Linda Worrell, who is a lead AARP Colorado volunteer and serves on the AARP Advocacy Team, has been appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the Office of Community Living, which is in the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.
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The Office of Community Living was established to help meet the growing need for long-term services by people with disabilities and aging adults.
"This approach seeks to offer Coloradans easier, less cumbersome access to services," Hickenlooper said in a prepared statement July 11. "This will make the most efficient use of available financial resources to serve a growing number of people and their families."
The Office of Community Living will improve outcomes, reduce complexity, increase capacity and access, leverage existing resources and promote self-direction and person-centered care. Impacted consumers, families, advocates, providers, communities, legislators and agencies will work with the Office through the Community Living Advisory Group to ensure that necessary coordination and integration of services and supports is achieved.
The Office will prepare Colorado's long-term services and supports system for the coming "wave of wisdom," when the nation's population age 65 and older is projected to double, Hickenlooper had said.
Linda Worrell will serve as an aging advocate for client and family members.
"We are so thrilled that Linda will be our representative on this important committee," said AARP Colorado State Director Morie Smile. "This is truly about living communities and aging in place."
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