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Serving Boulder, Berthod, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Greeley, Layette, Loveland, Louisville and Windsor and the surrounding area. Note that we occasionally include larger senior events from the Denver metro area in this list and also events that are of general interest to older adults and their families.

April 2014

March-April 2014 Colorado Front Range eNews – Click Here

News Around Boulder & Northern Colorado

  • Spellbinders
    Since ancient times storytellers have told stories to pass on wisdom, engage the imagination and foster community. The Spellbinders storytelling program recreates this age-old tradition, bringing together young and old to create connections, advance literacy and enrich the lives of children and volunteers alike. The group has chapters in Colorado including Loveland. Spellbinders has an event happening on March 8th and the 2014 Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference happening on May 2 & 3. Find details in event list below.
    View Press Release – Click Here
    www.spellbinders.org
  • Connect for Health Colorado
    And just as a reminder for those of you not on Medicare Insurance, people can still sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and State insurance exchanges. Open enrollment ends March 31, 2014. Colorado’s Insurance Exchange is called Connect for Health Colorado.
    www.connectforhealthco.com
  • Senior Day at The Capitol from Colorado Senior Lobby is April 2, 2014
    Register on or before March 19th to Reserve your Spot & Lunch!

    Why should seniors attend? Come to meet your Legislators, Elected Officials & Senior Day Sponsors. Learn about programs available for seniors and legislation affecting seniors. Let your State Legislators know your concerns! Senior Day at The Capitol is a free event. RSVP for lunch before March 19th.
    www.ColoradoSeniorLobby.org
  • Do you know someone who is turning 100 Years Old or older in 2014?
    The Centenarian Project is a promotional activity of the Commission on Aging to celebrate the lives of Centenarians across the state, recognize their individual century of achievement, and focus the attention of all Coloradans on the political and social issues of aging. The Centenarian Project recognizes seniors who have achieved the age of 100 or older by awarding centenarian certificates prepared by the Commission and signed by the Governor. Certificates are usually awarded at birthday parties or other family functions and can be presented by Commission members. We know statistically that centenarians are increasing in number, but we want to know them individually so they can be honored for their lifetime of achievement. If you, a family member, or friend will soon turn 100 years old and/or 101 or older, please contact the Commission on Aging for a Centenarian Certificate.
    Learn More - Click Here
  • The Green House Project Comes to Mirasol Senior Living Community
    The final phase of construction at Mirasol Senior Living Community has broken ground. Instead of the typical assisted living facility, this project will incorporate a new movement in senior care called “The Green House Project.”
    – Learn More about the Ground Breaking & Green House Homes – CLICK HERE
    Learn more about The Green House Project – CLICK HERE
  • A Health Care Resource– The Grillo Center
    The Grillo Center meets the growing demand for accurate, current, reliable and accessible health and medical information with special efforts toward the vulnerable and underserved. The group promotes informed decision-making regarding consumer health care questions and treatment options.
    Website: www.grillocenter.org

April 2014

Every Saturday and Sunday in April 2014, 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Assisted Living Open House Weekends at Balfour Retirement Community
Location: Balfour Retirement Community

Address: 1855 Plaza Dr. Louisville, CO
Every Saturday and Sunday in January we are having Open House Weekends at Balfour Retirement Community Assisted Living. Drop in for Community Tours and refreshments. Call 303-926-1000 for more information.
www.BalfourCare.com

Every Saturday and Sunday in April 2014, 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Independent Living Open House Weekends at Balfour Independent Living
Location: Balfour Independent Living

Address: 1331 E. Hecla Dr. Louisville, CO
Every Saturday and Sunday in January we are having Open House Weekends at Balfour Retirement Community. Drop in for Community Tours and refreshments. Call 303-926-6400 for more information.
www.BalfourCare.com

April 2014
Do you know someone who is turning 100 Years Old or older in 2014?
Learn more about The Centenarian Project:

The Centenarian Project is a promotional activity of the Commission on Aging to celebrate the lives of Centenarians across the state, recognize their individual century of achievement, and focus the attention of all Coloradans on the political and social issues of aging. The Centenarian Project recognizes seniors who have achieved the age of 100 or older by awarding centenarian certificates prepared by the Commission and signed by the Governor. Certificates are usually awarded at birthday parties or other family functions and can be presented by Commission members. We know statistically that centenarians are increasing in number, but we want to know them individually so they can be honored for their lifetime of achievement. If you, a family member, or friend will soon turn 100 years old and/or 101 or older, please contact the Commission on Aging for a Centenarian Certificate.
Learn More – Click Here

April 2, 2014 – Wednesday, 8:00AM – 2:00PM
Senior Day at the Capitol 2014 Hosted by Colorado Senior Lobby
Location: Downtown Denver at The Colorado State Capitol

