LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus 10.22.20

Members | October 22, 2020

Daily updates as of October 22.

We are sharing the very latest with members with weekday morning email updates and live online updates Mondays and Wednesdays. Visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Following are the latest news and resources.

Survey Results: COVID in Affordable Senior Housing
LeadingAge recently completed an informal survey of senior housing providers members. We released results this week, which included finding COVID-19 cases in the majority of communities, and that financial strain and resident social isolation are key concerns. The data is troubling given that older adults are particularly at risk of falling ill and dying of COVID-19. To date, 80% of all COVID-19 deaths are among people age 65 and older. People of color, those with low incomes and those in congregate living settings have also been disproportionately impacted. A full summary of the results and snapshots of survey responses can be found here and a press release on the survey is available.

Take Action: Congress Can Still Pass COVID-19 Relief
Despite the blocked bill in the Senate yesterday, negotiations are continuing between Congress and the White House. It’s not too late to urge Congress to act for older adults. As the months have gone by, aging services providers have continued to care for and protect residents without needed relief from our federal government. ACT NOW by contacting your members of Congress and help us keep up the pressure.

LGBT History Month
October is LGBT History Month. LeadingAge offers members many networking and learning opportunities to promote an inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. Join the LGBT Member Community group to engage with peers about inclusive programs and practices, register for the Annual Meeting Virtual Experience to attend sessions on this topic, and check out the following on the Learning Hub:

Register Today for CAST Virtual Experience Sessions
Be sure to attend technology sessions at next month’s Annual Meeting Virtual Experience. LeadingAge CAST is presenting a number of informative sessions, as well as a chance to socialize with technology professionals and vendors, CAST Commissioners, and other colleagues at the Virtual CAST Networking Reception. Learn more about CAST sessions and networking events and register now.

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 on COVID-19 and beyond. A complete timeline of insights, tools, and useful COVID-19 links 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 or email us at covid@leadingage.org. If you have questions about local and state issues, contact your state association. Join the MyLeadingAge Member Community COVID-19 group to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for dealing with the coronavirus.