The Colorado Gerontological Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides advocacy, information and assistance to Colorado seniors as well as education and networking for aging professionals since 1980.
Older adults and their families are encouraged to call or visit CGS for assistance regarding housing options; nursing home placements; questions regarding health insurance; food supplies, or location of a geriatric physician. A counselor will consult with the individual to understand the problem, work to identify and prioritize solutions, and help to arrange services. Services may be provided by our staff, other agencies or volunteers.
In addition to referral and counseling, seniors are assisted with filing forms for government benefits such as tax rebates, Medicaid applications, food stamps, Social Security, Medicare and supplemental insurance benefits. CGS also administers grant assistance programs for dental work, eyeglasses and hearing aids for seniors over 60 in the Denver metro area.
Among other services, CGS produces several publications for the aging community. Seniors may be interested in signing up for our STA-Well News, a quarterly newsletter on issues facing Colorado seniors. We also publish the Colorado Senior Resource Guidebook, a listing of home care and housing options in Colorado with information on payment options and legal directives. Professionals in aging may be interested in our Benefits for Seniors Sourcebook, a manual of public benefit programs available to Colorado seniors with clear information on eligibility and applications.
Eileen Doherty, Executive Director
Eileen Doherty visited our studios today to tell us more about the Colorado Gerontological Society and its many programs, especially those aimed at the Latino population.
Eileen has authored and published numerous publications on senior issues, served on numerous public policy committees and Boards of Directors and has received many awards and recognitions, the most notable recently include:
Mayor Michael Hancock’s Diversity Award (2012),
Fort Hays State University Alumni Award (2002) and
Frank Ishida Award from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2008)
She also received the Regional Director’s Citation for Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries by the US Department of Health and Human Services Region VIII in November 2004.
Eileen lectures frequently to professionals and students, as well as seniors on a wide variety of senior issues including Medicare, Medicaid, long term care, housing, health, and economics.
To learn more about the Colorado Gerontological Society, please visit https://www.senioranswers.org/.