COMMUNITY LIVING SERVICES:
Older Colordans Week Feb. 8-10
[February 2021| By Eva Veitch, Region 10 Community Living Services Program Director]
The pandemic has changed how we disseminate information. No longer relying on large groups and gatherings, in lieu of public presentations, today we reach out via digital technology.
As a consequence, the format for this year’s Older Coloradans Week is comprised of four 90-minute webinars, and the theme for this year’s event is Reimaging Advocacy in a Virtual World.
Hosted by the Colorado Senior Lobby (CSL) and various other organizations, the focus is on connecting older Coloradans, community leaders, advocates, and aging network service providers with public officials. Topics include: Virtual Lawmaking and Citizen Advocacy in 2021, Voices on Aging, Older Workers and the Current Colorado Workplace, and A Call To Action To Ensure Healthy Living for Older Coloradans.
Older Coloradans Week Schedule of Events
Monday – February 8, 2021 – 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Virtual Lawmaking and Citizen Advocacy in 2021
Launching our Older Coloradans Week will be Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera. The LG will join us during the opening of the Monday, February 8th Webinar.
When it comes to public policy, the policymakers can’t know what their constituents want if we don’t speak up. But what are the most effective ways to do that, especially during a pandemic? CSL Board members Jeanette Hensley and Rich Mauro, along with Kelli Fritts, and Associate State Director – Advocate for AARP Colorado will engage participants with lessons learned from the past year and a preview of the upcoming year in this interactive webinar.
Voices on AgingThis webinar features presentations by representatives of diverse and rural communities across the state who will highlight their efforts for serving older adults and the issues that are unique to the wellbeing of older adults in their communities. Following these presentations, legislators attending the webinar will have the opportunity to share their involvement with public policies affecting older adults in Colorado and their perspectives on the issues raised by the community representatives.
Finally, there will be a facilitated conversation utilizing the Zoom Q&A feature which will enable webinar participants to pose questions to the presenters and the legislators. This promises to be an engaging exchange for participants and presenters alike.
Wednesday – February 10, 2021 – 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Older Workers and the Current Colorado Workplace
This webinar features an overview of challenges that older Colorado workers and job seekers currently face. A discussion about the latest post-pandemic research conducted about older adult workforce needs, and hear personal testimonial experiences from older adults who experienced age discrimination. Participants will learn and discuss policy solutions to create a stronger, more fair workplace climate, and implement action to make more favorable workforce policies a reality.
Wednesday – February 10, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
A Call To Action for Older Coloradans
A recap of what we have learned from previous sessions. An interactive discussion of potential action plans and engagement ideas.