Colorado Senior Lobby Newsletter

January 2019

January 2019 eNewsletter – CLICK HERE

Article snippets from the January eNewsletter are shown below.

You are interested in being an engaged citizen; how does that work?

“Last month, we talked about why it is important to go beyond voting to be an engaged citizen of our State of Colorado. You’ll remember that we elect “our neighbors” to represent us at the Capitol, and that they need our help to be their most effective. Here we offer some tips on how to make those contacts and give that help. Remember that the 2019 session begins on January 4, 2019 …”

Citizen Lobbying Training offered on January 22, 2019

“Have you ever thought about how laws are really made, how positions on public policy are refined? Attend Citizen Lobbying Training on January 22, 2019. Being a Citizen Lobbyist is really very simple – let us show you how …” READ MORE

Register Today – CLICK HERE

Buy your tickets today for Senior Day at the Capitol

Attend Senior Day at the Capitol on March 13, 2019. With the entire 2019 Senior Day at the Capitol event being at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, there is room for everyone to be comfortably seated! The Masonic Center is conveniently located across from the Capitol! Show your support and buy your ticket today! Tickets are only $10 and your ticket purchase supports the outreach and training that Colorado Senior Lobby provides! – READ MORE
Register for Senior Day at the Capitol – CLICK HERE

A View from a CSL Member

Forced Opioid Policies Cause Pain Too
By Christina Johnson – Colorado Senior Lobby Member & Board Member

“Forty-three years ago, a truck ran a red light and totaled my car. Nothing was broken but I was never the same. I had to stop working. Most of the damage was in my back and neck. That was followed by another car accident, and then domestic violence. I’ve ended up with degenerative disc disease, protruding disc, stenosis, and I’m working on becoming bionic since I’ve had most of my joints fully replaced …”

Protect your Identity

Tell everyone you know Mary’s Story
By Connie Ward – Colorado Senior Lobby Member & Board Member

“Mary helped her husband Steve get comfortable in his recliner after returning from a week-long hospitalization for heart surgery. She was exhausted by the stress of the week and the realization that she would have to be his caretaker until he fully recovered. Before retiring to bed for a nap with her favorite book, Mary decided to take care of a little business first. She had so many things to catch up on, the mail was stacked a foot high on the kitchen table, and she could see that there were eighteen messages waiting for here on the answering machine. The blinking message indicator on the machine encouraged her to take care of that business first …”

Funding Support for Aging Services

Colorado Senior Lobby is working with the Colorado Association of Area Agencies on Aging (c4a) to produce and distribute informative flyers that review the work Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) do to serve older adults in Colorado. These flyers will be distributed to Colorado Legislators every other week with the assistance of Representative Jonathan Singer (D) – District 11, Boulder County and Senator Nancy Todd, (D) – District 28, Arapahoe County READ MORE

CSL-c4a Legislative Issues Flyer – CLICK HERE

Interesting Links from our Members

Are you unsure who your legislators are?
The Colorado Senior Lobby website has a link on our home page to the “Find My Legislator” web page on the Colorado General Assembly website. Each of us should know who is representing us both in the Colorado House of Representatives and the Colorado Senate. Write this information down and keep it handy – better yet memorize it. Now when you are reading or watching news, listen for your legislators’ names and follow what they are talking about. Sign up for your legislators’ newsletter and town halls. With this approach, when an issue comes up you will be ready to contact your legislators.
Find my Legislator – CLICK HERE

CSL Legislative Committee Bill Position Report is Live
The CSL Legislative Committee Bill Position Report is used to track Colorado legislation that is of interest to the Colorado Senior Lobby as it moves through the Colorado General Assembly. While the Colorado Legislature is in session, the CSL Legislative Committee meets every Monday to review proposed Bills and update the Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee Bill Report CLICK HERE

Find all 2019 Colorado Bills
On the Colorado General Assembly website you can find all Bills being proposed, a digest of bills, bills from prior sessions and much more. You can even search bills by subject CLICK HERE

Watch & Listen to the Colorado General Assembly
Find live legislative video and audio for the Colorado House of Representatives and Colorado Senate on the Colorado General Assembly websiteCLICK HERE

Join Colorado Senior Lobby Today

Nearly 25% of the People of Colorado are over the age of 60 – together we can become a BOOMING voice. CSL – with you on board works to improve the health and well-being of Colorado’s older adults. By being a member, you are helping fulfill that mission. Become a participant in the policies impacting your life. Cost to join for 2019 is $30 per Individual and $40 for a Family Membership.

Join Today – Individual & Family Memberships – CLICK HERE

Join Today – Organizational Memberships start at $150 – CLICK HERE

Event Highlights

We like to highlight upcoming events that may be of interest to our members. Below are some highlights. 
Find details on our News from around Colorado
  • Jan 22nd – Colorado Senior Lobby Citizen Lobbying Training at Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center
  • Jan 25th – Allen Buckingham Senior Leadership Legacy Award
  • Jan 28th – Arapahoe County Council on Aging
  • March 2nd – Salute to Wild West from Colorado Gerontological Society
  • SAVE THE DATE – March 13, 2019 – Senior Day at the Capitol! – CLICK HERE

2019 Senior Day at the Capitol Sponsorship

  • We are taking applications for Senior Day at the Capitol 2019 – LEARN MORE
  • View Event Flyer – CLICK HERE
  • Learn more about our Senior Day at the Capitol 2019 – CLICK HERE

In case you missed it, here are photos and the first video from Senior Day at the Capitol 2018 – CLICK HERE

If you find an interesting article to share send us the link – CONTACT US

“You have one of the most tremendous resources before you today which is an organization tuned into your issues that will actually take the time to train you how to be a citizen lobbyist. I really encourage you to take advantage of it …”

Rachel Zenzinger, Senate District 19

Colorado Senior Lobby Summer Social 2017