Recent Press Releases:
Douglas County Anti-Ageist Poetry Contest Announced; Residents of All Ages Invited to Create Poems
July 1, 2021 Read the full statement
CASTLE ROCK – Inspired to create a multigenerational appreciation of aging, the Seniors’ Council of Douglas County, with their partners Changing the Narrative, Douglas County Libraries and Douglas County Public Schools, are opening their “Every Age Counts!” amateur poetry contest. The contest runs August 1 through September 15, 2021 and winners will be announced by November 6, 2021.
The contest is open to Douglas County, Colorado, residents of all ages. Contestants are asked to celebrate age in the poetry form of their choice. Poems will be judged within age categories (10 and under, 11-13, 14-17, 18-22, 23-55, 56+), with winners in each. An awards ceremony will be held the afternoon of November 6, 2021 at the Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd. in Highlands Ranch.
Colorado Artists Create Age-Positive Birthday Cards as Part of Changing the Narrative’s Anti-Ageism Campaign
January 8, 2021 Read the full statement
DENVER – Frustrated by the racks of birthday card options that mock older adults, the anti-ageism group Changing the Narrative is making birthday card shopping fun again, producing ”age-positive” cards—designed by Colorado artists—that reflect the true joys of growing older.
A contest attracting submissions from over 60 Colorado artists resulted in 23 winning birthday card designs to be part of a collection of age-positive cards. The diverse group of artists and their designs share one thing: an understanding that age is something to celebrate. Read the full statement
CTN Launches Survey on Older Adults in the Pre- & Post- COVID Workforce
June 18, 2020, read full statement
On June 19, Changing the Narrative will begin to survey the state’s older adults about their pre- and post-COVID experiences in the workplace. By gathering feedback from adults age 50+ on the challenges they have encountered in the workforce and when applying for jobs in addition to noting the strengths they bring to the workforce, information and advice can be shared with employers who are re-hiring.
Responses also will be used to help inform programming designed to assist those experiencing difficulties and to help people age 50+ gain access to meaningful work that fully uses their talents and abilities. Read about the Colorado survey of 50+ adults in the workplace..
CTN Leads 6 PBS Intergenerational Discussions on Ending Ageism in the Age of COVID-19
June 2, 2020, read full statement
DENVER, CO – Changing the Narrative, a Colorado-based campaign to increase understanding of ageism and to shift how Coloradans think about aging, and PBS12 have teamed up to present an online series of six intergenerational conversations. Each panel will bring together leaders from across generations to discuss the current and future landscape on a wide range of issues including social connection and the future of work and ageism, against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on about the PBS Intergenerational Discussions.
New Colo. Program Certifies Employers to be “Age-Friendly”
February 19, 2020, read full statement
DENVER, CO – Beginning this month, the “Changing the Narrative – Age-friendly Workplace Initiative” (CTN-AFWI) is rolling out a certification program aimed at Colorado employers and businesses that are committed to eliminating ageism in the workplace. CTN-AFWI will help them adapt their policies, procedures, and programs so that they can become a “Certified Age-Friendly Employer” (CAFE). Read on about the CAFE program.