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Call Mary Jo Heins at 720.484.6946 to schedule a presentation!
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Not a Member of Denver Senior Coalitions Yet for 2022?
You can join the Denver Senior Coalitions for 2022! MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL – Join for the last half of 2022 for half price!
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Our May 11, 2022 Zoom Networking Members Presenting were:
Aging Services Consultants – www.AgingServicesConsultants.com
Amazing Care Home Health Services – www.AmazingCare.com
Home Instead Senior Care (Denver South, Littleton) – www.HomeInstead.com
The Denver Hospice – www.TheDenverHospice.org
View our Agenda – CLICK HERE
News from Amazing Care Home Health Services
Amazing Care is now offering IHSS Services
What is IHSS? In-home support services, or IHSS gives you control of directing you care with independence. Participants have the flexibility of selecting their attendant and authorized representative. The attendant can take care of their family member without a license or medical certification. View our brochures to learn more.
Amazing Care Family Care Provider – LEARN MORE
Amazing Care IHSS Services Flyer – LEARN MORE
We have two meetings per month in January, February and March 2022
For 2022, we will have two meetings a month – one is a Zoom meeting and the other an in-person networking meeting. All members, of all chapters are invited to all meetings and you do not have to be a member to attend. The meetings are from 9:30AM to 11:00AM – LEARN MORE
What is New for 2022 for DSC?
For 2022, we will have two meetings a month – one is a Zoom meeting and the other an in-person networking meeting. All members, of all chapters are invited to all meetings. The meetings are from 9:30AM to 11:00AM – LEARN MORE
Join for 2022 so we can build up the JCAF Fund
The Denver Senior Coalition (DSC) Chapters are networking organizations with members ranging from senior housing, home health industry, health and medical services, referral agencies, professional services such as legal and financial and other community-based service organizations. Members include both individuals and companies and for-profit, non-profit and government agencies. Most of the funds we raise through membership, go to our Joint Coalition Assistance Fund (JCAF). Non-profits who are members by July of 2022 can apply for grants from these funds. JCAF grants are awarded in December. Our membership dues are based on a calendar year and run from January through December. Annual membership dues are remaining the same for 2022 but you have an option where you can pay a little extra and have your logo in our “Referral & Member Guide” – JOIN TODAY
The Denver Senior Coalition Holiday Gathering was on Dec 8, 2021 and we awarded the 2021 JCAF Funds
Finally we had an in-person networking meeting and it was well attended. The special occasion was our December holiday gathering where we award the Joint Coalition Assistance Funds to non-profit members that applied for the funds. This year the winners were: Aging Resources of Douglas County, Denver Inner City Parish, and Kavod Senior Life – LEARN MORE
November 2021 – New for 2022 for the Denver Senior Coalitions
For 2022, we will have two meetings a month – one is a Zoom meeting and the other an in-person networking meeting. All members, of all chapters are invited to all meetings. The meetings are from 9:30AM to 11:00AM. Dues are the same as in 2021 but you can pay $25 extra to have your logo in the “Referral & Member Guide” – LEARN MORE
We want to thank our November DSC Presenters
For the November Denver Senior Coalition meeting we heard from Jan D. Somers MSW LCSW BCD – Certificate in Gerontology, Julia Cowan, CEO PT of Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital, Jeff Loewenthal – Owner / President BrightStar Care Central Denver, and Anthony Smith-Benn – Sales Director
Montage Heights. Here is there contact information:
Jan D. Somers MSW LCSW BCD – Certificate in Gerontology
Consultant on Aging – 303-903-0526
Julia Cowan, CEO PT
Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital – 303-520-2522
Jeff Loewenthal – Owner / President BrightStar Care Central Denver
BrightStar Care – 303-300-6666
Anthony Smith-Benn – Sales Director
Montage Heights – 303-283-0400
We want to thank our October DSC Presenters
For the October Denver Senior Coalition meeting we heard from Courtney Wentworth – SerenityEngage, Linda Stump – OnnovAge, Bob Brocker – AgeWise Colorado, Shirley Proppe – Audio Information Network of Colorado, and Kim Hafenscher – Senior Care Authority. Here is there contact information:
Serenity Engage – 720-515-8837
Courtney Wentworth, Director of Engagement
InnovAge – 855-487-6768
Linda Stump, Business Dev Navigator
AgeWise Colorado – 303-862-8711
Bob Brocker, Board President
