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Plan to attend the Monday, July 11th 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
  • Bell Policy Center's candidate forum idea.

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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Colorado Center for Aging is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Topic: CCA: Advocacy Committee Meeting

Time: July 11, 2022 - 9:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 881 481 5119

Passcode: CCA2022!

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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

Have you taken the CCA Survey? Please do so today!

Colorado Center for Aging has introduced a survey we are strongly encouraging our members and supporters to take. As many grantors require information about an organizations' diversity, equity, and inclusion this survey will help us establish a baseline of demographics that we might become as representative as possible of our state. As a 501c3, CCA is eligible to apply for such grant funding and this survey will contribute to our success. The survey is completely confidential. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact our Executive Director, Andrew Davies, at Note: It is NOT required to sign in to a Google account to complete the survey. Deadline for the survey is July 29


Interesting Articles Focused on Advocacy Issues

Denver’s InnovAge was struggling long before Medicare stopped paying

"Elder care provider cut off by state and feds grew too quickly in push for profits, employees and lawsuits say. A company tasked with caring for some of Colorado’s sickest people failed to consistently provide basic services like insulin injections for more than a year before state and federal authorities intervened, as its profit-driven leaders recruited more clients than they could handle, former employees allege..."



‘Free’ Screening? Know Your Rights to Get No-Cost Care

"Since late 2010, when this provision of the ACA took effect, many patients have paid nothing when they undergo routine mammograms, get one of more than a dozen vaccines, receive birth control, or are screened for other conditions, including diabetes, colon cancer, depression, and sexually transmitted diseases. That can translate to big savings, especially when many of these tests can cost thousands of dollars..."



The Future of Aging Is Intergenerational

"The younger generations and their future selves have a huge stake in the current fight by older generations to crush ageism and to build age-friendly institutions. Think about it: Considering gains in life expectancy, odds are someone who graduated from college this spring will work for 50 to 70 years. 'Younger people are the ones who have the most at stake,' says Robert Kramer, founder of Nexus Insights, a think tank in Annapolis, Maryland, focused on advancing the well-being of older adults by reimaging the possibilities unleashed by increased longevity..." READ MORE


Wine at your grocery store? Doordash and big supermarket chains want you to vote on it this fall

"Colorado voters could see up to four ballot measures this fall asking them to change the state’s alcohol laws. Those initiatives would let grocery and convenience stores sell wine, allow for third-party deliveries of alcohol, increase the number of liquor licenses a single company can hold and give local jurisdictions control over alcohol licensing...'Coloradans want convenience. They want choice,' said Sheila MacDonald, who represents the Wine in Grocery Stores committee. 'They want Starbucks, a deli, a Covid-booster shot, organic produce and a specialty cheese section at the grocery store, along with beer and wine.' On the other side, liquor store owners are worried the changes could put them out of business..." READ MORE


Seeking to Kick-Start Biden’s Agenda, Schumer Unveils a Bill for Medicare Drug Price Negotiations

"Democratic senators on Wednesday took a formal step toward reviving President Joe Biden’s economic agenda, starting with a measure to let Medicare negotiate prices with drugmakers and to curb rising drug costs more broadly. A similar proposal died in December when Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) decided to oppose Biden’s $1.9 trillion Build Back Better bill, which also included provisions allowing for Medicare drug negotiations..." READ MORE


Colorado’s water leader thinks most of the needed Colorado River cuts should be made by Arizona, Nevada and California

"Last month, the federal government dropped a bombshell on the states that share the Colorado River. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation gave Colorado and the other six states in the basin just two months to come up with a plan to drastically reduce the amount of river water they use. If they don’t, the federal government has threatened to use its emergency authority to make the cuts it feels are necessary. The mid-August deadline is quickly approaching for the states — Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, California, Nevada and Arizona — to figure out how to cut water usage down by 2 to 4 million acre-feet. For context, the entire state of Arizona is allowed to use 2.8 million acre-feet of river water each year..." READ MORE


