Innovations of Aging Collaborative seeks executive director

Innovations in Aging Collaborative, which started as a loosely based grassroots group, is now forming as its own non-profit organization.

The collaborative is on the search for an executive director, who will provide leadership and management to successfully guide the Innovations in Aging Collaborative as a start-up nonprofit, said David Lord, who has been acting volunteer executive director. The group was awarded two grants – from the Inasmuch Foundation and one from R&R Foundation — each for $50,000, to stand up the non-profit agency.

The Colorado Springs Innovations for Aging Collaborative formed two years ago by a group of community leaders. The collaborative’s goal has been to shine a light on the retiring baby boomers. Today, El Paso County has 62,051 residents over age 65. In three years, that number is projected to grow to more than 80,000.

In 2010, the collaborative hosted a summit to outline some of the issues that boomers and the community will face – affordable housing, transportation, medical facilities, assisted living facilities, volunteerism, second careers and services needed.

This summer a group of community leaders met around the issue of Intergenerational Hubs, Lord said. Boomers, it seems, are more likely to want to age in their homes, Lord said. This has sparked conversations about how community services, such as the YMCA and Pikes Peak Library District, might offer programs within neighborhoods. The collaborative also is thinking about ways to get young adults involved with boomers.

“Once we get the executive director, we will begin working – researching data, understanding the neighborhoods and the issues,” Lord said.

The Executive Steering Committee is chaired by Barbara Yalich and BJ Scott, and they are recruiting a board of directors to assist with the selection of a new executive director.

The collaborative wants to hire the new director by January. The El Pomar Foundation has donated office space to the collaborative, which will be housed on the Penrose Campus at the Broadmoor.

“Things are going in a nice direction,” Lord said.

The full job description is posted on website www.innovationsinaging.org