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Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter
February 2011
In This Issue
February Membership Meeting
February Meeting Sponsor
President's Monthly Note
Featured Board Member Of The Month
Membership Renewal for 2011
Quick Links
Issue: # 2February 2011

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Minneapolis Senior Worker's Association
Thursday, Februay 24, 2011
2:30 pm Registration/Networking
2:45 pm Business Meeting
3:00 pm Presentation/Questions
4:00 pm Adjourn

TOPIC:   Honoring Choices Minnesota: It's About
               the Conversation
Nicole Erickson, MA Fairview Rosemount Clinic and
Katie Snow, Coordinator, Honoring Choices Minnnesota

Nicole Erickson is a Medical Assistant supporting a Nurse Practitioner at the Fairview Rosemount Clinic.  She is certified as an Advance Care Planning Facilitator.  Nicole also is a Float M.A., and is involved in many different committees with Fairview.

Katie Snow is the Coordinator for Honoring Choices Minnesota at Twin Cities Medical Society.  She handles communications with partner organizations and pilot sites, organizes events, and plans projects and meetings for the advisory committee and medical director.  Although most of her time is spent on Honoring Choices Minnesota work, she has additional roles for the medical society and it's East Metro Medical Foundation.


Program Objectives:

  • Discuss importance of advance care planning
  • Describe community work and the opportunities and materials available for advance care planning
  • Share interview skills, tips and stories
Call the MASWA Program Co-Chairs: Kay Johnson, Supervisor, North Memorial Home Health and Hospice 763-520-4280 or William Huseonica, Director of Marketing Chandler Place, 612-913-5390 with questions related to this program.
St. Anthony Community Center / City Hall
3310 Silver Lake Road
St. Anthony, MN 55418
Certificates of Attendance (CEU) will be available.
Annual Membership fee $25.00 Guest fee $5.00

Program Sponsor:

Chandler Place Assisted Living

3701 Chandler Drive

St. Anthony, MN 55421




Chandler Place Assisted Living

A Gracious Assisted Living Community for Seniors


Follow your heart to Chandler Place Assisted Living and find a compassionate senior lifestyle that promotes your health and independence. Our community offers many delightful amenities,comfortable community spaces, and activities and programs designed to enrich your days.


Individually tailored supportive assisted living services are available in the comfortable surroundings of your apartment home. As a resident of Chandler Place, you will have priority access to the continuum of care provided on the St. Anthony Senior Living campus, including Pond View Memory Care Assisted Living Apartments and St. Anthony Health Center.


 Susan Green
The presentation by Kay King, Program Director at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota (NAMI) at MASWA's January membership meeting, was an eye-opener for me.  Kay informed that approximately 1 in 4 individuals suffer with a mental health illness; depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.  Initially, I was surprised by this statistic.  Then, I began to contemplate a trend I have noted (entirely unscientifically) from a professional standpoint.  My rudimentary observation indicates that we had been providing services to an increasing number of clients whose primary diagnosis is related to mental health.   Personally, I began to consider the people I have known whose lives have been significantly and sometimes devastatingly affected by a mental health illness or crisis.  I was no longer surprised by the numbers. 


Kay taught us about the many resources offered by NAMI which seek to educate, inform and teach coping skills.  She spoke of the ways in which NAMI offers insight to help individuals living with a mental health diagnosis, and their loved ones, attain a sense of empowerment.  Perhaps most importantly, Kay helped us heighten our collective awareness so that we might more effectively engage in the battle to de-stigmatize mental health illnesses.
Susan Green  



Tom NenovichTom Nenovich is co-owner and Director of Community Relations with Senior Helpers in Burnsville.  Tom became a member of MASWA in 2009 and currently chairs the Membership Committee.


Tom has served our senior population with Senior Helpers since 2007 and has developed a strong passion for the well being of all our seniors.  "Being available in any capacity I can is the least I can do to thank our seniors for all they have done for me."  Senior Helpers specializes in helping seniors maintain a positive and healthy lifestyle by offering a wide array of non-medical care assistance.


Outside of serving our senior community, Tom and his family reside is Waconia and he truly enjoys the life of just being "dad."  Enjoying all outdoor activities as well as spending all the time he can watching his two daughters (12 and 10) grow and excel in all their life's ambitions.  Tom and his family are also active in the community by volunteering and assisting various organizations.     

REMINDER- all MASWA memberships are up for renewal as of January 1. If you haven't yet renewed, please download the application, fill it out and mail it in, or bring it to the February meeting.

Click on link below to download the renewal application:




Guests SAVE $5.00 - Bring a friend for FREE to the next MASWA meeting on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at
2:30 pm at Chandler Place Assisted Living in St. Anthony.       


Offer Expires: 2/24/2011