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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AARP Sponsors 1st Debate

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Candidates debating for the first time this election year were met by a packed house in Grand Junction, which was sponsored by AARP Colorado. The debate featured candidates running for governor of Colorado, as well as the U.S. Senate. About 700 people attended the Club 20 Debate Sept. 6. Incumbent John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is facing Republican challenger Bob Beauprez, while Republican Congressman Cory Gardner and Incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D, go head-to-head for the Senate seat. AARP provided …

Telephone service changes

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Over strong opposition from AARP, the Colorado Legislature passed sweeping changes as to how phone companies can do business in 2014 and beyond. These new laws — called “telecom deregulation” — may change the type of phone service available to you, how much you pay for the service, and whether you can get help from the state if you have a serious problem. Here’s what you need to know: If You Have Telephone Service – From CenturyLink or another traditional …

New Volunteer Joins AARP Executive Council

Posted on 08/5/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

AARP welcomes Lorri Orwig to its eight-member Executive Council, which is AARP Colorado’s volunteer advisory committee that helps set AARP strategic priorities statewide. Orwig, of Colorado Springs, is the newest volunteer to serve with the highest AARP Colorado volunteer body. The Executive Council works on issues that range from keeping living expenses affordable for Coloradans to planning community events. Orwig has been chief development officer of Silver Key Senior Services in Colorado Springs for six years. She plans and develops …

Summertime and the Grilling is Easy

Posted on 08/5/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Blog by A.J. White   Before you throw that burger or steak on the grill, consider the following. A recently released study of nearly 89,000 women who ate varying amounts of red meat over a 20 years period show a startling result in the increase of breast cancer (Wise, 2014). This longitudinal study looked at five different protein categories – unprocessed red meat (beef, pork, or lamb and hamburger); processed red meat (such as hot dogs, bacon and sausage); poultry …

Late Summer Discounts and Savings

Posted on 07/16/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Although we’re already in August, the fun doesn’t have to stop. AARP has more discounts and savings in Denver and on Colorado’s Western Slope. Check out the following offerings:     Friday, August 15, 10 AM – 4 PM – GRAND JUNCTION AARP Day at Children’s Nature Center AARP members are invited to enjoy a $2 savings at the Grand Valley Zoological Quest/The Children’s Nature Center, 404 Jurassic Ave. A Fruita, CO, 81521, on Aug. 15, 2914 during the attraction’s …

AARP works to ensure financial security

Posted on 07/16/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

For too many Coloradans, the promise of longer life expectancy is severely undermined by the prospect and fear of financial insecurity in retirement. Colorado is expected to see a 150 percent increase in adults age 65 and older between 2010 and 2030. AARP offers many tools to help people understand and meet the financial challenges they face. Here are just a few:,,,,, or click on the links in the last paragraph of this story. Even …