AARP Colorado

Angela Cortez

Biography:

ANGELA CORTEZ

Angela Cortez joined AARP as Associate State Director, Communications in 2010. Angela is a Colorado native, who has an extensive background in journalism. She has been on the editorial boards of both The Denver Post, as an editorial and commentary writer, and The Desert Sun newspaper in Southern California, where she served as the editorial page editor. Angela specializes in legislative and judicial systems, as well as social services. She was one of a group of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for the breaking news coverage of the Columbine High School massacre. Additionally, Angela has worked on political campaigns and in public relations and marketing, providing outreach to diverse communities. At AARP Colorado, Angela garnered significant media for the state in the areas of utilities, the Protect Seniors campaign and Drive to End Hunger. She also acted as a regional liaison for the “Tell our Story” project, working with colleagues in seven other states, and in 2012, she served as Interim State Director in Idaho.

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Practice Makes Perfect for Seniors

Posted on 03/24/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Singing for Seniors kicks off another season in Larimer County. Singing for Seniors provides an avenue for active, older adults to engage in recreational singing and, at the same time, realize their health, wellness, and life-long learning goals. The senior choir is made up of 50-plus adults, who want to sing for the joy of it.  The choir currently has about 175 members.  AARP Colorado has been a sponsor since the pilot phase in 2012 and has been instrumental in assuring the …

AARP Colorado: Keep Public Transportation Service Affordable

Posted on 03/23/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

RTD is proposing new bus fares that would go up to $2.60 for local routes, among other changes. Light rail fares would be the same as bus fares, transfers and light rail zones would be eliminated. AARP is part of a broad coalition working to ensure the new RTD bus and rail rate structure is affordable for the Denver region’s low-income population, which is disproportionately Latino and African American and are strong public transit users. The RTD Board of Directors is expected to approve the changes and rate hike in …

Coloradans are in danger of losing their voice

Posted on 03/23/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Column by AARP Colorado State Director Morie Smile Since 1984, the Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel has represented ordinary consumers when utility companies attempt to raise their rates. The office has saved Coloradans an estimated $1.7 billion in energy and telecommunications rates. But now, some special interests are trying to shut down the office, and we shouldn’t allow that to happen. The seven-member OCC represents residential, small business and agricultural consumers in telecom, electric and gas cases before the state …

Colorado Trails Other States in Public Employee Pension Funding

Posted on 03/13/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

A new report, to be released nationally later this week, examines the performance of every state in meeting their commitments to fund their public employee pension plans. The report, which was compiled by the National Association of State Retirement Administrators, with financial support from AARP, can be accessed online here: http://www.nasra.org/files/JointPublications/NASRA_ARC_Spotlight.pdf. As detailed on page 14, Colorado has made 74.5 percent of its annual required contribution to its public employee retirement plans from Fiscal Year 2001 through Fiscal Year 2013. …

Brain Health at 9Health Fair

Posted on 03/6/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

AARP Colorado is bringing brain health to the 9Health Fair April 18, 19 and May 3. You’ve heard, what’s good for the body is good for the brain. Let’s add to that, what’s good for the brain is good for the soul. We know that exercise, good nutrition, stress reduction and doing mental challenges are all good for brain health,   But what about those simpler things in life, those things we do naturally that we take for granted?   Science supports many other avenues …

AARP 2015 Legislative Agenda

Posted on 03/6/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Caregiving tops the AARP agenda this session, and AARP is strongly supporting four bills that provide for older adults: HB 1033, by Reps. Dianne Primavera and James Wilson and Sen. Larry Crowder, creates a strategic planning group. A single comprehensive strategic plan can among other things determine the impact of the demographic shift on the state’s workforce and economy, assess the regional impacts of this shift, determine the long-term effects on the state’s budget, and assess the impact of caregiving …