The “Beav” Comes to Denver on May 15 at Salute to Seniors

Eileen DohertyDenver CO — The family of the 1950s included “Dad” goes to work; “Mom” stays home; and “Beav” comes home from school, has a snack, and goes outside to play baseball or ride a bike.  Classic television of the 1950s shows the family living in a small, connected community where everybody cares for each other and pays attention when someone needs help.

Although we have lost some of that small community connection, we enjoy the nostalgia of the 1950s and 60s.  Life was simpler back then. At the 24th Annual Salute to Seniors sponsored by the Colorado Gerontological Society on May 15, 2013 at the Colorado Convention Center, the simple life will be remembered as many of these actors are reaching Medicare age and turning 65.

Set in the theme “Classic Television of the 50s and 60s”, the Beav (Jerry Mathers) is coming to the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on May 15 to be our guest at the Salute to Seniors and share his story about the being a television star as a child and young adolescent, as well as his professional life.

As you remember, Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver comes with a cherry-toothy grin bursting forth from a dimpled, freckled, bright-eyed face beneath a green baseball cap. To warm our hearts and remind us of our own children, Beaver is fresh, naughty, bright, and cute as a button. And what mother doesn’t identify with “The Beaver” as an ordinary boy whose greatest pleasures are getting dirty, collecting junk and as he gets older, baseball.  His greatest dislikes are school and girls.

Living with Type 2 diabetes today, Jerry is an avid advocate and leading national lecturer on living with and dealing with diabetes.

Jerry will be sharing his story at 11:00 am in the Mile High Ballroom at the Convention Center.  This will be followed by photo ops and autograph signing in the afternoon in the Beav’s own living room sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.

Other highlights of the day include the nostalgic programming of television that is viewed by baby boomers and older adults. The setting includes seven themed rooms with Westerns, Comedy, Variety, Science Fiction, Cartoons, Game Shows, and Medical Shows.  Each room will feature live entertainment, television commercials, and vignettes from television shows of the era against a stage set.

One hundred exhibitors will join “The Beav” to share information and resources for seniors and their families. Exhibitors will represent housing, health care, finances, recreation, safety, and other government programs.

Forney Museum is bringing vintage cars from their extensive collection that sponsored “Leave It to Beaver” and offering admission discounts to the museum.

Other highlights of the day include bingo, participation in game shows and drawings for individuals dressed in costume of their favorite actor. Dennis Gallagher, Denver City Auditor, will be our special guest and talk about Television and the Media.

Tickets are $9 for the first ticket and $4.50 for the second ticket. Groups of ten or more are $6 each.  Free parking is available at the Pepsi Center with free shuttle service to the front door of the Colorado Convention Center.  Lunch is available through the Convention Center Café’ as well.  For information and tickets call 303-333-3482 or visit www.senioranswers.org.


Eileen Doherty, M.S. is the Executive Director of the Colorado Gerontological Society.  She has more than 35 years of experience in gerontology in administration, research, training and education, and clinical practice. She is an instructor in Nonprofit Organizations at Fort Hays State University. She can be reached at 303-333-3482.

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