Advisory Council Meeting

February 8, 2007


Held at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive

Fort Collins, Colorado  80524


Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

Paul Bell

Steve Budner


Marcy Greenslit

Elnora McCloughan

Janet Montera


Ellen Pihlstrom

Karen Reinhardt

Lloyd Spawn


Earl Stevens

Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora





Members Absent:

Roger Bailey

Rene DeMattei

Barbara Nuss


Mary Shultz

Barbara Tuttle

Don Venneberg





Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Ruth Coberly

Tina Hugo


Katy Mason

Laura Sutherlin






Guests Present:

Marjorie McTaggart

Elaine Boni



Earl Stevens called the meeting to order at 1:37 p.m.


There were no guests present.


There was no open discussion or community input.


Stand as presented.


Earl Stevens noted that changes need to be made to the minutes on Page 3 under the Loveland Senior Advisory Board.  The City Council of Loveland held a summit meeting of all boards and commissions.  This was done in order to create a master plan of the City of Loveland’s 21 boards and commissions.  Elnora McCloughan noted a correction to Page 4 under the transportation report.  The MPO currently has three vans that drive between Loveland and Greeley.


Earl Stevens reported that the executive committee focused on planning the strategic planning meeting which will be facilitated by Lynette McGowan.   This meeting has been rescheduled to April 12th.  Lunch will start at 12:30 and the meeting will be from 1:30 until 4:30. 

ARCH – Adult Resources for Care and Help

Laura Sutherlin gave a PowerPoint presentation on the ARCH program.   Laura noted that this presentation could be given by the Advisory Council’s Speakers Bureau.  The ARCH program is housed in Department of Human Services under the Office on Aging.  There are 43 states currently with ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center) pilot programs.  The function of this program is to streamline access to long term care services.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

Marjorie McTaggart reported that the Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board had a work session on 2007 action plans.  Karen Schneiders from Transfort gave an update on the new bus routes and handed out clip-on “blinking” lights for bus riders to use.  Marjorie stated that February’s meeting will be held at Rigden Farm Senior Living.  During the meeting there will be a presentation by a Fort Collins Police Officer regarding crimes against seniors.


Marjorie reported on the Triad council, they too are working on their 2007 action plans.  The board had a presenter from the Denver Triad regarding “Ready Colorado” disaster readiness.  Currently there is no crime prevention unit at the Sheriff’s office due to budget issues.  There will no longer be a deputy involved with SALT (Seniors And Law Enforcement Together) but a deputy will attend the monthly Triad advisory council meetings.


Marjorie also noted that the Women’s Commission is working on their 2007 work plans.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that the advisory board is trying to align their plans and goals with the City of Loveland master plan.  Earl noted that there is a new city council liaison, staff representation and new members on the board which now makes the membership complete.  There are VOA, Golden K Kiwanis, Seasons and Aspen Club liaisons also assigned to the board.  Christy from the Seasons Club gave a Medicare update.  Christy noted that in Colorado, Larimer County was the most successful county in signing up seniors for Medicare Part D Extra Help.  She commented that many seniors did not investigate their options for the 2007 program and simply retained their current 2006 program.  They don’t understand the increases in premiums and changes in formularies.  Earl distributed a flyer regarding the Senior Day at the Capital.


Foundation on Aging

No report given.  Caregiver Support Program


Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.


Human Relations Commission: 

Elaine Boni reported that the commission is gearing up for community awards, one of which focuses on seniors.  She will bring the nomination forms to the next meeting in hopes that members of this council will submit nominations.


Commission on Aging: 

No report given.


Lloyd Spawn gave a brief autobiography.


Education Committee

Steve Budner reported that the committee discussed the Older Adult Job Fair which will be on April 18th from 1:30 – 4:30. 


Executive Committee

See Chair report. 


Health Committee

Nancy Arthur reported that the committee discussed retaining last year’s goals for 2007.  The dental program goal is coming along slowly; there will be a task force meeting next month.  The Medicare Part D goal has been put on the back burner for now.  Nancy stated that the committee is focused on addressing pandemic planning and has linked up with the Education Committee to send letters and flyers out to the community.  Currently, the committee is in the process of distributing flyers to Meals on Wheels.  Nancy ended by stating that the committee is continuing to distribute the Answers on Aging Resource Guides. 


Membership Committee 

Elnora McCloughan reported that Lloyd Spawn and Karen Reinhardt will not be renewing their membership.  It was announced that Gerry Hinks has resigned. 


Nutrition Committee

No report given.  The VOA satisfaction survey was distributed.

Housing Committee

Steve Budner reported that he was notified by the Loveland Planning Commission that there may be a new assisted living residence in Loveland.  They are only in the exploratory stages at this point.


Transportation Committee

Karen Reinhardt reported that the committee is going over the Dial-A-Ride client and doctor certification questionnaires.  Karen stated that both packets were very large and incomprehensible.  She feels that it will be difficult for clients to get doctors to complete the forms.  In addition, there are physical, psychiatric and emotional analysis questions.  Nancy Arthur reported that one of her residents took the paperwork to her Internist and his response was not encouraging.  Karen noted that Roger Bailey and Margaret Long attended a meeting and presented concerns to the members of the task force.  Transfort stated that they need all of this information for funding purposes.  Nancy stated that Oakbrook asked Transfort to come out and help them complete the paperwork.  Transfort stated that they could not set this type of precedence.   Transfort did refer Oakbrook to a telephone number that can help.  Nancy felt there were some very sensitive questions on the forms. 


Elnora McCloughan reported that there was some discussion about the creation of an RTD at the TAG meeting.  They would like to get it on the ballot this year.   COLT will run a route to the Medical Center of the Rockies starting in February.  Transfort will start their Timberline and Harmony routes in March.  They already have a route to the PVH Harmony Campus.


Staff Reports

Tina Baker reported that the Ombudsman program has two new interns working 28 hours a week and 9 hours a week through mid-May.  Tina reported that their cases have doubled in the last two months and that there are now 26 Assisted Living residences.  Tina asked the council for help in finding Ombudsman volunteers.  If anyone is interested in volunteering for the Ombudsman program, please call Tina Barker at 498-6803.


Katy Mason reported that she has finished taking applications for the Senior Tax Work Off program.  So far there have been 70 applicants; down from 101 last year.  Katy feels that the Homestead Exemption is helping some seniors.


Katy reported that Margaret asked her to mention that John Kafalas is sponsoring a bill on standards for dialysis technicians.  Right now there is no oversight or requirements on certification for techs that administer dialysis.  An RN is the person responsible for the technicians.  Katy stated that the Advisory Council cannot take a stand on this bill until Margaret has discussed it with the commissioners.  Katy stated that if there are members who feel strongly about this legislation that they consider making phone calls or write letters of support on a personal basis. 


Laura Sutherlin reported that she is currently marketing the ARCH program.  Marketing will be ongoing.  Recently, Laura wrote an article for the 50+ Marketplace News.  


Glen Rathgeber announced that Margaret received notice that the state has approved the Four Year Plan.  The council will receive copies at the next meeting and the plan will be posted on the Office on Aging website.



Earl announced that Judy Jones is home and doing reasonably well. 


Earl announced that the Good Morning America segment on the Chilson Senior Center was preempted and will air sometime in March. 


Stan Ulrich announced that AARP is sponsoring transportation to the Senior Day at the Capital.  The fee for transportation is $10 and includes transportation to and from Denver, continental breakfast and lunch at the Golden Corral.



Earl adjourned the meeting at 2:45 p.m.