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Advisory Council Meeting

June 13, 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

Howard Hay

Richard Hedlund


Judy Jones

Audrey Ketchum

Ken Lamport


Ellen Pihlstrom

Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens


Sharon Zamora







Members Absent :

Betty McBride

Katie Stieber






Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Monica Becker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo


Ruth Long

Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan


Lynda Meyer

Ed Rutherford





Guests Present:

Elaine Boni

Myles Crane

Cherrie Thornton






Judy Jones called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m.


Ruth Long introduced Lynda Meyers, the new Office on Aging Program Manager.


A moment of silence and tribute was given for Stan Ulrich, a Council member who passed away on June 4.  Stan was on the Council for 20 years.  He will be sorely missed.


Minutes stand as presented.

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) Greenhouse Concept; Nancy Fox, Vivage

Tina Barker introduced Nancy Fox to discuss the Greenhouse Project that will be built at Mirasol during the next few years.  Each home will be built for 10-12 residents with private bedrooms and bathrooms combined with open common spaces.  Each house will provide an innovated staff model that will give residents four times more contact and reduces staff turnover.


Judy Jones reported that the Executive Committee is happy to hear that Ruth will be extending her stay until the end of August.  The Committee discussed supporting the Summit on Aging and election of officers.


Ruth Long distributed information about FY14 budget.  A revised budget will be submitted in September.  At that time, we are likely to lose more federal dollars.  Ruth stated that she will be requesting a new fulltime employee to be added to the Office on Aging staff.  After September, we will look at increasing funding to some of our providers.  Ruth described some of the new allocations included in the current budget.  Since BATS is decreasing their service area to just to the town of Berthoud, we have received a request for $4,950 in program development funds from Golden Links/Berthoud Senior Center.  They will be building a program similar to SAINT in Berthoud.  Stepping Stones will be funded at $4,000 and Elderhaus has been increased from $12,000 to $18,000. 


Staff Reports:

Katy Mason reported on behalf of Linda Rumney.  Linda is planning to do a photo shoot on Wednesday, July 3 (now changed to July 17).  The photos will be used for our brochures and the Answers on Aging Resource Guide.  Three sites have been selected and Linda would like to have at least six people at each site.  Spouses and friends are welcome.  The first site will be at Old Town Square from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., the Fort Collins Senior Center from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Lee Martinez Park at the Poudre River Trail from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.


Lynette McGowan reported that the Caregiver Pampering Day was very successful with 71 caregivers being pampered. 


David Born announced the recommendation of Ellen Pihlstrom as chair and Judy Jones as vice-chair.  Ellen and Judy were elected unanimously.


Community Education & Information Committee

No report given.


Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee

David Born reported that the Committee is discussing an internal evaluation plan for the Ombudsman program, ARCH Program, Family Caregiver Program and the Senior Tax Work-Off Program.  Ken Lamport has facilitated a meeting to help start the process of creating the plan.  David announced that the Committee supports Golden Links in creating a SAINT-like program.  The Committee also discussed the new state requirement for additional HIPPA insurance.


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee 

Helen Davis reported that the Committee has held two successful Health Care Forums in Loveland.  The Committee has invited Steve Johnson to attend their meeting in August. 


Bridging the Gap Planning Committee

Jay Adams reported that the Bridging the Gap Luncheon will be held at the Hilton on Prospect Road on September 18.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton reported that the SAB had a presentation on senior programs available through the Health District of Northern Larimer County. 


Cherrie stated that the SAB has agreed to be a sponsor of the Summit on Aging. 


Cherrie announced her resignation from the SAB.  The new Liaison will be Joann Thomas. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Earl Stevens distributed a copy of the latest brochure from the SAB. 


Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported that the FOA is working with a number of groups to plan the Summit on Aging.   


Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Myles Crane reported that the HRC is supporting the Summit on Aging.  The HRC is working with Touchstone Health Partners to put together a program on mental health.



David Born announced that the Estes Park Senior Center had a successful fundraising breakfast.  The next one is planned for Saturday, July 13.

Katy announced that we will have four new members joining the Council next month.



Judy adjourned the meeting at 3:25 p.m.

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