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May 7, 2019

May 2019 Rainbow Elders’ Newsletter

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Rainbow Elders' Newsletter-May 2019

For Boulder County's LGBT older adults, their families, and allies


Thanks to all of you who completed our survey about changing our program's name to LGBTQ+. The results indicate that 65% of those who answered the survey do think that the AAA should add the Q+ to our acronym, while 29% felt that we should leave it as LGBT, with 6% as unsure. Overall, individuals expressed a desire to add the Q to be more inclusive, and the + to add those others who are not included in LGBTQ, like Intersex, Asexual or Ally, in addition to those we might add in the future. We recognize that some do not embrace the Q, as the term Queer has painful or traumatic memories and history for many of our older adults. At the same time, numerous others are taking the power back and embracing the term Queer as an all-encompassing umbrella term. We will respond to the community feedback and adjust our name accordingly to add the Q+. Thanks again for your input!


Out Boulder County presented the annual Community Foundation's Open Door Fund fundraiser on April 20 at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder. The black tie event is held to bring together the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to raise funds for the Open Door Fund. The evening kicked-off with a reception where attendees could mingle and show off their fabulous apparel. The program consisted of an excellent dinner and drinks, videos of Open Door Fund grantees, awards given to Seagate Technology and First Gentleman Marlon Reis, a comedy performance by Paula Poundstone, and an after-party of dancing to the music of DJ Tatiana. Pictured here are Michael Chifalo, LGBT Program Specialist and Desiree Firle, outgoing ADRC Coordinator, both representing the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, an Open Door Fund recipient. To view the Finding Beauty video, click here.


LGBTQ+ Support Group for Caregivers caring for those with Alzheimer's or Dementia

The AAA is looking to partner with our local Alzheimer’s Association chapter to offer a caregiving support group to the LGBTQ+ community. This support group would be for those who are caregivers—whether in their home, long distance, or for a loved one in a long-term care community—who identify as LGBTQ+, are caring for someone who identifies as LGBTQ+, or allies of the community. Caregiving support groups are a meaningful way to connect with other people who have similar experiences and struggles, and enable those who are “in the trenches” of caregiving to share stories and ideas with one another. Oftentimes those in the LGBTQ+ community face different obstacles, and we are hoping to build a community of folks who can share and understand together. If you are interested in participating in such a group, or know someone who may benefit, please contact Michael Chifalo at, or 303-441-4518.

coffee klatch

Our traveling Coffee Klatch has been successful so far this year with discussions about Nutrition, Medicare and Advance Care Planning.

Our Spring series continues with End of Life Planning presented by Death Doula, Tina Walker from Dignity Homecare for Elders on Tuesday, May 14 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Boulder Public Library Main Branch in the Eldorado Room at 1001 Arapahoe Avenue. For more information, contact Michael Chifalo.

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Boulder County AAA and

Aging Advisory Council

Visit the State Capitol

Lindsay Parsons (Policy Advocate & Planner), Carol Cross (Contracts & Compliance Coordinator), Michael Chifalo (LGBT Program Specialist), and Dale Porter (Aging Advisory Council Co-Chair) visited with staff for Senator Foote and Representative Singer to share information on available resources through the Boulder County AAA. The group discussed the increasing older adult population in Boulder County and that additional funds will ultimately be necessary to serve the increasing population. Both staffers were interested in our work with Boulder County’s older adult LGBTQ+ population, affordable housing, and bill positions we have taken through the legislative session. This meeting lays the foundation for future work with these legislators – the AAA is a resource to their constituents seeking assistance and a resource to elected officials as they make decisions on legislation and future funding that impacts older adults.

Solutions for Family Caregivers

A day of information for family caregivers with opportunity to attend expert presentations, visit with over 80 exhibitors, and access on-the-spot referrals to local programs and services.

Wednesday, May 22

Jewish Community Center

6007 Oreg Avenue, Boulder

Two Sessions to choose from:

Morning 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. or Afternoon 1 - 4:15 p.m.

Topics are the same for both sessions.

Refreshments provided.

To see the full agenda and register for one of the sessions, click here or call 303-441-1685. While the event is free, registration is required by May 12.



For questions or to RSVP, contact Charlie Prohaska at

If you would like to sponsor this event, contact Juan Moreno at


Three Legends of

Women's Music Reunite

Out Boulder County presents Cris Williamson, Barbara Higbie and Teresa Trull at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder on Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Back momentarily from New Zealand where she now makes her home, Teresa Trull joins forces with Barbara Higbie and Cris Williamson for an evening of beloved old and new favorites. This trio of friends composed of gutsy blues/rock vocal dynamo and songwriter, Teresa Trull, Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist and singer, Barbara Higbie, and the iconic singer/songwriter/recording artist Cris Williamson, brings a mixture of new material and old favorites to Boulder, Colorado – for a deep, rollicking musical return to Home. Without a doubt, the very real friendship binding these three musicians brings a powerful mixture guaranteed to delight, inspire, cheer and comfort. Don’t miss this one! For tickets, please visit the Dairy Arts Center.