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Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter
November 2011
In This Issue
Fall Aging Conference 2011
President's Monthly Note
Board Member Spotlight - Vicky Willcox
Joint Public Policy Forum
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Issue: # 11November 2011

Looking forward to seeing you at the 37th annual Fall Aging Conference on November 10th!  Haven't registered yet?  See below for late-registration options ~ don't miss out on this wonderful event!



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Earle Brown Heritage Center   

6155 Earle Brown Drive

Brooklyn Center, MN 55430


To view the 2011 Fall Aging Conference brochure and invitation, click on this link:  

The on-line registration process is closed - late registration can be completed by calling Deb Jensen at 952.885.6186 or registering at the event the day of.


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



Susan Green

As a child, I was bored by the Thanksgiving Holiday. Turkey was dry, stuffing was gross, pumpkin pie yucky and there were no presents to open. Spending time with family was fine, but I thought the best part about Thanksgiving was that it brought us one step closer to Christmas. Thankfully, as an adult, I have developed an appreciation for the day. The holiday serves to remind us of everything we ought to be grateful for without obliging us to purchase a card, chocolates, flowers, jewelry or gifts of any kind to mark the occasion. John Fitzgerald Kennedy said: As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. 


Living in gratitude,

Susan Engelhart



Vicky Willcox is the Director of Marketing at The Colony of Eden Prairie since 2004. When her father needed care, she became interested in senior services while researching housing options to find him a place where he could be independent in a safe environment. Working with seniors and their families has been very personally rewarding. Vicky loves to problem solve and help folks find the living arrangement which will be the best fit for them. While her educational background and experience have been in various areas (from city planning, tutoring ESL and adult basic education students, volunteering while raising my family, real estate agent) she especially enjoys the chance to meet to so many committed professionals in this industry. 


Mark your calendar for the upcoming Public Policy Forum 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
2:30 - 4:00 pm 

Guest Speaker: Walter Mondale

We are excited to have Walter Mondale as our speaker for the Minneapolis and St. Paul joint public policy meeting. Mr. Mondale served as Vice President of the United States under President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), as a U.S. Senator for Minnesota (1964-1976), and as Minnesota Attorney General (1960-1964).  Please make plans to join us in what we know will be an important discussion of the role of government in caring for seniors.

Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105




Guests SAVE $5.00 - Bring a friend for FREE to the Joint Public Policy Forum on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at
2:30 pm at the Mount Zion Temple.  
Offer Expires: 12/13/2011