LeadingAge Need to Know - 7.12.21

Members | July 12, 2021

LeadingAge Need to Know: Monday, July 12, 2021

Deadline Approaching: Apply to the LeadingAge Leadership Academy

Now more than ever, the field of aging services needs reflective and forward-thinking leaders. That’s why the LeadingAge Leadership Academy exists—to give new, aspiring, and seasoned professionals the foundation to build self-confidence through reflective practice. Participants reap benefits from the very first gathering, gaining tools, ideas, and learnings they can leverage to strengthen their own leadership capacity and make their organizations more adaptive and innovative. The program has propelled 500+ alumni to serve on state and national boards, present at conferences across the country, step into high-profile leadership roles, and create innovative ways to better address the needs of an aging society. Start your application today.

Feeling Valued Because They Are Valued: A Vision for Direct Care Professionals
Professional caregivers—including nursing assistants, personal care aides, and home health aides—have always played an important role in the field of long-term services and supports (LTSS). And the coronavirus pandemic shed new—and much-needed—light on the valuable role these professionals play in nursing homes, assisted living communities, and home and community-based settings across our nation. Last week, LeadingAge released a new paper, Feeling Valued Because They Are Valued, laying out our vision for professionalizing the direct caregiving workforce. Read the full report, the two-page executive summary, or check out the infographic now.

Why You Should Prioritize Creating and Maintaining Outdoor Spaces
Being in nature—or simply being able to view it—can reduce stress, decrease cortisol levels, and even lower blood pressure. With summer in full swing, now is the time to think about how your community can construct or optimize outdoor areas that deliver big benefits. This 11-minute QuickCast can help you get started, with expert tips about what to consider when planning or renovating spaces. Free to access for LeadingAge members.

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:

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.