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MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY: Can Colorado Lead the Nation?

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY: Can Colorado Lead the Nation?

What’s Happening NOW at Boomers!

Advocacy Academy Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:30-7:30 p.m. with Andrew Romanoff, President and CEO, Mental Health Colorado Every year more than one million Coloradans experience a mental health or substance use disorder. How do we make our state a leader in treating and preventing these illnesses? Join Boomers Leading Change and Andrew Romanoff, former speaker of the house and current president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, as he leads a discussion on the benefits of intervention–and the price of inaction. Learn the Issue. Acquire Skills.Take Action. Make a Difference. Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe St., Denver, CO 80206 Free event. Open to all. Bring a friend. Free parking (enter off Madison Street). Light snacks provided. Register here: http://blcih.org/events/?ee=205

Your Fast Track: Lifelong Learning Opportunities in Metro Denver

“The quickest way to become an old dog is to stop learning new tricks.” – John Rooney Colorado is the third best-educated state in the nation, and metro Denver ranks high in best-educated residents. We devote many resources to educating our young people. But learning is not just for the young. Many people 50+ have an unquenchable thirst to keep learning–and to teach what they know to others. Fortunately, we have options. And that is what our April Colorado Encore Network Meetup is all about–lifelong learning opportunities. Have you heard of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI? No? Come find out. What adult learning opportunities do some of our community colleges offer? Where can you learn how to start and operate your own business? Get training that could lead to a new job? Learn how to use social media, or even create your own website? This month, Colorado Encore Network focuses on lifelong learning by bringing you together with institutions and people who offer learning opportunities suited to you. Free event. Refreshments. Free parking. Register here: Your Fast Track to Lifelong Learning Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:30pm Joining Vision and Action 2465 Sheridan Blvd., Edgewater, CO 80214

HER “SUPERPOWERS” ENERGIZE SERVICE

HER “SUPERPOWERS” ENERGIZE SERVICE

AmeriCorps Encore Member Tamaara Weil Reflects on Her Impact

I think of serving in AmeriCorps Encore as my very own superpower. It evens comes with a uniform, the ubiquitous ‘A’ that I always wear when serving, either as a small, elegant pin or a big, bold patch on a t-shirt or vest that announces: I am an AmeriCorps member and I am here to help.

And while I use my superpower to help my clients, my AmeriCorps Encore service has given me back so much more than I have given; I serve with a great team and the emotional satisfaction is huge. I know the goal is to fill unmet needs in the community. As a surprising side benefit, I have found that my AmeriCorps Encore service has been incredibly rewarding and has made me a much happier and healthier person.

I am just winding down my second (but not last) AmeriCorps Encore term with Boomers Leading Change in Health, serving at Jewish Family Service (JFS) in the Refugee Mental Health Department. I collaborate as part of a team of Refugee Mental Health therapists to provide services to our refugee clients. The goal is to fill in the gap between what the therapists provide and other services the clients need to successfully adjust to their new home and culture.

Our clients come from many places, including Iraq, Somalia, Burma, Ethiopia and Bhutan. And while they come from very different cultures and backgrounds, they all have one thing in common: they are all refugees, forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution, and they cannot return, ever. Many of our clients have suffered trauma and long stretches of time in refugee camps before coming to the United States. And most did not know anyone in Colorado when they arrived. As if this were not tough enough, when they are referred to JFS’s Refugee Mental Health Department, they are also suffering from serious mental health issues, which makes adjustment to their new home even harder.

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY, SQUASHING SCAMS, AND A LIFELONGLEARNING EXTRAVAGANZA!

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY, SQUASHING SCAMS, AND A LIFELONGLEARNING EXTRAVAGANZA!

What’s Happening NOW at Boomers!

Advocacy Academy
Thursday, April 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Mental Health: Can Colorado Lead the Nation?

with Andrew Romanoff, President and CEO, Mental Health Colorado

Every year more than one million Coloradans experience a mental health or substance use disorder. How do we make our state a leader in treating and preventing these illnesses? Join Boomers Leading Change and Andrew Romanoff, former speaker of the house and current president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, as he leads a discussion on the benefits of intervention–and the price of inaction.

Learn the Issue. Acquire Skills.Take Action. Make a Difference.

Thursday, April 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe St., Denver, CO 80206

Free event. Open to all. Bring a friend. Free parking (enter off Madison Street).
Light snacks provided.
Register here: http://blcih.org/events/?ee=205

Learning Session
Tuesday, April 18, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Scams? Play It Safe!
Recognize, Refuse and Report

Presented by Mark Fetterhoff with AARP

This interactive presentation allows attendees to learn how to recognize, refuse, and report scams, fraud and financial exploitation. The presentation includes a quiz-like format, encouraging participants to anonymously answer questions using TurningPoint remote polling software (provided by AARP Foundation) that will help them identify common scams and how to protect themselves and their loved ones from fraud.

Tuesday, April 18, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
The Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe Street, Denver, CO 80206

Free event. Light snacks provided. Free parking (enter on Madison).
Register here: http://blcih.org/events/?ee=211

Colorado Encore Network
April 26, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Your Fast Track:
Lifelong Learning Opportunities in Metro Denver

“The quickest way to become an old dog is to stop learning new tricks.”
– John Rooney

Colorado is the third best-educated state in the nation, and metro Denver ranks high in best-educated residents. We devote many resources to educating our young people. But learning is not just for the young. Many people 50+ have an unquenchable thirst to keep learning–and to teach what they know to others. Fortunately, we have options. And that is what our April Colorado Encore Network Meetup is all about–lifelong learning opportunities.

