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August 22, 2021


Hello Karin,


Our next CCA Advocacy Committee Meeting is on Monday, August 23rd from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.

We will have two guest speakers at the August 23rd meeting - Leah McMahon, MA - State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Shannon Gimbel, DRCOG’s Ombudsman Manager. They will give us "An Update on Congregate Care Facilities in Colorado." Learn more about our Speakers.


It is not too late to participate in an Advocacy Topic research committee.

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If you have not joined CCA please do so today. We now have rolling memberships. Have questions about joining send us an email.


Join CCA as an Individual - CLICK HERE


Join CCA as a Supporting Organization - CLICK HERE

Zoom Logon Information for Monday's Meeting

You will get the most out of our meetings if you can logon using a computer compared to calling in with a phone.


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8814815119?pwd=UEkvcVJyWFNCZkhvU0hDT0RNWGR0Zz09


Link above should be all you need, but just in case:

Meeting ID: 881 481 5119

Passcode: CSL2020!


One tap mobile

+16699009128,,8814815119#,,,,,,0#,,24533218# US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 881 481 5119

Passcode: 24533218

News & Articles

Colorado Center for Aging Archives eNewsletters

We want to share that CCA archives our eNewsletters on our website. Use the link below to view past issues - CLICK HERE

How to Make Health Care Less Ageist

A Changing the Narrative campaign aims to reduce ageism

by doctors, hospitals and medical staffers

This article features Janine Vanderburg, founder and

director for Changing the Narrative

"Tere Dillard, of Decatur, Ill., has gotten used to taking her 89-year-old father Jim Lee to what she considers pointless tests ordered by his primary care doctor. One was a CT scan for mild dizziness. As caregiver for her dad and his wife Lenora, who's 88, it's not the only time Dillard has experienced what she calls 'over-the-top tests' ..."

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Our CCA board member, Kris Geerken is managing the "Age-Friendly Healthcare Campaign" at Changing the Narrative. Read more about the campaign mentioned in the Next Avenue article - READ MORE


Website: https://www.nextavenue.org/

Polis pushes to require vaccines for health care workers

as 3 departments mandate them

CDOC, CDPHE, CDHS to require staff to be vaccinated by later this fall

DENVER – State workers who interact with vulnerable or congregate populations at the Colorado Department of Corrections, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Public Health and Environment will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by later this fall - READ MORE

Website: https://www.thedenverchannel.com/

Coronavirus vaccine booster shots are coming.

But are they actually going to do any good?

Why coronavirus vaccine booster shots may help you, and why they may not help society. A booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine will likely give people a little extra protection. But some health leaders wonder at what cost.

"The answer is a complicated mishmash of yes/no/maybe. Yes, they will likely give a little jolt to your immune system to better protect you in case you’re infected with the fast-spreading delta variant. No, they likely won’t do much to help us as a state reach herd immunity. Maybe they will make things better. Maybe they will make things a lot more complicated ..." - READ MORE

Website: https://coloradosun.com/

Despite fears, Colorado’s biggest hospitals made money during the pandemic

Stimulus money and investment income helped make up for a downturn in revenue from patient care, according to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

"When the coronavirus shut down Colorado last spring, fears mounted that the state’s hospitals were about to get hammered financially. In rapidly shifting to focus on caring for sick COVID-19 patients, hospitals paused lucrative elective procedures. Patients skipped usual visits. Hospitals pumped money into buying protective equipment and turning floors into coronavirus units. Estimates for lost revenue stretched into the billions of dollars ..." - READ MORE

Website: https://coloradosun.com/

The Surprising Cause of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia

And how a small team of nurses and researchers found

the answer to a not-so-easy question

"Hospitals should be places of healing, but far too often, patients develop infections before they can be discharged. In fact, hospital-acquired infections are among the most common hospital-related complications, affecting 1 in 25 patients, according to The New England Journal of Medicine. And they're largely preventable ..." - READ MORE

Website: https://www.nextavenue.org/

Helpful Information for Older Adults and the Community


Older adults who are at risk of eviction or utility disconnections may be unaware that emergency assistance is available in their community

AAAs and other community-based organizations now have an easy way to spread the word. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has online resources.

  • Help for homeowners - If you've had trouble making mortgage payments because of a COVID-19 related hardship, we have information to help. Whether you're entering forbearance, need more time, or are ready to exit, we have information on what to do next - LEARN MORE
  • Help for renters - If you’re having trouble making rent payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, you’re not alone. Federal, state, and local governments are offering help with housing expenses and avoiding eviction. Find out what this means for you, and what you can do - LEARN MORE
  • Help for landlords - The COVID-19 pandemic has caused money struggles for both renters and landlords. You’re an important part of the rental economy. If your rental income has fallen, you can take advantage of options to keep you in control of your property and your financial situation - LEARN MORE

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly. They have created a website with resources for homeowners, renters and landlords during the coronavirus national emergency - LEARN MORE

Website: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/mortgage-and-housing-assistance/

Launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Emergency Broadband Benefit launched on May 12th. This benefit provides a discount of $50 per month for eligible low-income households or $75 per month for households on Tribal lands to cover internet bills, as well as discounts on some devices. This program can also be combined with Lifeline benefits - READ MORE

Saturday Spotlight

Our Saturday Spotlight is a new feature where we are putting a spotlight on our CCA volunteers and projects.

