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    "A silver tsunami"                                                                                                                  Kansas man shot to death
    Metro area's flood of aging residents to pit seniors vs. kids for public funds                                                      Rescuers work all night above Golden
    By Joey Bunch
    Denver Post Staff Writer
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    Article Last Updated: 06/11/2007 10:00:37 AM MDT                                                                                    Rain all day, cool temps
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    Douglas County, long a magnet for young families, is watching its
    over-60 population grow at a faster rate than any other metro county.
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    With the exception of Denver, counties from Arapahoe up to Gilpin
    will see their older population grow by double-digit percentages                                                                    The real Food Stamp Challenge
    between 2004 and 2009, the Denver Regional Council of                                                                               Bikers told to pipe down
    Governments predicts.                                                                                                               Team teems with eager receivers
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    But with nearly a 60 percent growth rate in older residents, Doug las
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    County will gray faster than its neighbors.
                                                                                         Mary Louise Hughett exercises on a
                                                                                         treadmill at Holly Creek retirement
    Expert say it's the shape of things to come for Colorado, which has                  center in Centennial. With spacious
    the nation's sixth-largest concentration of retiring baby boomers.                   apartments and cottages, a variety of
                                                                                         classes, high-speed Internet and other
    DRCOG cites aging population as one of two main factors in the                       amenities, Holly Creek is seen as a
                                                                                         model for how communities might
    changing face of the region. The other is immigration.
                                                                                         serve their seniors. (Post / Helen H.
    "We're looking at a silver tsunami," said Lafayette City Councilman
    Jay Ruggeri, whose county anticipates a 24 percent increase in seniors.

    State legislators and local leaders are only beginning to notice the demographic shift, leaving some
    retirees feeling forgotten.

    "We're proud and we're loud, but nobody's listening," said Harold Meier, a 71-year-old retired union
    organizer from Parker.

    Metro residents 60 and older will increase by 69,000, or 21 percent, between 2004 and 2009, DRCOG
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    The group will grow nearly 10 times faster than those 20 to 39 and three times faster than those 40 to
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    "The warning signs have been coming for years," said Sue Bozinov ski, director of the metro region's                                Panel wants expanded coverage for Flats
    Area Agency on Aging. "We can't continue to do business the way we always have."
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    A DRCOG study found the nine-county metro region spent $8 million on services for the aging in 2006,
    when needs were almost $70 million.

    By 2020, needs such as meals for shut-ins, medical aid and transportation will reach $158 million,
    DRCOG estimates.

    Meanwhile, suburbs are building schools and ballfields by the hundreds of millions of dollars for

    "I suspect we're going to see a tug of war over public funding
    between children and seniors," said Herb Homan, an 88-year- old
    federal-government retiree in University Hills.

    His worry is shared by state Sen. Abel Tapia, D-Pueblo, chairman
    of the legislature's Joint Budget Committee.

    "We've never adequately funded seniors, but there are a lot of
    things we don't fund well enough," he said.

    The state budget has so many mandatory expenses, such as care
    for prison inmates, that it pits remaining needs against one another,
    he said.

    "You never want to be in a place where you have to vote for taking
    care of old people or vote for educating young people," he said.
    "But that's where we'll be."

    In Douglas County, the youngsters are winning big.
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    School enrollment has swelled from just over 13,000 in 1990 to an                    business, his wife and children are
    estimated 56,432 in 2009.                                                            safe, but he resumes his criminal
                                                                                         enterprise surrounded by ever-darker
    In response, voters have approved $480 million for new schools                       shadows of impending doom. (HBO /
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    since 2000.

    Often where there are children, grandparents follow, said Merrill Davis, an Austin, Texas, consultant
    who advises cities nationwide on luring retirees.

    That poses both a bonanza and a financial challenge, he said.

    "As a demographic, they're a gold mine," he said. "Most of them have money to spend, you don't have

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    to educate their children, and you don't have to lock them up behind bars.

