New Yellow Book of 800 Senior Services in El Paso, Teller and Park Counties Released | Seniors

After a COVID hiatus last year, the free Yellow Book senior directory has returned to an even greater reception than before, according to the Pikes Peak Region Agency on Aging, which produces the annual guide.

A second printing of the 176-page annual directory of information and assistance for the elderly, or yellow book, has already been ordered, said Jessica McMullen, spokeswoman for the government-funded agency which runs a center for information and assistance for the elderly, support for carers and coordination of mobility. and management.

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It is a program of the Council of Pikes Peak Area Governments, a consortium of 16 local governments that also works on issues of transportation, land use and air and water quality. water.

“We’ve had more interest from our sites in having them,” McMullen said. “We’ve expanded the locations we provide copies to and we’re giving them more.”

The original printing of 10,000 copies is now increasing to 15,000, she said.

The free directory contains information for more than 800 services for seniors in El Paso, Teller and Park counties.

Where to go for help with elder abuse, adult day services, caregiver programs, different types of housing, recreation programs, transportation options, wellness care, free food and meals, specific medical needs, legal issues, military assistance, minority resources, support groups, and other information are inside.

And for the first time, McMullen said, hard copies are available in Spanish at all branches in the Pikes Peak Library District. Local libraries also have printed versions in English.

The Colorado Springs Senior Center and Silver Key Senior Services also distribute copies.

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The best places to pick up the guide in Teller County are the Teller Senior Coalition in Divide and the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek. In Park County, they can be found at the Park County Senior Coalition in Fairplay.

The guide is also online. The English version is at www.ppacg.org/yellowbookand the Spanish version is available at www.ppacg.org/LibroAmarillo.

El Paso County’s population 65 and older has grown significantly according to US Census Bureau data. Between 2000 and 2020, the number of elderly residents increased from 44,787 to 96,412 over those 20 years.

That’s a 115% increase. And the numbers are expected to rise in the decades to come.

The state’s Bureau of Demography predicts that 172,394 people age 65 and older will live in the county in 2040, due to the nation’s declining birth rate, aging baby boomers and growing number of seniors who move here to retire or be closer to family. If the forecasts are confirmed, this would represent an increase of 79% compared to today.

McMullen said the Pikes Peak agency on aging is getting positive feedback on the scope of content from the yellow book – which has been published annually since 1967 – and that people had no idea there were so many services in the region.

“They say the information is just invaluable,” she said.

Because the agency is funded by state and federal money, the Yellow Book has no paid advertising, McMullen said.

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The agency also publishes a guide to veterans benefits and Medicaid for adults, which includes tips and data on free counseling services.

For more information or other resources, call the Seniors Information and Assistance Center at 719-471-2096.

Contact the author: 719-476-1656.

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