Office on Aging

Between 2020-2025, it is projected that Denver's age 5+ population will increase by approximately 17,000 adults, with the age 75-84 group seeing the largest percentage increase. The Denver Office on Aging advocates for Denver’s older population by helping local agencies develop policies and programs that will improve the quality of life and accessibility to care and culture for aging residents.

Denver Aging Population 2020-2025(PDF, 121KB)


DenverConnect is a mobile resource center designed to connect older adults 60+ with information. DenverConnect will bring city services and resources to neighborhoods, assisted living centers, and places where large concentrations of older adults are gathered. The program targets low-income and racial/ethnic minorities. 

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Top Resources for our Older Adults

Meet the Team

Perla Gheiler, Director

Perla Gheiler Portrait

In April of 2016, Perla Gheiler began working with the City and County of Denver in the Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships as the Director on Aging for the Office on Aging.  Perla’s role serves as the convener for our aging adults and the Mayor’s office.  She also serves as the liaison for the Commission on Aging which advocates, empowers and monitors the rights and concerns for our older adults.

Gheiler started Perla Gheiler Solutions, LLC in 2013 which served as a marketing and community affairs consultant firm and worked with clients like Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) and Escuela Tlatlelolco, to name a few. Her consulting work led to a full-time offer from MSU Denver as the director of strategic initiatives and outreach for the Office of the President in the marketing communications department.

She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver with a B.A. in Communication. Through the National Hispana Leadership Institute, Perla attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and The Center for Creative Leadership and received the Executive Leadership Certification from Harvard. 

Perla is the proud mother of her son, Austin.


Olga García, DenverConnect Program Administrator

Olga Garcia Headshot

Olga Garcia is passionate about serving her community. Olga administers the DenverConnect mobile pop-up office equipped with technology tools and resources to support older adults in the aging process As the DenverConnect program manager, Olga’s outreach efforts are invaluable offering access and support for affordable housing, food, social services, and other aid to support older adults with aging in place.

In partnership with the Office of Colorado Attorney General, DRCOG, nonprofits and advocacy groups, more than 10,000 individuals have received direct services and resources through DenverConnect since it’s initiation in 2019.

Olga earned a master’s degree in Applied Communications from the University of Denver, a BA in Media Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an Executive Certification from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Along with extensive community volunteerism, Olga has led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts at Denver Health Medical Center, MillerCoors and other public and private sector organizations.


Anna DeRocchi, Program Coordinator


Anna DeRocchi is our Program Coordinator in the Office on Aging. Her passion for working with older adults was ignited when she began working as a caregiver at an assisted living facility throughout my college years, which led Anna to study Human Development and Gerontology at Colorado State University, where she also collaborated in the AgingPLUS research study.

Following college graduation, DeRocchi worked as a Resident Service Coordinator for the Nonprofit Rochester Management Inc. Later, she became a Social Services Coordinator/Navigator at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community.