AARP Colorado

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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Crossing Culture with Care: Diversity and Aging

Posted on 04/17/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Column by Marissa Volpe –   Cristina is a 48-year-old caregiver to her 82-year-old mother in Denver, Colo. She works full time as a custodian, is raising three children as a single mother and in the afternoons, after her early morning work shift ends, she takes classes to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. Caring full time for her mother, who is paralyzed and living with Alzheimer’s disease, is around the clock work. She relies on the help of her children. Dolores, her …

Spiritual Caregiving: Soul tips for the journey

Posted on 04/17/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Column by Marissa Volpe   Recently I facilitated an interfaith training on spirituality and dementia. A spirited group of rabbis, pastors and ministers of care joined together to learn about dementia’s effect on one’s spiritual self, the warning signs of dementia, and how spiritual caregiving affects those with Alzheimer’s along with the caregivers themselves. When a person receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease a tendency toward planning for legal and medical aspects of a person’s life become paramount; at the …

Colorado Care Act Passes

Posted on 04/16/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

The Colorado Senate passed the Colorado Care Act unanimously April 15. The Act recognizes the critical role of family caregivers in keeping loved ones out of costly institutions. HB 1242, the CO Care Act, passed the Senate April 15. The bill, which would require hospitals to identify and instruct a caregiver of a patient prior to patient release, must still return to the House for concurrence on Senate amendments, but it is expected to be signed by Governor Hickenlooper within the …

AARP Colorado Sponsors Denver Debates

Posted on 04/3/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

AARP Colorado and Colorado Public Television are hosting the Denver City Council Debates 2015, a series that will begin April 10 and run every Friday through April 24 on CPT-12 beginning at 7 p.m. Colorado Public Television and AARP will feature the debates in the six open Denver City Council districts, and candidates will be asked what they would do to make Denver a more livable city for residents of all ages. Transportation and housing affordability will be key topics. …

City of Denver and AARP Release Study

Posted on 03/31/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Currently, one-in-six Coloradans are age 60 or older and by 2035 that proportion will have expanded to one-in-four, according to DRCOG. As the second largest county in the state, Denver plans to be prepared for this significant population shift.   The Age Matters Report will be released April 1 and is available at The Office on Aging, Denver Commission on Aging and Denver Human Rights & Community Partnerships will present the report with Mayor Michael B. Hancock on Wed. April …

Students Deliver Hi-Tech Lessons

Posted on 03/31/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Ever wish you knew just a little bit more about your lap-top, e-reader/tablet, or cell phone to get more out of it? How about e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter? Would you like someone to sit down with you and explain what they are and how they work? AARP Colorado wants you to get your questions answered so you can have a satisfying online experience. Therefore, AARP has joined forces with a handful of Universities and high schools to host free Mentor-Up events, …