied

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with no disability

#12 #10
Premature Death

Number of deaths per 100,000 adults aged 65 to 74 years

#2 #3
Teeth Extractions

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who have had all teeth removed due to tooth decay or gum disease

#9 #5
Poor Mental Health Days

Number of days in the previous 30 that adults aged 65 and older indicate that their mental health was not good

#14 #9
Multiple Chronic Conditions

Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries with 4 or more chronic conditions

#7 #5
Cognition

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having a cognitive difficulty

#8 #11
Depression

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who were told by a health professional that they have a depressive disorder

#36 #19

America's Health Rankings® is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. For the past 25 years, America's Health Rankings® has provided a holistic view of the health of the nation. America's Health Rankings® is the result of a partnership between United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention™.

Americas Health Rankings - United Health Foundation
United Health Foundation
ALPHA - American Public Health Association

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Senior Financial Overview

View our Colorado financial data below to learn about the income, wealth and costs incurred of those seniors living in the community.

The median household income for seniors in Colorado is $41,471 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

37% of senior households in Colorado earn less than $30,000 per year, while 14% earn more than $100K/year


Only those where the head of household is 65 or over are included. As an example, an elderly widow and her children's income would be counted if her children choose to live with her. However, if she chooses to live with her children, neither would be counted.

Also, keep in mind the distinction between household and individual income. A married couple over the age of 65 that is still working and earning $30,000 per year each would have a household income of $60,000.

The average Social Security income per household receiving the benefit in Colorado is $16,820 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Colorado is $27,311 Source: Census.gov ACS
18% of seniors in Colorado are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

37% of Colorado seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

88% of seniors living in Colorado speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
7% of the seniors in Colorado are below the poverty level. Source: Census.gov ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level

Male

Female

Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

42% of senior homeowners in Colorado have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

State Agency on Aging

Overview of Contacts

Long-term Care Ombudsman

Overview of Contacts

Overview of Contacts

Aging and Disability Resource Centers

Overview of Contacts

Area Agencies on Aging

Overview of Contacts

Elder Abuse Prevention

  • Northeastern Colorado Area Agency on Aging

    231 Main Street
    Fort Morgan, CO 80701
    Robert Held
    (970) 867-9409
    bheld@necalg.com
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm, MST Monday to Friday.
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments

    1290 Broadway
    Denver, CO 80203
    Jayla Sanchez-Warren
    (303) 455-1000
    drcog@drcog.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • East Central Colorado Area Agency on Aging

    128 Colorado Avenue
    Stratton, CO 80836
    Dora King
    (719) 348-5562
    dking@prairiedevelopment.com
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Pueblo Area Agency on Aging

    2631 East 4th Street
    Pueblo, CO 81001
    Tricia Sierra
    (719) 583-6120
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday.
  • South Central Colorado Seniors

    1116 3rd Street
    Alamosa, CO 81101
    Frances Valdez
    (719) 589-4511
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Region 10 Area Agency on Aging

    300 North Cascade Avenue
    Montrose, CO 81401
    Eva Veitch
    (970) 249-2436
    eveitch@region10.net
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Northwest Colorado Area Agency on Aging

    510 29 1/2 Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81502
    Dave Norman
    (970) 248-2717
    aaa@mesacounty.us
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Alpine Area Agency on Aging

    249 Warren Avenue
    Silverthorne, CO 80498
    Erin Fisher
    (970) 468-0295
    aaa12@nwccog.org
    Website
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging

    139 East 3rd Street
    Salida, CO 81201
    Stephen M. Holland
    (719) 539-3341
    aaareg13@uaacog.com
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • South Central Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging

    300 South Bonaventure Avenue
    Trinidad, CO 81082
    Veronica Maes- AAA Director
    (719) 845-1133
    vmaes@sccog.net
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Larimer County Adult Protective Services

    2601 Midpoint Drive
    Fort Collins, CO 80525
    (970) 498-7770
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Pitkin County Senior Services

    0275 Castle Creek Road
    Aspen, CO 81611
    Senior Coordinator
    (970) 920-5432
    Website
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Boulder County Adult Protective Services (APS)

    PO Box 471
    Boulder, CO 80306
  • Otero County Adult Protective Services

  • Baca County APS Intake

  • Bent County APS Intake

  • Crowley County APS Intake

  • Kiowa County APS Intake

  • Prowers County APS Intake

  • El Paso County DHS - Adult Abuse or Neglect Intake Line

  • Park County Adult Protective Services (APS)

  • Teller County Child/Adult Hotline

    8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday
  • Adult Protective Services - Pueblo County Social Services

  • Delta County (Adult Protective Services (APS) Intake

  • Gunnison County Adult Protection Services (APS)