Audio Information Network of Colorado – 303-786-7777 ext.112
Shirley Proppe, Outreach Coordinator
Senior Care Authority – 720-500-2550
Kim Hafenscher, CSA, CDP – Elder Care Consultant and Senior Living Placement Advisor
Area Owner, Senior Care Authority Denver Metro, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) ®
June 2021 – Our June 9th meeting features a panel of five members of the Denver Senior Coalitions. This is a new format we are trying for 2021 to put the spotlight on our members. Our presenters:
- CircleTalk – Deb Skovron & Fawnda Hathaway
- Consilia Conflict Resolution LLC – Patricia M. Ayd
- Home Helpers of Metro Denver – Rick Cseak
- Philips Lifeline – Ruth Ann Arber
- Parker Senior Center – Jan Dengal
You Can Make a Difference with CircleTalk Training
Join us for a 4-Week Virtual Training starting June 29, 2021. Live virtual training includes course materials for immediate launch of your senior circles. $495/person. Group discounts and scholarships available – LEARN MORE
DSC Members Working Together – Patrick Baker and Marybeth Van Horn
I recently had the pleasure of working with our own Denver Senior Coalition member, Patrick Baker of Prime of Life Tech on a great platform he calls Senior Tech Coffee. He graciously allowed me the time to answer so many questions I am asked when I present to gatherings all over the state of Colorado – LEARN MORE
Marybeth Van Horn, RN – Electronic Caregiver
May 2021 – Our May 12th meeting was the second meeting of 2021 featuring a panel of our members. This is a new format we are trying for 2021 to put the spotlight on our members. Our presenters for May were:
Bill Doyle – The Bill Doyle Team – RE/MAX Alliance
Erin Loughrey, Director of Colorado Development Odd Couples Housing
Sheila Anthony, Community Relations Representative – Cherry Creek Retirement
April 2021 – Our April 14th meeting was the first meeting of 2021 featuring a panel of four of our members. This is a new format we are trying for 2021 to put the spotlight on our members. Our presenters were:
- The Denver Hospice – Melissa Davis – 720-318-7448
- The Funeral Consumer Society of Colorado – Larry Clarke – 303-521-7188
- Out of the Box End of Life – Susan Mackey – 720-884-6878
- Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions Tamie Gonzalez – 303-274-6065
We hope you like the new format – LEARN MORE
February 2, 2021
Virtual CircleTalk™ Leader Course Training Offered February 2021
Deb Skovron, Executive Director of CircleTalk™ in Boulder, CO is pleased to announce that the organization will be offering The CircleTalk™ Leader Course training as a virtual program beginning February 2, 2021. The course is designed for anyone interested in leading structured, small conversation groups of seniors to increase their social connection and interaction in a relaxed, safe environment. In response to Covid-19, small group trainings are being made available through remote online learning.
View Press Release with Details
Denver, Colorado – January 5, 2021
Moving from Medicare Plan F to Plan G with No Medical Underwriting – Act Now!
For immediate Release – The State of Colorado has implemented a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for residents who are enrolled in Medicare Supplement Plans C, F or High-Deductible F. The SEP allows people in these plans to move to other plans with no medical underwriting. ”Closed” Plans For years, the Medicare supplement plan of choice was Plan F. However, as of January 1, 2020, this plan was closed to applicants who are new to Medicare Being in plan that is closed to new enrollees is a bad – READ MORE
Questions: Contact Mary Jo Heins – 303-916-6992 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Jo Heins is a former medical practice manager. As an independent Medicare insurance agent, she now helps people with all facets of Medicare – objectively and fee free.
More Information about our January 2021 Speaker – Erin Van Horn of Neuro Train
Erin Van Horn presented to the Denver Senior Coalitions on January 13, 2021. Her presentation was well-received and our members have requested more information. Here is additional information … Erin Van Horn has been working as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, and Personal Trainer for the last 16 years. She has been a lifelong student, and truly found her calling when she was introduced to Z-Health Performance, and their Applied Neuroanatomy Certifications. Erin has been through the core Certifications R, I, S and T Phase, and 5 of the 7 advanced certifications in the curriculum. She has worked with hundreds of clients through a neurocentric lens for the last 4 years, and has recently moved her business to completely online. She is passionate about changing the face of health and fitness, and creating an opportunity for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds to have access to the neurocentric training she teaches.
