Long-Term Strategy on Aging | The Bell Policy Center

The Bell Policy Center is at the forefront of the effort to address the challenges of Colorado’s rapidly aging population. Our goal is to improve quality of life, protect family integrity and financial security, and hold down costs to the public and private sector by preparing for:

  • Unprecedented demographic shift. Baby Boomers are now retiring, putting pressures on public services such as Medicaid, as well as on our families, businesses, workers, transportation systems, housing and much more. 

Colorado needs a comprehensive, long-term strategy to guide us through this uncharted territory. Done right, our state strategy will be a national model.

Current priority:

  • Strategy on aging. The Bell’s president is part of the executive committee for the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging, created by the Legislature and appointed by the governor in 2015. That group will recommend a state strategy by November 2016, and it will work after that to implement, evaluate and update the strategy.


Jun 20, 2017
Spotlight on Research: Respite Care The work of a caregiver is rewarding – and exhausting. Often, family caregivers need a break from their responsibilities, but services that can help aren’t widely available. That’s why the Bell is partnering with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Easterseals of Colorado and others to implement the...
Mar 29, 2017
Natalie O'Donnell Wood, a senior policy analyst with the Bell, testified on March 28 in favor of HB 17-1253, a bill that proects seniors from financial abuse. Here's her testimony: The Bell supports HB 17-1253, which amends the Colorado Securities Act to require certain financial professio...
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Jan 4, 2017
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