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Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter
July 2012
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July Membership Meeting
President's Monthly Note
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Issue: #7
July 2012

Hot enough for ya? I think we'd all pretty much say "ENOUGH!" But all too soon the heat will be behind us and we'll wonder what happened to the flowers, the leaves on the trees, and the long days of summer.


So while you're sweltering, stop by your local ice cream shop and enjoy that cone you keep putting off. Sit with your feet in the wading pool. Take a swing in the hammock with a good book (and a pillow for when you doze off). It will be gone all too soon.


Hope to see you at the July Membership Meeting on Thursday, the 26th. The Parkshore Senior Campus is a lovely place to cool off, have a beverage and spend time with your colleagues as we hear from Kay King of NAMI.




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


TOPIC:    "Anxiety and The Older Adult"

Presenter:     Kay King, NAMI Older Adults
                     Program Director
Parkshore Senior Campus
3663 Park Center Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55416


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.

Certificates of Attendance (CEU) will be available.
Annual Membership fee $25.00 Guest fee $5.00




Beth NemecHot seems to be the word that describes everything going on around us - from the weather to public policy. Patti Cullen - President and CEO of Care Providers of Minnesota was the speaker at our June Joint Public Policy meeting. She was able to explain in terms that we (ok - maybe it is only me that has difficulty understanding the legal mumbo-jumbo) could understand. She certainly knows her stuff! She highlighted information regarding the key outcomes of Minnesota's 2012 Legislative Session and provided education on the "hot" topic of the day: the Supreme Court upholding of the Affordable Care Act which President Obama signed on March 23rd, 2010. Included in the ACA are the states need to comply with new Medicaid requirements or risk losing their funding. What will the ACA mean for the populations that we serve? Seniors and caregivers in our long term care settings, assisted livings, memory and home care environments (and many, many other businesses that work with seniors) will be impacted by the decisions made by our elected officials. Not to mention their families and loved ones. It will require businesses - non and for profit - to change their practice to respond to the mandates put forward. But most of all - it will take our community to work together to create ways that will provide quality services for the seniors that we serve and all of us that care for them. MASWA is positioned positively to respond to the changes that are coming - we already have a membership of over 200 people that represent multiple disciplines and organizations working for the greater good of the seniors in our community and we are organized with our public policy committee. They are providing education and communication to our organization regarding these issues. So....stay tuned...... If "hot" describes the issues at hand - staying cool seems to be the answer.


Beth Nemec





Michelle Land, Secretary

As a Blaine Bengal, Michelle was proud to help the basketball and volleyball teams make it to the state tournament for the first time in school history. That focus and determination, along with a strong Irish heritage, have helped shape her career in the aging industry as she strives to make a difference in the lives of seniors. At family reunions, she was the one sitting with the grandparents talking for hours, soaking in their stories. Now she enjoys hearing the stories of her residents, and sharing some of the Irish wisdom (and blarney) she learned from her grandparents.


"I feel so blessed to be able to give a special moment to each resident I see," she says of her work at the Brightondale campus.


Starting her first year on the MASWA board, Michelle says, "I am amazed at what I've learned at the meetings, and how much fun it is to see all of those friendly, familiar faces." She's been a member of MASWA for seven years and has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know so many people who share the same purpose and passion for helping seniors.


One thing you may not know about Michelle is that she traveled to 14 states and Puerto Rico training pharmacies on computer systems, prior to working in senior housing. "Each time, I would try to spend the weekend on my own, exploring the area I was visiting." So if anyone needs a good tour guide, give her a call!


Michelle and her husband live in Ham Lake with their beautiful two-year-old yellow lab, Shiloh. She enjoys exercising in her spare time, and spending time at their lake home where she swims and tours the lake on their pontoon boat. Don't be surprised to see Michelle with a camera in hand - she's a budding photographer.


Welcome to the MASWA board, Michelle!





Guests SAVE $5.00 - Bring a friend for FREE to the next MASWA meeting on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at
2:30 pm at Parkshore Senior Campus in St. Louis Park. All guests will be acknowledged in our next newsletter!!       
Offer Expires: 7/26/2012