Seniors Workshop

Sept. 23 event features resources for Senior adults 


A no-cost community forum featuring on-site experts advising on planning for later life, will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock, Colorado.

Sixteen workshops throughout  the day will focus on smart and safe investing in the current market; guardianships and conservatorships; long term care options and financing; understanding Social Security; understanding Medicare options; an introduction to the new DRCOG Network of Care website; and safety and sustainability for seniors. Attendees are invited to stay for the day or select specific workshops that meet their particular areas of interest.

No registration required. Light snacks and take-home materials available throughout the day. Free parking and easy drop off/pick up at the front door of the Event Center.

Event Sponsors

The event is sponsored by Douglas County; the District Attorney, 18th Judicial District; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); and the Guardianship Alliance. Representatives of the following agencies will be also be present to meet with attendees to privately discuss concerns or issues: FINRA; Securities And Exchange Commission; District Attorney; Douglas County Human Services; AARP Elderwatch; Douglas County Sheriff; Guardianship Alliance; Social Security and Medicare; DRCOG; and the Douglas County Office of Veterans Services.

For more information contact Douglas County Senior Services at 303.660.7519.

***Workshop Schedule***

8:30 a.m.
Doors Open
Morning Refreshments
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Tricks of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud
"Saving Our Parents"
Understanding Powers of Attorney
Emergency Preparedness for Seniors
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Introduction to Network of Care
Social Security and Medicare
The Elderly Veteran
"This is My Identify!"
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Lunch Break

Lunch will not be provided, but the Event Center Concession Stand will be open

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
The Affordable Care Act (Health Reform) and How It Affects You
An Overview of Volunteer Guardianships
LTC – Let’s Take Control of Long Term Care
Become a Wise Consumer
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Introduction to Network of Care
Reverse Mortgages: A to Z
Memory Loss, Alzheimers, and Dementia: The Basics
Personal Safety for Seniors
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meet with Agency Representatives


“An Overview of Volunteer Guardianships” – What is guardianship?  When is it appropriate?  Who can become a guardian?  What are the responsibilities of a guardian?  How can I obtain a guardianship?  When is a Power of Attorney or other action more appropriate?  These and other questions will be answered in this session.  Workshop Leader: Christi Romero-Roseth, Lead Coordinator for the Guardianship Alliance of Colorado

“Become a Wise Consumer” – While scammers may be clever, consumers must take more responsibility for their own safety.  In this workshop you will learn the 10 Rules of the Wise Consumer that can keep you out of trouble when buying products or services.  Based on common sense and words of wisdom we have all heard many times, but fail to heed.  Workshop Leader: Mason Finks, Director of Consumer Protection, District Attorney’s Office.   

“Emergency Preparedness for Seniors” – Natural and man-made disasters can happen at any time.  Are you prepared?  This workshop will provide suggestions on how to prepare for disaster situations and where to find help if a disaster strikes.  The secret to survival is preparing in advance.  Workshop Leadership will be provided by personnel from Douglas County Emergency Management.

“Introduction to Network of Care” – Network of Care is a comprehensive online database system that provides information on service providers catering to older adults in the Denver region. The system is designed to put people in touch with the right services at the right time. In addition, it provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news from around the world concerning aging.  Workshop Leader: Chandra Matthews, MSW, Area Agency on Aging Information and Assistance Program Manager.

“LTC – Let’s Take Control of Long Term Care” – This workshop will review basic rules and eligibility for in-home, assisted living and nursing home care.  An overview of the application process and requirements will be reviewed.  Panel presenters will include Marnie Steber of Long Term Care Options and Douglas County Adult Eligibility Staff Debra Kordus, Jennifer Carter, and Betty Garth-Wilson.

Memory Loss, Alzheimers, and Dementia: The Basics – What are the differences between Alzheimer’s, other dementias, and normal memory loss due to aging? Learn about the Alzheimer’s disease process, diagnosis and treatment.  Learn about support services offered by the Colorado Chapter, and the community resources available for both the person with Alzheimer’s and the caregiver.  Workshop Leader: Patricia Holley, Education Coordinator, Colorado Alzheimers Association.

