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The meeting was held at Cove II on 4/9/19 @ 7:00 PM.  The speaker was Kevan Coffey, ARNP, DNP.  The topic for the evening was the philosophy of care and how it has evolved over the years. She covered the history of nursing homes beginning overseas, and how those models were brought to the U.S. As time changed, and after two world wars the focus went to the hospital-based model.  That model got overwhelmed with post war casualties, so the nursing homes we know today began.

Today we have alternatives to nursing homes.  One is the Adult Family Home which are limited to care for six people, so care is more individual and personal. There are also group homes.  Then along came the Green House Project.  This puts the emphasis on the resident/elder recognizing their individuality giving them choices in their everyday living, and encouraging them to participate in meaningful activities in the community.   This model can be used in Adult Family Homes or Nursing Homes.  Jamie's Place is based on the Green House model.

She also talked of Palliative Care, and the Palliative Care Initiative on which she is working.  Palliative Care consists of a team of caregivers usually made up of a doctor, nurse, social worker and chaplain. They help a person navigate through complex long term medical issues, or a new diagnosis.  This differs from Hospice in that the client may be receiving curative treatment.  Under Hospice, the client may have a similar team but have a six month or less prognosis, and may not be receiving curative treatment.  The PCI is working to establish a PCI organization  within Okanogan County.  We already have a Hospice organization in Okanogan County.

There was good participation of attendees.   Fourteen people attended the meeting, including the speaker.  All board members were present except Larry Schrock; cookies, popcorn, cold drinks, coffee and tea were served.    


The meeting was held at Hometown Pizza on 10/23/18 @ 6:00PM.

Glenn asked the blessing for the dinner of pizza and salad, and chocolates for dessert.  After that, Eunice gave a recognition of Volunteers, by reading some of the comments that Clients had made of them.  Dove dark chocolate bars were passed out as a token of appreciation.

Linda Mendro was the speaker and her topic was Music Therapy.  She explained what that is, and how music impacts peoples lives.  She and her husband, Wayne, gave examples of their music therapy experiences.

Rico Stover, an accomplished guitarist, performed for us.  He played the guitar and sang several songs that he has written.  Rico has volunteered to do this for our Clients, in their homes.

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10/23/18: Music Therapy with Linda Mendro and the Guitar of Rico Stover:

Linda Mendro's biography/introduction:
Linda will speak tonight about her passion, Music Therapy.  It can be used to improve physical and mental health, and overall well-being.

Linda started her formal music education at Lawrence College in Wisconsin with a major in piano.  Following this, she attended Bible college where she met Wayne, married and had two beautiful children.  They eventually moved to the Methow Valley where they have lived and raised their children in Methow heaven for 46 years.  In 1986 she returned to school and got a degree in Music Therapy from Willamette University in Salem, OR.  She currently is the visitation pastor for the United Methodist Church, and teaches piano lessons.       

Rico Stover's biography/introduction

Rico will be performing for us tonight.  His background and experience is extensive.  His interest in playing the guitar goes back to his high school years in Fresno, CA.  He was an exchange student and spent a summer in Costa Rica.  That's where he discovered the guitar in Latin American culture.  He started with their folk songs and went from there to classical guitar, with some experimentation as a popular guitarist.

Rico studied under various famous guitarists, as well formal education with degrees in Spanish Literature and Latin American Ethnomusicology.  He has written several books and released a number of CDs.

And now at the request of the GA Volunteer, Rico has generously volunteered to play music in the homes of our GA Clients        

4/18/18:  Volunteer Spring Training Meeting:

Theresa Remsberg conducted, at Aero Methow, a training session on two topics, “CPR Anytime” (Hands only CPR) and the use of an AED (Automatic External Defebrilator).  She is an American Heart Association Instructor and an SEI EMT Instructor among other qualifications.

      The following guide was handed out at the class.

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Want to know where the AED devices are in the Methow Valley?

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10/3/17:  Volunteer Fall Training / Dinner:

Theresa Remsberg was the speaker.  She is an Advanced EMT for Aero Methow Rescue Service and has been an active volunteer since 1999 and a full time hired EMT and Injury Prevention & Community Education Specialist since 2006.  Among  her many duties, she is the SAIL Instructor / Trainer.  Her topic for this training was the SAIL program, which stands for Stay Active and Independent for Life.  It’s an exercise program for people over age 65 that helps improve strength, balance, and flexibility.  

The Methow SAIL program is a one-hour class that meets twice a week, and is taught by a qualified senior fitness instructor.  The program is designed to reduce the risk of falls in seniors and improve their fitness for better health.  There are two classes currently meeting in the Valley.

4/11/17:  Volunteer Spring Training Notes:

The training, held at Cove II was led by Sheila Brandenburg, RN, CHPN and the topic was dementia. She is a long time valley resident and served for 10 years as the Administrator /Nurse for Jamie’s Place and Mountain View Adult Family homes in Winthrop.

Sheila presented the definition of dementia first and emphasized that it is symptom and not a diagnosis.  Even in the case of Alzheimer’s.  There is confusion among the general public about Alzheimer’s being a definition for dementia.  It’s not!  It is the diagnosis and dementia is the symptom.  There are many other diagnosis that have the symptoms of dementia.  Some of the symptoms of dementia are loss of memory, inability to learn new information, language difficulties, and difficulty with familiar activities, decreased judgment, disorientation to time and place, change in mood or personality, frequently losing items, and difficulties with the abstract.

