Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Advisory Council Meeting

March 11, 2010


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

David Born

Peggy Bowers


Cassie Castleberry

Helen Davis

Valerie DiBenedetto


Manfred Diehl

Tim Dolan

Marcy Greenslit


Judy Jones

Ellen Pihlstrom

Bill Prather


Gail Reader

Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens


Stan Ulrich







Members Absent :

Caryll Cram

Carolyn Funk

Howard Hay


Sharon Zamora







Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Margaret Long


Ruth Long

Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan


Laura Sutherlin

Laura Walker






Guests Present:

Debbie Tellez




Marcy Greenslit called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.


The Council members shared upcoming trips.  No introductions were made.


The minutes were approved as written. 


Helen Davis reported that Margaret discussed the revised budget and updated the Executive Committee on the Senior Tax Work-off Program.  The Committee finished reviewing the site visit reports and discussed the legislative forum that is scheduled for Saturday, March 20. 


Margaret Long distributed a flyer about the Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging.  The Office on Aging is one of the sponsors of the conference.  This year the focus will be on financial exploitation.  The conference is on April 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ranch.


Margaret discussed the revised budget she had submitted to the state.  She hasn’t received any communication about funding for the fiscal year July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011.  On the legislative front, there is a movement to substantially increase the Older Americans Act funding although Margaret doesn’t believe it has much of a chance.  Margaret has heard from the assistant county manager that Representative Delgrosso’s bill about Workers’ Compensation for the Senior Tax Work-off Program has probably failed.  Margaret cannot find the results on the internet. 


Margaret announced that it is time for the Office on Aging to write another four-year plan which is due on December 31.  She will write a plan explaining how we want to spend our funding during the next four years.  Margaret asked the Council members to be thinking about issues and trends in our community.  Is there something we are missing? 


Along with other AAA’s, Margaret will attend a meeting at the National Research Center in Boulder.  The Center will be conducting the statewide strengths and needs-assessment.  The Office on Aging will need to decide if it wants a basic needs-assessment study for approximately $5,000 or pay $15,000 for a report that would include much more detailed information about Loveland, Estes Park and Fort Collins. 


Staff Reports

Laura Sutherlin reported that she and Katy will be attending a national conference in Chicago next week. 


Katy Mason reported that the Foundation on Aging (FOA) Summit on Aging audio presentations are now available on the FOA website (  Katy announced that a record 163 persons applied for the Senior Tax Work-off Program this year.  She was not able to place 19 people in jobs.  The program received an additional $7,000 of stimulus funds from Kathy Snell, director of Health & Human Services.  Katy is running three different funding streams for this program and it makes recordkeeping and reporting a nightmare.  Next year without any stimulus funding, the Office on Aging will be back to the basic budget of $30,000. 


Tina Barker introduced Debbie Tellez, a new volunteer ombudsman.  Tina distributed a copy of the annual report of The Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman & Legal Assistance Developer.  Thanks to remarks that Margaret made, this years’ report is much better. 


Lynette McGowan highlighted the Caregiver Coalition.  About three years ago, the Office on Aging received a Colorado Trust four-year grant.  Three partners are funded with this grant:  VOA’s Caring Companions program, Elderhaus and the CSU Center on Aging.  Originally, a fourth partner, Spiritual Health Partnership, was funded to do outreach to community churches.  Spiritual Health Partnership has since moved and Elderhaus has taken over. 


Laura Walker gave a brief autobiography.

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Mary Warring, North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO)

Mary Warring distributed a packet on Transportation Mobility Management and discussed the contents.   


Mary stated that the objectives of the Mobility Coordination Program are “to break down agency barriers, encourage agency cooperation, increase productivity, reduce duplication of transportation services and reach economies of scale from sharing of transportation.”


A survey was conducted in April, 2009, to identify the greatest transportation needs in Larimer County.  Sixty-eight human service agencies and transit providers responded.  Basic data about the services they provide, along with agency transportation needs, were identified.  In August, 2009, a symposium was sponsored by the Larimer County Mobility Council.  Eighty people attended.   


The Larimer County Mobility Council meetings are open to the public and are held on the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the NFRMPO Office located at 419 Canyon Ave., Ste. 300, in Fort Collins.


During the question and answer period, the Council asked about transportation issues.  Mary reiterated that the Mobility Council is not working on fixing issues.  The Mobility Council’s primary work now is getting agencies to work together to find solutions.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

No report given. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that the Board held its first of five outreach meetings.  They met at Sugar Valley Estates.  Residents were invited to attend and give feedback.  The computer class is essentially full.  The SAB has reviewed the Loveland Boards & Commissions report on accomplishments.  Earl stated that he will have an article in the 50+ Marketplace News in April.  Earl announced that Senior Day at the Capital is on March 24 at 7:15 a.m.  This event is sponsored by AARP Colorado and includes lunch. The Chilson Senior Center will have its annual Pancake Breakfast and Plant Sale on Saturday, April 17, from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Judy Jones stated that plans for Bridging the Gap are moving ahead.  The Bridging the Gap committee is planning to have this year’s event at the Fountains of Loveland. 


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the FOA website contains information and audio clips from the Summit.  Last week Mary attended a presentation by CSU students on the results of the Summit. 


Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.


Human Relations Commission 

No report given.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported that the Committee is looking at information given to them by Margaret on mail fraud. Providing a community drop-off point to receive mail that is thought to be fraudulent would be a good project for this Committee. 


Media & Public Relations Committee

Helen Davis reported that the Committee discussed the Colorado Budget Crisis forum.  Helen noted that the Committee needs new members.  There will probably be a monthly column in the Coloradoan about aging issues.  The Office on Aging will most likely hire a freelance writer to do these columns.


Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Manfred Diehl reported that the Committee discussed transportation issues with MCR, budget issues and errors in the Blue Book.  Margaret stated that the Blue Book isn’t our only problem.  Websites with inaccurate information are popping up left and right.  Several other media sources also contain inaccurate information.  We don’t know how to control this; the misinformation can send people into a black hole.  Tina Barker added that many inaccuracies were included in an insert published by the Coloradoan.  Katy Mason noted that the Reporter Herald also includes a magazine insert that has inaccurate information. H The Office on Aging has made exhaustive efforts to contact these entities to make sure that they print current information.


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that the Committee’s housing survey is nearly complete.  It will show how long waiting lists are in senior affordable housing.  Currently the Committee is working on the Colorado Budget Crisis Forum that will be held on Saturday, March 20 from 9-11 a.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center.  Margaret encouraged the Council members to attend. 



Ellen Pihlstrom announced that some Medicare Part D low income subsidy plans are scheduled to be eliminated.  These clients will have to be reassigned. 



Marcy adjourned the meeting at 3:17 p.m.

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