OFFICE ON AGING ADVISORY COUNCIL
February 12, 2004 1:30-3:30 PM Held at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive, Room 135B Fort Collins, CO 80524
C. Dean Miller
CALL TO ORDER
Mary Shultz called the meeting to order.
Steve CSU intern human development
OPEN DISCUSSION/COMMUNITY INPUT
No open discussion/community input was offered.
TRENDS AND ISSUES
Shultz announced that
Karen Reinhardt contracted
a virus that left her severely ill due to her
already weak immune system caused by her chronic respiratory problems and
congestive heart failure.
Karen’s health is improving and she is feeling better . H owever,
she will not return to the council for a while.
THEN MOTION TO ACCEPT MINUTES OF
Spawn requested clarification for the information regarding
out that waiver was misspelled on page 2
of the minutes. Earl made a motion to accept the minutes. Steve Budner seconded
the motion. Minutes accepted as submitted with corrections.
No chair report was provided.
Rehme is 52 years old. She grew up in south central
children , one
for years and has recently started a writing skills/storytelling business ??? She also
coordinates an interactive program
in eldercare facilities and the
program is growing by leaps and bounds.
has also been a contributing writer for Chicken Soup for the Soul. She announced that
her hero is her eldest son, who has been critically injured twice, with serious
complications and injuries both times .
UPDATE ON LARIMER COUNTY OFFICE ON AGING
pointed out that the Office on Aging (OOA) has been provided a
½ at no direct cost . developing a new outreach
program funded by
Title V. Margaret hopes to have
Genevieve work 5
hours a day, Monday-Thursday and out in
the field part of the time. Title V will pay for the
transportation needs of the individual. Also, and
may the position is one year in
length continue depending on needs and
funding. Genevieve grew up in knows French
and Spanish fluently. Margaret is excited to have her on board with the OOA
Possible Community Partnership Grant
informed the council of one time only funds from a possible community
partnership grant. She is
uncertain at this time as to how much money will be provided. The funds will be
allocated for transportation.
Update on statewide needs assessment
announced that the
needs assessment is in process and more information regarding the assessment
will be available the first part of March. The A total of 375
calls will be made folks in
the community know that the survey is being conducted soon and to reassure them
that it is an official survey and the information being collected will not be
used for fraudulent purposes. Survey information should be available
during the summer.
Site visits—updating “tools” and deciding on time line
suggested that committee members wait to conduct site visits until the summer
She encouraged committees to update current assessment tools used during site
council members to consider what other information might need to be collected
during site visits.
Margaret informed council members that the SPAM blocker is not blocking incoming hotmail or yahoo e-mails addressed to county e-mails.
charts to the council. The first chart indicated trends in poverty rates by
age, 1966-2001. The chart showed a steady decline in the percentage of the
senior population in poverty. However, Margaret pointed out that the second
chart entitled, “Percent Poor, Near Poor, and Low-Income by Age in 2001”
reflects the growing percentage of the senior population that i s and surviving at a low-income
bracket. She is concerned about the seniors
be falling through the cracks and hopes to address this
population in the future .
COMMITTEE & STAFF REPORTS
Budner reported that the upcoming job fair will be held on Wednesday, April 7th
until Some booth rentals
have already been made at a cost of $25 each. The job fair committee
to get together at
on Thursday, February 19th at the
power point presentations
were also discussed. Carol Rehme plans to write a press
release regarding the
requests have been made for the Speaker’s Bureau presentations. Calls will need
to be returned and times scheduled for presentations to be given.
Shultz reported that the Transportation Roundtable plans to conduct a meeting
information available at a later date.
The changes in the bylaws were also discussed.
Funk reported that the committee made the decision to not pursue Spanish
translation of the Senior
announced she will design a tool for upcoming site visits and present at the
next meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, February 24th
from at the Egg and I
added that Paul Bell applied for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant? and
the committee hopes to hear a response by March. Paul, Gerry Hinks and Carolyn
will attend the upcoming session regarding the grant. Paul
explained that there were a number of applicants
but he hopes to impress the foundation with the committee’s letter of intent submitted.