View Neuro Train Information Flyer
Contact Info: 303-792-4997 – Email
Recap of the December 2020 Holiday Meeting of the Denver Senior Coalitions
We hope many of you were able to make it to our December Holiday meeting – it was a special event! From our special guest speaker Jane Barton to the fun of awarding the Joint Coalition Assistance Fund to four deserving non-profits – we had a great meeting and a well-attended meeting. For those of you who may have missed the meeting and Jane Barton’s talk, she shared that she has videos and resources posted on her website. You can also find Jane’s podcasts that are part of the AARP Care-FULL Conversations – https://soundcloud.com/user-891724681
And the Joint Coalition Assistance Fund 2020 Went To …
The coalitions use most of its dues to give to member non-profits. The awardees in an application explain how they would use an award to help older adults in our community. This year the awards went to Audio Information Network of Colorado, Colorado Gerontological Society, Spark the Change and The Argyle Assisted Living. Each of these organizations have programs in place that help older adults directly. Audio Information Network will continue to ship out voice-activated smart speaker devices to those who are hard of hearing. Colorado Gerontological Society will use their award to purchase food for older adults who are unable to use food banks during COVID-19 and/or who have quit working due to COVID-19. Spark the Change launched an iPad Pilot Project in April 2020 to provide iPads to our Senior Companions and their clients. The Argyle Assisted Living are using the funds towards a program to provide each resident with an Amazon Alexa Device for their rooms.
Stuart Shwartz 2020 Dedicated Service Award
At the holiday meeting, a new tradition of the “Stuart Shwartz Dedicated Service Award” began. This annual award will be given out each year to a Denver Senior Coalition member who embodies Stuart’s passion, volunteerism and legacy. This year’s winner is Jill Ross, the Director of Marketing for Springwood Retirement Campus. Her passion began when she was a caregiver for her grandparents over 30 years ago. She has worked in risk management, the funeral industry, and with senior living communities in CO. Jill advocates for older adults to help them find peace of mind through comfort, care, and security and also volunteers with many community organizations.
PrimeTime for Seniors Runs an Article about the Denver Senior Coalitions
Rambler Media, LLC, the owner of the PrimeTime for Seniors newspaper is a family owned company located in Broomfield, Colorado and a long time member of the Denver Senior Coalitions. They have run an article about the Denver Senior Coalitions’ December holiday meeting and the awarding of the Joint Coalition Assistance fund in their January 2021 issue.
Year End Special from ECG
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Same clinicians, same support staff, same high-quality care – simply a refreshed brand and name that speaks to our bigger vision of enabling dental care to in-need populations. There will be no interruption with existing patients from a clinical or administrative perspective.
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Denver Senior Coalition November Meeting is on November 11th
Join us for our November Joint Chapter Meeting using Zoom on November 11th. Bring a guest or two – all are welcome. Zoom instructions will be emailed to our complete Denver Senior Coalition list. If you have not received your invitation send us an email through the website. Our November speaker is Thomas Lally, MD is the owner of Bloom Healthcare. His topic will be Covid 19: How it has and continues to effect the Senior Living Industry along with the affects it has and continues to have on the medical professionals that serve this industry – LEARN MORE
Stuart Shwartz Passed Away on August 8, 2020
We are sad to share that Stuart Shwartz, President of the East Chapter and President of the Denver Senior Coalitions passed away on Saturday, August 8th. Here is a link to his obituary:
June 10, 2020 – Denver Senior Coalition June Joint Presentation
We hope you could make it to the June Joint Chapter Webinar meeting. This was our first webinar meeting and we plan on holding more meetings this way. At one point we had 54 people signed into the meeting. Check the website for details on the July Chapter meetings which will be webinars.
For our June 10th meeting the speaker was Henry “Corky” Kyle III, MPA, CAE – founder & CEO The Kyle Group. Cokry shared information on the passing of HB19-1268, “Concerning The Referral of A Prospective Resident to an Assisted Living Residence by an Assisted Living Residence Referral Agency”. Prior to 2019, Colorado was the wild west when it came to the working relationship between assisted living homes and placement and referral agencies. It was an anything goes business environment. Recognizing the need for change, The Assisted Living Association of Colorado in 2019 introduced legislation to bring order to the industry. HB19-1268, “Concerning The Referral of A Prospective Resident to an Assisted Living Residence by an Assisted Living Residence Referral Agency” bill passed the legislature, was signed by the Governor on August 2, 2019 and became law which set the foundation for establishing the contractual relationships between ALR’s, Placement & Referral Agents, and the clients they serve. As time progressed, it was realized that additional reform was needed. The Greater Denver Placement Referral Alliance took up the reform banner and introduced legislation in the 2020 legislative session. HB20-1101, “Concerning A Requirement That A Referral Agency Make Disclosures To A Prospective Resident Of An Assisted Living Residence” further defined the relationship and reporting responsibilities of all the parties to a referral contract. The bill passed the legislature, was signed by the Governor and the bill will become law August 5, 2020. Find details about the bill on CALA website – CLICK HERE
Resolute Capital Partners Announces Investment in Routinify
Resolute Capital Partners (“RCP”), announced today the company has completed a $1.5 million equity investment in Routinify, a technology-based, remote healthcare solutions company. RCP leadership believes that technology companies within the healthcare, financial services, and regulatory sectors are defensible due to each sector’s immense national and global demands.
