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Intouch Newsletter | September 6, 2017

Posted By Amanda Wiedenfeld, Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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 Highlights Policy & Regulatory Around the Association
Group Purchasing Aging Services News •  Event & Education Career Center

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Association Highlights 

7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them

September 26 • Knoxville
LeadingAge Tennessee providing 1.5 NAB CEUs

Every four seconds a family member (usually employed) learns they need to care for a loved one
with a diagnosis of dementia, MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or other chronic illness, contributing
to the 43.5 million untrained family caregivers and the 70% who suffer from depression. We can
no longer ignore the “Silver Tsunami” as 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 daily, impacting the work
habits of the age 40 and older caregivers who make up the workforce.

Caregivers often feel guilty, angry, or stressed. Attend this event, presented by Morning Pointe Foundation in partnership with BB&T, to learn tips and strategies that can help!

Managing the Millennial Mindset


Are you shocked by how today’s new hires think, dress, talk and behave at work? Are you frustrated that your younger workforce doesn’t work the same way as your seasoned staff?

Crescendo Strategies’ video-based online course, “Managing the Millennial Mindset,” showcases first-hand stories about the real generational issues on the T.A.B.L.E. (differing opinions about technology, authority, balance, loyalty, and entitlement). No PowerPoint slides with recorded video. This course is NOT a live or recorded webinar, and it is NOT intended for group viewing. It was designed for individual managers to complete at their own pace. Ready to preview the course now? Click here, then select the arrow on the video preview image.

Complete this course at your own pace by watching 15 short videos that share the backstory of why Millennials work differently than previous generations, and provide strategies for bridging today’s widening generational gaps.

Managers will learn critical insights about leading today’s diverse workforce that will help reduce unnecessary employee turnover costing your organization precious time and money. View the informational flyer.

LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO - Registration Open

October 29 - November 1 • New Orleans, LA | REGISTER

To care well for others, we need to reinforce our own passion for what we do—and actively work to improve how to support our country’s aging population today. That’s exactly what we do at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, our nation’s largest annual event for the not-for-profit aging services field. In education sessions, during general sessions and through eye-opening, one-of-a-kind experiences, you and your team will be immersed in our shared mission of helping older adults thrive.

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check out LeadingAge's Student Program

LeadingAge is excited to offer a student program this year for students enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students must be at least 18 years-old.

Learn more & apply for this great opportunity to learn about the benefits of working in not-for-profit aging services and the wide variety of opportunities available to people in the field.

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LeadingAge Center for Workforce Solutions

Check out the new LeadingAge Center for Workforce Solutions, a brand-new center featuring workforce resources. This new center contains promising practices, ideas for key partnerships, tools to calculate turnover, presentation materials, fact sheets, LeadingAge member testimonials, podcasts, policy news, and other relevant articles.

Download OnShift's Whitepaper

Engaging employees is the key to boosting quality, productivity and profitability in long-term care. In this white paper from LeadingAge Silver Partner, OnShift, you’ll find the tools you need to supercharge your retention initiatives. Make 2017 the “Year of the Employee” and build an awesome workforce that stays long-term!

In Need of Rural Best Practices

Are you a rural community? LeadingAge is hoping to collect promising practices & key partnership information for rural communities. Please take a few moments to answer/comment on LeadingAge's survey, then submit them to Susan Hildebrandt at



Policy & Regulatory

— FROM Smith Harris & Carr —
2017 Legislative Session Recap

  • Medication aide legislation proposed by LA-Tn was passed in 2016, but the rule-making process grinds on. The rules have been approved through Board of Nursing and are now under review by Tennessee Attorney General’s office (since June 12), as required by the state law. Hopefully, the rules will be filed for a required public hearing in the near future, and there will also be a final review by the legislature’s Joint Government Operations Committee prior to implementation. (This committee meets monthly all year, not just during the legislative session.) Although we do not have a date for implementation, we are hopeful it will be by Jan. 1. In the meantime, a task force appointed by the LA-Tn board is developing a training program, which must ultimately be approved by the Board of Nursing in order to begin training medication aides.
  • PC (Public Chapter) 466 creates a new criminal offense of financial exploitation related to elderly adults, defined as those over 70. 
  • PC 377 extends the nursing home assessment fee through the current fiscal year...

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Breaking Advocacy News - Week of September 4

Click here to see the latest from our nation's capital.

What Have We Done for You Lately?

