OFFICE ON AGING ADVISORY COUNCIL

Unapproved Minutes

August 12, 2004

1:30-3:30 PM

Held at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive

Room 135B

Fort Collins, Colorado  80524

 

Members Present:

Paul Bell

Bill Benton

Steve Budner

 

Carolyn Funk

Johanna Inman

Olivia Larry

 

Ray Martinez

Elnora McCloughan

Thomas Nix

 

Barbara Nuss

Karen Reinhardt

Mary Shultz

 

Lloyd Spawn

Earl Stevens

Ken Tharp

 

Hal Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members Absent

Gerry Hinks

Reggie Kemp

Paulette Pardun

 

Carol Rehme

Stan Ulrich

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Donna Brumbaugh

Ruth Coberly

 

Tina Hugo

Margaret Long

Katy Mason

 

Glen Rathgeber

Stacy White

 

 

 

 

 

Guests Present:

Tom Bender

C. Dean Miller

Barbara Tuttle

 

CALL TO ORDER

Mary Shultz called the meeting to order.

 

INTRODUCTIONS

Mary recognized Barbara Tuttle from Blue Grouse.

 

OPEN DISCUSSION/COMMUNITY INPUT

There was no open discussion or community input.

 

ADJUSTMENTS, THEN MOTION TO ACCEPT MINUTES OF July 8, 2004

Mary noted that the adjustments for the Legislative Breakfast on page 1 and also page 3 under the Education Committee section need to be changed from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

 

Steve Budner noted that the dates are incorrect on page 3 under the Education Committee, the Legislative Breakfast is September 10th and the Bridging the Gap Networking Luncheon is on September 24th.

 

Earl Stevens moved to accept the minutes, Karen Reinhardt seconded the motion.  Minutes accepted as submitted with the four corrections.

 

CHAIR REPORT

Mary Shultz noted that she has handed out the Legislative Breakfast invitations.  Please RSVP to her if you are planning to attend.

 

PROVIDER PRESENTATION – Blue Grouse (Application Assistance)

Barbara Tuttle, from Blue Grouse helps people throughout the community complete the paperwork for Medicaid applications.  She visits other facilities and homes, helping from 10 to 30 people a month.  Donna Brumbaugh has received community reports that Barbara has great attention to detail and is sensitive and respectful to her clients. 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Stacy White, Office on Aging staff member, gave a brief biography of herself.

 

UPDATE OF OFFICE ON AGING

Update on Statewide Needs Assessment

Margaret reported that the statewide needs assessment should be out by the end of September.  The assessment will be looking at strengths as well as needs. 

 

Update on State Audit

The State Services for Older Coloradoans were audited by the State Auditors Office from December 2003 through April 2004.  A great deal of the information remains confidential and results were not released until it went public to the Legislative Audit Committee meeting which was held on July 12th, 2004.  The audit looked at the state operation and four Area Agencies on Aging (Larimer County was not one of the four).  The audit also included a few providers contracted with those AAA’s.  In general the audit was written quite negatively.

 

Margaret discussed a concern with the surge of press coverage related to the audit.  The concern is how this will affect local contributions to senior organizations and possible impacts on state funding. 

 

Margaret is concerned with the finding that states that senior services should be restructured.  The auditors are proposing a single-point of entry for all senior services.  They recommend doing case management to ensure that seniors get the services they need.  Margaret noted that increased case management costs added to current administrative costs would leave little for direct services.  Margaret expects a tremendous amount of policy and procedural changes in the next six months related to the audit. 

 

Margaret distributed a copy of the audit and a draft of her responses to the audit.  She will refine it with the help of the Education Committee and will distribute it at the Legislative Breakfast.

 

Kathy Snell questioned, “What is the Office on Aging doing to ensure that our vendors are not doing some of the things mentioned in the audit?”  Margaret’s response was that the Office on Aging is currently completing yearly site-visits which cover most of the bases. 

 

Report on State On-site Visit

Margaret has not heard back from the state regarding the Office on Aging on-site visit in June. 

 

COMMITTEE & STAFF REPORTS

Education Committee

Steve Budner noted that the committee will complete their site-visits Friday, August 13, 2004. 

