Our first and second tries at hosting Senior Day at the Capitol were canceled due to bad weather but finally we came together on Wednesday, April 24th. All of our sponsors, panelists and the Honorable Governor Jared Polis worked with our new date and attended. The Governor released a Colorado State Proclamation declaring April 24th Senior Day at the Capitol (see a copy on the CSL website).
The event featured a panel titled “Vision: 2025 – Evolutions in Transportation/Mobility, Health Care, Accessibility”. Panel participants included Denver Regional Mobility & Access Council (DRMAC), Dispatch Health, WellAssist-Routinify Solution, and OATS + Senior Planet sharing their ideas and updating all in attendance on advances in technology that can help older adults to live better and more active lives.
Governor Polis spoke to the group about aging issues and his efforts on behalf of the senior population. The Governor emphasized how important it is for citizens of all ages to meet and interact with state government. He shared that he sees great contributions to the state being made no matter what your age.
Janice Blanchard, the new Colorado State Senior Policy Advisor on Aging appointed by the Governor’s Office also addressed the group. Janice holds a Master of Science in Aging and has worked for over 25 years at the local, state, national and even international levels and in academic, government and nonprofit organizations to promote a positive culture on aging. In Colorado, she has served as Chair of the Denver Commission on Aging, Director of the Denver Office on Aging, and Co-Chair of the Colorado Delegation to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Among other accomplishments, she was instrumental in the creation of the Denver Age Matters Initiative and the Silverprint Colorado Strategic Plan for Aging.
Janice told the crowd that “These are exciting times to be in the field of aging, especially in Colorado. We are not only in the midst of the much-anticipated demographic transition, but also an unparalleled cultural transformation as a new generation seeks to redefine the second half of life. I look forward to being part of the Governor’s team and to helping maximize the benefits these changes bring to Colorado citizens, communities, and businesses, as well as helping create innovative solutions to the challenges we face.” She also took questions from the audience and looks forward to hearing from you.
Senior Day at the Capitol was streamed and recorded. A recorded copy is posted on Colorado Senior Lobby’s YouTube Channel and now embedded on the website. Visit www.ColoradoSeniorLobby.org and there is a link at the top of the page to the video.
The Colorado Legislation Session is over May 3rd. Colorado Senior Lobby will have events this summer where citizens of all ages can become involved with the lobby and Colorado legislation being proposed for 2020 that impacts older adults. Check out the website, consider becoming a member and become a participant in Colorado politics.
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