View Press Release – CLICK HERE
June 2020 – Colorado Assisted Living Residence Referral Laws – New Ways to Work Together
Introduction: Prior to 2019 Colorado was the wild west when it came to the working relationship between assisted living homes and placement and referral agencies. It was an anything goes business environment. Recognizing the need for change, The Assisted Living Association of Colorado in 2019 introduced legislation to bring order to the industry. HB19-1268, “Concerning The Referral of A Prospective Resident to an Assisted Living Residence by an Assisted Living Residence Referral Agency”. This bill passed the legislature, was signed by the Governor on August 2, 2019 and became law which set the foundation for establishing the contractual relationships between ALR’s, Placement & Referral Agents, and the clients they serve – READ MORE
16 Penn Apartments Rent Specials
1615 N. Pennsylvania, Denver, CO 80203
16 Penn Apartments located in Denver at 16th and Pennsylvania has announced new rent specials. They have 8 apartments that they are offering special rent reductions on as of June 2020 – see flyer for details. They also have rent reductions on select large apartments.
Rent Reductions on 8 Apartments – CLICK HERE
Rent Reductions on Select Large Apartments – CLICK HERE
Aging2.0 announces a strategic partnership with The Louisville Healthcare CEO Council (LHCC)
This partnership focuses on the shared mission to accelerate innovation and recognizing Louisville as the home to titans of the aging innovation industry. Aging2.0 will be moving into international headquarters into LHCC’s new Corporate Innovation Center in Louisville, KY – READ MORE
In light of the global pandemic, we are launching our partnership by co-hosting a Global Innovation Search for solutions that address social isolation and loneliness among older adults. The Global Innovation Search will provide an opportunity for innovators around the world to showcase their product or service and compete for international exposure.
Links & Memos about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease
March 14, 2020
From the Denver Senior Coalition Executive Board:
The Denver Senior Coalition Executive Board made up of the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the individual chapters along with volunteers, have determined that we will not hold the March joint meeting and that there will be no chapter meetings in April. Holding regular chapter meetings in May, will be evaluated around April 15, 2020. We want all of our members and the community to stay safe, especially the older adults that we serve.
Regards, The 2020 Denver Senior Coalition Executive Board
March 13, 2020
A Message from Governor Polis on COVID-19
“As some of the most prominent leaders in our state with the ability to communicate to large networks of Coloradans, and given our need to reach as many Coloradans as possible during this difficult time, I will be providing this group with periodic updates on our efforts to protect our state from novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with the hope that you can pass information on to your networks …” – CLICK HERE
March 14, 2020
A Message from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
“Per direction from Governor Polis, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is restricting all visitors at skilled nursing, assisted living, and intermediate care facilities to protect the health of the residents and health care workers at those facilities. These facilities provide care to older Coloradans with underlying health conditions …” –CLICK HERE
March 13, 2020
A Message from Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF)
“The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (the Department) is working in coordination with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to stop the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). At this time, the Department strongly encourages providers to take emergency measures to screen members and consider restricting visitors at the following settings: …” – CLICK HERE
Resources from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Setting the standards for excellence in senior placement and referral services
“… Senior placement consultants care about protecting vulnerable seniors and their families in their time of need. From this passion, the Greater Denver Placement and Referral Alliance (GDPRA) was created. Formed in November 2018, Denver is the first chapter in a national alliance of placement and referral agents and care providers aligned to protect the best interests of older adults and their families …”
Greater Denver Placement and Referral Alliance (GDPRA) – CLICK HERE
Google Workshops were in August
Google hosted workshops in libraries along the front range in August. In case you missed them, they have posted free training and tools online.