  • Montrose County Department of Social Services - APS

    1845 S Townsend Avenue
    Montrose, CO 81401
  • San Miguel County Department of Social Services - APS

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • Archuleta County Adult Protective Services

  • Dolores County Department of Social Services Adult Protection Services

    409 N. Main St.
    Dove Creek, CO 81324
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday
  • La Plata County Department of Human Services - Adult Protection Services

    10 Burnett Court, First Floor
    Durango, CO 81301
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday
  • Montezuma County APS Intake

  • Las Animas County APS Intake

  • Huerfano County APS Intake

  • Chaffee County Human Services - Adult Protective Services Unit

  • Custer County Department of Human Services Adult Protective Services (APS)

  • Fremont County Adult Protective Services (APS)

  • Lake County Human Services Adult Protection Unit

  • Weld County Adult Protection Hotline

    315 N 11th Avenue, Building C
    Greeley, CO 80632
  • Mesa County Adult Protective Services & Options for Long Term Care

  • Garfield County Adult Protective Services (APS)

  • Moffat County Department of Social Services - Child and Adult Protective Services

  • Rio Blanco County Health Services Department - Adult Protection

  • Routt County Department of Human Services (DHS) - Adult Protective Services

  • Logan County Human Services Adult Protection Services

  • Morgan County Adult Protective Services

  • Phillips County Department of Human Services - Adult Protective Services

  • Sedgwick County Adult Protective Services

  • Washington County Adult Protective Services and Elder Abuse

  • Yuma County Adult Protective Services

  • Summit County Adult Protective Services

    360 Peak One Dr. Suite 230
    Frisco, CO 80443
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Colorado Department of Human Services

Overview of Contacts

Health Insurance Counseling

  • Northeastern Colorado Area Agency on Aging

    231 Main Street
    Fort Morgan, CO 80701
    Robert Held
    (970) 867-9409
    bheld@necalg.com
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm, MST Monday to Friday.
  • Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging

    14 South Chestnut Street
    Colorado Springs, CO 80905
    Joe Urban
    (719) 471-7080
    seniorinfo@ppacg.org
    Website
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday.
  • Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging

    13 West 3rd Street
    La Junta, CO 81050
    Melody Dowell
    (719) 383-3166
    melody.dowell@state.co.us
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Pueblo Area Agency on Aging

    2631 East 4th Street
    Pueblo, CO 81001
    Tricia Sierra
    (719) 583-6120
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday.
  • Region 10 Area Agency on Aging

    300 North Cascade Avenue
    Montrose, CO 81401
    Eva Veitch
    (970) 249-2436
    eveitch@region10.net
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Northwest Colorado Area Agency on Aging

    510 29 1/2 Road
    Grand Junction, CO 81502
    Dave Norman
    (970) 248-2717
    aaa@mesacounty.us
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Alpine Area Agency on Aging

    249 Warren Avenue
    Silverthorne, CO 80498
    Erin Fisher
    (970) 468-0295
    aaa12@nwccog.org
    Website
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Grand County Council on Aging

    129 3rd Street
    Granby, CO 80446
    Sunny Scott, Senior Coordinator
    (970) 887-3222
    sunny@grandccoa.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 2:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Colorado East Community Action Agency

    PO Box 416
    Stratton, CO 80836
    (719) 348-5303
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:00 PM, MST Monday to Friday
  • Pitkin County Senior Services

    0275 Castle Creek Road
    Aspen, CO 81611
    Senior Coordinator
    (970) 920-5432
    Website
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • Aging and Disability Resources of Colorado

    230 North Union Avenue
    Pueblo, CO 81003
    Diane Armijo-Moore
    (719) 583-6611
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday
  • State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

    1560 Broadway, Suite 1550
    Denver, CO 80202
    (303) 894-7855
    Website
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • PCHC Pueblo Community Health Center

    110 East Routt Avenue
    Pueblo, CO 81004
  • Connect for Health Colorado

    Website
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm, MST Monday to Friday

Overview of Contacts

Information and Assistance

Overview of Contacts

American Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations

  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe- Southern Ute Community Action Programs

    PO Box 800
    Ignacio, CO 81137
    Debra Herrera
    (970) 563-4517
    dherrera@sucap.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm Mountain Time Monday to Friday
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Indians - Title VI Senior Citizens Program

    PO Box 189
    Towaoc, CO 81334
    Rufina Weeks
    (970) 564-0630
    rweeks@utemountain.org
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Mountain Time Monday to Friday

Overview of Contacts

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Sources

Census.gov - Data from the 2010 United States Census. The Census counts every resident in the U.S. and is conducted once every 10 years.

Census.gov ACS - Data from the the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every year. Because every resident is not surveyed each year, data from a 5 year period is used to improve accuracy.