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SAGE of the Rockies

SAGE of the Rockies

The GLBT Community Center of Colorado
1301 E Colfax
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 951-5222

Mailing Address
1301 E Colfax
Denver, CO 80218

Reynaldo Mireles
Program Coordinator

Programs & Services
Health & Wellness
Lunch & Learn Series
Caregiver Support Groups
Cyber Center
Daily Drop-In
SilverSneakers® Fitness
Gay Pride Celebrations
LGBT History Project
Intergenerational Programs
Health Fairs
Art & Cultural Outings
Naturally Occurring Retirement Community
Transgender Programs
Adult Education Classes
Cultural Competency Training
Speakers Bureau
Mental Health Counseling
Information and Referral
Legal Clinic
Job Coaching Sessions
Transgender Services
Creative Expression groups

About the GLBT Community Center of Colorado

Located in the heart of Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood, The Center has served the Colorado LGBT community since 1976.  Started as a support agency run by volunteers, The Center now serves more than 40,000 people annually with services for individuals from across the metro Denver area.

About SAGE of the Rockies

As an affiliate member of the nationwide SAGE network (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), SAGE of the Rockies builds a sense of community and provides tools for successful aging.  Programs focus on health, housing legal and financial planning, legacy, and social connection and give LGBT persons over 50 a safe and respectful place to be themselves.

About Capitol Hill Care Link

Capitol Hill Care Link, a service provided through the SAGE of the Rockies program, helps older adults 60+ living in the Capitol Hill neighborhood near The Center maintain independence, health and quality of life. Working with community partners, we offer a single referral resource for comprehensive senior services such as in-home health screenings, counseling and wellness coaching, senior exercise programs, assistance with food and meal programs, SNAP, Medicare, Medicaid and other government benefits.  We can help navigate systems to improve quality of life and access affordable services such as homemaker, home repair and in-home safety evaluations and transportation.

Recent Highlights

CompreCare Foundation Grant

SAGE of the Rockies received funding from the CompreCare Foundation to create a health and wellness program for their SAGE community. They hosted a mini-health fair on May 12, 2012 as a kick-off and over the course of the year, have been recruiting and training peer mentors to offer encouragement to participants. Following the fair SAGE of the Rockies increased the number of physical engagement activities and workshops on a variety of health (mental and physical) topics. Wednesday morning Yoga classes and Saturday morning walking classes have already taken off.

Spousal Impoverishment Advocacy
In February 2012, SAGE of the Rockies conducted training seminars related to LGBT elders and spousal impoverishment protections under Medicaid with a wide variety of policymakers and health care professionals in Colorado, including the Denver Regional Council of Government, district attorney offices, doctors, in-home care providers and charities. The trainings focused on the unique needs of LGBT elders, and how lack of legal recognition of same-sex relationships negatively impacts the economic security and well-being of LGBT older people. Read a story in OutFront Online about this effort.

Silver Sneakers Fitness Program Site Designation

In September of 2012, the GLBT Community Center of Colorado and SAGE of the Rockies, received designation as a Silver Sneakers site.  Five Colorado insurance companies currently include this proactive health and fitness program as part of their Medicare insurance coverage.  SAGE of the Rockies may be the first GLBT elder program included as a Silver Sneakers site.

Following a suggestion by a Kaiser Permanente geriatric physician, an application to Healthways and a site evaluation, SAGE of the Rockies will begin offering classes in the near future.  Our first basic classes will be Cardio Circuit and Muscular Strength and Range of Movement. There is not a fitness or recreation center in the inner city neighborhood.  The GLBT Community Center of Colorado has been told that within five miles of our Center, there are currently 2,400 already existing Silver Sneakers members!

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