Assisted Living Maps

Map 1 - Existing Assisted Living Facilies in the City and County of Denver and how they correlate with the newly formed zoning districts where assisted living facilities will be permitted (yellow) or considered after special review by the Zoning Administrator (red). [Municipal Code, Chapter 59]

In addition, the following data is referenced concerning existing assisted living facilities: address; zone designation; age restrictions; and number of licensed beds.

Map 2 - Newly Formed Zoning Districts within the City and County of Denver where assisted living facilities will be permitted (yellow) or considered after special review by the Zoning Administrator (red). [Municipal Code, Chapter 59]

If you are interested in obtaining a permit you will need to contact the Zoning Department at or:

Permit Center

201 West Colfax

Dept. 205, 2nd Floor

Denver, CO 80202.

Phone number  720.865.3000


Owners of assisted living facilities also need to obtain a license from the:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, Colorado 80246-1530.

Age Matters Initiative

Dear Friends,


I am pleased to announce the Age Matters Initiative web page. This is a visual step towards the commitments we are making to improve the quality of life for the people of Denver and provide our seniors with the dignity and respect they have earned.


We aim to make Denver the best city to be and grow older. The Age Matters Initiative is moving forward with an ambitious blueprint to create age-friendly communities by focusing on housing, transportation, health and wellness, workforce opportunities, lifelong learning, public engagement and volunteering. The Mission of the Age Matters Initiative is to create and implement a strategic plan which will demonstrate how a major metropolitan city can efficiently, effectively and comprehensively build on the strengths and address the needs of an aging population.


Together, we can make Denver a great place for people of all ages and abilities to live, work, play and contribute.


I hope you will use the many and varied resources made available through this web page.




John W. Hickenlooper



Conventional wisdom says that scaling social innovation starts with strengthening internal management capabilities…however,… real social change happens when organizations go outside their own walls and find creative ways to enlist the help of others” Heather McLeod Grant & Leslie R. Crutchfield  

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Age Matters Initiative is to develop and implement a strategic, sustainable plan where the City and County of Denver can use available resources creatively, efficiently, effectively and comprehensively to build on the strengths and address the needs of a rapidly aging population.

Strategic Goals

· To make Denver the Best City in America to be and grow older.

· To increase the visibility and awareness of aging issues for the Denver community by promoting positive concepts of aging.

· To increase awareness amongst all population sectors, including children and youth, so that these sectors will begin to age well; recognizing that the fastest growing population are those persons who are 85 years and older.

 Guiding Principles

· Create a horizontal strategic plan across City Departments which builds infrastructure, coordinates and streamlines City resources to support healthy aging for all employees and the customers they serve.

· Develop collaborative partnerships with every sector of society  - - government, community organizations, business, nonprofits, foundations and the public- - to work outside our boundaries, maximize program development, and avoid duplication of efforts in order to make large social change.

· Promote policies which will tend to make Denver a great place to live especially our elders.

· Encourage healthy aging  behaviors for all ages and abilities.

· Support opportunities for older adults to participate in civic, cultural, educational and voluntary engagement to prevent isolation and increase interaction among the generations.

· Address workforce challenges by supporting innovative collaborative strategies which encourage department heads to establish new recruitment, retention, retraining and hiring policies  for workers of all ages and abilities.

· On an ongoing basis, encourage employees, especially young employees, newly hired employees and pre-baby boomers to plan for retirement, address probate and estate planning issues and become financially literate.

· With the collaboration of the eight (8) Commissions of the Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations, create intergenerational and cross-cultural alliances.



Click on the logo above to view the Age Matters Video!


 Analysis Finds Streets Unsafe for Older Adults, New York Responds 

Older pedestrians in the NY/NJ/CT Metro have a significantly higher risk of being killed than their younger counterparts, according to a new analysis from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. People who are 65 or older make up 12% of the region's population but account for 27% of the total pedestrian fatalities. These fatality rates are more than three times the rate for those under 65 and higher than that of older adults living elsewhere in the country. This data, representing both suburban and urban communities, verifies how imperative it is to create safe and livable streets for all users of any age. The New York State DOT and Governor Paterson have already responded to the analysis, launching the SafeSeniors program, modeled after a NYC's Safe Streets for Seniors.


The Agency for Human Rights & Community Relations, the Office on Aging and the Age Matters Initiative does not operate, control, endorse or warrant any information, products or services offered through this site by third parties. All links are meant to be resources which you may or may not choose to access.