LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 4.15.20

Members | April 15, 2020

Daily updates as of April 15. 

We are sharing the very latest with members twice daily. Morning updates go out via email, and we’re hosting daily online updates each afternoon. The recording from yesterday's Coronavirus Daily Member Update is available now. Register for live online updates 7 days/week at 3:30 p.m. ET through April 26. Visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Message From Katie: Remember, This Isolation Is Temporary
None of us have ever experienced anything quite like this. And, yet, we adapt. We do what we can to keep ourselves connected while staying apart. We do it all in the name of saving lives. But it’s not easy. The value—and the pain—of social-distancing becomes particularly evident to me each time I talk by phone with a LeadingAge member.

In a message to members, LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Sloan says that our isolation now will make our experience of community stronger when we come together in person again.

Congress is developing the next pandemic relief package now. We need your help to make our aggressive asks on behalf of members a reality! Click below to contact your representatives now:

Contact Congress for Aging Services Relief in the Next Coronavirus Legislation
Contact Congress for Senior Affordable Housing Relief in the Next Coronavirus Legislation

Following are the latest coronavirus news and resources.

COVID-19 Safety Training: Free Member Access Expires In 3 Days
The COVID-Ready Caregiver program is free to staff at LeadingAge members through this Friday, April 17. Join 6,800 staff members at over 175 member organizations who have accessed this training at no cost. NextStep’s informal online course is designed to improve the safety of caregivers of all kinds working with COVID-19 patients in all settings. Use code COVIDCERTNOW at check-out before this offer expires.

Shaping Our Story in the Media
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, we all are forced to continue to fight long-standing, negative narratives. We can assure you that LeadingAge is speaking out in the media to give decision makers and the public accurate information on the novel coronavirus' impact on our field. Here’s how we are responding to negative views on aging services during the pandemic.

What can you do? When it comes to the media, you can’t avoid the tough questions, but you can—and should—provide grounding and context that frames the realities of your organization and our field. We have developed a set of talking points that you can use to provide the valuable, and often underrepresented, provider point of view.

From LeadingAge Centers
The LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston is sharing research studies and research-based articles focusing on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting older adults and the people who care for them. Check out our brief summaries of the latest data and analysis, including these recently posted articles:

New Insights, Advocacy, and Tools From LeadingAge
LeadingAge staff experts are developing essential guidance, advocacy and tools, and curating the most relevant resources for aging services providers.

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 nearly 750 of your fellow members in the MyLeadingAge Member Community COVID-19 group to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for dealing with the coronavirus.