Carbondale Age-Friendly Community Initiative (CAFCI)
CAFCI is an ad hoc caucus of Carbondale's senior citizens, working on their own and through other organizations, to strengthen seniors' voices in and contributions to Carbondale. Goals include: ensuring the Town's seniors are visible and vocal in Town planning and civid issues, and helping the Town Trustees to better assess and understand the needs and issues of Carbondale's seniors.
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Valley Senior Matters
Senior Matters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to an enhanced quality of life for aging people in the mountain town of Carbondale and surrounding communities in the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys. We serve and collaborate with seniors in nearby Basalt, Glenwood Springs, El Jebel, Emma and Aspen.

Planning Tool: The Eight Domains of Livability 
For its planning, CAFCI has used the Eight Domains of Livability framework developed by the World Health Organization. That framework is being used by AARP in assisting communities nationwide to become more age-friendly by focusing on areas such as housing, caregiving, community engagement, volunteering, social inclusion and combating isolation among older citizens. There are currently 8 Colorado communities that are part of AARP’s network of age-friendly communities, including nearby Eagle and Pitkin Counties and the town of Fruita. The State of Colorado joined in September of 2018, when Governor Hickenlooper announced a statewide program called “Lifelong Colorado.”

Implications for Colorado & its Counties

The Denver-based Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging (SAPGA), which was created by the State Assembly and Governor's Office, has advised that each of Colorado's Counties develop a strategic action plan to deal with a demographic shift that is already reshaping Colorado; the State's 65-and-over population grew 29 percent between 2010 and 2015 - the third-fastest rate in the nation.

In light of projections showing exponential growth in Garfield County's senior population over the next decade (from the current 6500 to a projected 14,000 by 2030), the volunteer membership of CAFCI has begun evaluating and exploring ways to make our wonderful Town even more age-friengly. 

Senior Services & Support in Carbondale
In early 2019, CAFCI volunteers did a small, informal survey of the mobility concerns of Carbondale residents, as well as non-residents who shop in Carbondale. At the same time, CAFCI discovered that a Carbondale-based list of senior support services didn't seem to exist. Hence, the following list was developed for the Town's website. Organized around the Eight Domains of Livability, the list is offered as a first step toward making the Town more supportive of its senior population. Anyone who wishes to add to or improve the list, or who has questions about it may email

Outdoor Spaces & Buildings



Social Inclusion

Civic Participation & Employment

Communication & Information

Community and Health Services