Advisory Council Meeting

February 12, 2008


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

Jim Barlow

David Born


Peggy Bowers

Cassie Castleberry

Caryll Cram


Helen Davis

Rene DeMattei

Manfred Diehl


Tim Dolan

Marcy Greenslit

Elnora McCloughan


Ellen Pihlstrom

Gail Reader

Mary Shultz


Earl Stevens

Stan Ulrich

Don Venneberg





Members Absent :

Judy Jones

Barbara Tuttle

Sharon Zamora





Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Steve Johnson


Margaret Long

Ruth Long

Katy Mason


Lynette McGowan

Glen Rathgeber

Linda Rumney


Rebecca Smyser

Laura Sutherlin






Guests Present:

Elaine Boni

Bob Moore

Mark Shelton






Helen Davis called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.


The following guests were introduced:  Bob Moore, Editor of the Coloradoan, and Steve Johnson, new County Commissioner.


Helen Davis asked that the Office on Aging Partner Presentation agenda item be placed before the Chair Report.  All were in favor.  Earl Stevens noted grammatical changes needed to minutes as follows:


•   Page 2: Add a dash between “three-day”

Ÿ    Page 4: Second paragraph under Public Policy & Advocacy Committee - “Kafalas” should be spelled “Kefalas”

•   Page 5: Second paragraph - remove “d” and add a dash between “evidence-based”


Stan Ulrich also noted a change on page 5, second paragraph, change where to “were”.


Motion made, all were in favor of accepting minutes as presented with noted changes.

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Bob Moore, Editor of the Coloradoan

Tim Dolan introduced Bob Moore, Editor of the Coloradoan newspaper.  Tim hopes we can develop a better relationship with the Coloradoan


Bob presented the state of the Coloradoan and the newspaper industry as a whole.  It is not a pretty picture right now.  Bob stated one problem is that more and more readers are moving away from printed products and going to digital forms of communication.  The newspaper industry has been too slow to react.  Advertisers are moving more to the internet.  Bob reported that in the midst of this current economic crisis, business spending has declined, and one of the first expenses to be cut back is advertising. 


Bob explained the Coloradoan has taken some steps to cut costs.  The first step was a format change.  There has been a 20-25% increase in cost of printing.  Other changes have been more subtle such as narrowing the size of the print and paper and product cuts.  The TV Guide is still printed weekly but is now 12 pages instead of the 24-page book it was.  The Coloradoan has decided to primarily focus its resources on local reporting, which is their niche. 


Their long-term challenge is meeting the needs of their two distinct readership audiences: (1) the loyal baby boomers; and (2) the younger audience which is picked up on the internet.  The younger readers want to be involved in driving the content. 


Bob stated the big question is how to fund the kind of journalism we expect.  As staff resources are cut at newspapers, how do we keep an eye on government and keep the public informed?  Bob commented that healthy media are good for society. 


During the question and discussion period, Gail Reader asked how the Coloradoan obtains new news stories.  Bob answered that the Coloradoan does this by establishing good relationships with County Commissioners, getting tips from readers, and attending social gatherings.  Lynette McGowan asked how can we get stories/information about the Office on Aging printed in the paper.  Bob stated that information should be sent to him and that he would get it to the right person.  His telephone number is 224-7755 and his email is


Helen Davis reported the Executive Committee finished its site visit reviews.  Overall, everything was very positive.  Helen stated the state audit seemed very impressed with Loveland Meals on Wheels and Volunteers of America.  There were discussions about presentations for next year.  The Executive Committee would like to expand and have broader presentations.  Helen cautioned that the council needs to be careful when presentations are made from for-profit organizations. 


Margaret Long reported on the ups and downs of the Office on Aging’s fiscal situation.  Several months ago we had more carryover than anticipated and developed a plan to spend it.  As we know, the State of Colorado is facing a revenue deficit.  A month ago, the JBC recommended a $2 million negative supplemental in state funding which would translate to a $100,000 decrease for Larimer County Office on Aging.  As of last week, the JBC decided it was not going to cut the $2 million.  The bill will now go to General Assembly for a vote.  Margaret believes we will have level state funding for this year and next. 


Margaret distributed and described the proposed plan for the reduction of $100,000.  Because of the change in our accountant, we found an error in the Ombudsman budget of approximately $35,000.  We also need to spend the ARCH grant before October, 2009; therefore, we are reversing the 70% funding from Title III back to ARCH.  Margaret stated that $33,000 for Caregiver Respite, Material Aid, and contingency was removed.  This still leaves $43,000 to make up.  Margaret has discussed reducing one meal site a week with VOA which will cut $23,000.  We removed $6,000 from Medical Transportation, and the rest would come from cutting RVNA’s home health care contract.  Margaret noted this is a popular service, but RVNA is currently only spending 36% of our funding when it should be at 50% for the year.    