    "You've just got to keep them happy, healthy and
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    By 2009, Douglas County will have 30,469 residents older than 60,                                                               Durable, at
    up from just over 19,000 in 2004, according to DRCOG.                                                                           and fade-re
    Douglas County budget analyst Connie Pipes said the county's                                                                    www.khwin
    general fund includes $225,000 for senior services, a $30,000
    increase over 2006. The budget includes a $75,000 study of senior
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    "I think what we're doing is starting to plan for the future," said               Joan Van Wyk and Jane Walker
                                                                                      socialize in Holly Creek retirement
    Valerie Robson, manager of Douglas County's adult services.                                                                     GutterMon
                                                                                      center's cafe. The upscale facility has a
                                                                                      three- to six-month waiting list. As          MonsterHo
    Meanwhile, the private sector is charging ahead. Retirement                       metro-area governments try to balance         www.khho
    communities are in the works across the metro region.                             spending needs for seniors and
                                                                                      children, the private sector is charging
    Doors will be wider for walkers and wheelchairs, stairs will be rare,             ahead with retirement communities
                                                                                      that will offer amenities tailor-made for
    signs will be well-lit and lettered with larger type to serve weaker              senior citizens. (Post / Helen H.             Porta Pow
    eyes, and medical services will be convenient, according to                       Richardson)                                   Your sourc
    construction plans.                                                                                                             warehouse
    Fifty architects attending the National Association of Home Builders' 50+ Housing Symposium in Denver                           Lease, Sell
    recently toured the 2-year-old Holly Creek retirement community in Centennial.                                                  www.porta

    They found apartments and cottages with spacious floor plans and amenities such as lawn care,
    classes on all manner of topics, high-speed Internet access, a swimming pool and a variety of dining                            Sell Your
    and social opportunities - a model for how communities might serve older, healthier and pickier seniors,                        Timeshare
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    Holly Creek has a three- to six-month waiting list to move in to the community of 150 residents, which                          Timeshare
    will grow to 350 in the next year.                                                                                              Member BB
    "We moved to be near our grandkids," said Bryce Hughett, an 87-year-old retired physician from
    Montana, as he and his wife, Mary Louise, 82, worked out on treadmills.                                                         Affordable
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    Littleton Mayor Jim Taylor, 71, said that while the town's light- rail station is a draw to older residents,                    Training
    the homes nearby are financially out of reach of most seniors.                                                                  Short-term
    Taylor hopes to attract housing developments to serve seniors and lower-income residents.                                       Get the ski
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    Earlier this year, the Lafayette City Council instructed its staff to draw up design codes that require                         www.pmi.e
    builders to account for the needs of older residents. The council is expected to take them up in August.
    The designs would add as little as $200 to the cost of a home but would save a $5,000 remodel                                   5.5% Fixe
    someday or a lost sale to an older buyer, said Ruggeri, the Lafayette council member.                                           $300,000 M
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    "It's so simple, so smart and so cheap, I can't believe everyone's not doing it," he said.                                      credit OK.
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    Ruggeri said Front Range communities must design all homes to be suitable for older and disabled                                www.lendg

    Those who scoff at the idea of communities compatible for all ages should think of their own advancing
    years, he said.

    "Nobody thinks about the problem until they're the one it's affecting," he said.

    Staff writer Joey Bunch can be reached at 303-954-1174 or jbunch@denverpost.com.
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     By Old Engineer at 9:18 AM on June 11:
       The growth in seniors in Douglas County is hardly surprising. DC is in the top five income counties in the
       U.S., and folks have their peak earning capacity at the 50-65 age. Thus, one would expect lots of seniors
       both due to the high income level and as people in their 50's age. The real question is, will they stay in DC
       when they retire? As noted in the article, DC has high taxes, a substantial part due to the continued
       growth in schools. One does not have to be a "greedy geezer" to see that empty nesters do not benefit
       from the continued growth of the county (about 1300 new residents per month). Colorado has lots of nice
       places to live where the housing is a lot cheaper and property taxes are much lower - and thus more
       appealing to retirees. I suspect many folks (including myself) will, in fact, choose to leave DC at

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