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27th Salute to Seniors Features Resources and Family Fun

Where can you find more than 150 experts who come together to provide information and education for those working with elders? Of course, at the 27th Annual Salute to Seniors in Denver, Colorado.

“Celebrate Colorado” is the setting of the Salute which will combine fun with a resource fair for older adults, families and experts who come together at the longest running senior expo on May 14, 2016 at the Colorado Convention Center. Defining quality of life has most research experts mystified. At the Salute to Seniors learning new things, enjoying family and linking with old and new friends can bring quality of life.

As one of the largest expos in Colorado, the Resource Fair will feature experts from home care, health insurance, health care, housing, long term care, financial services, and end-of-life services. Experts can address the needs of older adults and those providing care to love ones. These experts seek to advocate for and empower older adults and their families.

Celebrating Colorado would not be complete without John Denver and the state song. Jim Curry and His Band will perform in concert as they take us back to the time when “Rocky Mountain High”, one of the two Colorado official state songs, as well as “Sunshine”, “Calypso”, and “Annie’s Song” topped the charts. Jim Curry mirrors John Denver’s voice and his clean-cut look as he brings the popular music of heartfelt messages of caring for the earth and caring for each other to the stage.

The Salute features the well-known Flying W Wranglers, one of the longest running country western bands in the country. With recent appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, the band brings to life a Colorado West touch and feel with cowboy boots, hats, and three-part harmony to their line-up.

Guest appearances by three local dance groups, Native American Dance, Colorado Mestizo Dancers, and the Mountaineers Square Dancing will also appear on the main stage.

Active Minds, a Denver favorite, is bringing two lectures to the day long events including “Women of Denver History” and “The History of Colorado”.

Amid the seriousness of education and resources, the Salute brings lots of family fun for all members of the family. Actors will bring to life the famous Colorado period characters Alfred Packer, Baby Doe, Zebulon Pike, Adolf Coors, Horace Tabor, and Mary Elitch Long and share a bit of Colorado history.

Lockheed Martin and Ball Aerospace Technologies, along with the University of Colorado and Colorado State University, have been integral to many space missions and discoveries. Direct from the Johnson Space Center, astronaut suits, moon rocks, space food and more will be on exhibit.

Communication today occurs by cell phones, the internet, and facetime through large multi-national carriers. But back in 1879, The Colorado Telephone Company became the 17th exchange in the nation to open as one of the largest in the world with 161 customers. Starting with vintage equipment and completing the exhibit with modern day equipment, the Telecommunications History Group will trace the role of Colorado in leading the way in the world of telephones.

The Forney Museum of Transportation started by Mr. J. D. Forney of Fort Collins, who spent much of his lifetime as a farmer in Eastern Colorado. The Forney collection began in the 1950s when his son restored a Kissel Kar. Today the collection is one of the finest in the country.

The Forney collections bring a farming and rural taste to the Salute to Seniors. A horse drawn mail truck inscribed with RFD, meaning Rural Free Delivery brought letters and greetings from family. The Forney collection will also feature a Model T Truck, a pick-up, a salesman thresher used to convince farmers to buy new equipment, and a vintage tractor.

And straight from memory lane, the audience won’t want to miss one of the bumper cars from the old Elitch Gardens, as most Coloradoans spent at least one day on picnics and summer fun enjoying the rides.

In addition, the Forney exhibit will feature long-time newspaper columnist and World War II veteran, Gene Amole’s jeep that he used in his military and historic preservation work throughout his lifetime. The military exhibit is completed with a motorcycle and a bicycle from Lowry Air Field. And lastly, the exhibit will feature a Bantam Wagon in original condition and a 1961 restored Ford Fairlane.

Other ongoing favorites include bingo, collecting information on resources for the later years, lots of prizes, and free food samples including Colorado’s nationally recognized Enstrom Candies, which has its’ roots in Grand Junction, Colorado. The Grand Prize will be a Colorado Flag and a United States Flag flown over the State Capitol.

The Salute to Seniors will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Mile High Ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202. Admission is free. Parking is free at the Pepsi Center with free shuttle transportation to the Convention Center. Reservations are suggested and can be made online or by calling 1-855-880-4777.

About the Author

Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty, MS has been the Executive Director of the Colorado Gerontological Society since 1982. She has more than 40 years of experience in education and training, advocacy, clinical practice, and research in the field of gerontology. She is an adjunct instructor at Fort Hays State University teaching non-profit management. She can be reached at 303-333-3482 or at doherty001@att.net.

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