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Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter
July 2011
In This Issue
July Membership Meeting
Meeting Sponsor
President's Monthly Note
Board Member Spotlight
Mark Your Calendar
Website Update
Exhibitor Spaces
Quick Links
Issue: #7July 2011

Hope you are enjoying your summer.  Do make room in your fun-filled calendar for our July meeting ~ we would love to see you there!



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

TOPIC:   Health Care Directives - Ethics, Law, Family
Dynamics - The Barnes Case  
Luther M. Amundson, managing shareholder of Maser, Amundson & Price, P.A., leads the firm's Litigation Department. A successful litigator, Amundson concentrates his practice in areas of elder law, including will contests, trust administration, guardianships, conservatorships, wrongful death, probate law, and insurance issues.  Since 1995, Amundson has been named in statewide surveys to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list in Minnesota Law & Politics and Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. Amundson is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ), and the State and County Bar Associations. He served on the MAJ Board of Governors from 1996 to 2006.  A 1982 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, Amundson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota.

Susan (Susie) King, an associates at Maser, Amundson & Price, P.A. is in the Elder Law and Litigation Departments, assisting in guardianship/conservatorship (both contested and non-contested), probate and estate litigation, and estate planning.  King joined Maser, Amundson & Price P.A. in August 2009 as a law clerk. Prior to that, she also served as a law clerk at the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis. King received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in May 2009, graduating cum laude.  King received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas.   


Call the MASWA Program Co-Chairs: William Huseoconia, Director of Marketing Chandler Place, 612-913-5390 or Vicky Willcox, The Colony of Eden Prairie, 952-828-9500 with questions related to this program.

Knollwood Place Apartments - note location change

3630 Phillips Parkway
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Contact:   BettyAnn Baustert at 952-908-1776
On-street parking will be available
Certificates of Attendance (CEU) will be available.
Annual Membership fee $20.00 Guest fee $5.00

Program Sponsor:

Sholom Community Alliances ~ Knollwood Place

MEETING SPONSOR - Sholom Community Alliances ~ Knollwood Place Apartments


Sholom has been serving Twin Cities' seniors for over 100 years. Both campuses - the Ackerberg Campus in St. Louis Park and Shaller Family Campus in St. Paul - allow seniors to age in place. Sholom offers market-rate and low-income subsidized senior apartments, assisted living and memory care apartments, skilled nursing and short-term rehab plus adult day services and a vitality and aquatics center with warm water therapy pool. In addition, Sholom Home Care and Hospice is available where the client lives.




Susan GreenAdmittedly (and I know I'm not alone), Public Policy discussions can cause the eyes to glaze and the mind to wander.  As the June Joint Public Policy meeting approached, I found myself less than 100% enthusiastic about the meeting, anticipating an hour of updates regarding the doomsday forecast for the State of Minnesota.  I was pleased to find that my assumptions were incorrect.  While Sean Kershaw, Executive Director of the Citizens League took a little time to provide us with facts about the difficult budget situation we face, he went on to articulate a message of hope.  He described the work that is being done by the Citizens League, a group of intelligent, collaborative, innovative people who have truly been successful in traversing party lines.  Their fresh ideas have been presented to our State's leaders and the great news is, our leaders are listening!


The Citizens League has been in existence for 50 years, promoting active citizenship and good public policy.  The key recommendations of the Citizens League report, "Moving Beyond Medicaid" can be found on their website


Thank you Sean, for reminding us that there are altruistically motivated, caring people, willing to spend their time and energy to come together for the greater good.  What a refreshing concept! 

Susan Green



Jenny KasbohmJenny Kasbohm is co-owner of family owned and operated AgeRight Retrofit. Her company provides products and home modifications for seniors. Their mission is to make homes safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable for aging adults and those with mobility challenges. Jenny has always enjoyed working with seniors. The seed for her passion in this area may have been planted in her early years (14-17) working through the city of Richfield Senior Outreach program while enjoying the company of the seniors in whose homes she performed light housekeeping duties.

2011 Fall Aging Conference
Thursday, November 10th
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Brooklyn Center

As most of you know, the website was updated this spring.  The new website is easy to navigate and the calendar is a great resource for you on upcoming MASWA events. One item that is still a work in progress is the membership database.  Shortly, we will be ready to unveil that piece of the website.
Once the membership database is ready, each MASWA member will be able to update their individual information. It will be the responsibility of the member to making sure their contact information is accurate and up-to-date.  We will let you know when the database feature is available along with instructions on how to update your information.
Thank you for your patience!

The 37th Annual Fall Aging Conference has only 5 Exhibitor Spaces left !! Contact Cathy Clairmont at [email protected] or Kathleen McGonagle at [email protected]  for additional information.





Guests SAVE $5.00 - Bring a friend for FREE to the next MASWA meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at
2:30 pm at Knollwood Place Apartments in St. Louis Park.      
Offer Expires: 7/28/2011