USE CASE: Making the Data Case for Senior Care

Click here to listen to DRCOG and CIVHC’s VP of Communications and Marketing chat about the Area Agency on Aging and the impact DRCOG has had in Colorado.


The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) brings together officials from Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin and Jefferson counties, working together to improve the quality of life for all the region’s residents. DRCOG is the federally designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and provides services designed to help senior Coloradans live full and healthy lives.  DRCOG sets policy, creates guidelines, and allocates funding for three focus areas:

  • Transportation and Personal Mobility
  • Growth and Development
  • Aging and Disability Resources

Project Summary: By analyzing CO APCD from a group of individuals who do not receive AAA services compared to those who do, DRCOG is working to determine the influence their work has on the health care utilization and the quality of life of Older Coloradans.

Benefit to Colorado: Data detailing the value of these important services allows DRCOG to be more effective financial stewards of the public dollars they receive each year by making adjustments to existing services. This data supports their ability to demonstrate the financial and health benefits of expanding offerings like Meals on Wheels, respite care, and medical transportation to more Coloradans.