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Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter
September 2011
In This Issue
September Membership Meeting
Meeting Sponsor - Jones Harrison
President's Monthly Note
Board Member Spotlight
Public Policy Committee
2011 Fall Aging Conference
Quick Links
Issue: # 9September 2011

The theme for this year's National Assisted Living Week is Forever Proud.  MASWA would like to send a special shout out to the professionals who dedicate their time and talent to seniors in the assisted living communities throughout Minnesota!


September 11th - 17th is National Assisted Living Week!



Minneapolis Senior Worker's Association
Thursday, September 22, 2011
2:30 pm Registration/Networking
2:45 pm Business Meeting
3:00 pm Presentation/Questions
4:00 pm Adjourn

TOPIC:   "Palliative Care - Who Needs It?"
SPEAKER:  Dr. Jeffrey Rubins


Dr. Jeffrey Rubins is the new head of the Palliative Medicine Care program in the Department of Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center. Dr. Rubins joined HCMC from the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Health Care System, where he worked for 21 years as a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician. He also directed their Hospice and Palliative Care program. Dr. Rubins is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and has received several Teacher of the Year awards from his residents and fellows.



  • Describe the difference between palliative care & hospice 
  • Explain the key components in Advance Care Planning
  • Review common indications for palliative care consultation


Jones Harrison

3700 Cedar Lake Road

Minneapolis, MN 55416
Jones Harrison
3700 Cedar Lake Road

Minneapolis, MN 55414

Contact: JoAnn Buytendorp



Certificates of Attendance (CEU) will be available.
Annual Membership fee $20.00 Guest fee $5.00


Contact the MASWA Program Co-Chairs:William Huseonica at 612-913-5390 or Vicky Wilcox at 952-697-0607 with questions related to this program.



Jones-Harrison is a non-profit organization offering 24-hour skilled nursing, assisted living apartments and comprehensive rehabilitation services. We're known for our innovative programs for memory-loss and arthritis care which includes warm water therapy and a full-service fitness center.


Jones-Harrison overlooks the south shore of Cedar Lake on five beautiful acres.  We offer 163 skilled beds, 24 TCU beds and 54 assisted living apartments.



Susan GreenWith the smell of deep-fried deliciousness still lingering in the air, we say farewell once again to a glorious summer.  Now, we can look forward to crisp days, cool evenings and beautiful fall colors in addition to MASWA's autumn schedule of events.  Remember to check out the website and click on the calendar tab for the latest updates regarding meetings, locations and times. 


In October, November and December, membership meetings will not be held on the 4th Thursday of the month due to other exciting events including the 2011 Fall Aging Conference, The Next Wave.  Look for FAC brochures in the mail and more information on the website very soon!

Susan Green-Engelhart


Allison Bakke, MA, OTR/L


Allison Bakke

Allison is a proud wife and mother.  With her husband of 9 years, Allison has 2 wonderful little boys ages 7 and 4.  In her free time Allison loves to do many family activities - fishing, boating, watching her boys play soccer, decorate birthday cakes and golf.  During adult time Allison loves to travel with her husband or entertain friends and family at home with food ranging from home-style to gourmet. 


Upon graduation, Allison worked for many years as an occupational therapist and rehab program coordinator in short-term and long-term rehabilitation in many skilled nursing facilities throughout the Minneapolis metro area.  Throughout the years Allison saw a strong need for therapy services outside the traditional Medicare/insurance model.  This led to the creation of Above & Beyond as a new model for senior rehabilitation therapies that incorporates prevention, strengthening, wellness, and joyful engagement in life through the use of both physical and occupational therapy.  Allison's geriatric areas of expertise are in dementia and memory loss and helping families grow in their understanding of the disease process.


Allison is the Founder and President of Above & Beyond Senior Services.  She is a licensed occupational therapist in the state of Minnesota.   She received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Certificate in Gerontology, Minor in Psychology, and Master's in Occupational Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. 

Policy Committee Seeking Members:  Looking for a place to really connect with colleagues and learn a lot, too?  Consider joining the public policy committee this Fall!  As you may know, the Minneapolis and St. Paul associations have a joint policy committee that meets roughly every month.  The committee has two main jobs: one is to keep track of what the Legislature and state agencies are doing that impact the elderly and older adult services, and to keep our members informed about it; and the second is to plan the June and December joint membership meetings.  This is a fun, informed, and lively group, and we'd love to have you join us for the next meeting, on September 27 at 9:00 am (location to be confirmed).  Please contact Jon Lips ( or 952-926-3300) if you are interested.





Thursday, November 10th
Earle Brown Heritage Center  

Brooklyn Center, MN 55430


To register for the 2011 Fall Aging Conference, click on this link: 


Conference Goal: To provide individuals working in the field of aging an opportunity for education, resources, support and connectivity in relation to issues affecting seniors - ultimately improving services and advocacy for seniors in our community.


Guest speakers: Dan Buettner, Dr. Laura Gitlin, John Sharp, MSSA, PMP and Pastor David Holm!


Conference Schedule: 


7:15 am to 8:00 am

Registration, Exhibits & Book Fair


8:00 am to 8:15 am

Welcome & Announcements


8:15 am to 9:45 am

Dan Buettner

'Thrive ~ Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way


9:45 am to 10:30 am

Break, Exhibits & Book Fair


10:30 am - Noon

Dr. Laura Gitlin

'A New Paradigm for Dementia Care' 


Noon - 1:30 pm

Lunch, Exhibits & Book Fair


1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

John Sharp

'The Next Wave of Technology:

Social Media & Electronic Health Records'


2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Break, Water & Book Fair


3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Pastor David Holm

'The Next Wave: When Deep Calls to Deep: A Good Death'


4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Shelly Joseph-Kordell Reception





Guests SAVE $5.00 - Bring a friend for FREE to the next MASWA meeting on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at
2:30 pm at Jones Harrison in Minneapolis.    
Offer Expires: 9/22/2011