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Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter
February 2012
In This Issue
February Membership Meeting
Meeting Sponsor
President's Monthly Note
Joint Public Policy Committee
Mark Your Calendar
Membership Renewal for 2012
MASWA Board Positions
Quick Links
Issue: # 2February 2012

Welcome to FebruApril ~ hope you are enjoying our spring-like weather and that it is getting you psyched for our Spring Luncheon!!



Minneapolis Senior Worker's Association
Thursday, Februay 23, 2012
2:30 pm Registration/Networking
2:45 pm Business Meeting
3:00 pm Presentation/Questions
4:00 pm Adjourn

TOPIC:   Eating Disorders and The Elderly
Presenter:  Sharon Johnson, RD, LD

Sharon Johnson is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Gurze Speaker's Bureau, and a past member of the American Heart Association's Speakers Bureau. Sharon's work history includes securing national grants, developing curriculum and educational materials, and teaching nutrition courses in Minnesota public schools. She has developed and presented various seminars on health, wellness, eating disorders and food safety to adults in both public and private settings. Sharon was a fitness instructor for over 18 years.  Her professional interests include nutritional needs specific to sports and athletics, health/wellness, children, and those with eating disorders.  Sharon currently conducts intake assessments and counsels both individual patients and groups at Park Nicollet Melrose Institute.


Program Objectives:


  • Describe presentation of Eating Disorders in the elderly population
  • Compare elderly to non-elderly patient profiles, motivators, treatment modalities, outcomes
  • Identify special concerns for the elderly Eating Disorder patient population and associated recommendations
Sponsor: Legacy Care Home


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.

Eden Prairie Library
565 Prairie Center Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Certificates of Attendance (CEU) will be available.
Annual Membership fee $20.00 Guest fee $5.00
MEETING SPONSOR - Legacy Care Home

Legacy Care Home has two residential care homes located in Minnetonka. Legacy is licensed as Assisted Living and Housing with services but provides a family style living environment for seniors that need 24 hour care due to cognitive loss or physical disability.  Legacy can offer true aging in place.  Our care level ranges from general supervision and redirection to end of life care.  We work together with other providers to provide Hospice Care or restorative care such as PT/OT/ ST.  We manage sliding scale insulin, wound care, tube feedings, behavior management and so much more.  Our home is secured with a wander alarm system for those individuals needing a more secure environment.  We provide the a 1:3 staffing ratio for majority of wake hours.  This enables us to give client focused care.



Susan Green

Dear Members,


As winter wanes and the New Year begins, it seems like an opportune time to update you about the "behind the scenes" workings of the MASWA Board and various committees. These volunteers are committed to see that the mission and vision of the organization is upheld. Where else for a mere $20 annual fee, can you receive a monthly newsletter, network with industry experts, hear speakers of the highest caliber (Walter Mondale, for cryin' out loud!), receive continuing education units, tour specialty facilities, stay informed about the latest legislative changes and sample delicious treats? Add to that the outstanding Spring and Fall Conferences and you have an association membership brimming with immense value!


All of these member benefits are made possible by people who, in addition to their full time jobs, find time to volunteer on behalf of MASWA. To all of you, I say Thank you!!


In addition, as members, we want you to know that your feedback is valuable. In part because you have vocalized your frustrations, a task force has been created to look at a revision of the website format. Our goal is to improve functionality and the "user friendliness" of the site, thus better serving the needs of the membership and its volunteers. For the time being, the PDF membership renewal document can be downloaded on the website and either mailed to MASWA, P.O. Box 26630, Minneapolis, MN 55426 or you can bring it to the next membership meeting on Thursday, February 23rd.


An unknown author said "Good Company on the road is the shortest cut". Good company can be found at MASWA - join us for 2012!


Susan Englhart


The next meeting of the Joint Public Policy Committee will be Tuesday, February 28, from 8:30 am until 10:00 am. The location is yet to be determined, but it will be added to the MASWA calendar as soon as possible. 


The purpose of the Public Policy Committee is to bring information, insight and empowerment into the Minneapolis and St. Paul Senior Workers' Associations through organization, education, and research to ensure an informed public policy debate and decision-making process on behalf of our members and the senior population we serve. 


For information, or to join the committee, contact Jonathan Lips at 952-715-1542 or by e-mail to [email protected].





Thursday, May 10th


 11:00 am to 4:00 pm


The Metropolitan

5418 Wayzata Blvd.

Minneapolis, MN 55416



We know that the on-line membership registration process on our website has been very frustrating for many, so we have decided to close that registration option and go back to the old-fashion way of registering.... paper & pencil!

If you have not renewed your annual MASWA membership yet there are two ways to accomplish this.  Register at our February meeting or click here to download the registration form and mail in your form. The below link will bring you to the Senior Workers website.  Click on the MASWA logo and you will find the form under the membership/on-line sign up tab.

If you have any questions please call Sara Laube (Membership) at 612.435.7140 or Chrysauna Buan (Communications) at 952.960.5558.




MASWA has several board positions that will be opening this Spring.  This is a great way to become more involved in this fabulous organization!  To gather more information on opportunities contact Marilyn Christenson at [email protected]





Guests SAVE $5.00 - Bring a friend for FREE to the next MASWA meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at
2:30 pm at the Eden Prairie Library.     
Offer Expires: 2/23/2012