“Personal Safety for Seniors” – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will provide tips on keeping yourself safe at home and on the street.  The best defense against crime is knowing how, when and where crimes are most likely to occur and avoiding those situations.  Hear from the experts who know how criminals think and work because their job is to stop them.  Workshop Leader: Deputy Michelle Rademacher.

“Reverse Mortgages: A to Z” –  topics to be covered include: qualifications for a reverse mortgage, benefits of a reverse mortgage, safety of a reverse mortgage, How Do You Get the Money, adjustable rate vs. fixed rate programs, how is the reverse mortgage eventually paid off, and more.  Workshop Leader: Steve Watson, CPA and Senior Reverse Mortgage Specialist.

“Saving Our Parents” – Actor Ed Asner and professionals in the field of elder abuse and exploitation share case stories that highlight what to watch out for and how to protect yourself or a loved one.  This DVD presentation is hosted by Douglas County Adult Protection staff.  Informational handouts will be provided and you will have the opportunity to talk with staff about specific questions or concerns.  Workshop Leaders: Claudia Ostler and Karen Wray, Douglas County Adult Protection Caseworkers.

“Social Security and Medicare” – Do you understand the Social Security and Medicare systems and what you may expect from each in your retirement years? This is your opportunity to have your questions answered and some of your confusion cleared up. Workshop Leader: Cris Sargent, CS AdvoCare.

“The Elderly Veteran” – Back up health care for the veteran at no cost. Advance funeral planning and exploring the idea of a National Cemetery as a lower cost option. Benefits for low-income veterans reviewed along with possible programs for surviving spouses. Extra benefits for need Aid & Attendance or Housebound Care will be highlighted.  Workshop Leader:  Henry Bohne, Douglas County Lead Veterans Affairs Officer.

“This Is My Identity” – For the 10th year in a row Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in the country.  The number of victims each year is in the millions, and the losses to consumers, businesses and financial institutions is over $50 billion.  In this seminar you will learn how identities are stolen, things you can do to protect your identity, and where to go for help if you have a problem.    Attendees receive a free Identity Theft Handbook.  Workshop Leader: Mason Finks, Director of Consumer Protection, District Attorney’s Office.   

Tricks of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud –  Research has shown that most victims of investment fraud are more financially knowledgeable, better educated and are more self-reliant than non-victims. Intelligence has little to do with victimization. Learn in this entertaining and informative session how to outsmart investment fraud.  Workshop Leaders: Rebecca Franciscus, Esq., staff attorney, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Amy Nofziger, Director of AARP Elderwatch for Colorado

“Understanding Powers of Attorney” –  This workshop will explain how POA’s work in Colorado, how and when to set one up, how to cancel a POA, and will provide suggestions on ways to protect against abuse associated with the granting of a Power of Attorney.  Workshop Leader: Carl Glatstein, Esq.; Chair,Elder Law Institute; Lecturer at Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Representatives from the following agencies will be present for one-on-one sessions throughout the day:

Colorado Guardianship Alliance – Alzheimer’s Association

Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)

District Attorney Office – Douglas County Sheriff – Benefits Checkup

Douglas County Human Services – AARP Elderwatch

Douglas County Veterans Affairs – Social Security and Medicare

Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC)/FINRA

Human Services

4400 Castleton Court 
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.688.4825

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.


Fax Numbers:

Adult Protection

Fax: 877.285.8988

Adult Services

Fax: 877.285.8988

Child Care Assistance

Fax: 720.240.0008

Child Support Services

Fax: 303.374.2971

Child Welfare Referrals

(Foster Care, Abuse, Adult Protection)
Fax: 877.285.8988

Financial Assistance

Fax: 877.285.8988

Food Assistance

Fax: 877.285.8988

Human Services Administration

Fax: 877.285.8988

Medical Assistance

Fax: 877.285.8988