Office on Aging Advisory Council Meeting

June 9, 2005

1:30-3:30 PM

Held at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive

Room 135B

Fort Collins, Colorado  80524

 

Members Present:

Bill Benton

Steve Budner

Carolyn Funk

 

Reggie Kemp

Ray Martinez

Barbara Nuss

 

Mary Shultz

Lloyd Spawn

Earl Stevens

 

Stan Ulrich

Hal Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

Members Absent

Paul Bell

Gerry Hinks

Olivia Larry

 

Elnora McCloughan

Thomas Nix

Carol Rehme

 

Karen Reinhardt

Ken Tharp

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Ruth Coberly

Tina Hugo

 

Margaret Long

Lynette McGowan

Diane Pelletier

 

Laura Sutherlin

Karen Wagner

 

 

 

 

 

Guests Present:

Nancy Arthur

C. Dean Miller

Ellen Pihlstrom

 

Diane Stobnicke

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

Lloyd Spawn called the meeting to order.

INTRODUCTIONS

Mary Shultz acknowledged Diane Stobnicke from Volunteers of America.  

OPEN DISCUSSION/COMMUNITY INPUT

There was no open discussion or community input.

ADJUSTMENTS, THEN MOTION TO ACCEPT MINUTES OF May 12, 2005

Lloyd Spawn asked that the minutes stand as presented.  Hal Wilson seconded the motion.

CHAIR REPORT

Mary Shultz reported that she attended the United Way State of the Community Luncheon.   The Northern Colorado Corporation presented information on how they plan to create 5,000 jobs over the next five years.

 

Mary commented that she would like to see a slide on poverty guidelines added to the Speakers Bureau PowerPoint presentation. 

 

Mary distributed a get well card for Tom Nix and explained that Carol Rehme will be absent for the next few meetings as she recuperates from ankle surgery.

 

Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

C. Dean Miller questioned Steve Budner regarding the parking lot of the senior center and the adjacent land.  Steve replied that Home State Bank has purchased the land.  The senior center and Home State Bank are working together on a cooperative parking plan. 

 

Dean commented that there are rising concerns regarding the traffic at Shields and Worthington.  He will be attending a traffic planning hearing to raise the concern.  The Office on Aging Advisory Council agreed and gave permission for him to speak on their behalf.

 

The Advisory Board is continuing to work with the City focusing on “healthy lifestyles” and pushing priorities that deal with older people.

 

Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that the board is offering another computer class.  The first session will be July 25-28 and then August 1-4 from 8:30 – 12:30.  Classes will be held at the Thompson Valley High School.

 

Earl stated that the board has close to $1,100 left over from the Caring Conversations Conference held in November.  The board is currently looking at facilitating another “long-term care / end of life” type training.

 

Earl reminded the council that the next Office on Aging Advisory Council meeting will be held at the Chilsen Center on July 14th from 1:30 – 3:30.

 

Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the Foundation had not met.

UPDATE OF OFFICE ON AGING

2005 State Plan

Margaret Long reported that she received the State Plan this month which is due back to the State by July 9th.   Margaret described that the funds are split three ways.  There is an amount allocated for the administration of the Office on Aging, another allocation for the Family Caregiver Program and the largest share is for services.  The funds for services will all be used for contracted services.  The revenues used to pay for contracted services combine both Federal and State funds.  If the Office on Aging and the Advisory Council determine that they want to change the funding amounts for different contracts this can be done when the application for Federal funds is submitted in November. 

 

Lloyd Spawn made the suggestion that the advisory members receive the plans in advance to allow members the time to study the information in order to ask appropriate questions.  Margaret explained that there was not enough time to do that with this plan, unless an extension is requested.  Lloyd motioned to accept the plan.  Earl Stevens seconded the motion.

 

Margaret presented Mary Shultz with a plaque of appreciation for her service as Chair to the Advisory Council.

 

LCOOAAC Meeting Format

Lloyd Spawn reported that the Executive Committee has discussed changing the format of the Advisory Council meetings in order to make it easier for working members to attend. The proposed new format would start with a business section from 1:30-2:30 and then a working portion from 2:30-3:30, which would include an in depth presentation/discussion of various issues.  This time could also be used for special presentations by providers and other parties.  A final vote for this format will take place at the July meeting.

COMMITTEE & STAFF REPORTS

Education Committee

Steve Budner reported that 430 people came to the Job Fair held in April. 

 

Steve reported that the Legislative Breakfast is schedule for September 9th from 7:00 a.m. through 8:30 a.m.  There will be a presentation from the Bell Institute on the TABOR amendment.

 

Steve noted that the Speakers Bureau is in need of a speaker for the July 5th presentation at the Golden K at the Fort Collins Senior Center at 9:00 a.m.  Steve asked anyone that was available to see Tina Hugo to sign up.

 

Executive Committee

Lloyd Spawn commented that the committee discussed the meeting format. 

 

Health Committee

Carolyn Funk commented that the committee is working on educating people regarding the Medicare Part D program.  The next meeting will be July 26th.

 

Membership Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that there are two vacancies on the Advisory Council and at least 16 applications at the Commissioners office.  Stan reported that he is no longer available to chair this committee.  The committee will meet after this meeting to discuss electing another chair.

 

Nutrition Committee

No report given. 

 

Senior Attainable Housing Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that the committee met last Friday and completed the surveys.  The next step is to give the results to Dr. Collins at UNC in order to compile a presentation.

 

Transportation Committee

Lynette McGowan distributed notes taken from the meeting held with John Daggett. 

 

Staff Reports

Tina Barker reported that the Office on Aging Ombudsman program hosted a State Care Conference which included a ½ day on culture change.  Tina announced that the Larimer County Office on Aging received a plaque for being 400% over compliance on their nursing home visits.

 

Tina announced that the ¾ time Ombudsman job announcement has been posted and applications are now closed. 

 

Lynette McGowan distributed information on the outcomes of the five groups that met regarding the White House Conference on Aging.  Lynette announced that the 12 delegates have been chosen.  Lynette thanked Elnora for volunteering BATS for the transportation to Denver.

 

Provider Presentation: Volunteers of America (VOA)

Diane Stonicke presented information to the council on the organizational changes that have taken place at VOA.  Diane is in charge of fundraising and development, handyman program, retired and senior programs, as well as the nutrition programs.  Diane stated that she has met with Fort Collins Meals on Wheels to collaborate on services.  Diane’s focus will be how to get services into the rural areas.  She believes that because of funding cuts it is important that all service providers collaborate.

 

Announcements

Earl Stevens announced that there is a Cable TV show called “Life Goes On.”  It will air on channel 26 in Fort Collins and channel17 in Loveland.

 

Mary Shultz announced that The Seasons Club at McKee Medical Center is planning another fundraiser to benefit the Office on Aging.  The USO dinner and dance is scheduled for September 10th.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Mary adjourned the meeting.