Advisory Council Meeting

November 13, 2008


Held at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive

Fort Collins , Colorado  80524


Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

Jim Barlow

David Born


Peggy Bowers

Cassie Castleberry

Helen Davis


Rene DeMattei

Manfred Diehl

Tim Dolan


Marcy Greenslit

Judy Jones

Elnora McCloughan


Ellen Pihlstrom

Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens


Barbara Tuttle

Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora





Members Absent :

Caryll Cram

Don Venneberg






Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Margaret Long

Glen Rathgeber





Guests Present:

Elaine Boni

Valerie DiBenedetto

Mary Jo Reeves


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


Helen Davis welcomed Valerie DiBenedetto.


No changes were recommended.  Earl Stevens moved to accept the minutes as presented, Stan Ulrich seconded, motion was passed.


Helen Davis reported that the orientation session with new board members prior to today’s meeting went very well.  Helen distributed a complete set of goals for all of the committees.  Helen noted that the article in the Coloradoan on applying for funds from United Way is out.  Helen commented that she just returned from a trip to Scotland where she noticed that they have signs that say, “Watch Out for the Elderly”. 


Margaret Long announced that the December 11th meeting will be a noon luncheon at the Fort Collins Senior Center.  Margaret stated that most of the staff are attending Medicare Part D training and will not be present at today’s meeting.  Margaret announced that to date, the Office on Aging has distributed 10,000 Answers on Aging Resource Guides. 


Margaret worked the Elections in November and gave a hats off to Larimer County stating that she found the election process to be incredibly organized.  Margaret went on to state that regarding the needs of older adults, we won some and lost some in the elections.  She is sorry to have Steve Johnson off the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) as we have educated him well on the needs of older adults.  Don Marisotica will now be on the JBC.  Statewide, we lost Bernie Buescher who was a great supporter of older adults, but Jim Riesberg did maintain his seat. 


Margaret reminded the council that the Digital TV conversion is coming in February.  Margaret has had discussions with Diane Stobnicke at Volunteers of America regarding using some funds to expand the Handyman Program for assistance with converter box setups.  Marcy Greenslit stated that everyone is entitled to two coupons and suggested that council members log onto the website, request two coupons, and donate them to the Office on Aging.  This will allow the Office on Aging to give out coupons to older adults that did not get a coupon.

OFFICE ON AGING PARNTER PRESENTATION:  Valerie DiBenedetto, Fort Collins Meals on Wheels

Valerie DiBenedetto, Director of Fort Collins Meals on Wheels was introduced.  Valerie stated that the program is open five days a week and the meals are prepared through Poudre Valley Hospital.    


Fort Collins Meals on Wheels has a great volunteer base and has not lost any volunteers due to gas prices.  Valerie commented that there were 3,168 meals delivered in October. 


Valerie stated that she struggles with ways to reach clients before they need to move into Assisted Living.  However, Valerie reports that they are seeing a current trend of increasing enrollments.  Other than nutrition, Fort Collins Meals on Wheels provides the welfare check which is vital to most clients.  The program provides one hot meal a day, five days per week, with an average reimbursement of $3.55 per meal.  The reimbursement request for low income clients is $2.00 per meal.  The criteria to receive a meal is that the client is homebound and not able to prepare their own meals. 


Valerie discussed funding for Meals on Wheels.  At this point their board has decided not to pursue federal grants.  Valerie juggles approximately six grants at any one time.  Meals on Wheels has received funds from the Compassion Grant with the requirement that the program pursue collaborative efforts for funding from other sources.  Fort Collins Meals on Wheels has also received approximately $22,000 from the Daniels Fund and $16,000 from the United Way. 


Tina Corrigan-Hugo gave a brief autobiography.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

Stan Ulrich reported that the Board met at MacKenzie Place.  Stan commented that the cost for a one bedroom apartment at MacKenzie Place is approximately $4,200 a month.  The Board worked on their 2009 work plan with a facilitator. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that representatives from Volunteers of America (VOA) and the Housing Foundation gave a presentation to the committee.  In the presentation, Samantha announced that the Housing Authority has opened Harvest Pointe.  Earl commented that the Board will lose 4-5 members and has put out a call for new members.  Diane Stobnicke will be a representative from VOA.  Earl announced that a computer class will be offered by Thompson Valley High school. 


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the Foundation’s Program Committee met regarding their Emergency Grant procedures.  Their Communications Committee discussed website creation and the JVA grant for capacity building. 


Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.


Human Relations Commission 

No report given.


Commission on Aging

No report given.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported that the committee decided to continue with the outreach at the Aztlan Center and would like to expand this outreach to include Bellvue, Chilson Senior Center, Oakbrook and Estes Park.


Media & Public Relations Committee

Marcy Greenslit reported that the committee had the “Dear Margaret” column published in the Berthoud paper.  The column will be published once a month.  The committee met with Lynette and discussed how to distribute the new Caregiver DVD.  In addition, there was discussion on options for press releases regarding the Answers on Aging Resource Guide and recognizing November Family Caregiver Month. 


Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Ellen Pihlstrom reported that the committee discussed plans for the Office on Aging carryover funds.  The committee is reviewing funding options for the ARCH program.  ARCH is currently working with the Medical Center of the Rockies on a referral form for discharge planners but did not receive the grant to help fund this project.  The committee thought that the United Way presentation went well and would like to invite Gordan back again.  Ellen stated that the committee discussed the Foundation on Aging, the Oral Task Force, and the evidence based program, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”.


Pubic Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported on the committee goal sheet.  Currently they are working on walk signal projects and bus route 8 changes.  The changes will take place in February or March to allow time to change the sidewalks and striping.  Stan noted that if you want legislators to listen to you, you need to help them.


Staff Reports

Margaret Long noted that Laura Sutherlin will be attending a transit conference next week. 


Helen Davis stated that she is a now a certified Ombudsman volunteer for the Ombudsman program.  She finds it very interesting and visits buildings once a week.  She feels it is a very rewarding service and receives good guidance from staff. 



There were no announcements.



Helen adjourned the meeting at 3:15 p.m.