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At this meeting we will discuss our CCA Advocacy Subgroups, the recent surveys, organizing a focus group about CCA activities, topics and speakers. 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. Plan to attend the Monday, June 27th CCA Advocacy Committee meeting – bring your ideas and wish list!

We will have a short presentation by Andrea Kuwik of The Bell Policy Center. They are wanting to organize two candidate forums in September and they have asked CCA if we are interested in being involved at some level.

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: June 27, 2022 - 9:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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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. 


Colorado Center of Aging has lost a Citizen Advocate and a Treasured Member of

the CCA Capitol Gang

Diane Lee Robinson

1946 – 2022

Back in the day before COVID, when we were at The Capitol in person, Diane Robinson was a strong citizen advocate who worked with Jeanette Hensley and Rich Mauro in The Capitol Gang.

She moved to Colorado from Georgia and immediately found a place at Colorado Senior Lobby. We have fond memories of Diane working with Jeanette on the “Cookie Campaign.” Jeanette baked dozens and dozens of chocolate chip cookies and then Diane and her packaged them and delivered them to the legislator’s offices all to draw attention to the advocacy work that Colorado Senior Lobby did on behalf of older adults. Legislators came to know Diane and respect her testimony. 

Read more about Diane’s full life filled with advocacy for older adults and many contributions to her community in Georgia and Colorado – READ MORE

Photo Description - From Left to Right – Diane Robinson, a Colorado Legislator, and Jeanette Hensley delivering home baked cookies to all the legislators during the 2017 Colorado legislative session

News from the CCA Board

Meet our new CCA Board Member Ann Witherspoon

We want to welcome our new CCA board member Ann Witherspoon. Ann joined the board this June and is our new Treasurer. Ann Witherspoon, MBA is the Compliance Officer for the Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA), a national organization based in Denver that educates and certifies professionals across all disciplines who work with older adults in their professional practices. As a Colorado native, she is honored to be a part of the Colorado Center for Aging board. Ann looks forward to working in collaboration with other CCA members, volunteers, and groups all across Colorado to expand the reach of CCA’s initiatives and our efforts in education and advocacy across the state.


And Other Changes with the CCA Board

CCA Board President Phil Cernanec is stepping down from the position of President to being a board member. CCA Vice President Kelly Roberts has accepted the position of President and CCA board member Kris Geerken has accepted the position of Vice President. On the CCA website there is a web page where you can learn more about the CCA Board members.

Meet our CCA 2022 Board - LEARN MORE

Interesting Articles Focused on Advocacy Issues

Accessibility Corner Blog: Creative Aging

"As one grows older, art and life become one and the same."

- Pablo Picasso (Artist until age 91)

"Whether being born with a disability or through illness, injury, or aging, we will all experience disabling conditions in our lifetime. Growing older will inevitably change our bodies and minds. The United States is becoming older and more diverse. In fact, by 2030 over 70 million people in the US will be over age 64 and the number of people over age 85 will double. Older adults are living longer and healthier lives than they did a generation ago ..." READ MORE


For French v Centura Health, a resolution at long last

"The cost of health care in the United States is astronomical — so much so, that unpaid medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcies. One glaring contributing factor is the fact that hospitals have free rein to set internal prices for medical services and hospital stays, which unsurprisingly leads to exorbitant bills for patients. These internally set, highly inflated, and unregulated medical care prices are called “chargemaster rates.” Chargemaster rates are intentionally set to be well beyond the reasonable cost of care because it is understood that insurance companies will negotiate with hospitals for a better price ..." READ MORE


Why Aging and Disability Often Intersect, But Safety Support Systems May Not

"People with disabilities are often vulnerable to abuse, fraud and other safety threats. So are older people. Since aging often brings on or worsens physical and/or cognitive disabilities, it stands to reason that safety risks increase. And as the overall population ages, there will be more people who fall into both these categories ..." READ MORE


The CPR News voter guide to Colorado’s 2022 primary elections: How to vote, who’s running and more to know

"Who gets to vote? Colorado’s primary elections are semi-open. Registered Democrats will only get a Democratic ballot, and the same for registered Republicans. Unaffiliated voters get both party’s ballots, but can only return one for it to count. Minor parties don’t hold primaries, but instead pick their candidates through assemblies..." READ MORE


Peer to Peer Financial Counseling

"AARP ElderWatch is here to help you organize your finances whether you’re a caregiver, have recently lost a loved one, or if you are looking to learn more about making and sticking to a budget. Meet with one of AARP ElderWatch’s trained peer-to-peer financial counselors in-person or over the phone for assistance. Call 800-222-4444 #2 to schedule your session today, free of cost..." READ MORE


Events & News Around Colorado

June 29, 2022 12PM - 1PM

Becca Levy Book Club (virtual)

Many of you participated in last month's conversation with Dr. Becca Levy about her groundbreaking research that shows how and what we believe about aging affects our physical and mental health, memory, lifespan and likelihood of developing dementia. You said you wanted to continue the conversation, and we'll be doing just that in this book club event on June 29. So grab the book at your local library, book store or on kindle, and join us on the 29th for a robust discussion about the book and what we can all do to cultivate more age-positive beliefs. Register here

June 30, 2022 - Thursday - 1pm - 5PM

Senior Life Expo 

Douglas County Events Center

500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock, Colorado

Plan to attend the Senior Life Expo at the Douglas County Event Center. We welcome guests, business partners, and members of the community - this is a free event. We will have a wide-variety of "Senior Specific" resources, with an afternoon of presentations, demonstrations, door prizes, bingo and more. Invite your family and bring your friends.


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


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...

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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