Albuquerque city councilor wants more resources for aging population

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A city councilor is working to help the Department of Senior Affairs identify resources needed for Albuquerque’s aging population. Councilor Klarissa Peña says she realized the need for more services in her district in southwest Albuquerque and across the city.


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An aging population study from last year found that 40% of Bernalillo County will be made up of older adults by 2030. Now, the city council will discuss the One Albuquerque Age-Friendly Action Plan. It would boost the number of volunteers in the city’s Department of Senior Affairs to identify resources that are needed.

“…To really look at our aging population and make the necessary adjustments, whether it be budgetary, whether it be new senior centers, whether it be volunteer basis or access to city facilities,” said Councilor Peña.

She says there’s also a need for a senior respite center in her district. The resolution will be heard in a city finance committee meeting on Monday, Dec. 13.

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