 

The next meeting was changed to Thursday, August 19th at 4:00 p.m.  The committee will concentrate on wrapping up the agenda for the Legislative Breakfast. 

 

Steve reminded the committee chairs to select one person to give a testimonial at the breakfast.  Mary reported that RVNA will have a testimonial from a 90-year old woman.

 

The Bridging the Gap Networking Luncheon will be held on Sept. 24th.  Flyers for booth sign-ups have been sent out.  Katy will distribute invitations to the council members.

 

Executive Committee

The next meeting will be at the Fort Collins Senior Center at 9:15 a.m. on August 20th.

 

Health Committee

Carolyn Funk reported that all the on-site visits have been completed.

 

Membership Committee

No report was given.

 

Nutrition Committee

Hal Wilson reported that the nutrition committee has completed all the on-site visits.  Hal reported that Loveland Meals-on-Wheels has acquired the old creamery building in Loveland.  MOW has acquired 90% of the funding to remodel and get the equipment they need.  They will be remodeling until the end of the year. 

 

Senior Attainable Housing Committee

Steve Budner reported that the company proposing the Continuing Care Senior Campus at Oakridge Business Park is meeting with the Planning and Zoning Board on August 26th at 6:00 p.m. at City Council Chambers.  They are asking for a variance on the property allowing for owner occupied housing as part of the community. 

 

The Loveland Housing Authority is also building a new affordable senior housing community which will include paired housing, independent living apartments, and single family homes. 

 

Transportation Committee

Karen Reinhardt reported that the committee has completed on-site visits and is discussing the impact of possible funding cuts. 

 

Staff Reports

Donna Brumbaugh reported that the State Health Department is completing a number of inspections in local facilities. 

 

The ombudsmen are in the process of training volunteers.  The Office on Aging website and press release are attracting people.  They have six active volunteers and five volunteers that are waiting for training.

 

Katy Mason discussed the Bridging the Gap Networking Luncheon.  The purpose is to bring senior service providers together to share information and resources.  Katy is asking for volunteers from the advisory council to be table hosts.  There are eight volunteers needed; please contact Katy if interested. 

 

Katy thanked the council for participating and scheduling the on-site visits.

 

Stacy White gave an update on the Medicare prescription discount card outreach.  The Office on Aging had good coverage in the Coloradoan and the Loveland newspapers.  The Office on Aging also sent a large mailing to persons on specific programs who are financially eligible for the $600 credit.

 

Stacy discussed the perpetual calendar project of the Eldercare Network.  Each day has a different quote by local caregivers.  The Office on Aging has 33 copies to distribute.  If you are interested, please contact Stacy.

 

Stacy reported that she is in the process of updating the Senior Yellow Pages.  Please contact her if you have any comments.  The updated Senior Yellow Pages will be available at the Bridging the Gap Networking Luncheon.

 

SENIOR ADVISORY REPORTS

Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board

C. Dean Miller distributed a summary page on AgePower: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old, by K. Dychtwald, Ph.D. 

 

Dean also distributed Building on Basics which is a survey of 30 to 35 projects that are being considered for financial support during the next 8-10 years in the City of Fort Collins.  Dean commented that this is an opportunity to let the City Council know what projects members think should be on the ballot that will be voted on in April.

 

Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that both the Loveland Senior Advisory Board and the Chilson Senior Advisory Committee voted to subsidize the Bridging the Gap Networking Luncheon cost for their members.  The member’s price will be $9.00.

 

The Harvest Bazaar Fundraiser for the Chilson Advisory is on Friday, Sept. 10th. 

 

Earl announced there is an AARP Alert encouraging all AARP Colorado residents to call the governor to encourage his staff to pass House Bill 1455 to enable Colorado to participate in the multi-state purchasing pool for prescription drugs.  The governor’s office number is 800-283-7215.

 

Foundation on Aging

There is no meeting in August.  The foundation is continuing to look at outsourcing funding. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Speakers Bureau did a presentation at Silver Leaf II which was exceptionally well received.  There is another presentation scheduled at the Chilson Center on August 17th at 11:45 a.m.  The committee is still in need of speakers for the Silver Leaf I presentation on Sept. 3rd at 2:00 p.m. and the Kiwanis’s on Sept. 22nd at 10:00 a.m.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Mary adjourned the meeting.