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Age Strong Chaffee, a coalition comprised of community agencies and members dedicated to the health, wellness, and happiness of our older adult community, announced this week that its 2023 Embracing Aging Expo will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 8 at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds, 10165 County Road 120, Poncha Springs.

The Expo is a day filled with social connections, engaging activities, and educational resources geared toward the needs of our aging population.

“After being on a hiatus for several years due to the pandemic, last year’s Embracing Aging Expo was a huge success because of the overwhelming support of our community and the many lives, over 300, who were able to participate in the fun,” said Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) Director Andrea Carlstrom. “This year, we anticipate even more attendees and have many exciting plans underway to make this year even better.  We hope that everyone who can has the opportunity to contribute to this meaningful and unique event.”

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The most recent data coming from the state’s demographer indicates that 27 percent of Chaffee County residents are 65 and older which has gradually increased over the past decade. Colorado is also the fastest-aging state in the country.

Over the past several years, concerted efforts have been underway in Chaffee County to ensure that it can meet the increasing and complex needs of our older adults and their support networks.

In response to this notable trend, Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH), with the help of many community stakeholders, has been developing and building capacity for an Aging Well Program. This program approach incorporates not only Age Strong Chaffee and the Embracing Aging Expo, but also numerous educational and social activities throughout the county, Yoga for Grown-Ups, Game Day, Ark Valley Helping Hands, and Chaffee Home Share.

At this time, the Embracing Aging Expo Planning Committee is soliciting “premier” partners to invest in or donate key elements of the expo, table partners to host informational booths the day of the event, and donations for door prizes. While the event is not a fundraiser, the hope is that businesses and agencies alike have multiple opportunities to support the expo and make the day extra special for attendees and participants.

To find out how you can contribute in a meaningful way, contact Molly Bischoff, CCPH Aging Well Coordinator, at