LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 4.30.20

Members | April 30, 2020

Daily updates as of April 30. 

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We are sharing the very latest with members twice each weekday. Morning updates go out via email, and we’re hosting daily online updates each weekday afternoon. You can visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Representing Members in the Fight for Support, Resources, and Recognition
Yesterday, LeadingAge sent letters to Vice President PenceFEMA, and the Department of Homeland Security demanding action to support the entire continuum of aging services. We stressed that decision making must include all providers caring for older adults—including nonprofit providers:

“I do not believe the federal government is intentionally overlooking nonprofit aging services providers and the more than two million older adults LeadingAge members serve across the country. However, that is exactly how it appears to these hard working, mission driven providers, who are facing some of the deadliest outbreaks of coronavirus across the country.”

We seeded the story in the media and pieces appear this morning in McKnight’s and the PoliticoPro newsletter. This afternoon our president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan will be at the White House for “Presidential Remarks on Protecting America’s Seniors.”

LeadingAge is committed to helping members during this unprecedented time. We not only are bringing you daily updates, tools, and resources, but also are giving you access to expert voices. From our own staff leaders to influencers from across the field, LeadingAge delivers perspective, insights, and ideas you can use.

Virtual Sessions With National Experts
The LeadingAge Knowledge Center continues to help you navigate the COVID-19 crisis. New to the range of online options are Virtual Sessions. These live presentations with content experts will cover topics of critical importance as you navigate the COVID-19 crisis.

The premiere virtual session is Ethical Dilemmas: Decision-Making in a Pandemic with ethics expert Michael Gillette. In his energetic and interactive style, Gillette will explore the ethical decision making leaders face during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will examine strategies for identifying, analyzing, and resolving difficult ethical conflicts that may arise in aging services settings during a public health crisis. This is a live presentation and space is limited, so register today to join Gillette on May 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

These free sessions offer you an opportunity to ask questions and engage with speakers. Next up? Leadership Resilience: Moving Through Adversity with leadership consultant, author, and speaker Joanne Smikle on June 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Special Guests on Live Online Updates
Every weekday at 3:30 p.m. ET, LeadingAge policy experts share the most up-to-date information on guidance, regulation, and legislation related to the pandemic. These daily online updates also feature a range of guests, including experts who share perspective and answer your questions. Articles summarizing some of the guest discussion include:

We’ll roll out a new series capturing these guest interviews soon. Live online updates are held five days a week: Monday-Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET. If you’re already registered, you received an event update email yesterday, which you can use to update your calendar appointment with all the new dates. If you have not yet registered, sign up now to join us each weekday!

Quick Access to Expertise
Looking for expert access on the quick? Free QuickCasts offer on-demand, short-form learning opportunities. The very latest is Care and Coping with Dementia and COVID-19. In just 18 minutes, Teepa Snow discusses Positive Approach to Care (PAC) strategies to support people living with dementia when sheltering in place. Snow is one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia.

This and 12 other QuickCasts are now available on the Learning Hub Coronavirus page, with more on the way.

Research Analysis From LeadingAge LTSS Center
The LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston is sharing brief summaries of the latest data and analysis, including three articles featuring insights from these experts: Nora Super, senior director of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging; James Appleby, CEO of The Gerontological Society of America; Marc Cohen, co-director of the LTSS Center; and Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.

And our own Robyn Stone has authored articles asking Should You Consider Taking a Loved One Out of a Long-Term-Care Facility Now? and Who cares for those most vulnerable to COVID-19?

New Insights and Tools From LeadingAge
LeadingAge staff experts are developing essential guidance and tools, and curating the most relevant resources for aging services providers. A complete timeline of insights, tools, and useful 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 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.