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Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter
March 2012
In This Issue
March Membership Meeting
Meeting Sponsor - The Crossings at Brookwood
President's Monthly Note
Joint Public Policy Committee
Eating Disorder Assessment
MASWA Spring Luncheon & Annual Meeting
Sponsorship/Exhibitor Application
Membership Renewal
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Issue: # 3March 2012

Welcome! Our March newsletter is full of great information about our upcoming membership meeting, Spring Luncheon and follow-up information from the speaker at our February meeting.



Minneapolis Senior Worker's Association
Thursday, March 22, 2012
2:30 pm Registration/Networking
2:45 pm Business Meeting
3:00 pm Presentation/Questions
4:00 pm Adjourn

TOPIC:  Parkinson's Disease

SPEAKER:  Rose Wichmann of Struthers Parkinson's Center
The Crossings at Brookwood
6125 N. Lilac Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Certificates of Attendance (CEU) will be available.
Annual Membership fee $20.00 Guest fee $5.00

MEETING SPONSOR - The Crossings at Brookwood

The Crossings at Brookwood is an award winning apartment community for independent adults 55 years and older. We offer 12 different floor plans.  All apartments include one stall in the heated, underground garage and an extra storage locker for resident use.  Most apartments have washer/dryers in the unit.  Building entries are access controlled and lead into gracious lobbies. Each of the Crossings apartments includes their own private balcony.


We offer a variety of social opportunities, some of these are planned by Resident Social Clubs and others arranged by staff.  Buses provided by Lang-Nelson offers two shopping outings each week, as well as transportation to lunch and dinner outings and trips to other recreational events. 




 Susan Green

Last week at our membership meeting Licensed and Registered Dietician, Sharon Johnson from Park Nicollet Melrose Institute in St. Louis Park, taught a most informative session, Eating Disorders and The Elderly.  When I first heard Sharon speak a number of months ago, I immediately knew she would be a great fit for a MASWA meeting.  Her message was rich and informative, leaving her audience with a better understanding of the three types of Eating Disorders as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders including; Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified.  Click here to view a report from the Cleveland Clinic containing more information about the categorization and manifestations of Eating Disorders.


Senior Workers should be aware that an Eating Disorder in the elderly has often been part of a lifelong pattern.  Sharon encouraged us to develop a top-of-mind awareness and to advocate when appropriate, for proper assessment by a knowledgeable specialist.

Susan Engelhard


The joint Minneapolis and Public Policy Committee met February 28 and identified several pieces of legislation that may be of interest to MASWA members.  Of particular interest is a bill (Senate File 1586 / House File 1945) that would create a felony-level criminal penalty for intentional neglect or "deprivation" of a vulnerable adult.  Other items of note include a proposal for a State constitutional amendment establishing a voter photo identification requirement (Senate File 1577), a proposal to repeal the requirement established last year for a consultation with the Senior LinkAge Line prior to signing a contract for housing with services or assisted living (Senate File 1704 / House File 2110), and a proposal to amend the nursing facility rate equalization law, so that nursing facilities could charge private payers more than Medical Assistance recipients (House File 2374). 


The committee intends to post brief summaries of these bills on the Public Policy webpage, so check back mid-March for more information. 


For more info about the public policy committee or to join, contact Jonathan Lips at 952-715-1542 or [email protected].



Thank you to Sharon Johnson from Park Nicollet Melrose Institute for a wonderful presentation at our February membership meeting. Someone in the audience that day had inquired about an assessment tool, or if there were some questions they could use when working with elderly clients, to evaluate the possibility of an eating disorder.  What Park Nicollet Melrose Institute suggests is that you use the SCOFF questionnaire.  This is one tool which can be used to help indicate the possible presence of an eating disorder.  It is designed to help determine if a full clinical assessment may be warranted.  It is short and easy to administer.  Typically, two or more "yes" answers indicate a need for referral for further, more detailed evaluation.


The questions are as follows:

  • Do you make yourself Sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
  • Do you worry that you have lost Control over how much you eat?
  • Have you recently lost more than One stone (14 lb) in a 3-month period?
  • Do you believe yourself to be Fat when others say you are too thin?
  • Would you say that Food dominates your life?


Sharon Johnson, RD, LD
Registered and Licensed Dietitian

Park Nicollet Melrose Institute



MASWA Spring Luncheon & Annual Meeting


"Losing the Junk in your Trunk"


Thursday, May 10, 2012


11:00 am - 4:00 pm


New Location: The Metropolitan Ball Room


Featured Speaker: Michael Foley of Clarity Central


 See below for sponsor & exhibitor information!


MASWA Spring Luncheon & Annual Meeting


Sponsorship / Exhibitor Application


The Metropolitan

Thursday, May 10, 2012


If you would like to be a sponsor or exhibitor, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page, cut the form at the dotted line, enclose the form with THE CHECK and send to:


Linda Debner

12592-195th Ct. NW

Elk River, MN 55330


(763) 253-2121


There are not many spots, so the sponsorships and exhibitors will be given out on a first come first serve basis. The deadline for applications is April 10, 2012.




Contact Name _______________  Phone ___________ 


Company ___________________  Email ____________ 


Address ______________________________________

O 1 Speaker Sponsor           $1000.00  

(Will be on all references to the luncheon)

O 1 Table Sponsor              $400.00     

(Will put information at each place setting)

O 13 Exhibitor Tables          $200.00 each        
(No sharing allowed)



Stay connected and informed by renewing your MASWA membership for 2012.  We discontinue emailing our monthly newsletter to non-members after the March newsletter.  If you have not renewed your annual MASWA membership yet there are two ways to accomplish this.  Register at our March 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.





Guests SAVE $5.00 - Bring a friend for FREE to the next MASWA meeting on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm at The Crossings at Brookwood in Brooklyn Center. 
Offer Expires: 3/22/2012