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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.
Sunshine Home Share has Housing!
We are actively seeking home seekers looking for an affordable housing option. We currently have 14 home providers looking to share their homes. Our current average rent price is $600/month with minimal service exchange.
Sunshine Home Share Colorado is a community-driven nonprofit that connects seniors with empty space in their homes with someone needing affordable housing. Our senior home providers are losing their ability to remain in their homes due to rising costs of their homes and the high costs of in home support, and senior home seekers are forced into homelessness with rising rental costs and drastic affordable housing shortages. Using existing housing stock to support aging in place and create affordable housing just makes sense. Matches are made based on compatibility, supportive service exchange needs, and the comprehensive social work model is designed to support safety in the matching process.
View Flyer – CLICK HERE
Long time Denver Senior Coalition Member, Susan Walker is Retiring!
It has been a pleasure knowing you over the years during my work in the senior industry as Marketing and Sales Director for three different retirement communities and most recently as Operations Director for Hope In Home, mental health care for seniors. I have appreciated the contacts and networking and the friendship of many of you. My husband Greg and I have decided to make a drastic change in our lives and are “retiring”. What this means is that really we are going to work to live in stead of living to work. He will be pursuing a hobby more seriously and I will be working part time so that we can spend more time not only with my 91 year old other, but in Breckenridge skiing, hiking, fishing and enjoying the mountains. I will remain connected to all of you and encourage you to reach out to me if you want to pay a visit to Breckenridge. We have a newly enlarged “cabin” a few miles from town and would love visitors.
Best to all, Susan Walker – 303-502-7952 – email
Senior Property Tax Homestead Exemption at Risk for Colorado Seniors
August 14th Forum to Explore Potential Changes
This event will be streamed
Coloradans age 65 and older and those who own a home need to attend a special August 14th event to find out what changes may be considered for the senior homestead property tax program when the state legislature next convenes in January. The forum will take place Tuesday, August 14, 2018, from 8:45am to 12:30pm at the Police Protective Association Events Center (PPA), at 2105 Decatur Street in Denver. Attend in person or watch the streamed event! At stake is more than $150 million in state funds dedicated to senior property tax breaks in the state. Policy makers are looking to divert these funds from seniors to other programs. More than 240,000 Colorado seniors (and growing) currently qualify for tax breaks provided by those funds. The magnitude of the future of this tax break could have major implications for Colorado homeowners who use the tax break to continue to live in their own homes.
View Press Release – CLICK HERE
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Applewood Place and Lakewood Reserve in metro Denver added to Juniper Communities portfolio of seniors housing communities
Bloomfield, NJ – Juniper Communities announces the addition of Applewood Place, A Juniper Senior Living Community and Lakewood Reserve, A Juniper Senior Living Community to its portfolio of seniors housing communities as of February 15, 2018. Nationally, Juniper ranks among the top 40 largest providers of assisted living communities. By managing these properties Juniper increases the seniors housing units under its umbrella to 1,862 in 23 communities. Both communities are located in Lakewood, one of Denver’s most coveted, charismatic residential neighborhoods just 10 minutes from downtown Denver offering breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountain foothills. “Lakewood and Applewood are great communities in wonderful locations that augment the existing Juniper family of communities in the metro Denver area. We are very excited to extend our signature programs to benefit residents and their families, the team of associates there and the professional health care community,” said Lynne S. Katzmann, CEO and founder of Juniper Communities.
View Press Release – CLICK HERE
A Day with Teepa Snow
Today’s voice for dementia care, Teepa Snow is one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for those living with dementia, and for families and care partners. On July 24, 2018, Teepa Snow with offer an educational event at the Valor Center located at 3775 East Grace Blvd, in Highlands Ranch. The event features a morning 9AM to Noon session and an afternoon session from 1PM to 4PM. Tickets are available online. The event is for both families and professionals.
View Event Flyer – CLICK HERE
Purchase Tickets – CLICK HERE
May is Older Americans Month 2018 with the theme …
Engage at Every Age
Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation’s observance of Older American’s Month. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.
Zocalo’s 55+ Mixed-Use Apartment Community Opening in Downtown Littleton in May
Vita, Zocalo Community Development’s new LEED Gold-designed 55+ mixed-use apartment community in downtown Littleton is officially complete, and residents will begin moving in this May. The sustainable, 159-unit apartment community is situated just one block from an RTD Light Rail station, providing its residents with easy access to all that metro Denver has to offer. “Littleton is one of the most underserved and fastest growing 55-plus communities in the state, and we are very excited about the opening of Vita in this market,” said Susan Maxwell, CAPS, chief operating officer and principal of Zocalo. “Our focus for Vita has always been residences, amenities and services to meet the way this demographic lives. By combining sustainability with hospitality-inspired operations, our hope is that Vita will deliver a great living experience for its residents.”- CLICK HERE
Sunshine is excited to share that we are the recipient of an Arapaho County CDGB grant for $10,000.
Sunshine Home Share thanks Arapaho County for supporting their work in helping seniors to remain safely in their communities while increasing access to affordable housing. The wonderful staff at Arapaho county told them – “we knew someone had to be first.” Visit the Sunshine Home Share website to learn more.
