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Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter

April 2011

In This Issue
April Membership Meeting
April Meeting Sponsorship Highlight
President's Monthly Note
MASWA Spring Luncheon
Public Policy News
Quick Links
Issue: # 4April 2011

MASWA wishes you a Happy Spring!



Minneapolis Senior Worker's Association
Thursday, April 28, 2011
2:30 pm Registration/Networking
2:45 pm Business Meeting
3:00 pm Presentation/Questions
4:00 pm Adjourn

Understanding the types and warning signs of financial exploitation and the role of Adult Protection Services
Presenter:   Carmen M. Castaneda, MSW, LICSW,
Human Services Program Manager Hennepin County Adult Protection Services Human Services and Public Health Department.  


Carmen Castaneda has been the Program Manager of Hennepin County Adult Protection Services since 1988. She has worked in social services and behavioral health for 33 years as a Social Work Unit Supervisor in Adult Protection, as a Senior Psychiatric Social Worker providing forensic case management services to forensic mental health clients, and as an outpatient psychotherapist.  Ms. Castaneda obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. 


 Program Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the legal definition, types, and prevalence of financial exploitation as a form of Vulnerable Adult Maltreatment
  • Identify red flags associated with financial exploitation
  • Learn the role of Adult Protection Services in investigating and resolving reports of financial exploitation

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.

Brightondale Senior Campus
(Meadowood Shores building)
2100 Silver Lake Road
New Brighton, MN 55112
Contact:  Michelle Land  651-633-6484
Certificates of Attendance (CEU) will be available.
Annual Membership fee $20.00 / Guest fee $5.00

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Brightondale Senior Campus, comprised of Meadowood Shores Senior Apartments and Brightondale Assisted Living (which includes Reflections Memory Care), is nestled on the edge of Meadowood Park in New Brighton, MN. This beautiful campus is a premier senior living community in the Twin Cities north metro area.  Brightondale offers roomy apartment homes with beautiful views, a vibrant community of friends who feel like family, a setting convenient to services and activities and charming facilities and grounds.


Brightondale Senior Campus consists of two separate addresses.  The MASWA meeting will be held at our Meadowood Shores building at 2100 Silver Lake Road, New Brighton, MN 55112.  This building is located just north of Rice Creek Road.  Turn by the Taco John's and the Optical Shop to get back to our building.  There is overflow parking in the vacant Snyder's lot or in Cub Food's lot. 


Susan Green

Hello Again,


We are happy to announce that the new and improved Senior Workers website is "up and running".  Please check out to see the changes that have been made to the site.  Thanks much to all the volunteers who worked so very long and hard to get this website project launched!!!


On the website you will find the calendar feature where listings of upcoming events can be located.  Here you'll see that the Spring Luncheon and annual meeting will be held on Thursday, May 19th at The Reserve in Plymouth.  This event is always a great way to meet new people, connect with 'old friends', learn something new and just enjoy the afternoon.  We are thrilled to have a group of vendors participating whose sponsorships allow us to bring you a fabulous presentation by Fr. Nicklas Mezacapa.  Father Mezacapa will present a 1.5 hour program titled "Finding your Fabulous Fortune".  This presentation features a 'window' into the incredible collection of good things that are the rewards of longevity. Look for registration information coming soon in Care Options Network News or contact Linda Debner @ 763.253.2121.  See you there!

Susan Green


MASWA Spring Luncheon and Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 19th

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Location:      The Reserve

3155 Empire Lane

Plymouth, MN


Topic:          Finding Your Fabulous Fortune with speaker Fr.

 Nick Mezacapa. This presentation features a

 'window' into the incredible collection of good

 things that are the rewards of longevity.


Fr. Nick Mezacapa

Fr. Nick Mezacapa 


Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities are available ~ please call Linda Debner @ 763.253.2121 for more information.


The fur is really starting to fly at the State Capitol, where legislators and Governor Dayton are grappling with how to erase the huge budget deficit facing Minnesota.  The action is fast and furious, and the issues are critically important for seniors and the people who serve them.  Here are a few tools you can use to follow the issues, and to join the debate if you want to voice an opinion.


The Minnesota Board on Aging sends out updates during the legislative session, including a list of specific bills that may be of interest to seniors and aging advocates.  The updates are called "Senior Advocates FYI," and you can subscribe for free by sending your email address to Diane Mangan at [email protected].


If there are particular bills you want to follow on a real-time basis, the Minnesota Legislature has a fabulous website, located at   From there you can search the status of any bill and read the most recent version.  You can search by bill number, by subject, or by author (meaning the legislators who have proposed the bill for consideration).  For automatic updates, give "MyBills" a try.  This free service provides personalized bill tracking and e-mail notification for current legislation.


Watch for details about June's Joint Public Policy Forum:  June 23rd!


Public Policy Committee




Guests SAVE $5.00 - Bring a friend for FREE to the next MASWA meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at
2:30 pm at Brightondale Senior Campus in New Brighton. 
Offer Expires: 4/28/2011