The mission of SRDA is to provide programs and projects that enhance the quality of life for the senior community of Pueblo and increase opportunities for independent living. Through its inclusive structure, symbolized by SRDA's umbrella logo, the agency ensures that Pueblo area senior citizens and other frail and handicapped persons maintain as healthy, self-reliant, and independent lifestyles as possible.
In 1994, thanks to a combination of public and private funding, the Joseph H. Edwards Active Adult Center was built in downtown Pueblo at 230 North Union Avenue. Our impressive facility, located near the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Project, City Hall, Historic Union Avenue District, and senior apartment complexes, houses the SRDA offices and our many comprehensive programs.
Older Resident Population
Today, SRDA continues to be challenged by the high proportion of older residents living in Pueblo County and the number of elderly at or below the poverty threshold. It is estimated that approximately 25,554 or 19% of the county's population is 60 years of age or older, compared to 13% in the state as a whole.
Approximately 38% of these older individuals are 75 years of age or older. Of further significance, there are 2,600 seniors over the age of 85 in Pueblo County, which is a 46% increase since the 1990 Census. According to the state demographer, the senior population is expected to increase as the baby boomers turn 60 years old.
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After reading the comments by those who express their perspective of age related discriminating practices by more than a few employers, I felt very concerned for older workers that need/desire employment. I wonder if these employers understand that it is not just the revenue from young adults that keep them in business. I wonder how they would survive if the older generation would stop supporting their businesses. I also wonder if these employers understand the principle of sowing and reaping? I am grateful to your agency for providing the results of your survey and your commitment to provide older workers with reliable job leads.
-- Marie Moore, AARP