LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 4.8.20

Members | April 08, 2020

Daily updates as of April 8. 

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—with an adjusted schedule this week (see below). And you can always visit the main coronavirus page.

This Week’s Live Update Schedule
The team at LeadingAge has been inspired by the dedication of everyone working at our member organizations. In the midst of a sacred week for many of us, we will pause our live online updates on both Thursday, April 9, and Sunday, April 12, in recognition of Passover and Easter. Know that we will be working for you through the religious holidays this week, but will take these two days to allow members a chance to observe in their communities and with their loved ones.

You can still expect email updates each weekday morning, and live online updates today, Friday, and Saturday. As always, you can subscribe to "LeadingAge Need to Know" via communications preferences in your MyLeadingAge account to receive email updates. Register here for the daily live online updates.

Yesterday’s Coronavirus Daily Member Update recording is available now. We also wrote an article about David Smart’s interview on that live update. David, who leads Eton Senior Communities in Lakewood, CO, took the bold position that the coronavirus crisis is the best time to move into a senior living community.

Message From Our Board Chair
The LeadingAge Board Chair, Carol Silver Elliott, offers this message to members on the unwavering commitment and dedication you bring to older adults.


If you had asked me just a few short weeks ago to tell you how I would define a hero, I would have shared the mental images that came to mind with that word. It’s the firefighter running into a burning building to save a life; it’s the police officer who runs towards danger rather than away; it’s the act of physical courage that makes me think “Wow, I could never do that.”

Today my understanding of that word has changed forever. The heroes are the staff who come into our buildings every day. They are the people who tell their families who ask them to stay home that they can’t, that coming to work and caring for elders is not optional, it is what they do and what they must. The heroes are the people who are gloved and gowned, who are walking into rooms where there are droplet precautions posted. They are the people who are cleaning more thoroughly than ever before, the ones who are making sure that everyone has food to eat, those who stand at the doors to make sure everyone has their temperature taken and a mask to wear.

My heroes are each of my colleagues who are leading our organizations, who are preparing for the worst while hoping for the best. These are the people who are making tough calls, trying to digest all the information coming to them at incredible rates of speed, who are juggling the needs of elders, families, and staff and still trying to keep everyone’s spirits up.

I salute each of you, I salute everyone who provides care and support for our elders. You are, and will always be my heroes.

Stay strong.

Carol Silver Elliott

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.

We also posted a set of tools to help with FFCRA and CARES Act provisions (made available by our friends at LeadingAge Wisconsin):

Questions? Ask LeadingAge National, Your State Association, or Each Other
There are many ways to get help during this crisis. Staff at LeadingAge’s national office are always here for you. Contact our 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.