Google.org Impact Challenge Colorado
Google has announced a program where non-profits can apply to Google.org Impact Challenge Colorado to receive funding for bold ideas the create economic opportunity. Apply online.
Find a 9Health Fair in the Fall
Don’t wait to make your health a priority. Take control today and register online to attend a 9Health Fair convenient for you. Our 9Health Fair sites are located throughout Colorado to ensure you find one close to home. Use the website to search for a health fair to meet your needs.
Who is PorchLight?
The District Attorney’s Office is bringing a Family Justice Center to the First Judicial District, which serves Jefferson and Gilpin counties. More than 75 partner agencies will work together to provide coordinated services for victims of violence. Violence can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, harassment, threats, strangulation, murder, elder, and at-risk individuals abuse, human trafficking, property damage, and child abuse. Once open the PorchLight Family Justice Center (FJC) will provide comprehensive legal, emotional and critical supportive services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, at-risk adult abuse, elder abuse, and human trafficking. The center will be centrally located in Jefferson County, Colorado. The FJC will be a safe, caring environment that provides one-stop services and support. Key local government agencies, law enforcement, community, social and legal service providers, and District Attorney’s Offices will be located on-site at the FJC to make it easier for victims and survivors to get help. We desire to offer our community a kind-hearted, victim-centered home where victims, survivors and their children come first as they work through the healing process.
Denver Senior Coalitions has a LinkedIn Group
Connect with the Denver Senior Coalitions LinkedIn Group and share your news for posting on LinkedIn and the coalition website
July and August 2019
2019 Statewide Outreach and Engagement Forums on Affordable Housing in Colorado
The Forums are across Colorado: Centennial, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Pueblo
Help DOH spend $1 Billion in Housing Funds! Housing Colorado, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing (DOH) and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) are pleased to host Colorado statewide Outreach and Engagement Forums. Participants will hear from each agency on policies, programs and recent housing-related legislation. Through facilitated discussions, participants will provide perspective and opinions on how existing programs are working, where additional funding could be most useful and effective, and the resource, research and technical assistance needs of their communities.
View Event Flyer – CLICK HERE
August 12, 2019 is the Death and Taxes: Understanding at Least One of Them.
You will: See, hear, and interact with a select group of lawmakers, policy experts and fellow citizens as we, together, unravel the mysteries of how these laws and constitutional amendments: GALLAGHER (1982), TABOR (1992), SENIOR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION (2000), AMENDMENT 23 (2000) REFERENDUM C (2005), and Proposition CC (2019) together, impact your lives, your schools, your roads, fire departments, and law enforcement in significant and meaningful ways. And what every voter needs to understand about Proposition CC, coming on the fall ballot. This event is at the PPA Event Center at 2105 Decatur St, Denver, CO 80211. Free Parking!
Buy your ticket – CLICK HERE
RiverPointe Senior Living has an opening for an Activities Assistant
RiverPointe Independent Community of Littleton has an immediate opening for a Part-time Activities Department Assistant. The right candidate for the position would ideally transition into a salaried position as Director of Resident services – CLICK HERE
Sunrise at Cherry Creek is hosting “Third Thursday Thrive” Networking Meetings
Address: 251 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO
Start your morning with the most important meal of the day among your most important connections in our field. Sunrise invites all professionals in Senior Care to attend a networking breakfast on the 3rd Thursday of each month. July’s meeting is on July 18th from 8:30AM to 9:30AM.
Denver Senior Coalitions Celebrates Non-Profits Serving Older Adults
At the December Holiday Party of the Denver Senior Coalitions, this senior professional networking group showed their holiday spirit. The organization gave away Joint Coalition Assistance Fund awards of $3,000 each to 5 deserving organizations that serve older adults.
Recipients included A3, The Colorado Gerontological Society, GLBT Community Center of Colorado, Neighbor Network, and Sunshine Home Share Colorado. These 5 organizations are members of the Denver Senior Coalitions and they went through a detailed application process. Companies that serve seniors are invited to attend a networking meeting and consider joining for 2019. Learn more about the organization – CLICK HERE
Denver Senior Coalition members PrimeTime for Seniors attended the event and took photographs of the JCAF recipients and ran an article about the December holiday party in their January 2019 Newspaper. Link to their website to learn more and view the January 2019 Newspaper
Link to January 2019 PrimeTime for Seniors – CLICK HERE
Our article is on page 19.