Kelly Roberts is not only a volunteer with CCA, but a Colorado Center for Aging board member. Read more about our board members - CLICK HERE

Colorado Center on Aging is always looking for volunteers. We recognizes the value of diverse perspectives and experiences. Training is provided by CCA members and volunteers - LEARN MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING

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Connect with us on Facebook - CLICK HERE

Events Around Colorado

Accountable Care Collaborative Program Improvement Advisory Committee

The Accountable Care Collaborative Program Improvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) is made up of stakeholders who provide guidance and make recommendations to help improve health, access, cost and satisfaction of members and providers in the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC). These meetings are open to the public.

Website: https://hcpf.colorado.gov/accountable-care-collaborative-program-improvement-advisory-committee

Office of Community Living Stakeholder Engagement Events

The Office of Community Living (OCL) is working on a variety of policy and rule changes related to its Home and Community Based Services waivers and programs. The engagement of clients and stakeholders throughout these changes is a critical part of this process. Use this link to look for upcoming meetings - LEARN MORE

Mobile Home Park Stakeholder Engagement

Monday, August 23, 2021 - 1:00PM - 2:30PM MT

Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 1:00PM - 2:30PM MT

Friday, September 3, 2021 - 10:00AM - 11:30AM MT

For the first meeting on Monday, August 23rd, Adam Probolsky, President of Probolsky Research, will be presenting on the results of the Program's first annual constituent survey. Probolsky Research is the independent contractor who conducted the survey for the Program. For the second and third meetings on Thursday, August 26th and Friday, September 3rd, we will be sharing and discussing potential topics in the Mobile Home Park Act and Dispute Resolution and Enforcement Program that should be clarified or further implemented by the Program. The Zoom link and call-in details for all three of these meetings are the same. Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.

Use this Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83787056762

Or One tap mobile: +13462487799,,83787056762# US (Houston) +16699006833,,83787056762# US (San Jose)

Or join by phone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592

Meetings will be recorded and posted on the Division's website:

Website: https://cdola.colorado.gov/mobile-home-park-stakeholder-engagement

Sneak Peek of The Aging Mastery Program with Senior Planet

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Are you interested in exploring how you can get the most out of your next fifty years? Join us for the sneak peek of the Aging Mastery Program (AMP) designed by the National Council on Aging. This short course, which uses the AMP Starter Kit, will give you the resources to help navigate a longer life and guide you through six key dimensions of aging well

View Event Flyer - CLICK HERE

Register Today - CLICK HERE

IMPLEMENTING HB21-1198 - A training webinar from Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) for community partners

Supporting patients struggling with medical debt in Colorado

Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 12:00PM - 1:00PM

HB21-1198 is a groundbreaking law to protect Coloradans from hardships relating to medical billing and debt. While the law sets out strong guardrails, many details of the protections will be decided during implementation, even critical details relating to application processes and program access. Provider groups, including hospitals, are accustomed to participating in implementation to influence the outcome. But these protections are for patients first, and your voices should be heard! At this virtual Zoom webinar event presented by CCLP's Allison Neswood, we'll take a look at how the new law is intended to address medical debt, why it's so important to take part in implementation, and how you can make a difference. You'll come away from the session better prepared to voice your perspective as the state drafts regulations, creates forms, and develops patient-facing information about the new law.

Seats for this virtual event are limited.

Register Today - CLICK HERE

Website: https://cclponline.org/

Colorado State Fair - August 27 - September 6, 2021

Join us in 2021 in Pueblo, Colorado for our Colorado State Fair. Free attractions, carnival, and entertainment and more!

Learn More - CLICK HERE


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*If you paid for a 2021 membership in Colorado Senior Lobby,

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Save the Dates for our Summer

CCA Advocacy Committee Meetings

We are in our summer schedule where we will meet twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month through December. Please put these dates in your calendars. We will continue to send out our eNewsletter on Sunday afternoons through the summer.

Monday, August 23rd - CCA Advocacy Committee 

Monday, September 13th - CCA Advocacy Committee

Monday, September 27th - CCA Advocacy Committee

Monday, October 11th - CCA Advocacy Committee

Monday, October 25th - CCA Advocacy Committee

Monday, November 8th - CCA Advocacy Committee

Monday, November 22nd - CCA Advocacy Committee 

Monday, December 13th - CCA Advocacy Committee

Have questions? Contact:


Jeanette Hensley - email - 303-249-5598

Co-Chair of CCA Advocacy Committee


Rich Mauro - email - Direct: 303-480-6778

Co-Chair of CCA Advocacy Committee and Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)

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