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Intouch Newsletter | August 23, 2017

Posted By Amanda Wiedenfeld, 18 hours ago
Updated: 18 hours ago

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AUGUST 23, 2017

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

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Association Highlights 


Do you know your Power of Purpose? Do you know your why? Do you desire to live a Life on Purpose?

At this year's conference we encouraged you to focus on these questions along with reflecting on your community’s core mission. We sought to have speakers and sessions that gave you tools and thoughts to help you dive deeper into why and how you do what you do. We hope you left conference with a clearer answer to these questions. We also hope you enjoyed the videos scattered throughout and that you take up the challenge to help us create some of our own for next year!

Cool Springs Marriott is always a great place to meet, network and learn. We hope you enjoyed your accommodations and found the food to be as appetizing as we did!

With so many people to thank, where do you begin?

  • To Leslie Roseboro, LeadingAge North Carolina, and the LATN Education Committee - thank you for the endless hours of work they put in to making our conference successful!
  • Our Conference Sponsors: Functional Pathways, Sodexo, Omnicare, and Sharp Robbins Popwell General Contractors – thank you for being our inaugural group for this new opportunity to help support LATN!
  • Our Show Vendors – thank you for your continued support to LATN and our Annual Conference. You are priceless to our association and the value we are able to offer to our members!
  • Our Session Speakers – thank you for the gift of your time and knowledge to benefit our members and conference attendees!
  • Our Pre-Conference Speakers – thank you for helping us better understand all that goes on behind the scenes when an emergency happens! To all who participated [the Tennessee Department of Health, Healthcare Coalition, and to Nick Gatlin], thanks for you insight into Emergency Preparedness. And to Ron Meritt and John Hernandez, thank you for your important words about what words we should and should not use during crisis communications!
  • Our Public Policy Panel – Anne Carr, Ann R. Reed, Mike Brent, and Josh Crisp –  thank you for sharing a wealth of knowledge with us! We are so fortunate that you are always willing to do so much for LATN and the seniors we serve in ways in which we are not always aware.
  • Our General Session Speakers – Duane Cummings, The Sensational Group, LLC, you kicked things off for us in the perfect direction! Thank you for your inspiring words on leadership and becoming servant leaders. Rich Schlentz, EXTRAordinary!, Inc., you offered such great insight into what we may be doing right and wrong in regards to our employees! Thank you for helping us see how we can create a more engaging work culture!
  • Awards Luncheon Speakers – Thanks again to Duane Cummings for honoring our award recipients with his words and for Kaleb Sharmahorn with SilverSphere for providing such beautiful music again this year. You both helped make the time we set aside to acknowledge these amazing individuals very personal and touching. And to our Past Chair, Van Cluck, and Chair Elect, Kirk Mason, we couldn’t do this without you and our fun, interacting, conference attendees!

We are going to be sharing more from our session speakers over the next few months as well as telling you about new opportunities we have on the calendars for the next year.

Your LeadingAge Tennessee staff would like to extend a very special thank you to all the sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, and attendees who helped make this year's conference a success!

Be sure to check out #LATN2017 to view all the great photos and comments shared throughout the conference on Facebook!


2018 Annual Conference & Vendor Showcase
Save the Date - We look forward to seeing everyone for our 59th Annual Conference & Vendor Showcase back at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs on August 6-8, 2018!

2018 Vendor Showcase - Register for Your Exhibit Booth
Vendors, secure your booth for our 2018 Solutions EXPO now! Reach out to Gwyn to learn more.

2018 Sponsorship & Advertising
Vendors interested in securing annual membership, annual conference sponsorship, and annual conference advertising opportunities should reach out to Gwyn to discuss.

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 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

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.

Submit Comments to Congress by August 25

This Is Your Opportunity to Tell Congress Which Medicare Regulations Need to Go!

Last Monday, the Health Subcommittee of the House Ways & Means Committee announced a new initiative to examine Medicare regulations to identify and hopefully weed out regulations that “impede innovation, drive up costs, and ultimately stand in the way of delivering better care for Medicare beneficiaries.” The committee is working with CMS and is looking for both regulatory and legislative solutions. LeadingAge will be submitting comments based on the years of work our members have done to identify regulations that have a negative impact on their ability to deliver high-quality care and the solutions we have advanced.

So, what are we asking of you? Simply submit your comments & recommendations on which Medicare regulations need to go:

For more information and to discuss or share your comments, please email Marsha Greenfield. Don't miss this great opportunity to speak directly to the decision makers about your concerns!


Policy & Regulatory

BREAKING NEWS • Week of August 14

Click here for a recap of LeadingAge advocacy activities and updates in the nation's capital.

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

Asbury Place Cuts Ribbon on Fully-Renovated Rehabilitation Center

Asbury Place Continuing Care Retirement Community held a ribbon cutting for its newly renovated therapeutic rehabilitation center in Kingsport on July 27. The center provides physical, speech and occupational therapy in a modern environment and with focus on regaining function and wellness as quickly as possible. Participating in the ribbon cutting are Asbury Place Health Care Administrator Norene Cochran (center) and Kingsport Vice Mayor Mike McIntire (right of Cochran), along with Kingsport Chamber representatives and Asbury Place associates and residents.

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 August 

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

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  Event & Education Calendar

Oct 29-Nov 1  LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO | New Orleans, LA
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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