The first grant would be for
an annual amount of
$100,000 and , if
renewed for 4 years, Cities like
San Francisco and Atlanta have received the grant in the past.
Ulrich announced that the council
he is trying to fill the slot s.
Long reported that the Nutrition Coalition met last month. The recent direct
mail campaign results far exceeded expectations. A
total of $16,000 was raised and allocated between Volunteers of America and
Fort Collins Meals on Wheels program. Margaret pointed out that VOA is
continuing to look for ways to increase the efficiency of their program. Also,
may soon be facing a difficult decision regarding their current kitchen
on Wheels is currently renting the kitchen from the They may be forced to find a
new kitchen to use for their program.
Senior Attainable Housing Committee
Budner reported that Candice Mayo from Habitat for Humanity is coordinating the
newest venture for the organization: a
44 unit condominium/townhouse locat
to live in homes must contribute so many hours of sweat equity to the project.
Seniors unable to provide sweat equity at the location are also able to work at
the two Habitat for Humanity
locations, one on Taft Hill in The desire is
to move into the facility in early spring.
Margaret mentioned that the Transportation
roundtable plans to meet next month . Mike Richardson, gave him
Bill’s name and put heads together for work at Senior Center??????? Margaret pointed out the need
to question what the committee plans to request of providers during site visits . Some issues
to be addressed are quality of services, information just in case the
need to cut back spending occurs , and the criticalness of the services
being provided. for various
in order to
find out the concerns of senior
riders. Bill asked for the topic to be on the agenda for the next
meeting. Discussion ensued.
announced that the ombudsman program have gained
Intern . Qualear
will be completing her Master’s in Social Work in May of this year. Donna
praised the program’s current volunteers for their hard work and the ability
for them to make necessary compliance visits to facilities.
Duenwald reported for Katy Mason. Katy is currently working on placing
applicants in job positions for the Senior Tax Work-Off Program. Stacy pointed
out that 100 applicants had applied for the program. Unfortunately, the program
can only employ approximately 70% of the 100 that applied for the program. The
applicants in the most financial need are accepted
added that the OOA
senior yellow pages . The amount
distributed is up from last year.
—distribution and discussion
Mary announced that the revised copy of the bylaws needed to be adopted if there were no further changes. Stan Ulrich moved to adopt the bylaws. Earl Stevens seconded the motion. Bylaws accepted and adopted.
the city sales tax proposal regarding the possible purchase of property
adjacent to the senior center to be used for parking for the facility. He
requested any ideas to be passed on to Steve Budner and forwarded to him. Steve
emphasized the difficulty parking has been at the senior center in the past and
the need to remedy the situation. Also, the
Rolland Moore Park Shuttle works in conjuction with the senior center to
provide rides as needed. Mayor
Martinez requested a letter in writing discussing the issue.
the council that the advisory board plans on having various presentations on
different aging topics.
The board hopes to become better informed regarding aging issues and
preventative measures to aid aging persons with social, spiritual, healt h
and mental alertness issues. The board hopes to continue to collaborate with
various aging organizations in the community, including the advisory
John Smith is the contact person regarding the presentations.
Stevens updated the council regarding the new senior club at
plans on opening on Monday,
March 22nd. There is an annual membership
fee of $10. Also, members will have
expedited medical services at McKee. The
club hopes to have 3,000 members by the end of the year.
also reported on the Senior
Copies were provided to Margaret Long, Ray Martinez, and Steve Budner.
computer classes will be offered March 1
and March 4th and Intermediate
computer classes will begin March 8th
and 11th. All classes will be offered at
reminded the council about the upcoming event
“An Evening in
Senior Prom is scheduled for Monday, April 26th.
Sponsors are Thompson Valley High School Honor Society and the
a later date.
Foundation on Aging Report
Mary Shultz pointed out that the foundation plans to start a beginning computer class after spring break. More information will be provided at a later date.
No announcements offered.
Mary Shultz adjourned the meeting.