Address: 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Why should seniors attend? Come to meet your Legislators, Elected Officials & Senior Day Sponsors. Learn about programs available for seniors and legislation affecting seniors. At this event hosted by Colorado Senior Lobby you can improve your skills on advocating on behalf of seniors and most important: Let your State Legislators know your concerns! Senior Day at The Capitol is a free event. For lunch you can bring your own lunch or purchase one from CSL. Lunches provided by CSL must be reserved and paid for by 3-19-14. We do appreciate an RSVP so we can plan better – space is limited. Questions? Call Colorado Senior Lobby President, Ed Shackelford at 720-353-3775. Consider joining the Colorado Senior Lobby - Individual Annual Membership is only $30 a year.
View Event Flyer – Click Here
www.ColoradoSeniorLobby.org

April 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2014 - Mondays, 9:30AM – 11:30AM
Colorado Senior Lobby Legislature Committee Meeting
Location: Volunteers of America Administrative Offices or Call in to Attend by Phone Conference

Address: 2660 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205
Colorado Senior Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, all volunteer organization, that speaks with a unified voice for all Coloradoans, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older. The Lobby focuses on issues and promotes beneficial legislation, while remaining strictly non-partisan and not supporting any specific political party or candidate. The CSL Legislature Committee meets every Monday at 9:30AM 11:30AM when the Colorado Legislature is in session. Call in number is 530-881-1200 - code 638013#. Visit their website for more information about the organization.
www.ColoradoSeniorLobby.org

April 10, 2014 – Thursday, 6:30PM
Balfour Senior Living Assisted Living 101
Address: 1855 Plaza Dr. Louisville, CO

Do you have a family member that needs help exploring senior living options? Attend our educational workshop and you will learn the “need to know” basics about choosing an assisted living community. Sandy Christensen, RN, NHA, Executive, Director of Balfour Retirement Community will discuss: The difference between assisted living, skilled nursing and independent living, Services offered at assisted living communities, Comparing communities and staying within a budget and Important questions families should ask when comparing communities. Call 303-926-1000 or RSVPConcierge@BalfourCare.com for more information.
www.BalfourCare.com

April 12, 2014 – Saturday, 7:00PM
Balfour Senior Living - Parlando School for the Arts: Sonya Clark, Piano
Location: The Lodge at Balfour
Address: 1331 E. Hecla Dr. Louisville, CO

Join us for a wonderful piano recital by Sonya Clark of the Parlando School for the Arts. Call 303-926-6400 for more information.
www.BalfourCare.com

April 14, 2014 – Monday, 11:00AM
Balfour Senior Living
Active Minds: Ukraine at a Tipping Point
Location: The Lodge at Balfour
Address: 1331 E. Hecla Dr. Louisville, CO

Seventy years of Soviet control of Ukraine ended in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union.  During that time Ukraine suffered extensive famines, deportation of its citizens, and repopulation of its country by “ethnic Russians. Since independence, Ukraine has aligned more with the west, resulting in escalating tension between ethnic Russians and Ukrainians. Recently Russia has sent troops into Ukraine in an effort to protect their interests as Ukraine has destabilized. This has dramatically escalated the crisis.  Join Active Minds® as we explore this delicate situation. Call 303-926-6400 or RSVPConcierge@BalfourCare.com for more information.
www.BalfourCare.com

April 15, 2014 – Tuesday, 11:00AM – Noon
There are only two things certain in Life – Taxes & That Other Thing
Location: Dairy Center

Address: 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO
If you don’t know about Hospice or even if you do, join us as the voices of the TRU Staff tell stories of the profound journey that our terminally ill patients and their families are on. Sharinf truth and humor as well as the challenges and blessings that these families face. Tickets are $10 each and available online.
Event Flyer – Click Here
www.TheDairy.org
www.Trucare.org

April 22, 2014 – Tuesday, 3:00PM
Balfour Senior Living Extrasolar Planets: First Views of Alien Worlds
Location: The Lodge at Balfour

Address: 1331 E. Hecla Dr. Louisville, CO
Dr. Kevin France, research professor from CU-Boulder’s Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy and NASA Roman Fellow, will describe the explosion of discovery in the field of extrasolar planets, from the first planet discovered orbiting another star in 1995 to the more than 1000 extrasolar planets known today. He will discuss the use of modern telescopes—particularly the Hubble Space Telescope—to determine size, composition, and temperature of extrasolar planets. Dr. France will conclude by highlighting active areas of extrasolar planet research and what we can hope to discover in the next decade about Earth-like planets around other stars. Transportation provided for this lecture. Call 303-926-6400 or RSVPConcierge@BalfourCare.com for more information.
www.BalfourCare.com

April 24, 2014 – Thursday, 6:30PM
Balfour Senior Living Alzheimer’s Spring Lecture Series ~ Coping with Behavioral Changes
Location: Balfour Cherrywood Village

Address: 282 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, CO
Megan Carnarius, nationally renowned expert on Alzheimer’s care and Balfour Cherrywood Village’s Executive Director, will be speaking about coping with the changes in behavior through all stages of Alzheimer’s. Call 303-604-2700 for more information.
www.BalfourCare.com

