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Intouch Newsletter | November 15, 2017

Posted By Amanda Wiedenfeld, Tuesday, November 14, 2017


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November 15, 2017

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

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 Association Highlights 

Members Visit New Orleans & Gather at LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO

The 2018 LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO was a great experience! With thousands of attendees coming together in NOLA to network, learn, & engage, LeadingAge Tennessee members returned home feeling inspired & recharged.

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the member-exclusive Happy Hour, and to Varsity for sponsoring the event!

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.

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Top-notch Resources from LeadingAge

NEW! Social Connectedness & Engagement Technology Selection Tool

Reduce Social Isolation in Your Community
Social isolation is consistently associated with depression and reduced well-being, health, and quality of life. It can increase the risk of death by as much as 45%. Unfortunately, social isolation is common, with rates as high as 43% in community-dwelling older adults.

Technology can help elders maintain and enhance relationships with peers, family, friends, and caregivers.

LeadingAge’s Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) has released a new Social Connectedness and Engagement Technology Selection Tool to help you plan for, select, and implement the best solution for your organization to address this challenge.
This tool is the latest in the series of LeadingAge CAST Technology Selection Tools - check out the full set of tools available!


RoP Facility Assessment Toolkit §483.70(e) 
LeadingAge's RoP Facility Assessment Toolkit© is designed to provide practical, step-by-step guidance for organizations as they evaluate their individual facility resident population, resource availability and allocation in accordance with resident care and service needs and other required elements in developing their written facility assessment. Access the member-exclusive toolkit - it's the perfect resource for insight on implementation, importance of data, policy & procedure, and more!


LeadingAge Workforce Innovators Podcast

LeadingAge’s Center for Workforce Solutions has announce a brand-new podcast, LeadingAge Workforce Innovators. During each episode, Gene Mitchell of LeadingAge Magazine interviews extraordinary LeadingAge members who share their promising practices. The podcast also strives to explain how those solutions might be replicable for your organization’s workforce.

Subscribe to LeadingAge Workforce Innovators now wherever you get your podcasts:

Center for Workforce Solutions

Checkout 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

ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Representatives & Make Your Voice Heard

Don’t Let Congress Take Away the Medical Expense Deduction

Congress is developing major tax reform. While few details have been released, one of the changes being considered is elimination of the deduction for medical expenses.

Losing this important deduction would hurt many older adults. Elders living in some life plan communities deduct a portion of their fees as pre-paid medical expenses in case they need nursing home care. They would lose this important deduction—as would many older adults living in other care settings. Others with high medical bills would be similarly affected. This radical proposal would disproportionately affect older adults, many of whom have higher than average medical costs.

Congress needs to hear from you today. Tell your lawmakers to protect the medical expense deduction. Tell them older adults need this important deduction. Tell them protecting it is the right thing to do.


Urge Congress to Preserve and Expand Housing for Older Adults

Congress has given itself until Dec. 8 to decide its next steps on housing funding for fiscal year 2018. We need Congress to enact a final HUD spending bill by Dec. 8 so affordable housing programs can continue to serve older adults with very low incomes without interruption.

Urge Congress to fully fund HUD programs because:

  • The need for affordable housing for older adults has exploded, with seniors representing 66% of the recent increase in “worst case housing needs” households.
  • HUD programs like the Section 202 and Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance programs are critical to providing currently-assisted seniors affordable housing.
  • Only 34% of very low income seniors receive the housing assistance they are eligible for because the programs are small compared to real need; new production funding is critical.


Update on Federal Funding for Housing Programs Serving Older Adults

Take just a few minutes to view the latest LeadingAge QuickCast: Update on Federal Funding for Housing Programs Serving Older Adults. During this short educational video, Linda Couch, LeadingAge’s Vice President of Housing Policy, provides the latest on fiscal 2018 funding by both the House & Senate for housing assistance programs, their expansion of preservation tools for Section 202 communities, when we may see a final funding bill as well as the latest data on the housing needs of older adults.


Preserve Tax Incentives for Housing and Charitable Giving

Congress is about to consider major tax legislation that could include changes to tax provisions particularly important to older adults. These essential tax issues include: medical and long-term care expense deductions, the low income housing tax credit, and the charitable contribution deduction.


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

Stacie Horan Joins Asbury Place Marketing Staff

Asbury Place continuing care retirement communities has named Stacie Horan as retirement counselor for its Maryville campus. Horan is responsible for sales and marketing for assisted living and memory care assisted living on the campus and provides clinical oversight for older adults transitioning to Asbury Place.

“Stacie comes to us with a 29-year career in health care, marketing and management of direct patient care,” said Marjorie Shonnard, vice president of operations for Asbury Place. “Her broad background and diverse skill set make her an asset for Asbury Place and for those choosing to live on our campus.”

Before joining Asbury Place, Horan served as director of admissions and marketing for Autumnwood of McBain, a 95-bed skilled nursing community in Michigan. She earned her nursing degree from Marymount School of Practical Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio, and holds a certification as an assisted living administrator.

Horan holds memberships with Case Management Society of America and the Senior Networking Advocacy Group and volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Horan and her husband, Jeff, live in West Knoxville. She has three daughters, Natalie, Rebecca and Allison.

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.


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  Event & Education Calendar

Aug 6-8, 2018
Annual Meeting & Vendor Showcase| Franklin, TN

Additional Educational Opportunities

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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