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Plan to attend the Monday, August 8th 2022 CCA Advocacy Committee meeting – bring your ideas and wish list! 

At this meeting we will discuss

  • CCA Advocacy Subgroups
  • How should CCA relate to and coordinate with other older adult advocacy groups (including the new CCOA)
  • Organizing a focus group about CCA activities and how to request for volunteers to help organize these future efforts
  • Affordable Colorado Now Proposed Bill - At our last meeting Zach Martinez presented on the Affordable Housing Colorado bill proposed for the November ballot. Below are documents associated with the proposed bill. The ACM will talk further about this proposal at this meeting and we would like our members to take a vote on whether CCA should add their name to the list of official supporters. The opinion of the ACM on whether to support the bill or not, will then be relayed to the CCA Board who will then make the final decision. Here are the documents to review:
  • One pager on Affordable Colorado Now - CLICK HERE
  • Affordable Colorado Now PowerPoint - CLICK HERE
  • Text of Proposal - CLICK HERE

As an organization we are very interested in hearing from our members and followers on their ideas for the direction of the Colorado Center for Aging in regard to older adult advocacy at the capitol and our Monday Morning CCA Advocacy Committee Meetings.

Also please review our CCA Advocacy Committee Subgroup list. Summer is when we ramp up our research so please review what groups you are part of and let Andrew know if you need assistance in starting up the summer research.

View CCA Advocacy Planning Subgroup List - CLICK HERE

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Topic: CCA: Advocacy Committee Meeting

Time: August 8th, 2022 - 9:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Questions about CCA Advocacy Committees

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)

Questions about joining CCA

Contact our Executive Director or a Board Member:

Andrew Davies - Executive Director - Colorado Center for Aging - email

Work: 720-835-1976 - Cell: 970-217-6761

Colorado Center for Aging Board of Directors - CLICK HERE

Interesting Articles Focused on Advocacy Issues

How the Inflation Reduction Act Will Reduce Health Care Costs for Older Adults

"The Senate budget reconciliation proposals in the Inflation Reduction Act will go a long way in making prescription drugs much more affordable for millions of older adults. Arlington, VA (August 2, 2022) — The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) supports the Senate budget reconciliation proposals in the Inflation Reduction Act to reduce Medicare prescription drug costs and continue expiring Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium subsidies.

  • Allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices
  • Limit drug price increases
  • Cap annual out-of-pocket costs at $2,000, including a smoothing mechanism to limit costs each month
  • Reduce premiums and cost sharing for low-income beneficiaries..."

Learn more HERE


These organizations just won $25K each to bring generations together in service

"Spark the Change Colorado (Denver) will pilot a service learning initiative that engages equal numbers of fifth to seventh graders and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers for monthly meetings to learn about two critical challenges facing young and old alike: social isolation and food insecurity. Together, this cogenerational team will conduct research, identify gaps and collaborate to create service projects to address each problem..."

Learn more HERE

So why should we care about ageism?

"In 2018, when we began Changing the Narrative, we facilitated 42 in-person reframing aging workshops across Colorado. No matter what the location – rural, urban, suburban, frontier— I heard a consistent refrain: 'That ageism thing you’re talking about in the workplace? It happened to me, it happened to my partner, it happened to my dad.'..."

It affects our health, our financial security, and our economy. To learn more about ageism and how it shows up in our lives, check out this short overview article Janine Vanderburg wrote recently for AgeWise Colorado. And if you're motivated to take action, sign Changing the Narrative's Join the Movement form.

Learn more HERE

Form link HERE

Pope Francis, slowed by aging, finds lessons in frailty

"When Pope Francis landed in Canada this week, he lumbered out of a car on the tarmac, hobbled with difficulty to an awaiting wheelchair and froze in place as cameras shot at close range the spectacle of an aide adjusting the pontiff's footrests. On a makeshift stage outside an Indigenous cemetery in Alberta, the world watched as he gathered his strength and grasped the arms of the aide, who lifted himout of his wheelchair. There needed to be built 'a future in which the elderly are not cast aside because, from a 'practical' standpoint, they are no longer useful,' Francis said at a Mass at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, one of the few events in a papal travel schedule that was much lighter than usual. 'A future that is not indifferent to the need of the aged to be cared for and listened to,' he added. Francis, heavier, slowed by major intestinal surgery last year and suffering from torn knee ligaments and sciatica, is not the first pope to make the dignity of the aged a central concern of his later papacy..."

