Changing Aspen Leaves - RMNP

Advisory Council Meeting

November 12, 2009


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

David Born

Peggy Powers


Cassie Castleberry

Caryll Cram

Helen Davis


Valerie DiBenedetto

Manfred Diehl

Carolyn Funk


Howard Hay

Judy Jones

Ellen Pihlstrom


Bill Prather

Gail Reader

Mary Shultz


Earl Stevens

Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora





Members Absent :

Tim Dolan

Marcy Greenslit

Kristina Seth





Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Taylor Cobb

Tina Corrigan-Hugo


Margaret Long

Ruth Long

Katy Mason


Lynette McGowan

Linda Rumney

Laura Sutherlin





Guests Present:

Elaine Boni

Joan Deines



Helen Davis called the meeting to order at 1:36 p.m.


The following guest was introduced:  Joan Deines, the new liaison from the Fort Collins Senior Center Advisory Board.


A motion to accept the minutes as presented was made and passed. 


Helen Davis reported that the Executive Committee decided to alternate monthly council presentations between Office on Aging (OOA) providers and other community organizations that are not funded through the OOA.  The committee is open to new topics and ideas.  Please report any ideas of good speakers to Marcy.  Helen distributed a sign-up sheet to help a psychology graduate student who is asking for people aged 60 and over to complete a 30-40 minute survey about how people feel about the future. 


Margaret Long brought a blizzard box to the meeting for the council members to see what is included in these shelf-stable food boxes which have been purchased and will be distributed through Loveland Meals on Wheels and the Estes Park Senior Center. 


Margaret stated that the governor overturned the decision to suspend the AND (Aid to Needy and Disabled) program. 


Margaret discussed the carryover plan that was discussed at October’s meeting.  During an Aging Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) meeting, Jeannette Hensley, head of the State Unit on Aging (SUA), announced that the decision was made not to allow the AAAs to carryover their unused funds.  The SUA will redistribute the money to the AAAs needing it.  In spite of Jeannette’s decision, Margaret stated she will be able to honor everything we had planned to do and should be able to keep ongoing commitments into next year.  Margaret asked for two motions from the council.  The first motion was that the Office on Aging should not voluntarily give the carryover money back to the state.  Earl Stevens made the motion and Carolyn Funk seconded it.  It passed unanimously.  The second motion was to write a letter to the state describing our frustration and have Marcy Greenslit sign the letter.  Earl Stevens made the motion and Cassie Castleberry seconded it. This motion also passed unanimously.


Peggy Bowers gave a brief autobiography.


Laura Sutherlin stated that the national vision for the Aging and Disability Resource (ADRC) Programs is broad. ADRCs are required to provide information and awareness, assistance and access to people of all ages and income levels with at least one target disability group. 


Laura discussed the difference between ADRCs and other agencies.  ADRCs join aging and disability communities and require multiple partnerships at all levels. ADRCs have a strong consumer-orientation and offer more than information and referrals.


Larimer County’s ADRC Program, referred to as ARCH (Adult Resources for Care and Help), was the first pilot program in this state and has been running for three years.  Currently, there are three other programs that are operating: Mesa County, Pueblo County and El Paso County. 


Laura discussed the qualifications for service by ARCH.  ARCH serves any resident in Larimer County, age 60 and over, or age 18 and over with a disability (physical and/or cognitive), with a need for information on, or access to, long term care services.  The definition of long term care services includes services that help a person remain as independent as possible, from home-based to institutional care, and may include public benefits such as long term care Medicaid.


ARCH has partnered with United Way’s 2-1-1 system to refer clients to Laura who are in need of options counseling.  She provides short-term case management to assist in accessing services, and works closely with others within the Department of Human Services and other community programs to streamline access to services.


The original federal grant ended September 30, 2009.  The state has received a new ADRC grant.  At this time, however, the OOA is unsure of how much our ARCH program will receive.  Larimer County is looking at other ways to fund ARCH. Laura stated that future goals for ARCH include creating a marketing plan, creating a user-friendly website and obtaining sustainable funding.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

Joan Deines reported that there was an outreach meeting yesterday.  The Board is developing their program for next year.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that 150 people attended the Extraordinary Aging Conference.  There were 114 returned evaluation forms, and 90 percent stated that they would like to attend again and 105 rated the speakers as excellent.  The second set of computer classes have been filled for December through April.  Earl reported that the Loveland Singles Group has asked to have their bylaws changed.  They approved a motion to change their eligibility requirements to allow a person 55 or older to join.  This change will go to the entire membership for a vote on Saturday.


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the Foundation on Aging (FOA) is working on a list of invitees to the summit in January.  The purpose of the summit is to get awareness of the FOA into the business community in order to raise money. 


Human Relations Commission 

Elaine Boni reported that the Human Relations Commission sponsored an open forum on Civil Rights. 


Commission on Aging

No report given.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported that the committee is looking at the various businesses in the community to advertise the Special Needs Registry.  Mary received an email from the Workforce Center stating that they are not able to sponsor the job fair because of the economy and because many employers were not participating.  The Education Committee started the job fair in 2000.  Although 830 people attended this year, there is no way to track whether or not people got jobs.


Media & Public Relations Committee

Helen Davis reported that the Dear Margaret column has writers signed up.  She announced that the Berthoud Reporter will cease to be printed.  They discussed the January 13 brown bag meeting for media writers. 


Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Valerie reported that the committee discussed the carryover issues that Margaret mentioned earlier.  Katy gave an update on FOA.  David Born gave a report on the Medical Center of the Rockies transportation issue.  The committee decided to write a letter to support the Office on Aging’s position and offer suggestions on how to improve the situation.    


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that the committee discussed the job fair, but it was decided that the job fair came under the Community Outreach & Education Committee’s jurisdiction.  The committee decided that it was not going to host a legislative forum this year, but instead would hold a conference in the spring.  Stan reported that the committee interviewed the two new legislators in Loveland.  Currently the committee is working on a study with senior housing groups to get more information about waiting lists.


Staff Reports

Katy Mason distributed a sheet for council members to sign up to attend nutrition sites in 2010.  She also announced that the Senior Tax Work-off Program received an additional $10,000 from the county commissioners. 


Lynette McGowan reported on Caregiver Pampering Day.  The event was again successful and 52 caregivers attended. 


Tina Barker distributed flyers on Project Visibility training.  This is a collaborative effort between Larimer County and the City of Fort Collins to raise awareness of aging issues of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community.  The next training will be on November 20 at the Senior Center. 



Gail Reader announced that she has access to nine exercise machines available for donation to a non-profit needing them.  They are built for women and/or seniors. 


Mary Shultz attended A Matter of Balance (MOB) class at the Aspen Club and highly recommends that everyone should attend. 


Caryll Cram stated that the computer classes in Loveland are very good.



Helen adjourned the meeting at 3:34 p.m.

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