Advisory Council Meeting

May 13, 2010


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

Peggy Bowers

Manfred Diehl


Marcy Greenslit

Howard Hay

Ellen Pihlstrom


Bill Prather

Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens


Stan Ulrich







Members Absent :

David Born

Helen Davis

Valerie DiBenedetto


Carolyn Funk

Judy Jones

Sharon Zamora





Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Margaret Long


Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan

Laura Sutherlin


Laura Walker







Guests Present:

Elaine Boni

Debbie Tellez



Marcy Greenslit called the meeting to order at 1:34 p.m.


No introductions were made.


Marcy corrected the starting time for the April 8 meeting.  It started at 1:35 not at 3:35.  Minutes were approved as amended.


Marcy Greenslit reported that Tim Dolan, Caryll Cram and Gail Reader have resigned.  Tim Dolan plans to be a liaison to this Council for the Interfaith Council. 


One-Year Plan:

Margaret Long distributed information about the Office on Aging proposed one-year plan.  She stated that we gained about $4,000 in state and $34,000 in federal funding.  The Office on Aging will continue its ongoing basic contracts and continue its internal services.  The funding sheet that was distributed to the members shows $1.2 million in revenue.  Of that amount, in-house costs will be $583,000 and $674,000 will be distributed to contracted agencies.  The second page shows our service provider contracts.   


Margaret suggested removing the $5,000 that had been used for medical transportation.  The OOA used this money to pay for medical transportation rides and has memorandums of understanding with Catholic Charities Northern, Disabled Resource Services and Options for Long Term Care.  We have spent only 20% of the funds this year.  Margaret stated that if this service becomes more urgent, we can reinstate it.  She also suggested removing $5,500 from the Part D funding for VOA to do Healthier Living classes.  These classes are not getting many participants and Margaret feels that the market for “chronic disease management” is saturated.


Marcy Greenslit asked if the OOA is planning to continue with the Berthoud Area Transportation Service (BATS) contract because it was a one-time only contract.  Margaret stated that BATS does a really good job with the money they get and we have the money to give for one more year.  Next year we will start a new four-year plan, and we put a request for proposals for those services listed in the plan. 


Marcy asked for a motion to accept the one-year plan.  Earl Stevens moved that we except the one-year plan.  Nancy Arthur seconded the motion.  Discussion ensued.  All were in favor of accepting the one-year plan with one member abstaining. 


Staff Reports

Laura Sutherlin reported on the progress of the Colorado Health Foundation Grant.  She and Jim Horner have completed presentations to all hospitals except Poudre Valley Hospital.   


Tina Barker announced that Linda had hip replacement surgery yesterday.  Her surgery went well.  Tina will be using her volunteers to keep the program going for the next six weeks. 


Katy Mason described the Larimer County Alliance for Grandfamilies.  They had an annual meeting in April, with the main focus trying to find legal resources.  Our contract pays for the Navigator position at Namaqua which helps families to find resources.  More and more grandparents are saying that they need legal resources and can’t afford to hire a lawyer.  There just aren’t any financial resources to help those families.  The Alliance appointed a standing committee to find legal resources. 


Katy noted that HB1076 passed and was signed by the Governor.  This bill authorizes the county to purchase a separate workers’ compensation policy for senior tax workers.  Brian Delgrosso should be thanked. 


Katy remarked that she is as caregiver for her parents in Florida.  This experience has been helpful to understand what other people go through. 


Marcy Greenslit gave a brief autobiography.


As an overview, Lynette showed the video, “The Journey.”  After the video, she explained that her job includes meeting with caregivers on an individual basis and to provide respite funds to help them with their caregiving.  Lynette also encourages and consoles caregivers as they go through their “journey”.


Since January 2003, 671 family caregivers have been awarded $300,336 in respite funds and $94,000 for caregiver supplies. 


In 2005, the Caregiver Coalition was formed.  In 2006 stakeholders were identified and in 2007, a 4-year $250,000 Colorado Trust Grant was received.  With one more year remaining, the results are as follows: (1) 172 caregivers have participated in Caring Conversations, (2) over 100 caregivers have taken Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes in 2009-10 and (3) 196 caregivers have been pampered at the annual Caregiver Pampering Day, which started in 2006.   


The CSU Center on Aging is continuing to interview caregiver clients to gather results on how the Family Caregiver Support Program is helping them.  They have interviewed 70 caregiver clients. 


Currently, the Coalition is working on its number one challenge of getting caregivers and other agencies to access services because many people are unaware that these agencies exist.  The project is called the “Family Caregiver Roadmap.”  Its purpose is to make people aware of the resources that are available.  Feedback received from caregivers shows definitely that mentoring and counseling are very beneficial. 



Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

No report given.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that Bridging the Gap Networking Event is set for September 22.


The Board accepted their 2010 goals, and the next meeting will be on June 2 at the Loveland Museum.


Earl stated that there is interest in having a fiscal forum in Loveland.   Topics could be fiscal policy issues, healthcare, or amendments 60, 61 and 101.  A meeting to discuss the issue has been set for June 3 at 1:30 in the Parks & Recreation building on 500 E. 3rd Street, Ste. 200. 


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz stated that the Foundation on Aging has a part-time projects coordinator.  The Foundation is working with its consultant on goals and starting a social marketing program.


Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.


Human Relations Commission 

Elaine Boni stated that the Human Relations Commission is sponsoring a conference with the Lambda group called “Is It Okay to Use the Word Queer?” on Thursday, May 27. 


Commission on Aging

No report given.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported that the Committee is working on the Special Needs Registry.  They are delivering flyers to companies that provide medical equipment to seniors. 


As explained last month, the Committee is taking part in a Mail Fraud Screening program.  Nancy Arthur is heading the program at three sites:  Oakbrook I, Oakbrook II and The Sanctuary. 


Media & Public Relations Committee

Marcy Greenslit reported that the first monthly column in the Coloradoan will be printed this Sunday.  The topic is Older Americans Month and it discusses senior demographics.  The ghost writer is Kay Rios.  Pamela Dickman with the Loveland Reporter-Herald may write a few articles, too.  The Committee is also looking at scheduling more interviews with Deni on the KRFC radio show. 


Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Peggy Bowers reported that the Committee discussed the one-year plan. 


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that the Committee has completed all of their goals for the year.  The Committee discussed hosting another public forum on the three initiatives in Loveland.  The housing survey has been completed.  Mary suggested that they submit their findings to the Foundation on Aging and have Earl write a column in the 55+ Marketplace



Stan announced that the Fort Collins Senior Center and the Optimist Club are hosting the 5th Annual All-American Picnic & Apple Pie contest on July 3.  It is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. 


Marcy reminded the council that next month we will vote on a new chair and vice-chair.  Please let Marcy know if you want to run.



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