Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Larimer County Office on Aging Advisory Council

October 12, 2006


Held at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive

Fort Collins, Colorado  80524


Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

Roger Bailey

Paul Bell


Rene DeMattei

Marcy Greenslit

Elnora McCloughan


Janet Montera

Ellen Pihlstrom

Mary Shultz


Earl Stevens

Lloyd Spawn

Stan Ulrich


Don Venneberg







Members Absent

Steve Budner

Gerry Hinks

Barbara Nuss


Karen Reinhardt

Barbara Tuttle

Sharon Zamora





Staff Present:

Ruth Coberly

Tina Hugo

Margaret Long


Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan

Linda Rumney


Laura Sutherlin







Guests Present:

Elaine Boni

Joyce Glass

Gerry Horak


Marjorie McTaggart

Jennifer Miller

Maggie Wolley


Earl Stevens called the meeting to order at 1:32 p.m.


Earl Stevens welcomed Elaine Boni from the Human Relations Committee, Gerry Horak who is running for County Commissioner, Jennifer Miller who is running for representative in Senate District 15, and Maggie Wolley and Joyce Glass who are residents at Oakbrook II.


There was no open discussion or community input.


Stand as presented.


Lloyd Spawn recommended a change to the header of the minutes; we met at McKee Wellness Center, not 1501 Blue Spruce Drive.  Earl Stevens recommended grammatical changes to page 2, third paragraph, change “disperse” to “disburse” and fifth paragraph, remove “Although” and add “because” after cuts.   Minutes with change were accepted.


Earl Stevens distributed a sympathy card for Sharon Zamora.  Sharon lost her 3 month old granddaughter to SIDS. 


Stan Ulrich shared that he had received an email from Susan apologizing for not being able to attend today.   Something came up at the last minute and she could not make it to the meeting.   She plans to attend the next meeting.


Stan explained that Dr. Susan Collins worked on two housing surveys for the Housing Committee.


Margaret Long reported that she is continuing to work on the 4-year plan.  Margaret stated that she will provide a projection of what funding the Office on Aging anticipates as well as the projected spending plan.  The actual 4-year plan will only include federal funds, but Margaret feels it is important to give the council the whole picture so she will include state funding as well.  This plan will highlight the direction of the Office on Aging during the next 4 years.  Congress has reauthorized the Older Americans Act.  Margaret reported that the Administration On Aging (AoA) determined 13 initiatives for states to consider when writing their 4-year plans.  Although the Office on Aging doesn’t have to address all 13 initiatives, Margaret is including as many as she can in the plan. 


Mary Shultz explained that two of the candidates running for office were unintentionally left off the invitation list for the Legislative Breakfast in September.  They were contacted and sent the materials the other candidates received at the breakfast.  The two candidates were invited to attend today’s meeting so they could respond to some of the questions that had been asked in September. 


Both candidates, Gerry Horak and Jennifer Miller attended.  They responded to questions and asked questions of the Office on Aging Advisory Council and staff.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

Marjorie McTaggart reported that the Advisory Board met at the DMA Plaza to follow-up on an evaluation.  One of the “hot buttons” was Dial-A-Ride transportation.  Marjorie reported that the Policy on Aging presentation by the Board to the Fort Collins City Council was put on hold. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that the Board invited the Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board to their meeting.  Earl reported on the Bridging the Gap Networking Event.  Preliminary reports indicate that the event went very well.  Earl stated that the evaluations are glowing and he will have a final report at the next meeting.  Earl also noted that Paul Bell gave a most excellent presentation!


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the Foundation will start their 6-month pilot program on January 1, 2007.  The new pilot program will run for 6-months.  The selected agencies will be allotted a certain dollar amount to spend and the foundation will continue to write the checks.


Larimer County Commissioner

There was no report given.


Human Relations Commission

Elaine Boni reported that the commission has concerns with the proposed changes to Dial-A-Ride.  They attended the last Dial-A-Ride meeting to protest cut-backs.


Commission on Aging

There was no report given.


Rene DeMattei gave a brief autobiography.


Education Committee

Janet Montera reported that she will provide articles to a number of publications that have agreed to accept the Office on Aging information. However, the information will be published at the discretion of each publication with no guarantee to publish. The goal is to provide informational articles on the Office on Aging each month.


The publications currently accepting materials are: The Senior Voice; Aspen Club News; and Senior Center Pathways. The Fort Collins Weekly has not replied to Janet’s inquiries to date. The Office on Aging staff currently works directly with 50 Plus Marketplace so Janet’s articles will not be sent to them. The North Forty News is willing to discuss options for particular types of information but not on a monthly basis. The North Forty News will contact Margaret about a January 2007 ‘senior issues’ article. Janet stated that currently no other publications are being pursued.


