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Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter
March 2015
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March Membership Meeting
President's Monthly Note
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Issue: # 3
March 2015

Finally, Spring is here! Hopefully it won't be long before we turn off the heaters, crack the windows, and see the first signs of a new season. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you at the March membership meeting where we will hear Dr. John MacDougall present on addiction and older adults. Don't forget about the Spring Luncheon coming up in May with more details to follow! 



Minneapolis Area Senior Worker's Association
Thursday, March 26, 2015
2:30 pm Business Meeting & Group Introductions
2:45 pm Networking
3:00 pm Presentation/Questions
4:00 pm Adjourn

TOPIC:   Addiction as a Brain Disease
Presenters: Dr. John MacDougall

Is addiction really a disease?  How are older adults affected differently by addiction, physical dependence, and overdose?  Come learn about how chemical misuse causes three different problems with three different solutions. IE, Physical dependency, addiction as a dysregulation of the brain's pleasure circuitry, and the temporary situation of overdose. Engaging national speaker and author, Dr. John MacDougall will answer your questions and share the latest research that will inform your work as well as your relationships. 

Program Objectives:

  • Differentiate the three key problems of addiction as a brain disease. 
  • Describe how older adults are affected differently by addiction, physical dependence, and overdose.
  • Explain three different solutions to problems of addiction as a brain disease.



Calvary Lutheran Church

7520 Golden Valley Road

Golden Valley, MN 55427

directions and parking info: 

Calvary Lutheran Church 


Questions? Contact the MASWA Program Chair: Vicky Willcox, Marketing Director of the Colony at Eden Prairie, 952-828-9500 or Diand Biebighauser, Patient Matters 612-207-7207


Certificates of Attendance (CEU) will be available.

Annual Membership fee $20.00 Guest fee $5.00


It is finally Spring!  The time we all anxiously await during the long cold months of January and February. Unfortunately, the weather has not yet realized that we liked the 60 and 70 degree days at the beginning of the month and that this snow is way overdue and could have been held till next year!


With Spring time comes the MASWA Annual Spring Conference. The Members at Large have been working very hard at refreshing the conference this year.  They have selected a new venue and a new format for the day.  We are very excited to announce that registration for the event has opened so don't delay register today!  You may register online at


This month we have a very exciting speaker.  Back by popular demand is John MacDougall from The Retreat.  He will be speaking to us about addiction in our aging population.  You will not want to miss this.  I look forward to seeing you on March 26th!

Jenelle Boeckermann

Mark your calendars for these fabulous annual events:

Spring Luncheon
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Plymouth Creek Center
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Fall Aging Conference 

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Earle Brown Heritage Center

Brooklyn Center 


REMINDER- all MASWA memberships were up for renewal as of January 1. If you haven't yet renewed, please download the application, fill it out and mail it in, or bring it to the March meeting.

Click on link below to download the renewal application:




Guests SAVE $5.00 - Bring a friend for FREE to the next MASWA meeting on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley.   

Offer Expires: 3/26/2015