 She gave us very practical ways of communicating with our clients who have these symptoms.  The methods of communication included both verbal and nonverbal communication, emphasizing that these clients depend more on the nonverbal.  Some role-playing was done, and there was time for questions regarding this presentation.  

Fall Dinner Meeting/Training 9/27/16: 

Kevan Coffey, a leader at Jamie’s Place,  spoke on selected subtopics of geriatrics; types of dementia, the clock drawing test, normal aging vs. mild cognitive impairment, and key features of delirium, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and depression.

Spring Training Meeting 3/9/16:

Kay MacCready led a brainstorming session of ideas for “working with your client.”  The following suggestions were offered:

1.     Trust-building; under this came listening, being timely, follow-through, no gossip.

2.     Communication;  Ways to promote this were discussed and included: sample conversation starters, taking the client on drives, reading to them, and taking them for walks.

3.     Setting limits and working within expectations of client.  Included in this were client wanting you to fix problems, wanting you to give advice.  Redirecting the conversation was discussed and being firm about what you can do and your own limitations and schedule.

4.     Respecting the client's religious/faith beliefs.

Fall Dinner Meeting/Training 10/27/15: 

On 10/27/15 at the annual Fall dinner meeting, Pastor Don Ford from the Methodist Church spoke on “Exploring Bridges out of Poverty.”  The presentation was an introduction to a class series that Don has taught and a training method that Don has used for several years.  Bridges Out of Poverty community support program provides a family of concepts, workshops, and products to help employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals address and reduce poverty in a comprehensive way.

After a dinner of pizza and salad, the first part of the meeting was recognition of Volunteers. 

  • All Volunteers were recognized by a personal statement about them and their Client.  They were given thanks and a “decorated, dark chocolate” bar. 
  • Special recognition went to:
  • Valynn Putzke: who volunteered the most hours, 166 and miles driven, 1,611. 
  • Susan Gimmestad, who has the longest current Match, 12 years. 
  • Larry Schrock, who has the second longest current Match, 10 years; takes minutes at the monthly Advisory Board meeting, and keeps track of all our data. 
  • Glenn Schmekel, Executive Director of the Cove, founded the Guardian Angel Program. 
  • Special thanks to those who have served since the inception of the Program:  Glenn Schmekel, Karen Dahl, Belva Hoffman, Susan Gimmestad, Walt Havens, Linda Mendro, Sue Sabin, and Eunice Marchbank. 
  • Special thanks to the Advisory Board Members: Kay MacCready, Wayne Mendro, Sue Sabin, Larry Schrock, and Maryann Timchalk.

Spring Training Meeting 3/18/14:

Sheila Brandenburg presented Long-Term care for the elderly in the Methow and encompassed Okanogan County.  The talk, open to the public, was at the Community Covenant Church, 3/18/14, 6:00PM.    

Listening Class Series: by Raleigh Bowden & Maureen Collins; Feb. 18 & 25th, 2014, 4-5:30PM, Aero Methow Facilities.

Raleigh Bowden is a physician who has been working for 25 years to increase communication in families facing difficult health challenges.  She will teach this class with Lookout Coalition partner Maureen Collins, who has 15 years experience with meditation and mindfulness.  This is the 3rd series Raleigh has taught in the Valley to Caregivers or Anyone Who Cares about Someone (which is everybody!).   Past classes have included family or other caregivers, Guardian Angels, to people who “talk a lot”, and couples who want to improve their communication!  It is a 2 class series, which builds from the first to the second.  Teaching structure includes practical information (with humor!), in class practice, and homework assignments.  Please register at or leave a message at (206) 227-2491 to assure sufficient seating.

5/5,12,19/14  Sheila Brandenburg Class Series:   

Sheila Brandenburg, RN, a knowledgable and dynamic speaker, taught a class series on Dementia in May 2014 for three consecutive Mondays, the 5th, 12th, & 19th. The class series is open to the public.

The class series addressed: 1) Gaining knowledge of Dementia;  2) Understanding communication barriers with persons with Dementia;  3) Reducing stress by improved knowledge of communication, behaviors, and caregiving;  and 4) Creating meaningful relationships and activities with a person suffering from Dementia.

All classes were held at Aero Methow, 1005 Highway 20, Twisp, 3PM to 5:30PM.  A donation of $25 for the series was requested to cover costs.

Need additional information?  Call Sheila at (509) 679-7300.

Proposal to Current VolunteersThe Program needs a few more Volunteers to match with Clients on our waiting list.  Think of a person in one of the groups in which you belong and tell them what you do as a GA Volunteer and the benefits you receive (remembering confidentiality).   Initiate the conversation if and when it feels right to you.

3/21/13 Spring Sharing Meeting:  Eunice Marchbank, our Administrator led Volunteers in an unusually open exchange.

10/11/12 Fall/Dinner Training:  Wendy Shrable from Aging & Adult Care spoke on long term care for the elderly and its availability in the Methow.

5/3/12 Spring Sharing Meeting

3/19/12 Health Seminar:  Phylicia Hancock-Lewis, nurse practitioner and Vicki Bringman, mental health counselor spoke on Depression / Suicide Intervention.

10/27/11 Fall/Dinner Training: Michael Wade, Amedisys Hospice educator presented the mission of Amedisys Hospice and its availability in our geographic area.

3/24/11 Spring Sharing Meeting:  Guest speaker: Raleigh Bowden, MD, has extensive training in cancer care and end of life issues. 

6/27/11 Compassionate Listening Class Series: taught by Raleigh Bowden, MD.

10/21/10 Fall/Dinner Training:  Glenn Schmekel, Cove Executive Director, spoke on “Aging in the Methow.”

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