Advisory Council Meeting

August 13, 2009


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

David Born

Cassie Castleberry


Caryll Cram

Helen Davis

Valerie DiBenedetto


Carolyn Funk

Marcy Greenslit

Judy Jones


Gail Reader

Kristina Seth

Mary Shultz


Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora






Members Absent :

Peggy Bowers

Manfred Diehl

Tim Dolan


Howard Hay

Ellen Pihlstrom

Bill Prather


Earl Stevens







Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Steve Johnson

Margaret Long


Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan

Glen Rathgeber


Linda Rumney

Laura Sutherlin






Guests Present:

Elaine Boni

Bonnie Shetler



Marcy Greenslit called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.


The following guest was introduced:  Bonnie Shelter, President of the Foundation on Aging Board.


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


Marcy Greenslit reported that committees are working on their goals.  Marcy commented that with support from the Office on Aging, the Wellington Senior Center’s reporting is improving. The center has saved enough match money to purchase a new van and will receive technical assistance for applying for a grant through CDOT.  Marcy reminded the Council to e-mail or call Tina Corrigan-Hugo to let her know if you are not able to attend the Council meeting and to call your committee chair if you are not able to attend a committee meeting.  If you do not call, your absence will be unexcused.


Margaret Long reported that Colorado has significant funding problems.  Margaret stated that she has discussed the Office on Aging carryover plan with the Planning, Funding and Partnership Development Committee.  This plan will spend approximately 60% of the carryover.  Part of the carryover funds will pay for an updated Strengths & Needs assessment.  The company that compiled the original Strength & Needs assessment in 2004 uses a mail-in interview/questionnaire and reports a 41% return from similar mailings.  The Office on Aging has an opportunity to design a customized section in the mailing for our county.  This will provide a larger sample size and enable us to break down the responses specific to Fort Collins, Loveland and Estes Park. 


Margaret noted a concern that in Colorado all the senior government agencies are not working together as well as they might, this includes the AAA’s, the State Unit on Aging, the Commission on Aging, SilverPrint, and the Administration on Aging.  A facilitated meeting has been planned to pull these groups together for a visioning exercise this Fall.  This will help determine how they can work together more productively.


PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Foundation on Aging, Bonnie Shetler, Board President

Bonnie Shetler read the Foundation on Aging’s Vision Statement:  “The Foundation on Aging for Larimer County has the mission to address the needs of older adults, raise community awareness of those needs, and foster solutions that improve quality of life.”


Bonnie gave the Council a brief history of how the Foundation on Aging evolved.  In 1986, Mildred Arnold left a bequest of $100,000 as part of her estate, specifying that the funds be used to meet the needs of seniors in this community.  At that time, a board was formed to administer the funds and to assess community needs.  Bonnie stated that at the time the Board was formed, a difference of opinion existed between the Office on Aging, the County Commissioners and the Foundation on Aging about the future of the Office on Aging and if it would continue to be housed in County government or under the Foundation on Aging.  Bonnie stated that the commissioners decided that they wanted to keep control of the Office on Aging.


The Foundation on Aging (FOA) invested the $100,000 and used the interest to provide emergency funds to seniors that were referred through other agencies.  The FOA had a conscientious Board that sponsored senior events, but they felt limited in the number of seniors they could help because of funding constraints.  At this point, there was not a lot of interest in spending money on staff or advertising; every dime went into educational opportunities and emergency funding. 


For the last 15 years, the Foundation on Aging has had the same board and the same mission.  Several years ago, a couple of the board members retired.  Bonnie stated that as the Eldercare Network chair, she joined the FOA Board because she felt it made sense for her to be on the Board. The Foundation on Aging has historically been very supportive of the Eldercare Network. 


About three years ago, Margaret came to the FOA Board with concerns about reduced funding for seniors.  The Office on Aging wanted to find a way to work with the Foundation on Aging to seek out other funding sources for seniors.  Bonnie reported that it has taken at least a year to hammer out the terms of this alliance.  Roger Bailey, Katy Mason and Margaret Long worked with the FOA Board, answered a lot of hard questions and worked through concerns.  Now there is a Memo of Understanding between the Office on Aging and the FOA.  It states that the Office on Aging will support the FOA to help build its capacity to be a focal point for senior funding in the community. 


Bonnie stated that the FOA has developed a strategic plan and has obtained a grant for technical assistance.  They have received another grant for creating a website.  In January 2010, the FOA is planning an Aging Summit to gain support of people in the business community and community leaders.  A contract employee has been hired to plan this meeting.  The contractor is in the midst of creating the website which should be online in a couple of weeks.  The website is designed to be interactive and can be accessed at  Bonnie stated that the FOA Board would welcome input on the website from the OOA Advisory Council members. 


