Aging in Our Community
offer, as well as to broaden the array of opportunities for education and socialization available for older adults. See the accompanying article on this page about the Healthy Aging Center. PCOA is dedicated to helping all older people in our community not only to (continued from page 3) Aging Well Tucson and Pima County are among the fastest-aging areas in the nation. According to US Census data, between 2010 and 2015, the population of Pima County grew by 3%, while the number of people over 60 grew by over 17.5%. In 2016, Tucson had the third-oldest population of all major metro areas in the nation, behind Tampa-St. Petersburg and Pittsburgh. To meet the needs of this growing older population, and support people in living better as they live longer, our community needs to build capacity and offer stronger supports for social determinants of health. PCOA will open the Katie Dusenberry Healthy Aging Center this fall at 600 S. Country Club Road, across from Reid Park, to help address this critical need. The Center will serve as a hub for aging services and a central location for our community to discover the array of services that we and our community partners offer to support healthy aging. It will be a place for older adults to learn, socialize, and receive the help they need to maintain independence and quality of life.
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live long and healthy lives, and enjoy the best quality of life possible, but to remain engaged and find meaning. Within the pages of Never Too Late , through our partnerships, through our services and our advocacy work, we explore ways for older people to participate and contribute that are both meaningful for every individual, and a great asset to our society. We invite you to partner with us in our work.
W. Mark Clark President & CEO
Katie Dusenberry Healthy Aging Center Coming Fall 2019
Street view of the new Katie Dusenberry Healthy Aging Center, now being remodeled.
2001, Katie contributed both her treasure and her time by serving as a board member of PCOA, including a term as Chair. We can think of no more fitting tribute to Katie’s lifelong passion for aging concerns and the well-being of our older friends and neighbors than to name the Katie Dusenberry Healthy Aging Center in her honor. Other early and significant donors to the campaign include Tucson Electric Power, the Connie Hillman Family Foundation, and the Diamond family. To learn more about the Healthy Aging Center campaign, visit healthyagingcen- ter.pcoa.org.
Among the offerings will be evidence-based exercise classes designed specifically for older adults, fall prevention workshops, technology classes, assistance navigating Medicare, Driver Safety Courses, and a host of other opportunities for older adults to learn and engage. PCOA is honored to name our new center for our longtime friend, aging advocate and lead donor to the project’s capital campaign, Katie Dusenberry. Katie worked alongside PCOA’s founder, Marian Lupu, as an advocate for aging services during her time on the Pima County Board of Supervisors, she also represented the interests of older adults in Washington DC as a member of the Federal Council on Aging in the early 1980s. From 1984 to
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Pima Council on Aging
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