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Advisory Council Meeting

January 9, 2014


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado† 80525


Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

Elaine Boni

David Born


Sharon Courtney

Phil Elliott

Bonnie Glass


Rich Hedlund

Judy Jones

Ken Lamport


Betty McBride

Ellen Pihlstrom

Mary Shultz


Briauna Souders

Earl Stevens

Katie Stieber





Members Absent :

Jay Adams

Helen Davis

Howard Hay


Audrey Ketchum

Diane Morgas

Rhonda Racicot


Sharon Zamora







Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Amber Franzel

Katy Mason


Lynette McGowan

Lynda Meyer

Ed Rutherford


Wendy Schleppy






Guests Present:

Hanna Button

Myles Crane







Ellen Pihlstrom called the meeting to order at 1:33 p.m.


Minutes stand as presented.


Ellen Pihlstrom reported that there were several positive reports about our holiday luncheon.† The Executive Committee discussed upcoming council presentations.


Lynda Meyer announced that the Office on Aging has awarded the case management contract to Lutheran Family Services.† We are coordinating with Lutheran Family Services to start services in February.†


Lynda reported that next week the LCOA is hosting the C4A (Colorado Association for Area Agencies on Aging) meeting which includes the 16 AAA directors from around Colorado.†


Lynda announced that on May 30, the Commission on Aging will host the Older Americanís Month celebration in Larimer County.† The governor will honor all people in Colorado who are 100+.†


Lynda gave updates on several community initiatives.† The Re-Thinking Transportation event has been rescheduled to March.† The decision was made to hold two meetings instead of one in Loveland and one to be held in Fort Collins.† The Livable Communities small technical grant from N4A is moving along.† They have changed their name to Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities (PAFC).† PAFC is working to pull together a cross-section of community leaders.†


Staff Reports:

Katy Mason reported that the Senior Tax Work-off Program will start the first week in February.† She will interview over 100 people in four days and then match them with jobs in the County.† Katy distributed a copy of an updated staff sheet and site visit report summaries.† Katy reminded council members that the site visit reports are confidential.


Lynette McGowan reported that there will be a caregiver presentation at the Loveland Library on January 14.† Lynette distributed a copy of the new Powerful Tools for Caregivers schedule and information about a new faith-based caregiver support group.† †††


Amber Franzel reported that the Ombudsman documented 75 visits to facilities in December.† Amber announced that one Ombudsman volunteer is resigning at the end of January.† The Ombudsmen are accepting applications for volunteers.†



Amber Franzel gave a brief biography.



Community Education & Information Committee

Judy Jones reported that the Veterans Forum will be next Wednesday, January 15 at the Chilson Senior Center.†


Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee

David Born reported that the Committee finished discussing the last site visit reports and had a presentation from Ruth Flether-Carter about RAFT (Rural Alternative for Transportation).† This program is patterned after the SAINT program for people who live in the rural areas of Berthoud.


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Helen Davis was not in attendance, but submitted the following written report:†

National Legislative Update:

Older Americans Act, still not reauthorized.  N4A encourages the restoration of sequestered cuts, providing first-time funding for Elder Justice Act and supports aging focused evidence-based programs.

State Legislative Update:


AARP is encouraging all members to contact their legislators to encourage increasing Older Coloradans Act funding by $4 million in the 2014-15 state budget.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

No report given.†


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Earl Stevens reported that the SAB reviewed goals for this year and elected new officers.† Earl announced that he, Rich Hedlund, Judy Jones have resigned from the Board.


Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Myles Crane submitted the following written report:† HRC is proactively:

  • Collaborating with LCOA and others on Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities.
  • Participating with the Health District and about a dozen other organizations on mental health.
  • Working with CSUís Center for Public Deliberation on statewide mental health educational awareness programs.
  • Developing series of local educational outreach community mental health discussions during 2014-2015.†
  • Addressing various social sustainability issues.† See link for more information:†



OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:† Better Business Bureau, Fraud Prevention

Hanna Button and Luanne Kadlub from the Better Business Bureau gave a presentation about Fraud Prevention to the Council.




Ellen announced that the Executive Committee will be sending a survey out to members to get feedback about council meetings.



ADJOURNMENT †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Ellen adjourned the meeting at 3:18 p.m.

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