March 12, 2015 Minutes

Kane County Senior Resources
HELD SECOND THURSDAY EACH MONTH AT ELDERDAY CENTER
BATAVIA, IL 60150
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Networking
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Business Meeting

MINUTES FOR: Thursday, March 12, 2015

NETWORKING:
• Began at 8:30 a.m.

BUSINESS MEETING:
• Was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by President Liz Wiggins – there is a $1 charge for phones that ring during the meeting, so please silence your phones.
• Pledge of Allegiance was said
• Thank you to Traci and Molly at Elderday for hosting the meeting.
• Breakfast was hosted by Colleen Murphy from Vital Wellness Home Health.
• Introductions of visitors and members took place/announcements
• February minutes approved.

OFFICER REPORTS:
President- Liz Wiggins
• Gail is anticipating being back soon.
Vice President- Tori Garland
Secretary- Nidya Garcia
• Please send any event notifications/announcements to kcsrsecretary@gmail.com.
Treasurer- Al Arellano
• Our current balance is $1114.52
Membership- Cheryl Reis
• The fee for a 2014-2015 year membership is now $25.
• Two representatives from the same organization are allowed per membership.
• Membership applications for 2015-2016 are available online.

LEGISLATIVE REPORT: Marla Fronczak and Royce Blackwell
•Federal
President’s 2016 budget request and the aging network: supports older adults by protecting Social Security & Medicare for future generations, expands the earned income tax credit for older workers; protects worker pensions and provides housing for the elderly
The reality – Investments in aging services have not kept up with inflation or the rapid growth in the senior population; Due to FY 14 sequestration funding was about 15% below FY 10 levels and FY 16 sequester is scheduled to reduce non-defense discretionary funding to a 50 year low as a share of the economy.
Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act : Reauthorizes programs through 2018-stregthens and modernizes aging service; provisions to protect vulnerable older adults through the LTC Ombudsman and elder abuse programs; promotes delivery of evidence based programs (fall prevention and CDSMP); adjusts the state formula for Title III program (supportive services, nutrition) to account for geographic changes
6th White House Conference on Aging
•50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act
•80th anniversary of Social Security
•Recognize the importance of these and other key programs for older Americans
•Improve and advance the quality of life for older adults in next decade by focusing on Long-term support services, retirement security, healthy aging and reducing elder abuse

State
Governor’s proposed FY 16 budget- Proposed changes affecting Aging programs
•Overall decrease of 8.4% from FY 15
• AAA budget line items were held at FY 15 level
• Home Delivered Meals- Increase $2.4M to sustain 6 million meals for 40,700 seniors
• Community Care Program- New Determination of Need Eligibility for CCP to increase from 29 to 37; Income
eligibility of $17,500 (currently grandfathered)

OLD BUSINESS:
• Thank you to our volunteer at the Hording Task Force in Elgin

• Breakfast sponsor Colleen gave a brief description of the services offered through Vital Wellness Home Health.

• Discharge Planner Vendor Fair and lunch is scheduled at Delnor on Tuesday, March 31 from
11:30am-1:30pm. Autumn Leaves will provide boxed lunches for the discharge planners

• The Holmstad will be hosting their Annual Senior Fitness and Health Fair on Wednesday, May 27.
We will need volunteers to represent the KCSR and pass out directories. Last year about 400
seniors participated.

• The Super Savvy Senior Expo is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd. We will need volunteers.

• Membership dues will remain $50 for 2015-2016. Applications are available online at kanecountyseniorresources.org under the Important Documents tab.

NEW BUSINESS:

SPEAKER:
Donna Sperlakis from Rush-Copley on Parkinson’s disease

Next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 9th.
• Networking at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast provided by Al Arellano from Autumn Leaves of St. Charles.
• Meeting at 9 a.m.
• Speaker will be Nancie Dorjath from Dorjath Law Center.

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