LeadingAge is proud of the work it does every day to serve our members. Here are some highlights from August 2017:

  • Released Vision for LTSS Financing
  • Updated Disaster Resources Toolkit
  • Advocated for Changes in Federal Policy

learn more

5-Star Quality Rating System: Updated Tools & Reports

Community-Specific 5-Star Analysis Reports Available Upon Request

To request your community’s most recent 5-Star Analysis Reports email Gwyn Earl & view the 2016 5-star analysis presentation.

Not yet using LeadingAge Quality Metrics?
Click here to learn more & get on board with interactive data tools to assist you analyze how your organization measures up to peers and how you can work to demonstrate value & improve your organization's performance.

Communications & Resources


Around the Association

Meet our 2017 Award Winners

Distinguished Senior Award (Co-Winners)
Judith Anna • Asbury Place, Maryville
Leo Ponder • Stones River Manor

Excellence in Caring – Caregiver
Robin Cashion, LPN • Abe’s Garden at Park Manor

Excellence in Caring – Support Staff
Luke Miller, OTA • Asbury Place, Kingsport

Excellence in Innovation (Co-Winners)
A Touch of Excellence - Dining Services • Mary, Queen of Angels
Mid-Town Memphis Rock Steady Boxing • Trezevant Manor

Excellence in Leadership (Co-Winners)
Angie Durr • Mary, Queen of Angels
Marie Littrell • Park View Meadows

Excellence in Voluntarism
Chaplain Sherry Perry/Blakeford Friends • Blakeford at Green Hills

Stay tuned to this section in the coming issues for highlights of each of our award winners!

Asbury Place Resident Judith Anna Named ‘Senior of Distinction’ During LeadingAge Tennessee Conference

Judith Anna, who has called Asbury Place Continuing Care Retirement Community in Maryville home since 2015, recently was honored at the LeadingAge Tennessee Conference as a “Senior of Distinction.” The award recognizes residents dedicating time and talent to advance the mission, vision and values of their communities.

“Judith is very involved in the life of Asbury Place,” said Marjorie Shonnard, vice president of operations for Asbury Place. “She serves as president of the Resident Council; rekindled an East Tennessee Children's Hospital project of knitting caps for babies; was instrumental in planning and preparing meals for residents and staff to enjoy together in our newly renovated kitchen; and is particularly gifted at interacting with residents who live with dementia. She also serves the Maryville community through her church.”

Anna was affiliated with Asbury Place long before calling the community home. She worked in the assisted living activities department in the 1980s. Her husband, Freddrick Long, resides with her at Asbury Place and accompanied her to receive the award.

What's Happening in Your Community?

Tell us what's going on in your community! From an event spotlight to a board appointment, share the triumphs of your organization with your fellow LeadingAge Tennessee members! Contact Gwyn for consideration of a newsletter article.


Group Purchasing Spotlight

Sherwin-Williams GroupBuy Savings

Valid thru October

Click here to view these GroupBuy deals & paint like a pro with Sherwin-Williams monthly Healthcare Savings on applicators, tools and equipment. Sherwin-Williams offers a wide range of high-performance coating systems for walls, floors, roofs, & concrete surfaces in an assortment of popular styles and colors ideally suited for long-term care communities

PPG Paints Offers Value First Members 30% Off on Paint Roller Covers

Valid thru September

Now is the time to add a fresh coat of paint to your community with PPG Paints ProSupreme Premium Grade Roller Covers. Visit to find a location near you and present the “30% Off” coupon at the time of purchase.

PPG Paints products are readily available across the nation from a network of more than 3,000 locations including independent dealers and company-owned stores, ensuring adequate inventories and consistent service coast-to-coast.

Value First - no cost to enroll!
Gwyn Earl today to find out how your community can access cost savings!



  Aging Services News

News from LeadingAge

Recent Publications from LeadingAge

Recent News Clips


  Event & Education Calendar

September 26  Morning Pointe Foundation's "You're Not Alone Dinner"
 with Peter W. Rosenberger | 6:00 pm • Knoxville

 + 1.5 NAB CEUs available through LeadingAge Tennessee
Oct 29-Nov 1  LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO | New Orleans, LA
Additional Educational Opportunities

Webinar: "Identifying and Supporting Dementia Caregivers in Healthcare Settings"
FREE Webinar Hosted by ACL & the American Society on Aging | September 12 

2017 Employee Benefits Compliance Monthly Webinar Series (3rd Thursdays)
Marsh & McLennan Agency | learn more + register


Career Center

LeadingAge Tennessee members receive a 25% discount
when posting a job with discount code LATN25
The discount code must be applied prior to completing the posting

Job Postings

Let the LeadingAge Tennessee Career Center help you make your next employment connection! Members who post jobs on the Career Center will automatically receive postings of the position in the Intouch Newsletter.

Click here for all current postings in Tennessee


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