Young Professional in Aging Award

The Professionals in Aging Award recognizes up-and-coming individuals within the aging field who are positively impacting the senior community. They bring fresh ideas, new projects and lots of energy to the aging field and help our community to continue to support seniors in Colorado; recognizes individuals who are just starting to study and work in the field of aging and are under the age of 50.

The Professionals in Aging Award recognizes up-and-coming individuals within the aging field who are positively impacting the senior community. They bring fresh ideas, new projects and lots of energy to the aging field and help our community to continue to support seniors in Colorado; recognizes individuals who are just starting to study and work in the field of aging and are under the age of 50.

Past recipients include Chandra Matthews, Colorado Access (2013), Shannon Gimbel, Denver Regional Council of Governments (2014), Ky Agnew, PASCO (2015), Chad James, The Center at Lowry (2016), Kelly O’Connor, Senior Care Authority (2017), Nanae Ito, (2018),  Shane Thomas (2019), Nicole Schiavone (2020), Jarrett Hughes (2020), Kendall Rubottom (2021), and Shelby Parker (2021).

Raeinalyn Salcedo

My name is Raeinalyn Salcedo and I am pursuing on getting my RN, BSN before but now I decided to pursue my B.S.  Health Care Administration. It is my passion to help and take good care of all my elders. I have currently one Memory Care Assisted Living in Centennial and I would like to expanding it in the future. I love my Memory Care residents. At S&S Memory Care Assisted Living our goal is to provide the best personalized care and assistance to our Dementia/Alzheimer’s residents. S&S Memory Care provides a home-like atmosphere with safety and protective oversight.

 I have one son and I am a single mother who do my best to provide and support everyone that is close to my life. I live in Highlands Ranch with my parents, my brother and my son.

Rae is the owner of S & S Memory Care Assisted Living.  While working in assisted living and long term care, she found her calling to own her own business.  She was further compelled to start her own business because both of her grandfathers had dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Her memory care assisted living, S & S, is named in memory of Sangalang and Salcedo, her two grandfathers.  S & S is a family-owned business that has been open for approximately two years as a small memory care assisted living residence for 10 residents.  S & S cares for both private pay and Medicaid residents. Running a small business in the assisted living environment is challenging.  Rae has met this challenge with the utmost professionalism and dedication to her residents.

Rae is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration.

Rae has one son and is a single mother who provides and supports everyone that is close in her life. She lives in Highlands Ranch with her parents, brother and son.

Chaundra Price

Chaundra began her career as a high school teacher but found she liked working with older adults more.  She then started her career working with Humana as an insurance agent.  After several years, she founded Medicare Teachers. As a licensed insurance agent, Chaundra sells Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans.  She works in partnership with other agents and is licensed to sell most products in Colorado.  Using her passion for education, Chaundra works diligently to help people understand the very complex world of Medicare.  Helping Medicare beneficiaries understand that the choices and decisions they make will have lifelong and lasting impact is of utmost importance to her.  Chaundra also volunteers with The Society in her spare time on several different projects.

Kelly Bacher

Twenty years ago, Kelly volunteered at Metro Caring as an intake representative.  She so loved the experience of helping individuals and families receive food and other forms of assistance that she longed to find full-time work that would allow her to do this. Fifteen years ago, she started employment with Food Bank of the Rockies as a Government Programs Representative. She distributes monthly food boxes to older adults through five monthly on-site food distribution points and currently manages 64 deliveries to high-rises and food pantries. 

Kelly finds that her love of languages has helped her form many meaningful connections with her clients.  In any given day at her food distribution sites she often speaks Spanish, Russian, and French.

Having patience and compassion are two qualities she strives for daily. Kelly knows it is difficult to struggle with the physical and mental tolls of the aging process. While she helps distribute food and tries to meet that physical need, she feels that just being a compassionate listener and affirming people’s experiences may be of more value. She has concluded that “at the end of the day, we all want to be heard, accepted, affirmed, and nurtured.” 

Kelly’s people skills helped The Society identify intergenerational families who wanted to share their experiences with our multi-generational family housing project.  She also helped distribute materials informing low income older adults who did not have to file income taxes that they were eligible for the $750 Tabor refund under the Colorado Cash Back program.