Newsletter from Colorado Senior Lobby
October 22, 2020
Greetings!
We hope that many of you had the opportunity to attend our "Persevering Through A Pandemic" webinar series. On behalf of the CSL we want to thank all of the outstanding presenters that joined us to share their expertise and insight to our audiences. Through this webinar platform, we are able to deliver education throughout the State about issues that affect Older Coloradans.

We have had a very favorable response to our webinars. For those of you that purchased tickets, you have the first access to view the archived webinars and we hope you find this useful. If you had a ticket, you have been emailed an invitation to view the archived webinars. Note that this was our first attempt at holding a webinar series and we had a learning curve with holding virtual meetings. With COVID-19 sticking around this fall and winter, we will be holding more Zoom webinars (and getting better recording them).

Moving forward with webinars, we have to give a lot of credit for our new direction to our Colorado Senior Lobby board. In August we added five new board members and said good-bye to some long time members. Please take the time to learn about our new board members that include:

  • Blaine Cole – InnovAge
  • Jarett Hughes – SAPGA and Adjunct Faculty at Colorado Mesa University
  • Gail Meehan – AgeWise Advisors, LLC, Trinidad, Colorado
  • Lisa Smith – Team Rubicon USA
  • Jodi Waterhouse – CU Anschutz Multi-Disciplinary Center on Aging

Here are short messages from our new board members:

And here is a link that lists our entire 2020-2021 board:
We also want to thank and acknowledge those board members who have provided several years of service to CSL and have rotated off the board: Kip Bishop, Diane Robinson, Christina Johnson and Kelley Horton. We deeply appreciate their many contributions to Colorado Senior Lobby.
We also take this opportunity to remind all of our readers that board members can live in anywhere in Colorado. We live in a connected world - and we have all learned so much more about the virtual world in these past several months.
Voting in 2020
November 3, 2020 is election day and hopefully you are voting by mail-in ballot or in-person. Below are some resources that you may find helpful.

How to Vote in Colorado's 2020 Election:
What You Need to Know
Colorado’s universal mail ballot system has boosted voter participation by 9 percent since it was introduced in 2013 and offers an easy, safe way to cast a vote from home during the coronavirus pandemic - LEARN MORE
Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book)
The purpose of the ballot information booklet is to provide voters with the text, title, and a fair and impartial analysis of each initiated or referred constitutional amendment, law, or question on the ballot. The analysis must include a summary of the measure, the major arguments both for and against the measure, and a brief fiscal assessment of the measure. The analysis may also include any other information that will help voters understand the purpose and effect of a measure. The Blue Book is available as a pdf to download and in an audio version - LEARN MORE
Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation
Find information on Judicial performance evaluations and learn what goes into a performance evaluation - LEARN MORE
Pro and Con on the Gallagher Amendment
“Pro” and “Con” information regarding Repealing the Gallagher Amendment (Amendment B). This information is provided by Building a Better Colorado (BBCO) - LEARN MORE
Medicare Open Enrollment Runs
from October 15 to December 7, 2020
During Medicare's annual Open Enrollment Period from October 15th - December 7th Medicare eligible adults can join a plan. During this time each year, you can also switch your plan coverage and drug prescription plan. We have three articles that will be helpful on this subject.
Do you have Medicare questions?
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) can help. SHIP provides people with Medicare information, counseling and enrollment assistance. SHIP counselors are certified to answer your Medicare-related questions and provide no-cost, unbiased, in-depth, one-on-one help - LEARN MORE
Medicare Mondays from CGS are Back
Medicare Monday from the Colorado Gerontological Society (CGS) is now an annual virtual event series from October 19 to November 18, 2020 with Medicare educational workshops to help you be better informed and make necessary changes to your coverage. The virtual program includes information on the changes, updates and requirements for Medicare Parts A, B, C and D. Medicare open enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7, 2020 - LEARN MORE
Medicare … or is it Medicaid?
This question is a frequent question asked by people however each is a different and distinct program. The primary difference between Medicare and Medicaid is in eligibility
Direct Care Workforce Virtual Summit
The Summit aims to raise awareness about the value and impact of direct care workers, as well as the growing need for these essential workers across Colorado. Representatives from the Leading Age Long-Term Services and Support Center (UMass-Boston), The Bell Policy Center, Colorado Health Institute, and Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing will lead the discussion. This event is free and runs from 9:00 am to Noon
on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
View Event Flyer - CLICK HERE
Register Today - CLICK HERE
Communities Against Poverty November 19-21, 2020
Colorado Center on Law and Policy is hosting an informative community celebration of our work that will include a keynote speech from Tony Messenger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. We will also bestow honors on four Colorado recipients of the Champions of Economic Justice Awards.
View Event Flyer - CLICK HERE
Register Today - CLICK HERE
Emotional and Mental Health in Older Adults
During Challenging Times Webinar Series
Who Should Attend? Service providers, Caregivers and Older Adults are invited to join us for a Fall and Winter 9-session webinar series to learn strategies to improve Emotional and Mental Health and Well-Being for Older Adults. Call 303-724-0832 for more information and register on the website.
Fall Series - October 29th - December 3rd - (Thursdays, 2pm-3pm MT)
Winter Series - January 14th - February 4th - (Thursdays, 2pm-3pm MT)
View Event Flyer - CLICK HERE
Fall 2020 News Tidbits
Browse these news tidbits submitted by our board and members - LEARN MORE

  • Bilingual Resources Help Older Hispanics Age Well
  • BenefitsCheckUp®
  • Job Announcements from the State of Colorado
  • Long-Term Services & Supports State Scorecard
  • Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be 1.3% in 2021
  • NCOA Awarded $139.4 Million to Help Low-Income Older Adults Find Work
  • Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors Provider Information
  • Instacart’s Senior Support Service
  • Scammers Prey on Job Seekers
  • As They Aged, They Started Businesses for People Like Them
Be safe, stay well and let’s work together! We will get through this. Be sure to vote!

Regards, Bob Brocker
President – Colorado Senior Lobby
303 832-4535
303 862-8711
Governor’s Community Engagement Update 10-21-2020
"The State currently has 87,582 cases, 2,182 total deaths (2,060 are due to COVID), and 8,332 hospitalizations out of 1,095,721 completed tests. Every death is a tragedy. There are families and friends mourning across our state today and we keep them in our thoughts. In terms of new cases, 11 of the last 14 days have had an upward trend and 3 of the last 14 days have had a downward trend in the 7-day moving average of newly reported cases ..."
Fall Legislative Planning Committee Schedule
The Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee Meeting (LCM) will be meeting on November 2nd, 16th and 30th from 9:30 to 11:30. December schedule to be announced later - LEARN MORE
Other Webinar Events of Interest
Check out our website to learn more about interesting virtual events hosted by Active Minds, Boomers Leading Change, Ted Talks, OneDayU, Senior Planet and others
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Questions?
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