Executive Committee

Earl Stevens reported that according to his calendar there is a transportation meeting tonight at The Ranch.  A final report from North Front Range will be presented from 6:00 to 6:30. 


Earl reported that Dr. Roger Bailey took the lead with the Dial-A-Ride issue and has written a letter to the City of Fort Collins.  The City of Fort Collins responded by setting up a meeting for Friday, October 13th at 9:00 a.m.


Earl stated that some of the committees are short members and asked the council members to please consider joining the smaller committees.


Earl reported on the concerns about United Way cuts to senior organizations.  Earl wrote a letter asking for a meeting with the Director of United Way.  He received a response stating that Mary Robertson will be available to meet with the Executive Committee on Friday, October 20th.  Earl stated that everyone is welcome to attend this meeting.  The meeting starts at 9:15 a.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center. 


Earl reminded the council members about the reception on Monday, October 23rd at the Lincoln Center’s Canyon West room.  He asked members to RSVP. 


Health Committee

Nancy Arthur welcomed Marcy Greenslit to the committee.  Nancy reported that the committee will continue to work on their goals of oral health and Medicare Part D.  Nancy stated that at the last committee meeting, Katy mentioned being involved with pandemic planning.  Katy will provide a pandemic PowerPoint presentation for the October 24th meeting that starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association. 


Membership Committee

No report given. 


Nutrition Committee

Dr. Roger Bailey reported that the committee will continue to work with Meals-on-Wheels providers to work on a joint fundraising event.


Housing Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that there were two members added to the housing committee, Rene DeMattei and Gerry Hinks.  Stan asked Janet Montera to assist with publicity for the two housing survey reports.  Stan stated that the presentation to Dr. Susan Collins will be postponed until the next Advisory Council meeting.


Transportation Committee

Elnora McCloughan reported that the main issue for the committee at the present time is advocating for Dial-A-Ride.  The County Commissioners have given permission for the council to advocate.  Elnora noted that Gary Thomas gave a presentation which stated that SAINT cannot fill the gap if Dial-A-Ride service is reduced.


Staff Reports

Lynette McGowan reported that November is National Family Caregivers month.  There will be articles in 50+ Marketplace and the Fort Collins Forum about caregiving.  Lynette reported that the Office on Aging is sponsoring a Family Caregiver Pampering day which will take place the first weekend in November.  Lynette reported that there will be a Caregiver Conversations meeting next month at the Courthouse.  The focus of the meeting will be the care giving issues of county employees.


Katy Mason stated that this years Bridging the Gap luncheon was a big success and thanked all who helped make it happen.  Katy stated that the evaluations are very positive, specifically about the speaker.  Katy reported that the Office on Aging started the distribution of the Answers on Aging Resource Guides.  She with other staff members are currently working on a distribution system.  Katy stated that in the past, the Office on Aging published 3,000 guides for distribution.  The office now publishes 20,000 guides.  Katy stated that there will be two distribution days when we ask providers to come to a central location to pick up the Answers on Aging Resource Guides.  The first date will be October 27th from 11:00 – 1:00 at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive.  Katy stated that we need an additional location in Loveland.  A recommendation by the council was made for the First Christian Church in Loveland.  Katy asked for volunteers to help with the distribution days. 


Linda Rumney reported that the Ombudsmen are preparing to help with Medicare Part D open enrollment changes for dual-eligible residents in Assisted Living homes.  They will also help at the Salvation Army one-on-one sessions in November and December.  Linda reported that she and Tina will be out of the office October 21-25 for a national conference in Washington DC.


Laura Sutherlin reported that marketing for ARCH is moving forward.



Earl Stevens stated that there will be a brainstorming meeting on October 26th at 1:30 at the Chilson Senior Center to discuss planning a conference.  Earl reminded the council about the $1,100 that was received from the Caring Conversations conference two years ago that needs to be spent.


Stan Ulrich announced that AARP is having a big conference Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 8:30 at the Fort Collins Senior Center.  The conference includes a continental breakfast and a free lunch.  You must to register at the senior center to attend. 


Ellen Pihlstrom announced that the Medicare Bus will be at the Family Medicine Center at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 14th.  Ellen stated that there will be training for Medicare Part D on November 8th from 9:30 – 12:30 at the Hospice. 


Stan Ulrich reminded the council that there is a Chili Cook-Off at the Fort Collins Senior Center on Saturday, October 14th.



Earl Stevens adjourned the meeting at 3:01 p.m.




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