News from Colorado Senior Lobby
December 2018

The elections are over (at last). Our candidates, or initiatives, or whatever, either lost or won. Either way, be assured we will be complaining soon: "Representative Smith (or Jones) is not doing what she/he promised". "I would never have voted for that Initiative if they had explained it better".

You made your choices (or by not voting, let others make your choices), and now you must live with them. Maybe you throw up your hands in despair. Maybe you feel you have done your civic duty and the rest is up to "them". PLEASE – DO NOT DO THAT.

First, who is "them"? THEM, in our country, includes all of us.
Elections are just the beginning of another round of the process; the process of moving our government along through time, evolving our laws and institutions to meet, or get in front of, our ever-changing demographics, trade, economy, new businesses, health practices. There is nothing complicated about the need for the process. The process itself, though, can seem daunting. It is not.

Our elected government representatives are there, under the dome, to represent what they perceive to be what we need and want. To do what is best for us. Do you imagine they know everything they need to know? And how do they fill in the gaps in their knowledge?

Colorado Senior Lobby works in large part to help fill those gaps. And much of our knowledge comes from everyday people (like us). You too can be a part of Senior Lobby: you can volunteer with us, support us financially with your membership, be included in the conversations. As a citizen, it is important to share what you are seeing, hearing, and feeling with our elected officials at every level, and to do so in a thoughtful, constructive manner. CSL will help you do that.

When you as a citizen know or learn of issues in your community that need attention, what comes next? If you want to be a part of the solution, first become informed on the different points of view impacting those issues. Then form an opinion and communicate it. CSL will help you do that.

“Fake-news”, no matter who is generating it, is just another piece of information to be sifted through to get to the facts to form your opinion. The Colorado Senior Lobby website has more tips about contacting legislators and is available to help you find who you should contact about an idea or issue. Our volunteers at the Colorado Senior Lobby may know facts about areas of concern to you; it may well be that you are the first to bring it to our attention. Our Legislative Committee meetings can be a great place to air out ideas and concerns – LEARN MORE

Are you unsure who your legislators are?
The Colorado Senior Lobby website has a link on our home page to the “Find My Legislator” webpage on the Colorado General Assembly website. Each of us should know who is representing us both in the Colorado House of Representatives and the Colorado Senate. Write this information down and keep it handy – better yet memorize it. Now when you are reading or watching news, listen for your legislators’ names and follow what they are talking about. Sign up for your legislators’ newsletter and town halls. With this approach, when an issue comes up you will be ready to contact your legislators.
Find my Legislator – CLICK HERE

We also recommend you become a member of Colorado Senior Lobby. Membership provides benefits and support and shows that you see our work as important. We are watching out for the interests of older Coloradans as best we can; we welcome more boots on the ground, helping. We want every older person in Colorado to be an informed, confident citizen, unafraid to talk about issues with anyone (including your elected officials).
Join Today – CLICK HERE

And here is a reminder to join us for Senior Day at the Capitol 2019 on March 13th. More about that later, but in the meantime, put it on your calendar and please make a plan to attend – LEARN MORE
Colorado Senior Lobby
2nd Session Citizen Lobbyist Training
on Dec 4 & Dec 6th - Members Only
We will have 2 - 2nd Session Citizen Lobbyist Training , one on December 4th and the other on December 6th. These sessions are open to CSL members only. Part of these sessions will include where to find your legislator, finding the daily session schedules, committee rooms, etc. And, you will be assigned a buddy - your friend to help you along the way once the session begins in January.

New members are welcome. Join today and email Bob Brocker that you want to attend.
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Email or call Bob Brocker, President of Colorado Senior Lobby if you want to attend.
Email Bob Brocker - CLICK HERE
We need Volunteers
"... You may not be aware that CSL has a real need for volunteers to perform a variety of tasks. Those tasks include: Computer work such as helping to manage lists, welcoming new members, newsletter help, recruiting new members, recruiting sponsors for Sr. Day, taking notes at our Monday meetings for posting to our website, public speakers to inform and educate community organizations about CSL (such as senior centers, churches, universities, and many others), involvement in community events (manning a table to talk to people about CSL), and to provide some backup to our primary volunteers. And, of course, being an advocate at the Capitol ..." - READ MORE
25th Allen Buckingham
Senior Leadership Legacy Award
Call for Nominations
The Colorado Commission on Aging will host the 25th Annual Allen Buckingham Senior Leadership Legacy Award on Friday January 25th, 2019 at the Summit Conference & Event Center in Aurora. In order to ensure that the best possible candidates for the award are considered, the Colorado Commission on Aging is extending invitations to aging organizations, community groups, and individuals who work, volunteer, or are caretakers of Colorado seniors, to submit nominations for individuals who have excelled in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Exemplary volunteer or employment based leadership, experiences, and wisdom over time;
  2. Participation and contribution to activities that promote well-being and quality of life for seniors and/or;
  3. Recognized accomplishments related to the field of aging.

Learn more - CLICK HERE
Interesting Links from our Members
Longevity Colorado
Longevity Colorado’s latest newsletter is out and features advice from experts on how Colorado’s burgeoning tech industry can capitalize on the Longevity Economy. Also in this issue - advice on how to break into the lucrative aging sector from the co-founder of a Colorado tech startup.
Longevity eNewsletter - CLICK HERE

2019 Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee Meeting Schedule
The First Regular Session of the Seventy-second Colorado General Assembly will convene on Friday, January 4, 2019. In 2019 the Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee Meetings will start on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee Meetings are generally held every Monday while the Colorado legislature is in session. Note that meetings can be cancelled due to holidays, bad weather and conflicts with other major events - READ MORE

Open Payments National Disclosure Program
Open Payments is a national disclosure program that promotes a more transparent and accountable health care system by making the financial relationships between applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and health care providers (physicians and teaching hospitals) available to the public.
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Nearly 25% of the People of Colorado are over the age of 60 – together we can become a BOOMING voice. CSL – with you on board works to improve the health and well-being of Colorado’s older adults. By being a member, you are helping fulfill that mission. Become a participant in the policies impacting your life.

Join Today - Individual & Family Memberships - CLICK HERE

Join Today - Organizational Memberships start at $150 - CLICK HERE
Event Highlights
We like to highlight upcoming events that may be of interest to our members. Find details on our News from around Colorado .

  • Dec 1 - 23 - Denver Christkindl Market
  • Dec 3 - Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee Meetings
  • Dec 4 - 2nd Session Citizen Lobbyist Training for CSL Members Only
  • Dec 4 - Colorado Gives Day
  • Dec 4 - What if AGE really means AGEnt of change? 
  • Dec 6 - 2nd Session Citizen Lobbyist Training for CSL Members Only
  • Dec 6 - CALA Lunch-n-Learn 
  • Dec 7 - Adult Mental Health First Aid Module 3
  • Dec 17 - Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee Meetings
  • SAVE THE DATE - March 13, 2019 - Senior Day at the Capitol!
2019 Senior Day at the Capitol Sponsorship
We are taking applications - CLICK HERE
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