LeadingAge Need to Know - 5.28.21

Members | May 28, 2021

LeadingAge Need to Know, May 28, 2021

We are sharing the very latest with members with weekday morning email updates and live online updates. Please note, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, there will be no email update on Monday, May 31.

Following are the latest news and resources.

Investing in the Urgent Growing Need for Affordable Housing for Older Americans

Yesterday, as GOP Congressional leaders proposed stripping out support for older Americans from the Biden Administration’s infrastructure package, LeadingAge held a telepresser outlining the crisis facing millions of older adults who need safe and affordable housing. Watch the telepresser recording, read the press release, and ACT NOW by contacting your U.S. Representative and Senators to urge them to invest in our affordable senior housing infrastructure. Early media coverage of the event includes a story from Home Health Care News, Republican Infrastructure Proposal Spikes $400B for HCBS.

Deadline TODAY: Public Perceptions of Aging Services Survey

LeadingAge is hard at work developing an initiative to build awareness of our field and the incredible work your organizations do every day. To ensure we get it right, we need to hear from you! Please complete this 5-minute survey by the end of the day today!

Now Available: Virtual Update About the 21st Century Cures Act

If you missed Tuesday’s overview of the regulations stemming from the 21st Century Cures Act on long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) providers, watch now on the LeadingAge Learning Hub. Hear from experts about the CMS Interoperability Rule, ONC Information Blocking Rule, and other quality/reporting regulations and requirements. Free to access.

Webinar: Strengthening the Direct Care Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed long-standing fault lines in the direct care workforce—the people who provide hands-on care and supervision to frail older adults and people with disabilities. On June 3, LeadingAge’s Senior Vice President of Research, Robyn Stone, will participate in a webinar hosted by Mathematica to discuss evidence-based policies and practices for strengthening the direct care workforce in the wake of the pandemic. Learn more and register.

Building Communities of Strength Campaign

With just a few days left in May, there is still time to join us as we mark Older Americans Month (OAM) and advocate for support of the aging services care infrastructure. Each May, the Administration for Community Living recognizes OAM to acknowledge the contribution of older adults. This year, the observance’s theme "Communities of Strength," is especially relevant as the country debates the value of supporting our national care infrastructure. Check out our toolkit of materials and ideas on how to participate.

Nominate Someone Today!

The LeadingAge Annual Awards honor individuals that embody excellence in mission-focused aging services leadership, are models of quality and innovation, and are making outstanding contributions to our field that merit national recognition. The deadline to submit your nomination is June 18, 2021. Learn more about the award criteria and nomination process. Questions? Please contact Amanda Marr.

New Insights and Tools From LeadingAge

LeadingAge staff experts are developing essential advocacy, guidance and tools, and curating the most relevant resources for aging services providers, including Emergency Broadband Benefit Surpasses 1M Households Enrolled. A complete timeline of insights and tools is available here, so you'll never miss an update.

Questions? Ask LeadingAge National, Your State Association, or Each Other

There are many ways to get help during this crisis. Contact LeadingAge’s national team directly. If you have questions about local and state issues, contact your state association. Join the MyLeadingAge Member Community to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for issues facing members.