LeadingAge Need to Know - 8.9.21

Members | August 09, 2021

LeadingAge Need to Know: Monday, August 9, 2021

We are sharing the very latest with members with weekday morning email updates on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and live online updates on Monday and Wednesday.

Following are the latest news and resources.

This Week’s Online Coronavirus Policy Updates
Join us today and Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. ET for our online policy update. Today, Dr. David Dowdy of Johns Hopkins University will discuss breakthrough infections and how to prevent them, and will share modeling on the surge. On Wednesday, Courtney Wood from Masonicare in Connecticut will talk about how her organization dealt with a small cluster of breakthrough infections in vaccinated residents. Register now.

How Your Community Can Create a Culture of Belonging
As we strive to increase diversity among elders and team members, how can we ensure those who join our communities and organizations feel a sense of belonging? It begins with honest conversations and a willingness to do better. Join us for a highly interactive virtual event on September 22, where we’ll explore ways provider organizations are creating inclusive cultures where everyone is welcomed, valued, and respected. Learn more and register.

Education You Can Use at the 2021 LeadingAge Annual Meeting + EXPO
Learning at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting is different from offerings available anywhere else. We don’t shy away from the tough topics and you can count on your LeadingAge community for openness and support through even the most difficult discussions. No matter what the subject matter of the sessions you choose, you’ll walk away with measurable, actionable and scalable ideas to apply when you get back home. Make plans to join us in Atlanta October 24-27.

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.

Feeling Valued Because They Are Valued
Professional direct caregivers—including nursing assistants, personal care aides, and home health aides—have always played an important role in the aging services sector. They provide support to 20 million older adults, but many more are needed as the number of older Americans surges. LeadingAge laid out our long-range vision for professionalizing the direct caregiving workforce—designed to strengthen our members and the entire sector. Read Feeling Valued Because They Are Valued: A Vision for Professionalizing the Caregiving Workforce and view the infographic.

The Pandemic Playbook
The LeadingAge Pandemic Playbook guides aging services providers in preparing for and mitigating the impact of this and any future pandemic-like event by applying lessons learned over the past 18 months. This interactive, web-based tool is filled with a curated set of successful strategies, links, videos, images, podcasts, and resources from across the field. The Reopening Guidance chapter is being expanded to add timely information on pandemic recovery, and we’re challenging you to transform your experiences into a reimagined future of older adult care and services. Visit now at playbook.leadingage.org.

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