Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

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Advisory Council Meeting

January 10, 2013


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

David Born


Sharon Courtney

Helen Davis

Phil Elliott


Bonnie Glass

Richard Hedlund

Audrey Ketchum


Ken Lamport

Betty McBride

Ellen Pihlstrom


Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens

Katie Stieber


Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora






Members Absent :

Howard Hay

Judy Jones

Dave Thompson





Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Ruth Long

Katy Mason


Lynette McGowan

Linda Rumney

Carol Seest


Laura Walker






Guests Present:

Myles Crane

Stuart Feinhour

Jamie Grim


Dan Robinson

Cherrie Thornton



Ellen Pihlstrom called the meeting to order at 1:37 p.m.


Minutes stand as presented.


Dan discussed PVH’s vision to be the leading provider of healthcare services in Larimer County.  In order to provide quality healthcare, PVH needs to collaborate with other professionals.  Dan explained the joint operating agreement between PVH and the University of Colorado.    


Ellen Pihlstrom thanked the Office on Aging staff for the Christmas lunch. 


Ruth Long welcomed the new members.  Ruth announced that Congress dealt with the fiscal cliff problem; they did not, however, manage to fix sequestration.  As a reminder, Ruth stated that the fiscal impact of sequestration would take away 8 percent of our funding. 


On the state front, the Governor’s Executive Order to reorganize the long term care programs is still being discussed.  The Community Living Advisory Group is collecting information to make decisions and recommendations. 


Ruth announced that starting January 1, the Office on Aging will be funding two adult day programs.  The Grantee Management Committee has supported the decision to fund Elderhaus at $7,000 and Stepping Stones at $4,000 for six months. Ruth explained that this extra funding is made possible because two more grants were received for ARCH this year. 


Staff Reports:

Linda:  The CCT (Colorado Choice Transitions) grant starts in February.  This grant will allow Linda to do options counseling with people who want to transition from a skilled nursing facility back into the community.  Only three ARCH programs in the state will participate in the pilot program.  Linda reported that she will be attending training on January 30 & 31 on veterans’ benefits for another grant.  This grant will start in February to conduct outreach to veterans.


Katy:  Distributed information about senior tax work-off program. 


Lynette:  November was National Caregiver Month.  Lynette acquired proclamations from cities and towns in Larimer County and received much news coverage.   Lynette announced that Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes meet the highest level of development for evidence-based programs. 


Lynette also stated that the staff met with AARP representatives in December to discuss community relations.  Lynette is proud to announce that AARP will be a significant sponsor of the Caregiver Pampering Day in April. 


Carol Seest gave a brief biography.


Community Education & Information Committee

Katie Stieber reported that the Committee is developing an awards program for the Older Americans Act month in May.  Nomination forms will be given out in the community.


Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee

David Born reported that the Committee has almost completed reviewing all of the annual site visit reports.


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee 

Helen Davis reported that the Committee discussed sequestration and housing issues.  A meeting was held with Joann Ginal, the new state representative for House District 52.  The Committee has scheduled a community forum to be held on March 30 at the Chilson Senior Center.  The focus of the forum will be on the Affordable Healthcare Act. 



Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton reported that the SAB submitted an action plan for 2013.  In 2013, emphasis will be placed on communication and education.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Earl Stevens reported that the SAB has elected a new chair and vice-chair.  They are currently updating the SAB’s brochure.  If members are interested in receiving the final report of the SAB survey, please ask Richard, Judy or Earl.


Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported that the FOA has hired a new part-time executive director.  Her name is Lisa Poppaw.  The amount given last year in emergency funds was around $7,700 and helped 55 seniors. 


Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Myles Crane reported the CSU Center for Public Deliberation has an initial draft report containing the raw data from the people who attended the Elder Abuse Forum.  Commentary and analysis will be added.  The video is now available online on U-Tube.  Myles will send the link. 



Laura Walker announced that she will no longer be able to attend these meetings as she has a conflict with another meeting, the Long Term Care Advisory Committee.  She will continue to get updates through emails and the minutes. 



Ellen adjourned the meeting at 3:19 p.m.

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