Have you heard of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI? No? Come find out. What adult learning opportunities do some of our community colleges offer? Where can you learn how to start and operate your own business? Get training that could lead to a new job? Learn how to use social media, or even create your own website?

This month, Colorado Encore Network focuses on lifelong learning by bringing you together with institutions and people who offer learning opportunities suited to you.

Free event. Refreshments. Free parking. Register here:
Your Fast Track to Lifelong Learning

Wednesday, April 26, 5:30pm
Joining Vision and Action
2465 Sheridan Blvd., Edgewater, CO 80214

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION
Monday, April 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

We are here to help our Metro Denver neighbors live their healthiest lives. Want to join us in making a positive impact on the health and well-being of underserved individuals and families? Want to learn new skills and be an agent of change? If the answer is YES, or even MAYBE, join us at this free hour-long information session to learn about our volunteer opportunities to help create healthier, more confident and better informed consumers of healthcare and other resources.

We’ll provide an overview of our health navigation training and volunteer opportunities where you can help improve health care access, healthy living options and health literacy across our community. We’ll listen to your interests and passions and do our best to answer questions. Free and easy parking. Bring a friend!

Monday, April 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Boomers Leading Change Headquarters
425 S. Cherry Street, Suite 840
Denver, CO 80246
Register here: http://blcih.org/events/?ee=213

GET UP AND MOVE…MOUNTAINS!

GET UP AND MOVE…MOUNTAINS!

What’s Happening NOW at Boomers!

Advocacy Academy
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

COLORADO SENIOR LOBBY:
Shaping a Better Future for Colorado’s Older Adults

ARE SENIORS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK?

Budget-cutting is daily news out of Washington. If Meals on Wheels isn’t safe from the fiscal axe, can Medicare be far behind? How will states with growing senior populations respond as needs rise?

Every Tuesday and Thursday during the legislative session, Colorado Senior Lobbyadvocates gather at the State Capitol to urge legislators to support bills benefiting seniors and to oppose those that could cause harm. What are the issues? Transportation. Housing. Health Care. Consumer Fraud. And so much more…all as viewed through a senior lens.

On Wednesday, March 29, Steve Grund, Policy Chair for the Colorado Commission on Aging, and editor of “The Senior Space” policy newsletter will educate (and entertain!) Advocacy Academy attendees on senior issues and how to advocate. Steve will provide background about key issues affecting Colorado’s seniors and cover some of the fundamentals of lobbying. (Starting with this: “Lobbying is not a bad word!”)

The Advocacy Academy is free. Refreshments served. Free parking at Daniels Fund lot just of 1st Ave. at Madison. Register here: http://blcih.org/events/?ee=204

About Steve Grund: Steve has served as a storyteller in media, marketing and public relations for more than 25 years. A graduate of Julliard and a former broadcast news director, he understands the importance of good storytelling to create change. “We are all marketers, writers and communicators with decades of experience,” says Steve.

Colorado Encore Network, March 22

Your Fast Track:
Connecting to People and Purpose in Metro Denver

It’s a fact. People who have a sense of purpose live longer, have lower risk of heart disease and stroke, and are at significantly lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Have you found your purpose? Whether you moved here last month or have lived here your whole life, you may be ready to find out more about organizations and causes that need your knowledge, your experience, your desire to leave our world a better place.

Free event. Refreshments. Free parking. Register here: Your Fast Track

Wednesday, March 22, 5:30pm
Joining Vision and Action
2465 Sheridan Blvd., Edgewater, CO

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION – March 30

We are here to help our Metro Denver neighbors live their healthiest lives. Want to join us in making a positive impact on the health and well-being of underserved individuals and families? Want to learn new skills and be an agent of change? If the answer is YES, or even MAYBE, join us at this free hour-long information session to learn about our volunteer opportunities to help create healthier, more confident and better informed consumers of healthcare and other resources.

We’ll provide an overview of our health navigation training and volunteer opportunities where you can help improve health care access, healthy living options and health literacy across our community. We’ll listen to your interests and passions and do our best to answer questions. Free and easy parking. Bring a friend!

Thursday, March 30, 6:00-7:00pm
Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe St.
Denver, CO 80206
Register here: http://blcih.org/events/?ee=209

ADVOCACY ACADEMY:

MENTAL HEALTH IN COLORADO
April 20, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Featuring Andrew Romanoff, President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado

Thursday, April 20, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at The Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe Street. Andrew Romanoff, President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado will share information about its advocacy efforts to improve mental health care in Colorado. Stay tuned for more details. To register now visit: http://blcih.org/events/?ee=205

Save The Date:

“CELEBRATING OUR IMPACT”

Saturday, April 29, 9:30 a.m.

Boomers Leading Change will cap National Volunteer Week with a festive morning to thank YOU for all you do to help us all live our healthiest lives. Good food. Great conversation. Powerful stories of impact. News about where Boomers Leading Change is going next. Invitations will arrive in late March.