Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Local Ombudsman Nominated for National Honor

Grand Junction Ombudsman Marilyn Richardson has been nominated for the Howard Hinds Memorial Award through the National Consumer Voice for Long Term Care. The Hinds Award was established in 2005 in memory of the late Howard Hinds, a Tennessee District Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO). Howard was a true champion for residents and for the ombudsman program; as well as a passionate advocate on national issues. The award honors an individual who has effectively advocated for long-term consumers on the local level.

 Marilyn was nominated by Eva Veitch, Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Region 10, Community Services Living Director, in her nomination Veitch said, Marilyn has been a “leader in the field of advocacy and a role model for many Ombudsman” Marilyn is highly respected in the long term care, health care and legal community. Her tireless efforts have resulted in much positive change on behalf of those she serves. It has been my pleasure to work with Marilyn as a facility representative and more recently as a fellow Ombudsman. She is the best of the best.”

The Leadership Awards Selection Committee will review nominations during August and will notify the award recipients soon.


The awards will be presented during the 38th Annual Consumer Voice Conference in Arlington, VA (November 15-18, 2014). For additional information regarding the conference, please visit the Consumer Voice website http://theconsumervoice.org/misc/2014-annual-conference.

Further Contacts for this information are:

 Eva Vetch, Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Region 10, Community Services Living/Area Agency on Aging Director and also the Lead Ombudsman in Region 10, covering Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Ouray, San Miguel counties.  eveitch@region10.net  Office:  (970) 249-2436 ext 207.

Dave Norman Director Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Region 11 covering Mesa, Rio Blanco, Moffat, Garfield Counties, Office: (970) 248 2717

Marilyn Richardson Long Term Care Ombudsman Region 11, Title III Senior Legal Advocate for Mesa County @ Colorado Legal Service Grand Jct., Office: 243-7940 ext 5, Cell: 250-8393.

Councils on Aging Legislative Round-


Four Colorado Regions to Meet in Grand Junction

Mesa County, Co. – Region 11 Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is hosting a Legislative Round-Up for residents across Western Colorado who work with the Elder population and are interested in what transpired during the 2014 Legislative Session and what might coming as new bills during the 2015 Legislative Session.  The Legislative Round-up will be held on Monday, September 8, 2014, at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 ½ Road, GJ. Registration is required, dial 2-1-1 or (970) 244-8400.


Meeting Agenda
10:00am-10:15am         Opening remarks and introductions
10:15am-11:15am         Baby Boomers, Long Term Care & other Challenges-
                                    Rob Sermro, Bell Policy Center
11:15am-11:45am         Colorado Commission on Aging-Ruth Long
12:00pm-1:30pm           Luncheon Buffet-Luncheon Topic: 2015 Legislative session,      
Featured guests: Area Legislative Representatives        and Senators
1:30pm-2:30pm              Richard J “Rich” Mauro Jt., Senior Policy & Legislative                                                             Analyst; Denver Regional Council of Governments
                                    Kelly Fritts, AARP, Associate State Director of Advocacy

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 Eva Vetch, Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Region 10, Community Services Living/Area Agency on Aging Director and also the Lead Ombudsman in Region 10, covering Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Ouray, San Miguel counties.  eveitch@region10.net  Office:  (970) 249-2436 ext 207.

Dave Norman Director Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Region 11 covering Mesa, Rio Blanco, Moffat, Garfield Counties, Office: (970) 248 2717


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Forty Years & Going Strong!

Dave Norman 
 Dave Norman a staff member from the Mesa County Department of Human Services was honored on August 19 by the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado AGNC for his 40 years of service to the Area Office on Aging. Dave began with AAA at the programs inception in 1974.  


AAA's were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans aged 60 and over in every local community. The AAA plans, coordinates and offers services that help older adults remain in their home, if that is their preference, aided by services such as Meals-on-Wheels, homemaker assistance and other programs needed to make independent living a viable option. By making a range of options available through contracts with both public and private groups, the AAA makes it possible for older individuals to choose the services and living arrangement that suit them best. In some cases local contractors are not available and the AAA may act as the service provider. 
CONGRATULATIONS DAVE!