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Advisory Council Meeting

January 13, 2011

Minutes

Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525

 

Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

David Born

 

Peggy Bowers

Melissa Buckskin

Helen Davis

 

Marcy Greenslit

Judy Jones

Randy Mergler

 

Ellen Pihlstrom

Mary Shultz

Debbie Tellez

 

Bob Tholl

Stan Ulrich

 

 

 

 

 

Members Absent :

Dean Cunningham

Carolyn Funk

Howard Hay

 

Bill Prather

Kristina Seth

Earl Stevens

 

Sharon Zamora

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Monica Becker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

 

Jenna Dowd

Steve Johnson

Ruth Long

 

Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan

Linda Rumney

 

Laura Sutherlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guests Present:

Jeanine Allspaw, Golden Peaks

Joan Black

Serene Calkins

 

Linda Gabel

Billie Higgins

Gene Hodge

 

Barbara J. Hugo

Joanne Johnsen

Bob Larson, 50+ Marketplace News

 

Bonnie Shetler

Edythe Slovick

Eleanor Stockbridge, PVH Case Management

 

Ameril Strand

Gary Thomas

Cherrie Thornton

 

Wade Turner

Bryan VanDriel, US Senator Mark Udall’s office

Chuck Washington

 

Doris L. Whitney

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

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

 

CONSIDERATION OF TODAY’S AGENDA AND MINUTES OF November 18, 2010

Marcy announced that the agenda will be changed in order to have the Four Year Plan presented after introductions are made.  The biography may be stricken if we run short on time.  November minutes stand as presented.

 

PRESENTATION OF FOUR YEAR PLAN

Ruth Long gave a presentation of the Four Year Plan.

 

PUBLIC INPUT FOR FOUR YEAR PLAN

Six consumers requested time to speak.

 

Chuck Washington lives in southeast Fort Collins.  He asked for agencies to provide more bus transportation.  Chuck stated that many older drivers who should not be driving anymore are still on the road because there is no other transportation available to them.  Chuck distributed a flyer that showed needs for expanded transportation in the area of southeast Fort Collins. 

 

Doris Whitney expressed concerns about transportation to Foothills Gateway.  Dial-A-Ride does not provide rides for people to go to Foothills Gateway. 

 

Joan Black lives in the Paragon subdivision near Carpenter Road in Fort Collins and has no family members available to drive her around.  She is in her 80’s and is still driving.  She can ask neighbors, but is worried about “burning” them out.  There are no Dial-A-Ride services available in her area.  Joan noted that a taxi ride to her doctor’s office from Harmony to Riverside costs $50.00 a roundtrip.  Larimer Lift stops at Carpenter, but cannot pick up north of Carpenter.  To use SAINT, she must sign up a week in advance.  She is concerned about what she will do when she gets to the point when she can no longer drive.

 

Edythe Slovick lives south of Harmony and needs Dial-A-Ride services which were stopped in her area in 2007.  Her husband has macular degeneration and has stopped driving.  She also has many neighbors that have stopped driving and need transportation.

 

Eleanor Stockbridge lives east of Horsetooth and is out of the service area for both Dial-A-Ride and Larimer Lift.  She is employed at PVH and many of her clients are mentally impaired and can’t always remember to schedule rides ahead of time.  She was wondering if SAINT could create a special service to provide for these clients.  Gary Thomas from SAINT stated that there is no needs assessment; it is a “first-come, first-serve” service.  Eleanor also questioned the requirement that clients must be homebound before they can receive home delivered meals.  Ruth Long stated that it is a federal requirement.  Lastly, Eleanor stated that she is concerned about legal services because Nancy Wallace will be retiring in a couple of years. 

 

Dale Adamy questioned the goals of the Four Year Plan.  Since he is on the younger side of aging, he was wondering if there is consideration for improving technology for seniors as a goal.  Would the Office on Aging be able to provide advocates or volunteers to assist with technology for the more vulnerable populations?  Technology can help older people with taxes, appointments and needed items purchased online.  Technology can help seniors to stay engaged in society.  Dale had concerns with privacy issues such as email and scamming.  Improving technology for older adults should be considered as a goal.  It was stated that there are many computer classes available through senior centers.

 

Marcy Greenslit stated that the Council is aware that transportation is a huge issue.  When the Council was prioritizing its goals, transportation wasn’t considered because the Council has very little influence in this area.