Events Around Colorado

Wednesday July 13, 2022 - Wednesday - 5:30PM - 6:30PM

CCLP POLICY FORUM: The Future of Affordable Housing Virtual Event

We cordially invite you to join Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) for the first event in our new Policy Forum series. In each of these events, we'll take a look at the history and current state of a critical area of anti-poverty legislation, examining lessons learned as we move toward new opportunities and changing challenges. From there, we'll engage participants to find out more about the concerns YOU have, YOUR ideas for bold change, so that together we might identify new solutions to the challenges we face. Our first event in the series will focus on the future of affordable housing legislation in Colorado. Looking back to the history of affordable housing legislation, and applying lessons learned from the 2022 legislative session, this forum is a space for dialogue and brainstorming around solutions that meet the needs of Coloradans in 2023 and beyond LEARN MORE


Friday July 15, 2022 11AM - 12PM  Singin' Seniors Choir

Are you a senior who enjoys singing? Come join our Singin' Seniors choir at 11:00am on Fridays in the Hecla Mine Room. Location  Louisville Recreation & Senior Center900 Via Appia Way, Louisville, CO 80027


Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 9:00AM – 10:30AM 

Your Exit Planning- It’s Always Too Soon, Until It’s Too Late via Zoom

This event features Susan Mackey, Certified Thanatologist and DOLA. Susan will talk about what is involved with putting together an Exit File™ as guidance for the three people who may need to step in on your behalf near the end of your life. These three people are your MDPOA, GPOA and Personal Representative (Executor). She will share what is involved beyond your basic advance directives, layers of support for your Medical Power of Attorney including a dementia directive and a personal statement written in your own words regarding your wishes for your end-of-life care. Adding these pieces will greatly enhance the likelihood that your wishes will be followed and will be a gift to those who are in the position of having to make these decisions for you. There are many other documents to consider for inclusion in your Exit File, including how to access your passwords, how your bills get paid, where your income comes from, and what you want to have happen to your stuff. No need to RSVP- just show up!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 868 7391 9093

Passcode: 906383

Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 5:30PM - 6:30PM

Elder Fraud & Scam Prevention Training

Location: Home Instead Denver South, 2095 S. Pontiac Way, Denver CO 80224

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. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Kristin at, or 303-389-5700.

Friday July 29, 2022 - 2PM - 3PM  

Antidotes for Ageism: A conversation about creating more

age-inclusive healthcare

During this virtual event, we'll show the short film, Antidotes for Ageism and then discuss what we can do as individuals, as health professionals or emerging health professionals, to create more age-friendly and age-inclusive healthcare.  Together, we can end ageism!

Learn more and Register

Thursday August 4, 2022 10AM - 3PM

Senior Day at Adams County Fairgrounds 9755 Henderson Rd Bldg. 1,

Brighton, CO

Experience the fair, have a free lunch, and enjoy a line-up of events especially for seniors. This is a free event. LEARN MORE

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

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...


Dear Stakeholder:

The Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors (Senior Dental Program) has been very successful in promoting the health and welfare of Colorado’s low-income seniors by providing access to dental care to individuals age 60 and over who are not eligible for dental services under any other dental health care program, such as Health First Colorado or the Old Age Pension Health and Medical Care Program, and does not have dental insurance.

One of the reasons this program has been so successful is because of the work of the Senior Dental Advisory Committee (DAC). DAC not only serves as a forum where the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (the Department) and the stakeholder community can discuss the Senior Dental Program, it also makes recommendations to the Medical Services Board (MSB). The DAC will be asked to meet to receive updates, review, and comment on plans and activities relating to the ongoing administration of the Senior Dental Program. The Members are appointed to 3-year terms by the Department’s Executive Director.

The Department is seeking a candidate to fill the seat of, consumer advocate, for the aging population. If you are interested in filling this position, or know of someone, and would like the opportunity to participate on the DAC, please send a detailed email describing the following:

  • A brief description of your relevant experience;
  • Your role with your current organization and your relationship with low-income seniors; and
  • Why you would like to serve on the Committee.

In addition to the information requested above, feel free to include a current resume or any supplemental information you think would be helpful for our decision.

Please email your expression of interest and any supporting materials to my attention at with the subject: Dental Advisory Committee Seat. Please respond by July 29, 2022. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact me directly via email.

Thank you,

Chandra Vital

State Programs Unit Supervisor

Finance Office


P 303-866-5506 I F 303-866-4411 I State Relay: 711

1570 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203 I

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, June 13th

Monday, June 27th

Monday, July 11th

Monday, July 25th

Monday, August 8th

Monday, August 22nd

Monday, September 13th

Monday, September 27th

Monday, October 10th

Monday, October 24th

Monday, November 14th

Monday, November 28th

December - TBD

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