Advisory Council Meeting

October 10, 2013


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

Elaine Boni


Sharon Courtney

Helen Davis

Bonnie Glass


Richard Hedlund

Judy Jones

Ken Lamport


Betty McBride

Diane Morgas

Ellen Pihlstrom


Rhonda Racicot

Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens


Sharon Zamora







Members Absent :

David Born

Phil Elliott

Howard Hay


Audrey Ketchum

Briauna Souders

Katie Stieber





Staff Present:

Tim Bjorklund

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Katy Mason


Lynette McGowan

Lynda Meyer

Ed Rutherford


Wendy Schleppy






Guests Present:

Myles Crane




Ellen Pihlstrom called the meeting to order at 1:34 p.m.


Minutes stand as presented.


Ellen Pihlstrom reported that the Executive Committee reviewed its goals for the year.  Discussion took place about the revised budget being due later in the month.


Lynda Meyer reported that the new ARCH Information & Assistance Specialist has been hired.  Wendy Schleppy will be the first person that people talk with when calling the Office on Aging.  Tina Barker has left the Office on Aging and interviews for her position have been completed.  A decision will be made soon. 


Staff Reports:

Katy Mason asked members to bring the Office on Aging Annual Reports to share with other groups.  Especially for those members that are also members of the senior center advisory boards and the Human Relations Commission. 


Katy noted that there have been complaints about getting to the Network of Care website.  Earl Stevens found it cumbersome, as he couldn’t find the local site and went to the federal site and found Larimer County from there.  The problem is that the address does not have a “www” in the beginning.  The website is  The company that created the site said that they can fix it to re-route the “www” address. 


Katy announced that N4A, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, has given the Foundation on Aging a “Livable Communities Collaborative” grant.  The grant does not include funding, but technical assistance to help communities become age-friendly.  This grant is one of six received throughout the United States.  The Foundation on Aging applied for the grant with the Office on Aging and Human Relations Commission.  A dozen other community agencies will be involved with this project as well.  


Katy finished her report by stating that site visits are in full swing and going well.  Via Mobility has been rescheduled. 


Lynette McGowan gave a snapshot of what she does in her role as the Family Caregiver Support Program Coordinator.  Lynette shared three short stories of the typical caregiver and read a few quotes from her feedback forms.


Lynda Meyer gave a brief biography.


Community Education & Information Committee

Judy Jones reported that the Committee is planning to host two forums on Veterans Issues; one in Fort Collins and one in Loveland.  The Committee decided that members will start attending meal sites again.  Through visits of various sites, members will get to know the attendees and gain information about needs.  Judy stated that goals were reviewed and timelines discussed. 


Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee

Ellen Pihlstrom reported that the Committee has been focused on site visits.  Numbers of units and services were discussed.


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee 

Helen Davis reported on the last forum held on the Affordable Care Act.  Helen warned the Council about insurance companies pressuring people to sign up for plans. 

Helen announced that the Aspen Club will host a meeting with the Attorney General, Adult Protection Services (APS) and AARP on November 8.  The meeting will be about the law on elder abuse reporting information that takes effect in July 2014. 


Bridging the Gap Planning Committee

Judy Jones reported on the results of the Bridging the Gap Networking event.  There was a 9% no show rate.  The evaluation results were very positive.  The notification process still needs to be worked out.  Judy thanked the Office on Aging for bringing the producer of the film to Fort Collins. 


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

No report given. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Judy Jones reported that the Public Works Director of the City of Loveland spoke at their meeting.  Judy was impressed with the working relationship he has with his counterpart in Fort Collins. 


Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Myles Crane reported that the HRC is actively involved in the Livable Communities Collaborative to help Larimer County become an Aging-Friendly community.  The HRC is planning a series of mental health-related community programs scheduled to start in the Spring 2014. 

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Manfred Diehl, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University

Manfred Diehl gave a presentation on Aging-Related Research in the College of Health and Human Sciences and other departments at CSU.  Projects include:  healthy cognitive aging, self-perception of aging, risk and resilience factors of daily stress, Grandparent-grandchild relationships and family caregiving issues.  For more information, Manfred can be contacted at


Fort Collins Senior Center Expansion:  The Education, Information and Entertainment Center will be named “The Stan Center” after our very own Stan Ulrich.  If anyone is interested in donating, please send donations to City of Fort Collins Recreation, P.O. Box 1217, Fort Collins, CO  80522 or call 224-6026.  Donation forms are also available, call Tina Hugo at 498-7751.


Ellen adjourned the meeting at 3:31 p.m.