April 30, 2014 – Wednesday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Senior Pie Day at Village Inn Sponsored by Allnutt Funeral Service
Location: Village Inn

Address: 1402 E Harmony Rd, Fort Collins, CO
For seniors in the area, please come by the Village Inn located at 1402 E Harmony Rd in Fort Collins and have a FREE piece of pie and coffee (or drink of your choice) compliments of Allnutt Funeral Service. Bring your questions about advance directives and preplanning. We will have free resources to share if you want to learn more about pre-planning. Have questions? Call Mike Nebeker at 970-232-0805.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page – Click Here
www.Allnutt.com

May 2014 & Beyond

May 2 & 3, 2014
2014 Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference
Location: Clayton Early Learning Campus in Denver, Colorado

Address: Denver, Colorado
Save the date for the 2014 Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference. This year the theme of “Storytelling: Craft and Connection” because this accurately reflects the speakers and workshops that will be featured. The event features world-renown storyteller Elizabeth Ellis. This event and the workshops deal with the craft of storytelling – the skill-based aspects of storytelling or on making a connection and connecting with others using storytelling. The conference is designed to fit the needs of everyone from parents who want to find new ways to connect deeply with their children, to teachers looking for innovative and fun ways to make their lesson 'stick,' to veteran professional storytellers who are always polishing their skills. There will be 3 workshop tracks to cater to different audiences: Organizational Storytelling – Profit and Non-Profit, Storytelling in Educational Settings and Weaving Family Connections. Check the website regularly for more event details.
Learn More – Click Here
Visit the National Story Telling Website – www.storynet.org
www.RMStory.org

May 30, 2014 – Friday
Centenarian Celebration
Location: The Lodge at Mackenzie Place
Address: 4750 Pleasant Oak Dr, Ft Collins, CO 80525

The Colorado Commission on Aging is proud to sponsor the 2014 Centenarian Project for all seniors 100 years or older. The Centenarian Celebration is an annual event of the Colorado Commission on Aging to celebrate the lives of Centenarians across the State, recognize their individual century of achievement, and focus the attention of all Coloradans on the political and social issues of aging. This year the event will be held May 30, 2014 in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Note that this event was originally released from CCOA as being on 5-31-14 – the correct date is Friday, 5-30-14.
Learn More About How to Order a Centenarian Certificate – Click Here
Learn More About the Centenarian Celebration on 5-30-14 – Click Here
Learn more about the Colorado Commission on Aging – Click Here

May 31, 2014 - Saturday
Salute to Seniors from The Colorado Gerontological Society
Location: Mile High Ballroom of the Colorado Convention Center

Address: 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
This year, the Salute to Seniors celebrates its' Blue and Silver 25th Anniversary! To commemorate this momentous year, we're hosting the largest ever Salute to Seniors in Colorado history! Featuring an entertainment lineup from the rocking 1960s and 70s, you won't want to miss this year's coolest senior information and resource fair. Best of all, admission is free! For sponsorship information visit the website or call our marketing team at 303-333-3482.
www.senioranswers.org
Learn More About the Event - Click Here

June 4 - 8, 2014
Rocky Mountain Senior Games
Location: Greeley Senior Center

Address: 1010 6th Street, Greeley, CO
The Rocky Mountain Senior Games are Colorado's qualifying event for the biennial Summer National Senior Games. The City of Greeley has partnered with the Colorado Senior Sports Development Council (CSSDC) to bring the Rocky Mountain Senior Games to Colorado. Athletes of all abilities are encouraged to participate in over 25 sports which include 87 events and several fun social activities. Age categories begin at 50, and for most sports increase in five year increments (for example 50-54, 55-59, etc). Competition is divided into male and female divisions, as well as mixed competition in several doubles events. Sports include swimming, cycling, archery, bowling, volleyball, softball, and dozens more!
Greeley Senior Center – Click Here
www.rockymountainseniorgames.com

August 9, 2014 - Saturday
Boulder Senior Law Day 2014
Location: Calvary Bible Church

Address: 3245 Kalmia, Boulder, CO 80216
This annual educational seminar, held at several locations in Colorado, presents programs specifically for seniors in the Colorado community. Colorado Senior Law Day provides attendees with important and useful information on many issues facing our growing senior citizen population. If you are a senior, an adult child with a senior parent, or a caregiver, make sure you can attend one of the programs! Every participant will receive a FREE copy of the 2014 Edition Senior Law Handbook!
View Senior Law Handbook Online – Click Here
Learn More - Click Here

Have you seen it? 50Up!
Boulder County CareConnect (BCCC) partners with the City of Boulder Senior Services to produce 50Up! a monthly health and wellness television program. For six years, 50Up! has provided quality information and access to local services for the local 50+ population. Watch 50Up! On Municipal channel 8 in Boulder, Lafayette, Louisville, Superior and Erie and Municipal channel 3 in Longmont and online at www.careconnectbc.org - click on the 50Up! Button. For more information please contact Laura Upman at 303-443-1933.

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