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Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter
January 2012
In This Issue
January Membership Meeting
President's Monthly Note
Board Member Spotlight - Sara Laube
Meeting Sponsor Opportunity
Membership Renewal for 2012
MASWA Makes Community Donation
Quick Links
Issue: # 1January 2012

Wishing you the best for 2012!  We hope your New Year's resolution is to attend as many MASWA meetings as possible!



Minneapolis Senior Worker's Association
Thursday, January 26, 2012
2:30 pm Registration/Networking
2:45 pm Business Meeting
3:00 pm Presentation/Questions
4:00 pm Adjourn

TOPIC:   The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter:

Overview of Disease, Chapter Services and Programs

SPEAKER:   Linda Lorentzen, OTR/L, Vice President
                   of Care Services

Linda Lorentzen, OTR/L is the Vice President of Care Services for The ALS Association, Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter.   As an occupational therapist she worked in an outpatient rehabilitation setting for 24 years. In her career she has specialized in seating and wheeled mobility, assistive technology, and home accessibility for neurological and neuromuscular outpatients. Ms. Lorentzen joined The ALS Association seven years ago. She became the Chapter's Vice President of Care Services 4 years ago.


Program Objectives:

  • Have an increased understanding of the disease and its progression.
  • Be aware of possible ALS symptoms & treatment options.
  • Be aware of durable medical equipment & augmentative communication devices that may be used by ALS patients.
  • Have a better understanding of the resources available for the needs of family & caregivers.


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

Ridgedale Library

12601 Ridgedale Drive

Minnetonka, MN 55305


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


Susan Green 

While considering my message for the brand new year, I came across this quote by Edith Lovejoy Pierce:


"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."


Ms. Pierce charges us figuratively, with the task of putting pen to paper. I hope you will quite literally, fill each chapter with purpose, gratitude, forgiveness, love, generosity, kindness and determination; making this New Year one you will recall fondly, many years from now.


Happy 2012!

Susan Engelhart



Sara Laube is the Community Liaison for Living Life Home Care, a family owned agency serving the Twin Cities metro area.  She received her Bachelor's degree from Augsburg College and is a licensed social worker. She is passionate about providing resources and options for seniors and their families. Outside of the MASWA board, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and creating scrapbooks.



We are looking for meeting sponsors for the January and February MASWA meetings.  Sponsors are responsible for bringing refreshments to the event and a give-away/door prize if they would like.  Sponsors also have the opportunity to greet the members and tell them about their company... a great marketing opportunity!


Please contact William Huseonica, Director of Marketing Chandler Place, 612-913-5390 or Vicky Willcox, Marketing Director of the Colony at Eden Prairie, 952-828-9500 if you are interested in being a program sponsor. 


REMINDER- all MASWA memberships are up for renewal as of January 1, 2012. If you haven't yet renewed, please do so on-line at  Registration is located under the MASWA membership area.



  1. Go to and click on the MASWA logo.
  2. Click on 'Membership' then 'Member Login'.
  3. If you have forgotten your password or user name you can request an email to get this information.
  4. Once you are logged in click on 'My Account' then 'My Listing'.
  5. Under membership type select 'Member Renewal $20'
  6. Please take a moment to update your profile information and click 'Submit'
  7. You will now be given the option of paying your membership dues via PayPal or credit card.

If you are having difficulty with the above steps please call Sara Laube (Membership) at 612.435.7140 or Chrysauna Buan (Communications) at 952.960.5558.


If you prefer, paper membership renew forms will also be available at the MASWA monthly meetings.



On behalf of MASWA members, the MASWA board has made a $500 donation to East Side Neighborhood Services Senior Program. This donation was made possible with a portion of the revenue from the 2011 Fall Aging Conference. The East Side Neighborhood Services Senior Community staff assist seniors in the Minneapolis area to remain in their homes for as long as they can with the help they need to stay healthy, safe and engaged citizens. Visit the ESNS website at





Guests SAVE $5.00 - Bring a friend for FREE to the next MASWA meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at
2:30 pm at Ridgedale Library in Minnetonka. All guests will be acknowledged in our next newsletter!!       
Offer Expires: 1/26/2012