Carolyn Funk gave a brief autobiography.



Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

No report given. Elaine Boni will remind them to appoint a new liaison.   


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Judy Jones reported their board meeting was held at The Wexford.  The Board discussed the revitalization of downtown Loveland, Bridging the Gap and the October 17 senior conference, “Extraordinary Aging”.    


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the Foundation on Aging is working on planning the Aging Summit to take place in January.  Mary noted there has been increasing requests for emergency funds.


Larimer County Commissioner

Steve Johnson reported that the Larimer County Fair doubled in attendance from last year (about 50,000) and noted that in one day, there were more in attendance than the entire event last year.  Steve went on to state that it was an outstanding fair this year. 


Human Relations Commission 

Elaine Boni reported that two films on racism will be shown at the library.  The first one will be at the main library on October 11 and the second at the Harmony Library on October 13.


Commission on Aging

No report given.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported that three new members attended.  The meal site visits are continuing to be successful.  Mary noted the committee is working on Project Visibility.  This project was developed by Boulder Aging Services and is a sensitivity and awareness training about the needs of the older Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community.  The committee is also working on the Friendly Visitor program and the Bridging the Gap event.  They are hoping to add the evidence-based fall prevention program, A Matter of Balance, to their goals.


Media & Public Relations Committee

Marcy Greenslit reported that the committee discussed goals.  One of their goals is to get the Dear Margaret column carried in more than one paper.  Another goal is to work with the Interfaith Council to do outreach to local churches.  The committee is working on an ad for the Aspen Club Newsletter to advertise the newest revision of the Answers on Aging Resource Guide.  Marcy reminded the Council that a radio program with Margaret and Earl will be broadcast on KFRC in September. Margaret will discuss evidenced-based programs.


Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Margaret reported that the priorities for spending the carryover were discussed at the last meeting.  Margaret stated that the Office on Aging will spend about $50,000 of the carryover and retain the rest of the carryover for next year’s funding decrease. 


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported on the annual Legislative Breakfast.  This year the committee decided on a new format and the event will be open to the public.  There will be more discussion next Friday.  Stan received another complaint about an apartment complex.  Stan stated that the person that contacted him is afraid of being evicted because she had complained to the director about noise.  The caller reported that since she complained, the director has been somewhat cool to her and the noise is increasing.  Stan reported that he suggested that the caller contact the Fort Collins Neighborhood Services Office for mediation. 


Staff Reports

Katy Mason distributed the sign-up sheet for the provider site visits. Katy asked that every member try to attend three site visits.  Katy went on to explain that this is a great opportunity to see what our providers do.  Katy also distributed a roster of the staff, a roster of the Advisory Council members, a job description with pictures of staff and a list of community initiatives, task forces and committees on which the Office on Aging staff participate.


Linda Rumney reported that a Project Visibility training is scheduled on October 23 and November 20 from 1:00 – 4:00 at the Fort Collins Senior Center.  Linda went on to report on the Community Resource Advisory Committee (CRAC), which includes members from the Larimer Center for Mental Health, the Ombudsman program, Options for Long Term Care, local long term care facility staffs and CSU.  The mission of CRAC is to address concerns with people who have mental illness diagnosis and are living in long term care facilities.  The group is in the process of developing a pilot training module for staff and residents in long term care settings.  The main focus of this pilot training will be to help staff and residents learn how to work and live with persons with a mental illness. Margaret has included $4,800 from the carryover funds to help pay for the pilot program.  Colorado State University will develop the training under the guidance of the CRAC committee.  CRAC is hopeful that after gaining some statistics from the pilot training, they will be awarded more funding through a Hartford Grant. 


Laura Sutherlin reported that she and Tina Corrigan-Hugo are currently working on the revisions for the new Answers on Aging Resource Guide.  Laura also stated that she will have a University of Northern Colorado intern for one semester starting next week. 


Lynette McGowan reported on the annual caregiver conference.  This year the conference was held in the four corners area.  The attendees were not only service providers but also caregivers.  Lynette announced a new program has been recently initiated with Elderhaus.  This program will inform faith-based caregivers about community services that are available.  Dennis Kaz is in charge of the program and will also be conducting outreach to Veterans. 



Mary Shultz announced that Randy Fischer and John Kefalas will be at New Belgium Brewery on August 17 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.



Marcy adjourned the meeting at 3:13 p.m.