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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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Beware of Holiday Scams

Posted on 11/16/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

With the holiday giving season approaching, a new survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network found that 70 percent of consumers failed a quiz about how to stay safe from common holiday scams, and many are regularly engaging in risky behaviors which could leave them at risk of being victimized by con artists. A report, “Beware the Grinch: Consumers At Risk of Being Scammed During the Holidays,” details AARP’s polling of consumers regarding the most common holiday scams, including those …

Latino Elder Initiative for Caregiving

Posted on 11/2/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Article by Buffy Gilfoil In July 2014, Catalina Gonzalez, 83, was in a tough situation: A paperwork glitch left her without Medicaid and without benefits through the Medicare Savings Program, which helps income-qualifying seniors with their premiums. Her daughter, Wendy Evangelista, tried to get the coverage reinstated, but online applications were rejected twice. Later that year, with help from the Colorado Latino Age Wave initiative, the Colorado Gerontological Society hired Leslie Ojeda, who not only has a solid background in …

David delivers ACA in Spanish

Posted on 10/20/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Column by David G. Ronquillo   I am experiencing a life-imitates-art moment. Before I go any further, I urge anyone in retirement to go see “The Intern.” I would recommend any Robert De Niro film, but this one especially hits home for us Boomers who find ourselves retired from work but unwilling to retire to a rocking chair. De Niro portrays a 70-something retired executive, who answers an ad for “senior intern wanted” at a start-up Internet fashion firm as …

Tech for Family Caregivers

Posted on 10/19/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Being a family caregiver requires a great deal of balance. From managing medications to coordinating appointments, family caregivers juggle many tasks every day. Join AARP Colorado to learn about how technology can help family caregivers stay organized, keep in touch with their support system and find more peace of mind in everyday life.  Presenters: Easter Seals Colorado and the Colorado Respite Coalition Can’t make it to the live event? No problem. Just register and we will send you a link to listen …

Chicano Theater and Discussion

Posted on 10/19/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Join AARP and Su Teatro for an evening of Chicano theater followed by a discussion of the role Chicano theater plays in our sociopolitical landscape. Chicano Teatro: Stereotypes, Icons and other Contradictions, sponsored by AARP Colorado, will be Nov. 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203. Su Teatro, Denver’s nationally acclaimed theatre company will present Luis Valdez’ “Los Vendidos” as well as “I Think I’m Turning Mexican” by Tony Garcia. As Su Teatro’s …

Keep Moving

Posted on 08/5/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

A blog by Casey Gardiner: Exercise offers many health benefits. It helps individuals control their weight, improves mental health, strengthens bones and muscles, and can help increase life span. Exercise also reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes. Additionally, evidence suggests that physical activity may be an effective way to enhance  cognitive function, which may be very important for maintaining  quality of life for older adults. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that all adults …