Margaret stated that if the General Assembly votes to cut the $2 million, we will need to have a vote from this council to submit a new plan.  Earl Stevens moved to accept this plan if needed; Stan Ulrich seconded the motion.  All were in favor.


Margaret reported the State Unit on Aging completed an onsite review of the Office on Aging.  The Office on Aging received glowing comments regarding best practices, and some regulatory infractions we were told about that will need to be addressed. 


Tim Dolan gave a brief autobiography.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

No report given.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

No report given.


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported the JVA grant was submitted for capacity building to develop a different website and conduct a town hall meeting.


Larimer County Commissioner

Steve Johnson reported on his first 30 days on the job.  Steve is very pleased to be our liaison.  He thanked the members for their help working on this advisory council.  He can be contacted by email at


Human Relations Commission 

Elaine Boni reported the Human Relations Commission (HRC) is concerned about possible abuse of elderly in long term care facilities.  Elaine attended an excellent meeting with Margaret Long, Tina Barker, and Linda Rumney.  The HRC wants to raise awareness and is planning a community meeting.  The HRC is asking the Office on Aging to co-sponsor the meeting.  Cassie Castleberry moved to support the HRC by co-sponsoring this meeting.  Gail Reader seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  Manfred Diehl announced that Emily Dakin gives presentations about abuse of older adults and could be used as a speaker to raise community awareness about this issue.


Commission on Aging

Mark Shelton reported the Commission on Aging is reviewing current bills in the legislature.  He asked the council to contact him if they have any strong feelings about these bills.  His email is  Their next meeting is on February 24-25, 2009, at the Warwick Hotel, Denver.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz thanked Sharon Zamora and Stan Ulrich for advocating to change bus Route 8 which now stops directly in front of the Aztlan Center.  Mary distributed brochures for the Older Worker Job Fair to be held April 22, 2009, at the Chilson Senior Center, Loveland. 


Media & Public Relations Committee

Cassie Castleberry reported the committee is working on contacting radio stations.  Marcy Greenslit is working with Deni LaRue to develop a call-in program.  There has been one comment regarding the “Dear Margaret” column in the Berthoud paper. 


Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Ellen Pihlstrom reported the committee reviewed the fiscal back-up plan Margaret covered in her report.  The Foundation on Aging has a new grant writer and has submitted a grant for $20,000 continuing support from the JVA. Ellen stated they discussed the Oral Health task force and possible funding for Poudre Valley Hospital transportation to Medical Center of the Rockies.


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported he was glad to see that bus Route 8 was reversed.  Stan asked the council to send a card to Representative Don Marostica on the JBC thanking him for not cutting the AAA’s $2 million.  Rene DeMattei will send out political alerts whenever we receive information requiring immediate action.  These alerts will notify members about actions they need to take by either calling or writing legislators.  Stan noted the committee is currently developing a phone tree for urgent material.  Members need to respond to issues as private citizens but may identify themselves as members of the council. The council cannot take a position unless the commissioners back it.


Stan gave a brief report about the federal stimulus bill.


Staff Reports

Tina Barker reported that Rebecca (Becky) is with us as an intern working on her BA in Social Work through CSU.  She will be working in the Office on Aging from mid-January through May.  Tina announced that Marcy Greenslit and Helen Davis are certified ombudsman volunteers.  At the end of February, the State Ombudsman will be at our office conducting a three-day audit. 


Lynette McGowan distributed the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” flyer.  This is a fabulous six-part educational series geared toward caregivers about how to take care of yourself, how to deal with emotions, and how to communicate.  The training and material costs for these classes will be paid for from Title III D-Health Promotion funds.


Katy Mason reported she has just completed four days of interviewing 109 people for the Senior Tax Work-Off Program.  Last year 76 people were interviewed.   


Laura Sutherlin reported she is working on another grant opportunity.  This $40,000 non-competitive grant, MIPPA, is meant to be a cooperative outreach effort between the Administration on Aging, ARCH, and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).  The grant aims to reach people who are not currently signed up for Medicare Savings Programs, Medicare Part D, and Medicare Part D Extra Help. 



There were no announcements.



Helen adjourned the meeting at 3:33 p.m.