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Third installment of 'Silver Tsunami' series set

April 11, 2012

CSU's Center for Public Deliberation is hosting "Growing Older in Fort Collins - Silver Tsunami as a Golden Opportunity" - the third community conversation about the impending growth of our senior population.

The event will focus on group discussions about the upcoming expansion of the Fort Collins Senior Center.

The meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 or 8 a.m. Thursday, April 26 at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. The events are free, and the public is encouraged to RSVP and attend.

Growing senior population

“Silver Tsunami” is a term coined to describe our rapidly growing population of retirees. Since 2011, more than 10,000 members of the nation’s Baby Boom Generation have turned 65 on a daily basis.

Fort Collins consistently is ranked as one of the nation’s best places to retire. However, Larimer County’s 65-over population is expected to grow by 140 percent over the next 20 years, which likely will strain existing facilities.

Marty Heffernan, executive director of Fort Collins Parks and Recreation, will provide opening remarks at the April 17 meeting, while Mayor Karen Weitkunat will open the April 26 meeting. Nancy Luttrop, a geriatric consultant, and Barbara Schoenberger, recreation supervisor at the Fort Collins Senior Center, are the scheduled speakers.

Registration, information

Guests are asked to RSVP online. Also, reports from the first two meetings are available online. For information, call Martin Carcasson at the Center for Public Deliberation, (970) 491-5628.