 

Ruth Long stated that Attachment J describes the Office on Aging (OOA) funding.  The OOA provides a small amount of funding for transportation for four different agencies.  The OOA has a small pool of money and must comply with many federal requirements.  There are other ways to be involved.  For instance, Plan Fort Collins, the Mobility Council, and many other entities are working for better transportation in Larimer County. 

 

Gary Thomas, chair of the transportation board, invited the speakers to attend the next meeting at 215 North Mason. 

 

Katy Mason responded that the Office on Aging doesn’t have the money to expand Dial-A-Ride services, but we do have an advocacy role to play.  We can get other groups together to make a bigger statement.

 

After presenting the Four Year Plan, Ruth explained what will happen next.  Once approved by the Council, it will be taken to the Board of County Commissioners for their approval and signature.  When that is completed, it will be sent to the State Unit on Aging.  At any step in the process, it could come back to the Office on Aging for changes.

 

Ruth requested a motion to approve the Four Year Plan.  Stan Ulrich moved to accept the Four Year Plan.  Mary Shultz seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

 

UPDATE ON OFFICE ON AGING

Staff Reports

Lynette McGowan distributed information about new training opportunities for family caregivers.  The first opportunity is through the CSU Employee Assistance Program.  It is a seminar for the CSU staff and will be offered on February 4.  This seminar is called Caregiving 101 which will explore the complexities of family caregiving.  The second training opportunity for caregivers will be the Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes starting in February and April in different locations throughout Larimer County.  Lastly, the Eldercare Network is offering an educational day for family caregivers on February 26 at Timberline Church.  Lynette is also working on another approach to reach leadership in the faith community.  She has asked the Community Outreach & Education Committee to help advertise the “Keeping Hope Alive:  Caring for the Caregiver” event on March 3 at Pathways Hospice. 

 

Tina Barker introduced Jenna Dowd, a new Bachelors of Social Work intern from CSU, who will be working with the Ombudsman Program until the beginning of May.  Tina has also received an application from a potential Ombudsman volunteer. 

 

Katy Mason stated that the Senior Citizens’ Tax Work-Off Program is about to start.  This program is funded by the county with a budget of $30,000 to hire people to work off the Larimer County portion of their property tax bill.  The income guideline is 200% of poverty.  Katy will interview and then match people with available jobs within the county.  Monica Becker, the Caregiver Program intern, will help Katy with interviews and Marcy Greenslit will counsel applicants about other resources that are available. 

 

SENIOR ADVISORY REPORTS

Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board (SAB) Report

Cherrie Thornton reported that the Senior Center Expansion group is holding a “Night Out for Ladies”.  Cherrie reported that Cathy Martin has resigned from the SAB and Wade Turner has been asked to serve as chair until June.

 

Loveland Senior Advisory Board Report

Judy Jones stated that the SAB held their election last week and Earl Stevens was re-elected as chair.  Earl has been chair since 1999.  The SAB met with the new city manager and is impressed with his economic priorities.  New computer classes have been set.  If anyone is interested, he/she should contact Earl for specific dates and times.

 

Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported that the Foundation on Aging is in the process of creating new committees.

 

Larimer County Commissioner

Steve Johnson reported that the Commissioners adopted the 2011 budget last month.  There has been an 8-10% drop in revenue from property taxes last year.

 

Human Relations Commission 

No report given.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported that the Committee has almost finished distributing the 2011 Medicare Part D brochures to pharmacies in Larimer County. 

 

Media & Public Relations Committee

Bob Tholl reported that the Committee is monitoring the Office on Aging website for user-friendliness.  They are also planning a media coffee for sometime in April.

 

Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Ellen Pihsltrom reported that the Committee has gone through the Four Year Plan with Ruth.  They will be looking at legal services throughout the state and take a proactive stance on planning for the future.  The Committee is also looking at ways to improve the accuracy of information in the Senior Blue Book.


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich has attended the last five citizen meetings held by the commissioners and the Older Americans Coalition meeting.  He has received a complaint from a resident living in a senior apartment in Berthoud. 

 

COUNCIL MEMBER BIOGRAPHY

Jay Adams gave a brief autobiography.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Marcy adjourned the meeting at 3:02 p.m.

Background Image: Rocky Mountain National Park by Sue Burke. All rights reserved.