Issue: 2 February 2020
Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter
Watch for MASWA in 2020!
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We hope that 2020 continues to go well and look forward to seeing you February 27th at our next membership meeting.  Nancy Larson, Director of Nursing for Our Lady of Peace Hospice & Home Health Care, will be presenting Hospice 101 discussing how Hospice care provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families

We would like to thank  AAA Movers  for their support in sponsoring the January Membership Meeting.  In case you missed the informative presentation by Sean Burke of the Elder Justice Center or would like to view the presentation again, click here to view the slides.

Keep your eyes open in the coming months for more details about the Annual Meeting set for May 14th.  Save the date!
MeetingMembership Meeting Details

Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association  Monthly Membership Meeting

Thursday, February 27th
2:30 pm - Sign In/Networking
2:40 pm - Introduction/Announcements
3:00 pm - Program
4:00 pm - Adjourn

Hospice 101

Hospice is a special way of caring for people living with life-limiting illnesses. Hospice care provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support for patients and their families in whatever setting they call home. This presentation will define hospice and palliative care, describe hospice care services, explain eligibility criteria for hospice and the benefits of early admission, and discuss how hospices services are paid for.

Presented by:

Nancy Larson, RN BSN

Nancy has been working as a hospice nurse for over 40 years.  She has cared for patients & their families in the final days in Wisconsin, California, and Minnesota.  Currently, Nancy is the Director of Nursing for Our Lady of Peace Hospice & Home Health Care.  She manages a team that cares for both hospice & home health care patients wherever they call home.  These arms of Our Lady of Peace help support our residential home which does not charge a daily room & board rate to families.  Nancy believes that patients should continue to be treated with dignity & provided comfort in their final days.  Focus is on Quality of Life.

  • Describe Hospice Services And Eligibility Criteria
  • Describe How Hospices Services Benefit Patients And Their Families
  • Discuss The Hospice Medicare Benefit

Calvary Lutheran Church
7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427

Directions and parking info:
Certificates of Attendance (CEU) will be available.

PresidentPresident's Note
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thank you to all who attended our last Membership Meeting and took the time to offer a few suggestions because they really do matter. They matter because they can help us continue to grow and to better meet your needs. We want to meet your needs because we have a mission. Our MASWA Mission is: "To develop a multidisciplinary community of professionals working in the field of aging who are educated, supported and interconnected so they may improve services and advocate for older adults". Your suggestions enable us to do an even better job accomplishing this mission.  
Here is a top 5 summary of your suggestions from our last meeting:
  1. Remain in the same meeting location & post location signs
  2. Continue the Spring and Fall Conferences
  3. Continue networking time to pick each other's brains
  4. Keep CEUs and informative speakers
  5. There were various speaker suggestions - which we will act upon!
We will do our best to continue these items and to implement others. As we seek to advocate for older adults, here are a few ideas that we each can do this month:
  • Introduce a senior to a safe mode of transportation
  • Suggest ways to get involved in the community like volunteering
  • Have a senior tell their story and let them reminisce
  • Help a senior find a good exercise program
  • Help a family struggling with senior living arrangements
  • Give a senior a hug if they'll accept it
  • Promote intergenerational activity
  • Help start a senior "game night" of cards and other games
Remember, we are in this together and watch MASWA in 2020! See you at our next membership meeting, February 27!

Georgene Connelly
MASWA Board President



316 Brookview Parkway S
Golden Valley, MN 55426
Minneapolis Area Seniors Workers Association
P.O. Box 26630
Minneapolis, MN 55426