Learn more HERE


Hospices Have Become Big Business for Private Equity Firms,

Raising Concerns About End-of-Life Care

"Hospice care, once provided primarily by nonprofit agencies, has seen a remarkable shift over the past decade, with more than two-thirds of hospices nationwide now operating as for-profit entities. The ability to turn a quick profit in caring for people in their last days of life is attracting a new breed of hospice owners: private equity firms. That rapid growth has many hospice veterans worried that the original hospice vision may be fading, as those capital investment companies’ demand for return on investment and the debt load they force hospices to bear are hurting patients and their families..."

Learn more HERE


Colorado Cash Back

On May 23, 2022, Gov. Jared Polis signed a new law (Senate Bill 22-233) to give Coloradans a tax rebate of $750 for individual filers and $1,500 for joint filers this summer. This law will provide immediate relief to Coloradans by sending you a check this summer instead of spring of 2023, and we at the Colorado Department of Revenue are working hard to make sure that you get the right tax refund amount as soon as possible. 

If you've already filed your Colorado state income tax return, you're all set! You will receive your Colorado Cash Back check by September 30, 2022.

Don't miss out! To receive your Colorado Cash Back Check, you must file your Colorado state income tax return or apply for a property tax, rent, or heat credit rebate (commonly known as the PTC Rebate) by June 30, 2022. You'll then receive Colorado Cash Back by September 30, 2022. Extended filers who have a deadline of October 17, 2022, will receive the refund by January 31, 2023.

Make sure you have a current and correct address on record with the Department, as the checks will be mailed to your last known address. If you need to update your address, you can either do so by logging into or creating an account on Revenue Online or by submitting a completed Address Change Form (DR 1102).

learn more HERE

Colorado Cash Back Call Center


Contact the call center for questions about your TABOR refund.

*Your refund status will not be available on the Revenue Online portal. 

Colorado Center on Law and Policy – Special Housing Edition

Earlier this month, CCLP hosted its first ever Policy Forum event on The Future of Affordable Housing in Colorado. We had an incredible turnout with thoughtful questions and in-depth conversations. We wanted to share these insights and observations that arose from this fast-paced hour event, with our 3-part article below.

Affordable Housing Policy Forum Recap, Part 1 

With a high demand for homes and the state having a low supply, it’s no wonder Colorado is facing an affordable housing crisis.

Link to part 1 HERE

Affordable Housing Policy Forum Recap, Part 2

ADUs, mobile homes, rent stabilization and other policy efforts, land ownership, & development.

Link to part 2 HERE

Affordable Housing Policy Forum Recap, Part 3

Questions & topics raised at the event, as well as resources shared by attendees

Link to part 3 HERE

Events Around Colorado

August is make a will month

"Make-A-Will Month is the perfect moment to demystify will-making...When you communicate about making a will, you should make it clear that everyone needs one — even if they plan to live to 150...There are many reasons to have a will. Wills can do quite a bit more than just name who gets your money and property. With a will, you can also nominate guardians for your minor children, name caretakers for your pets, leave instructions for digital assets, write your funeral wishes, and more. A will can also save your loved ones the time, money, and stress that comes with lengthy, expensive probate court proceedings..."



Friday and Saturday, August 12 and 13, 2022 - 11AM to 1PM

The 33rd Annual Salute to Seniors is coming to your living room again this year. Join us for educational programs, entertainment and fun.  Our line up this year includes: educational programs on retirement, workforce, aging in place and technology, science and longevity, and more, as well as a John Denver Tribute and After Midnight Jazz Band. Learn about resources and more. You can try your hand at online trivia, win prizes and more.  

For a full line of events, visit HERE registration is at bottom of link page

A $100 Amazon Gift Card will be given away each day

Attendance is free, but you will need to register for both days to join the fun!

