Advisory Council Meeting

October 8, 2009


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

David Born

Peggy Bowers


Cassie Castleberry

Caryll Cram

Valerie DiBenedetto


Manfred Diehl

Carolyn Funk

Marcy Greenslit


Howard Hay

Judy Jones

Ellen Pihlstrom


Gail Reader

Kristina Seth

Mary Shultz


Earl Stevens

Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora





Members Absent :

Helen Davis

Tim Dolan

Bill Prather





Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Margaret Long

Katy Mason


Glen Rathgeber

Laura Sutherlin



Marcy Greenslit called the meeting to order at 1:33 p.m.


The Council members introduced themselves.


Laura Sutherlin noted a typo of the name of the Office on Aging intern on page 4, Tyler should be Taylor. The minutes were accepted as amended. 


Marcy Greenslit stated that Margaret discussed state cuts to the OAP (Old Age Pension) Dental program, AND (Aid to Needy and Disabled) program and the loss of 59 beds at Fort Logan Mental Health Institute.  Marcy reported that the Executive Committee has received all finalized committee goals and will monitor progress.  They will be working on a committee chair job description. 


Margaret Long reported on state cuts.  The AND program will be suspended in January.  This program serves 355 clients in Larimer County.  These clients are waiting for approval for Social Security disability.  Margaret explained that the OAP Dental program, which has been receiving $55,000 in funding for Larimer County, has been eliminated.  This will make the very difficult oral health situation even more difficult.  At the last report there is another $240 million shortfall in the state budget.  The proposed cuts should be announced around November 1.  Margaret has not heard back from the state about the carryover plan.  If we receive a negative supplemental funding this year there are enough funds in the contingency to cover our contracts, but will leave us starting the next year with no reserves.  Margaret announced that the state is considering taking over the administration of child welfare.  This would make the county Department of Human Service a state agency.  If this happens, Margaret is not sure what would happen with the Office on Aging.  Colorado Counties, Inc (CCI) has come out against this idea. 


Howard Hay gave a brief autobiography.


Manfred Diehl started his presentation by distributing a flyer about the CSU Research Colloquium which is a university-wide event that focuses on multidisciplinary collaboration.  Manfred encouraged the Council members to go to the Center on Aging website as an up-to-date resource for many elderly-related issues.  The website can be found at


Manfred has been the Director of the Center on Aging (COA) since 2006.  The mission of the COA is “to facilitate interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach/service in the field of aging.”  COA’s vision is “to become a self-sustaining and flourishing academic center at CSU.”  Only 30% of Manfred’s time is assigned to the COA.


Manfred discussed the COA’s current status.  CSU has engaged in strategic hiring of faculty with expertise in aging (Health and Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Human Development & Family Studies, Psychology).  This available expertise provides the foundation to form interdisciplinary teams that can address research topics in a more comprehensive and competitive way.  In order to qualify for large grants, the Center needs to have and develop these interdisciplinary teams.


An operational budget ($20,000) has been established to support the activities of the center and to build the foundation for future center-based projects.  The major portion of this operational budget has been allocated to fund pilot grants.  Some funds are available to support faculty and graduate student travel and other activities.


Manfred reported one of the main areas he is working on is seeking financial support to become self-sustaining through grants.  In order to obtain the larger grants, the Center must show interdisciplinary collaboration.  In the area of research, COA has identified the following areas: Prevention of frailty, falls prevention, mild cognitive impairment, cognitive interventions and mental health interventions.  Faculty affiliates are engaged in a number of interdepartmental collaborations such as balance training for falls prevention and grandparents raising grandchildren.  COA currently has several grant applications in process to NIH/NIA and several other foundations and pilot grants.


Another area in which the COA works is education.  Since the center is not a degree-granting entity, it has found opportunities that provide education in a non-traditional way.  The center has established the Aging Research Colloquium Series (ARCS).  Enrollment in the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Studies Program (GISP) has increased and the School of Social Work has received funding for a Hartford Partnership for an aging education program.


In the area of outreach and service, the COA organized the 2007 Mary Scott Lectures in CAHS (College of Applied Human Sciences) with Dr. Carol Ryff, director of the Institute on Aging, University of Wisconsin-Madison, as the presenter.  The COA also partnered with CSU Extension to create the Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging, and recently the center created the 2009 CSU University Research Colloquium on “Optimizing Healthy Aging: Promoting Multidisciplinary Collaboration.”  In addition they have partnered with the Larimer County Office on Aging and several community-based organizations.  Another outreach project is collaborating with the Office on Aging on a 4-year grant from the Healthy Aging Initiative of The Colorado Trust to build a caregiver coalition for Larimer County.  Still another program the COA has been involved in is the Larimer County Alliance for Grandfamilies.  Manfred is also working to develop a partnership with the Fort Collins Senior Center as a “research station” to collaborate in projects that directly benefit older adults. 


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

No report given.  Marcy has contacted the chair regarding appointment of a liaison from their Board. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that 212 people attended Bridging the Gap and the evaluations were favorable.  Judy Jones thanked all the table hosts.  Earl announced that the Extraordinary Aging presentation is full, as well as the computer class. 


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the Foundation on Aging is working on getting speakers for their Aging Summit.  Mary announced that the Office on Aging has given them a grant for $4,500 to go towards their emergency grants.


Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.


Human Relations Commission 

No report given.


Commission on Aging

No report given.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz discussed the outreach to senior meal sites.  Mary encouraged new members to attend.  There will be a sign up sheet going around at the next meeting.  


Media & Public Relations Committee

Marcy Greenslit reported that she is waiting to hear from the newspapers in Loveland and Estes Park to see if they are interested in printing the Dear Margaret column.  Cassie Castleberry has agreed to be a greeter for our guests at Advisory Council meetings.  Marcy stated that the announcement about the new Answers on Aging Resource Guide has been printed in the Aspen and Seasons Club newsletters.  The committee also discussed the possibility of making a DVD, doing a United Way 211 public service announcement on the local community TV channel and posting it on the Loveland utility bill.


Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Valerie DiBenedetto reported that the committee discussed the states budget and medical transportation issues. 


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that Earl organized a meeting with the new state legislators.  Brian Delgrosso attended.  Representative Nikkel was not able to attend.  The committee decided to replace the Legislative Breakfast with an educational forum for this year.  Stan commented that the committee is working on a study about waiting lists for subsidized housing residences.


Staff Reports

Katy Mason distributed goals and objectives for each committee.  Katy requested that any members that have not turned in their site visit reports should do so by next week.  Katy announced that the new resource guides are available and asked members to recycle the old ones. 



There were no announcements.



Marcy adjourned the meeting at 3:18 p.m.