Resource Fair To Highlight The 30Th Salute March 2

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~

DENVER, Colo. – The Colorado Gerontological Society is excited to announce the launch of a searchable website of housing and home care services that is statewide at the 30th Annual Salute. Individuals looking for services spend endless hours searching for services to help loved ones find the “right” placement or services. This service is one-of-a-kind available in Colorado for caregivers and professionals alike.

Based on more than 25 years of success distributing the Colorado Senior Resource Guidebook, The Society is launching a website where older adults, families and professionals can learn more about the resources and services for loved ones. Searches are available on price, vacancies, and location. All licensed facilities in Colorado will be listed regardless of size and ability to purchase advertising or paid arrangements with placement agencies.

As part of The Wild West festivities, the new site will be launched at 10 am at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of The Salute. Kaiser Permanente will be honored for 30 years of continued participation in The Salute. Mark Koebrich will emcee.

More than 75 other vendors will be among those who are bringing information about housing, home care, health, insurance and economic security. Information guides, apps, and more than 200 experts will be on hand to help you to find the services you need to stay in the community.

Amid a back drop of hay bales, coming to the stage at 11 am is Fred G Ellis, The Drifting Cowboy Poet, from Colorado’s own Canon City. A cowboy humorist and storyteller Ellis says “My greatest joy is using the talent God gave me to lighten the hearts of folks with laughter and good, clean family entertainment.” “And all the stories I tell are true, or at least they should be, and if you can’t believe a cowboy poet and pastor who can you believe?”

Topping off the program at 12:15 pm will be a Glen Campbell Tribute by Jimmy Mazz. Mazz will honor Campbell who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2017. Topping the list are Glen’s favorite songs: Rhinestone Cowboy, Gentle on My Mind, By The Time I Get to Phoenix and Wichita Lineman. Jimmy’s known for his ability to sound like the original artist with his rich and elegant voice. The day will end with a Country Rock ‘N Roll afternoon of county favorites, also by Jimmy Mazz featuring such notables as Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley and many more favorites of the 1950s and 60s.

Forney Museum of Transportation is bringing restored pick-up trucks from the 1920s through the 1970s. The Black American West Museum and Buffalo Bill Museum will share exhibits from their world renowned collections. The Center will be offering health education and screenings as well. Back by popular demand is Jesse Felzein and Kelly Wickhorst daunting the crowds as cowboys looking for an opportunity to tame the Wild West.

On March 2, doors open at 9 am and close at 3:30 pm at the Colorado Convention Center. Exhibits close at 2:30 pm. Parking is free at Elitch Gardens (Speer and Elitch Circle) with free shuttle service by Sunrise Senior Living. Don’t want to park or drive downtown, call a Lyft and get a 20% discount (up to $5) by using the code Salute2019 or ride the Light Rail to the front door. Admission is free. Reservations are suggested at 1-866-294-3971 or www.senioranswers.org. Forgot to make a reservation, come anyway. Help the Colorado Gerontological Society celebrate 30 years of The Salute (to Seniors) and enjoy some cake on us.

Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty, MS is the Executive Director of the Colorado Gerontological Society.  Her areas of expertise include management and administration of nonprofit organizations, education and training on issues related to older adults, advocacy and policy development on senior issues, and clinical practice in working with seniors and families to manage their lives in the later years. She has been the Director of the Society since 1982.  She teaches Nonprofit Management for Fort Hays State University.