LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 5.29.20

Members | May 29, 2020

Daily updates as of May 29. 

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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 at 3:30 p.m. ET. You can visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Following are the latest coronavirus news and resources.

National Media Drumbeat Goes On
As you know, LeadingAge is implementing a national media and communications strategy designed to disrupt the pervasive narrative of demonizing aging services providers. This week, our president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan released another in a series of statements demanding support and resources:

The sad truth is this: The country has little more than a patchwork plan for protecting older lives. Our leaders in Washington, DC did not listen, did not plan, and did not prioritize the health and lives of older adults. Now our most vulnerable Americans are paying the price.

Our outrage was covered by Mcknight's Long Term Care News, Nonprofits say president offered misleading comments about PPE for nursing homes. And check out additional media statements and coverage of LeadingAge in the news fighting for you:

Change and Perspective on Affordable Housing
LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston experts authored an article in Health Affairs, outlining special challenges, government response and needed solutions: Under The Radar: Affordable Senior Housing Communities Need Support To Fight COVID-19. LeadingAge’s Policy team has long supported streamlining and electronic flexibilities to help housing providers better serve residents, which was granted with HUD guidance this week! Read more: HUD Guidance Allows Electronic Signatures and Documents.

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

A complete timeline of advocacy is available here, so you’ll never miss an update.

We just extended daily live updates through June! If you are registered, you received a confirmation email, which you can use to update your personal calendar appointment. Can’t find your email? Visit the registration page to sign up again—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.