Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Advisory Council Meeting

October 11, 2012


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

David Born

Helen Davis

Bonnie Glass


Howard Hay

Richard Hedlund

Judy Jones


Audrey Ketchum

Ellen Pihlstrom

Mary Shultz


Katie Stieber

Sharon Zamora






Members Absent :

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

Ellen Lawson


Earl Stevens

Dave Thompson

Stan Ulrich





Staff Present:

Tim Bjorklund

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Ruth Long


Katy Mason

Ed Rutherford

Laura Walker





Guests Present:

Thea Sapienza

Cherrie Thornton



Judy Jones called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.



Minutes stand as presented.


OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Health Care Matters, Thea Sapienza from the Health District of Northern Larimer County

Thea explained Project Health Colorado, a project that is conducting community conversations to gather data about health care.



Judy Jones reported that the Council is short three members:  Melissa Buckskin, Debbie Tellez and Randy Mergler.  At this time the Commissioners have received two applications for membership for the Council.  The Executive Committee discussed the need of having representation from a person living in Northern Larimer County and a CSU representative.  Judy also reported that the Executive Committee discussed nominating Margaret Long for the Commission on Aging Legacy Award. 


Judy announced that there will be a short meeting after the Council meeting for all members of the Council to discuss plans for Older Americans Month.



Ruth Long distributed the Office on Aging Annual Report, which covers the fiscal year 2011-2012.  Ruth announced that the State Unit on Aging will be conducting an on-site audit of the Office on Aging on October 23, 24 and 25.  They will be visiting with Loveland Meal on Wheels, Volunteers of America, Berthoud Area Transportation Service and Rehabilitation and Visiting Nurses Association. 


Staff Reports:

Katy Mason reported that the site visits are going well.  VOA has had to reschedule because of the timing of the state audit.  Katy requested that Council members turn in their comment sheets as soon as possible after each site visit. 



Katie Stieber gave a brief biography.



Community Education & Information Committee

Katie Stieber reported that the Committee is in the process of setting its goals.  At the last meeting, members discussed the Film Festival and other ideas for celebrating Older Americans Month in May.


Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee

David Born reported that the Committee discussed that site visits are going well. 


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee 

Helen Davis reported that the Committee discussed housing issues. 


At the meeting, the Committee was informed that a new transportation pilot program will start November 1.  Columbine Health Systems and University of Colorado Health/Poudre Valley Hospital are collaborating to provide transportation between Poudre Valley Hospital, the Harmony Campus, Medical Center of the Rockies and Greeley.  Information about the service was distributed. 


Helen stated that the Committee is still concerned about the possibility of sequestration.



Bridging the Gap Planning Committee

Judy Jones reported that Bridging the Gap had a total of 202 attendees. 


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton reported that the City of Fort Collins is in the final stages of its budgeting process. The SAB continues to advocate for reserve funds to be budgeted for the Senior Center Expansion.


The SAB received a report from Emma McArble that on November 1, Columbine Health Systems and University of Colorado Health will begin to provide transportation from the PVH hospital to the Harmony Campus, to MCR and then to Greeley.  There will be 4 round trips per day.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Judy Jones reported that a SAB member presented a program on 50 advisory boards of senior centers in the United States. 


Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz gave a brief history of the FOA’s emergency grant funds.  For approximately 15 years the FOA has used grants to help seniors.  Some of the things that the FOA has funded are bus passes, prescription sunglasses, payment of energy bills and payment of rent for seniors. 


Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Myles Crane was absent but submitted a written report.  Mayor Weitkunat will introduce the moderator of the Elder Abuse Prevention Forum at the Senior Center on October 22.  Myles anticipates about 120-150 attendees for this free event that includes a light dinner.  Confirmed panel speakers include Larry Abrahamson, DA; Lori Metz, Adult Protection Manager; Amy Nofziger, Colorado AARP Elderwatch; Ted Beckman, Division Chief of PVHS Community Paramedic Program; and Susan Vance, Crime Prevention Specialist, Fort Collins Police.  More than 25 community resource exhibitors, including AARP, APS, ARCH, Alzheimer's Association, Alliance for Suicide Prevention, CCERAP, Elder Care Network, Elderhaus, Fort Collins Police Dept., Foundation on Aging, Larimer County Office on Aging, Meals on Wheels, Loveland SAB, Ombudsman, Poudre River Public Library, PVHS, SAVA, The ARC and Touchstone Health Partners, will be attending.



Katy Mason thanked David Born for his relentless requests to Poudre Valley Health Systems for a medical transportation service.  The pilot service, Connecting Health, will start on November 1 for six months.  Katy emphasized that people need to be taking advantage of it.  Please get the word out. 


Ellen Pihlstrom announced that Medicare Part D enrollment will be starting shortly.  There are a lot of changes for low-income people. 



Judy adjourned the meeting at 3:15 p.m.

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