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CSU center to lead discusions about senior transportation

November 22, 2013

CSU's Center for Public Deliberation will lead a discussion about transportation issues for area seniors.

Martin Carcasson, director of CSU's Center for Public Deliberation.The Senior Transportation Coalition is holding two public sessions to discuss and rethink how Larimer County can create a more aging-friendly transportation system to ensure seniors remain engaged and enjoy a high quality of life.

“Since November 2011, the Center for Public Deliberation, working with the Fort Collins Senior Center, the Loveland Chilson Center, and the Fort Collins and Loveland Senior Advisory Boards, has engaged over 500 people at five events on how to build on our current strengths and keep Larimer County as a wonderful place for all ages,” said Martin Carcasson, director of the center and co-chair of the Senior Transportation Coalition. “The Dec. 4 sessions respond to what we heard; that issues connected to transportation are the most important for us as a community to address.”

Growing senior population

In November 2011, State Demographer Elizabeth Garner reported that, based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the over-65 population in Larimer County will increase 141 percent (33,584 in 2010 to 81,041 in 2030) over the next 20 years.

The non-partisan Center for Public Deliberation was founded in 2006 as part of the Department of Communication Studies. CPD staff and students focus on the process of deliberation and community problem-solving, and have facilitated numerous public discussions in the area.

Sessions Dec. 4

Both sessions are set for Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Road in Fort Collins. Session 1 is from noon-2:30 p.m.; Session II is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Complimentary light meals will be served 30 minutes prior to each session, and RSVP’s are required. Limited transportation is also being provided from the Fort Collins and Loveland Senior Centers to the noon session. To RSVP call The Larimer County Office on Aging at (970) 498-7751.