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Advisory Council Meeting

March 14, 2013


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

David Born

Sharon Courtney


Helen Davis

Phil Elliott

Bonnie Glass


Richard Hedlund

Judy Jones

Audrey Ketchum


Ken Lamport

Betty McBride

Ellen Pihlstrom


Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens

Katie Stieber


Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora






Members Absent :

Jay Adams

Howard Hay






Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Ruth Long

Katy Mason


Linda Rumney

Ed Rutherford






Guests Present:

Myles Crane

Wade Kinsey

Diane Stobnicke


Cherrie Thornton




Judy Jones called the meeting to order at 1:34 p.m.


Minutes approved as presented.

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Volunteers of America, Diane Stobnicke & Wade Kinsey

Wade Kinsey stated that a visioning session was held about a year ago.  Many people from all over the county came to discuss the future of nutrition programs.  From this visioning session, Wade and Diane pieced together outcomes and put them into a long-term plan. 


Wade distributed the long-term plan which outlines the outcomes in detail.


Judy Jones reported the Executive Committee discussed upcoming ideas for Council meetings.  A representative from the Women's Resource Center will discuss seniors and sexually transmitted diseases in April.  The Executive Committee also discussed the upcoming Health Care Forum on March 30, Older Americans Month Awards program and Bridging the Gap.


Ruth Long reported on SB-127.  This bill will impact the AAAs greatly as it will increase the funding to the Older Coloradoans Fund by $2 million a year for three years until it reaches $20 million a year.  Currently the Older Coloradoans Fund receives $8 million a year.  Ruth stated that because of sequestration, our federal funding will be decreased by $50,000 to $70,000 a year for ten years.  Helen Davis and Ruth met with the commissioners last month and received approval to support SB-127.  Ruth requested a motion for the Council to support SB-127.  Earl Stevens moved that the Council support SB-127.  Stan Ulrich seconded and the motion passed unanimously.  Ruth will add the Council to the list of entities supporting the legislation.  Council members can now let their legislators know that the Council supports the bill. 


Ruth will be meeting with the State Unit on Aging on Monday to review the formula they use to divide federal funds among the 16 AAAs.  Larimer County has been fortunate because we have the third largest population of seniors. 


Ruth announced that she will be retiring at the end of June. 


Staff Reports:

Katy Mason announced that the Eldercare Resource Day is on April 6 at Timberline Church.  Tina Barker, Monica Becker and Lynette McGowan will be on the program.  Katy reminded the Council that we need nominations for the Older Americans Month awards.  The nomination form is on the LCOA’s website.  April 12 is the entry deadline.


Audrey Ketchum gave a brief biography.


Community Education & Information Committee

Katie Steiber  reported that the Committee discussed a mental health survey that is happening very slowly.  This survey will compile services that are available to seniors and will help to determine gaps in services.  The Committee is distributing Resource Guides to churches.  Katie asked Council members to get nominations for the Older Americans Month awards in May.  The Executive Committee has determined that Council members are not eligible for the award because of a conflict of interest.


Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee

David Born reported that the Committee completed reviewing the site visit reports. 


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee 

Helen Davis reported that so far we have 72 people signed up to attend the Health Care Forum on Saturday, March 30.  Helen asked members to help advertise the event. 

Jared Polis’s office is reaching out to the senior community by having free-form meetings with seniors.  Jared wants to get to know what the issues are in Larimer County.  Stan announced that the Older Americans Coalition is one of the hosts of Senior Day at the Capitol on March 20. 



Bridging the Gap Planning Committee

The Bridging the Gap planning committee will meet on the third Wednesday of every month at noon at the Fort Collins Senior Center.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton reported that the SAB met with city transportation planners to discuss the upcoming increase in the senior population.  The intention was to inform and then open conversations for ongoing dialogs on transportation and affordable housing.  Cherrie went on to report that the SAB discussed the feasibility study completed by the Regional Transit Focus group to determine if the SAB should write a position paper to the City Council.


May 1 is the opening of the Senior Center Visual Arts and Crafts show.  At this time, they plan to host a social with the mayor and City Council to improve dialog and get better acquainted.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Judy Jones reported that the SAB heard a report by Wade Turner and Martin Carcasson on the Silver Tsunami community meetings in Fort Collins. 


Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported that the FOA has several new Board members.  The FOA is conducting a fundraiser on April 1. 


Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Myles Crane reported that CSU is looking for volunteers to be trained to analyze data from their preliminary Elder Abuse report.  The information will be compiled into a final report later this year. 


The HRC is considering the possibly of developing a resource list and/or putting on a panel discussion program on how people can prepare for the aging process.  This would be an information session for the northern county community.



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

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