Learn more about their Fundraiser on May 21st – CLICK HERE
Profile of Older Americans
Each year, the Administration on Aging (AoA) compiles the latest statistics on the older population compiled primarily from U.S. Census data into a Profile of Older Americans. The profile provides data on changes in demographics of the population over age 65, including 15 topical areas (such as population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving). The profile is available in PDF format. Data tables are also available in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets – LEARN MORE
Trust Account Benefiting Ky Agnew’s Daughter is Set Up
As many of you remember, we lost Ky Agnew in December 2017. Ky was a long time member of the Denver Senior Coalitions and a great connector of many of our coalition members. A trust account benefiting Angelina, her 16 year old daughter has been set up. Anyone interested in contributing is encouraged to use the PayPal link below. If you prefer to pay by check, you can contact Robin Hartman at 303-881-7680 or Jill Ross at 303-263-7728. Thank you for your patience while this was being set up.
Contribute to the Trust Account Benefiting Ky Agnew’s Daughter – CLICK HERE
We have new Executive Board Members
Dear Denver Senior Coalition Members,
The Denver Senior Coalitions has an Executive Board that is made up of the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the individual chapters along with coalition members who wishes to volunteer their time. This board needed a secretary. We have been announcing these openings at meetings and two members stepped forward. Please welcome Abby Armijo of ADCO Hearing Products (Secretary) and Patty Bortz, of Facing Last Chapters, LLC. (member at larger), as our new Denver Senior Coalition Executive Board Members.
- Abby Armijo – ADCO Hearing Products – 303-794-3928
4242 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113
- Patty Bortz – Facing Last Chapters LLC – 303-919-9468
1200 Acoma Street Unit 201, Denver, CO 80204
A Report on the 2017 JCAF Funds Distribution
Dear Denver Senior Coalition Members,
Below are the responses and summaries from all 8-member companies that received JCAF funds in December 2017. Their summaries share with us where they distributed their funds. I want to personally thank all the 2017 board members who made the decision to switch to the new JCAF distribution format, for a job well done. I pulled some numbers to share so you can compare:
The JCAF contributed to the following number of seniors in the three years prior to 2017:
- In 2016 – the JCAF helped 93 seniors; in 2015 – 78 seniors and in 2014 – 95 seniors; for the three-year period prior to 2017, we provided assistance to a total of 266 seniors for an average of 89 seniors a year.
- In 2017, with the new approach to our JCAF funds, our nonprofit members assisted at least 652 seniors.
This is just simply amazing! And an additional thank you to all the Denver Senior Coalition members, without their support for this organization this outreach would not be possible.
Regards, Bill Hohs – DSC Executive Board Chairperson
Learn more about our 2017 JCAF Awardees:
- A3 – Empowering People with Vision Loss – CLICK HERE
- Audio Information Network of Colorado – CLICK HERE
- Colorado Gerontological Society – CLICK HERE
- HealthSET – CLICK HERE
- Kavod Senior Life – CLICK HERE
- Montview Manor – CLICK HERE
- Neighbor Network – CLICK HERE
- The Center – Sage of the Rockies – CLICK HERE
Vivage Entrepreneur in Residence Program (EIRP)
Vivage has created an Entrepreneur in Residence Program (EIRP) for Innovators who are developing products and services that improve the lives of the aging population, their caregivers and families within the Vivage senior living communities. The EIRP will provide Innovators an opportunity to observe, interface with staff, administrators and/or seniors receiving input and feedback on Innovator’s products and services by those who will use them day to day – truly working to design WITH and not FOR the potential purchaser of the products and services.
View Flyer – CLICK HERE
Aging2.0’s Grand Challenges
Aging2.0’s Grand Challenges is a new global initiative to drive collaboration around the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging. These eight topics are the result of five years of bottom-up and top-down dialogue with stakeholders from across Aging2.0’s interdisciplinary, intergenerational, international community of older adults, senior care providers, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs. They are the innovation priorities for the Aging2.0 community.
Learn More – CLICK HERE
Learn more about Aging2.0 – CLICK HERE
Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders or CAPABLE
Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is the first community-based program to examine if CAPABLE produces similar health outcomes and cost-savings here in metro Denver as it has in other cities.
Learn More – CLICK HERE
Not One More
This past December we lost one of our members to suicide around the holidays. A group of members of the Denver Senior Coalitions have stepped forward to be the person that anyone can call if they need someone to talk to. The members on this list, are your friends and they are all committed to being that phone call if you need someone. We are committed to making sure there is NOT ONE MORE of us lost to suicide.
View Not One More Contact List – CLICK HERE
Denver Senior Coalitions is in the News!
A big thank you to Prime Time for Seniors Newspaper for running a feature on the Denver Senior Coalitions in their January 2018 issue. The article features a large photograph of our ten Colorado Gives Day recipients from our 2017 Holiday party. This article and photograph is a push to grow our membership and get new organizations interested in our networking meetings. Prime Time for Seniors Newspaper is a member of all 4 chapters of the Denver Senior Coalitions. If you see Jessica Edgar, Debbie Watson or Bill Doyle of Prime Time at a meeting, be sure to tell them, “Thank you.” Here is a link to the online version of the paper our group was featured in – CLICK HERE
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