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 10:00AM – 11:00AM

Elder Fraud & Scam Prevention Training

Location: Augustana Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 5000 E Alameda Ave, Denver CO 80246

Scams are ever-evolving and can be highly-sophisticated scenarios that seem plausible. With scam attempts and victim numbers on the rise, it is important to understand the science behind the scam to recognize red flags. Most scam crimes are not prosecutable, so prevention is key. Lynn Lowe, City & County of Denver City Attorney's Office will discuss phone scams, phishing scams, and online safety as well as what to do if you or your loved one has been scammed or become a victim of fraud. This event is co-hosted by Home Instead and Augustana Lutheran Church. NO RSVP needed. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Colorado Commission on Aging Meeting (CCOA)

For those of you interested in getting more involved with the Colorado Commission on Aging and finding opportunities to connect with and be involved in the CCOA, please consider attending the upcoming virtual meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 18th from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Meeting login is below:

Phone: 617-675-4444

PIN: ‪555 105 474 6981#

For more meeting information, please contact Adrian Cowan at [email protected]

Friday, August 19, 2022 7AM - 9AM

How to Lasso the Pharmaceutical Costs in Colorado

This session will focus on programs and policies to manage the high cost of specialty drugs in Colorado. The panel will explore the challenges of controlling the costs of specialty drugs and access to life-sustaining drugs.

 During the session, panelists will focus on the following key questions: 

• What are the policies and regulations surrounding pharmaceutical costs?

• What are the barriers to controlling high-cost pharmaceuticals?

• How can payers and providers work together to lasso the high pharmaceutical costs?


Saturday, August 20, 2022 9AM - 11AM

Hot Rods & Hot Cakes

Join us August 20 for Cultivate’s Free Car & Motorcycle Show With Pancake Breakfast.

A free event featuring a delicious breakfast hosted by Cultivate. Support Seniors in the Broomfield and Boulder Communities by joining us for a day of cool cars and homemade food. Register to let us know how much batter we should prepare.

6325 Gunpark Drive

Learn more HERE

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 12PM - 1PM

A conversation with Tracey Gendron, author of Ageism Unmasked,

Dr. Tracey Gendron, Chair of the Department of Gerontology at Virginia Commonwealth University has written a book that takes on, among other things, the "anti-aging" industry, generational stereotypes and more. Some of the things I really enjoyed about the book: How Tracey digs into the history of ageism, how it developed and what we can do about it. On August 24, Changing the Narrative is partnering with Denver Public Library, Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence and NextFifty Initiative to present this virtual event. You can register for this free virtual event HERE.

Wednesday August 31, 2022 - Wednesday - 4PM

CCA Membership "Huddle"!

Save the date/time of Wednesday August 31st at 4pm for a CCA Membership "Huddle"! (virtual, and possibly live as well ...)

During this hour and a half we'll be discussing the CCA's take on advocacy for the next year's legislative session. Rallying our troops for the year to come, educating on our retooled Advocacy Committee Meetings and Subgroups, discussing and revealing our legislative priorities, and empowering all to be emissaries of the CCA to develop our ranks and "raise the voices of older Coloradans" far and loud and in great number! More details to come, but save that date, and thanks for being part of this great team...


A 2020 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report projected a 2.8% workforce participation increase for people over 75 by 2023. Seniors are continuing or returning to work for various reasons, including personal finances, enjoyment of what they do, and a desire to keep active. This a guide that provides information for seniors looking to

re-enter the workforce. The resource includes instructions on how to use the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), resources for older veterans, and state-specific job boards and employment resources. 

View it here

CCA eNewsletter Archive

The CCA eNewsletters that go out on Sunday afternoons are archived on the CCA website. You can find all past newsletters at this link - CLICK HERE

CCA Advocacy Committee Meetings in Summer and Fall 2022

We will be meeting the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 9:30AM to 11:30AM from June through November. Upcoming meetings are:

Monday, August 8th

Monday, August 22nd

Monday, September 12th

Monday, September 26th

Monday, October 10th

Monday, October 24th

Monday, November 14th

Monday, November 28th

December - TBD

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