Pitkin County Senior Services

11:39am

Fri August 16, 2013
Senior Citizens

Some Valley seniors find themselves working into their golden years

Glenwood Springs resident Rich Burge owns his own property management business. The 75-year-old said he works for both financial necessity and enjoyment.
Credit Rebecca Kruth

As the Valley’s population ages, some seniors are finding themselves working far past retirement age. Reasons vary from financial necessity to simply enjoying the social aspects the workplace offers. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth checked in with a couple of local seniors to find out what’s kept them in the workforce.

Rich Burge has been working since he was a boy. The 75-year-old property manager said he’ll do it until he can’t anymore.

“I’ve joked that someday they’ll find me face down in one of my homes I take care,” Burge said.

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10:13am

Tue July 9, 2013
Senior Living

As Aspen Ages, Community Leaders Look for Housing Solutions

Ken Canfield came up with the idea to build a retirement community in the Roaring Fork Valley. At 88, he says he would move into such a facility in a heartbeat.
Marci Krivonen

A clearer picture is emerging of a senior living community in Basalt. Last month, the organizers of the massive project presented detailed plans to Basalt’s Town Council. The senior campus would include multiple buildings on 18 acres just down the road from the local high school.

Organizers say such a development is badly needed in an area where the senior age demographic is expected to skyrocket in coming years. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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