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Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, October 20, 2017
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017
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October 20, 2017

Advocacy & Policy

Save the Medical Expense Deduction

We’ve heard from providers, residents, board members, family members…and now AARP: save the medical expense deduction! Current tax reform efforts underway in Washington, DC call for the elimination of the medical expense deduction, a move that would have serious financial consequences for those with high medical expenses. NOW is the time to contact your elected officials and have your voice be heard. Click here for specific information about the proposed loss of the deduction and for an easy way to contact your elected officials. Many voices are being brought to the table on this issue, thanks in large part to the work of the North Carolina Continuing Care Residents Association (NorCCRA). They’ve assumed a leadership role nationally on this issue and LeadingAge North Carolina is a proud collaborator with them. Sindy Barker, NorCCRA’s legislative policy chair (and a LeadingAge NC board member) continues to provide outstanding leadership.

NC Chamber Presents 2017 Health Care Conference in Durham

Only a couple of weeks remain to register for the North Carolina Chamber’s 2017 Health Care Conference: Profiles of Health Care Value in North Carolina.

This year's conference brings together business leaders from small, mid-size, and large businesses across the state to discuss best strategies for improving health care value while slashing health care costs.

Professional Development

The Joy of the Job: Workshop for Direct Service Professionals

I love my job; it's the people I can't stand

November 7 at The Forest at Duke in Durham
November 8 at Salemtowne in Winston-Salem

Choose the date that works best for your community.
10am-2:30pm at each location.

Target audience: CNAs, Dining Services Staff, Housekeeping, Facility Services, Grounds, Resident Services, all Direct Care and Service Providers

Is job stress and burnout getting you down? Learn how to adopt a humorous and fun approach to the challenges of the daily grind. Do you feel tired emotionally and drained by conflict? Learn how to handle the most stressful situations and the most challenging people. Click here for registration and information. Facilitated by Jody Urquhart, known for her humorous and compassionate motivational sessions.

Understanding the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule and Beyond

Thursday, October 26
Sharon Towers
5100 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 
2 CEUs for NHA
Register for 10/26 by clicking here.

Monday, November 6
Iredell County Health Department
318 Turnersburg Highway
Statesville, NC
2 CEUs for NHA
Register for 11/6 by clicking here.

Register and learn about the four key elements of the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule and how to implement them in your community.

  • Emergency Plan: Develop an emergency plan based on an “all hazards” approach using a risk assessment
  • Policies and Procedures: Develop and implement policies and procedures based on the plan and risk assessment
  • Communications Plan: Develop and maintain an emergency preparedness communication plan that complies with both Federal and State law.
  • A Training and Testing Program: Develop and maintain training and testing programs, including initial training and annual trainings, and conduct drills and exercises *Two per year required*

Please contact Hannah Gompers with any questions at 704-579-4150.

Marketing Symposium - NEW DATE
Tuesday, December 5th
Covenant Woods
Mechanicsville, VA
Register Now
Download brochure

Target audience: Marketing professionals and interested professions
We are partnering with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge Maryland to host our first Marketing Symposium! Topics include: reframing aging; budgeting for marketing as an investment rather than an expense; choosing a new CRM; digital and integrated marketing strategies; diversity and inclusion and research on how consumers use the internet. Don't miss it! Register now and join your colleagues for a lively discussion.

Dining Symposium - RESCHEDULED for 2018
We'll announce the new date and program for our dining professionals soon.

Save the Date!

2018 Spring Conference and Trade Show

The Omni Grove Park Inn
May 14-17, 2018
Asheville, NC

2017 LeadingAge North Carolina Calendar

Looking ahead at your professional development for the remainder of this year, be sure to include LeadingAge North Carolina events and programs. Click here for the 2017 Calendar. 

Strategic Thinking

Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wifi: Harvard Business Review

Though public wifi may be convenient, using it places our personal and work digital security at serious risk. Take a look at this article to learn how to protect yourself from the hackers that are waiting to steal your information. Our most popular article on Facebook recently.

Research: For Better Brainstorming, Tell an Embarrassing Story: Harvard Business Review

Ever wondered how to encourage creative brainstorming among your team? It might seem counter intuitive but researchers have found that starting with a self-deprecating story encourages candor and creativity. Read this article for inspiration on how to kick off your next brainstorming session. Our second most popular article on Facebook in the past couple of weeks.

The Benefits of Advance Care Planning: The PEW Charitable Trusts

This brief interview highlights the usefulness of advance care planning to help loved ones and health care providers honor our goals and wishes if we become unable to speak for ourselves. Read and share this article with staff and loved ones if you are unsure what advance care planning entails, or why it might make sense.

And then consider reflecting and writing down your wishes with help from the NC Partnership for Compassionate Care. NCPCC is planning several advance care workshops across the state this year. This month workshops are taking place in Salisbury, Winston-Salem, Mocksville, and King. Visit to learn more about advance care planning, to download the planning forms, or to register for a workshop today.

CEOs Explain How They Gender Balanced Their Boards: Harvard Business Review

What are the benefits of a gender balanced board? To find out, the authors of this article interviewed 16 CEOs or board members who had an average of 49.8% women on their boards. Interviewees also explained how they achieved gender parity and why they felt other CEOs have not taken similar steps. If your board is struggling with a similar issue, this article could help.

News and Notes

Submit Your RFP for Spring Conference 2018 Today!

LeadingAge North Carolina invites you to share your expertise in the field of aging services. Submit a proposal to be a presenter at our largest event of the year, the Spring Conference and Trade Show May 14-17, 2018 at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. We seek proposals that demonstrate best practices, exemplify creativity, and inspire innovation in the field of aging. Submissions may be made online by December 31, 2017

RSVP for State Night Out

Planning to attend the LeadingAge Annual Meeting in New Orleans? Please join us! Community and Business Members are invited to attend State Night Out from 6:00-7:30pm at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Complimentary beer and wine from 6-7pm. This event is private and is only open to LeadingAge North Carolina Members. RSVP by clicking here.

The Power of Purpose – October 29-November 1, 2017 – It’s Not Too Late to Register

To care well for others, we need to reinforce our own passion for what we do—and actively work to improve how to support our country’s aging population today. That’s exactly what we do at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, our nation’s largest annual event for the not-for-profit aging services field. In education sessions, during general sessions and through eye-opening, one-of-a-kind experiences, you and your team will be immersed in our shared mission of helping older adults thrive. More than 200 of your North Carolina colleagues are registered to attend and it’s not too late to make your plans. For conference information, please click here

LeadingAge Disaster Relief Fund

To mitigate the impact of recent fires in California, as well as the destruction that Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused, LeadingAge established a Disaster Relief Fund. The LeadingAge community has rallied to support their
peers and has raised more than $445,000 toward a goal of $1 Million. We are incredibly grateful for this outpouring of generosity from our LeadingAge family.

100% of all donations will go directly to members and their staff to cover a range of needs including basic supplies such as food and water. We are working with the management of these communities to help serve resident and staff needs. Please give now to the LeadingAge Disaster Relief Fund. If you would like to make a donation by check, please make it payable to “LeadingAge” and send to:

2519 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
ATTN: Jody Moeller

Bernard Robinson and Company CPE Symposium: Registration Now Open

With relevant information for financial executives, sessions include an economic outlook, tax strategy and updates, employment law and compliance, best practices insights for financial executives and more.

November 1 in Raleigh at North Hills Country Club
November 3 in Winston-Salem at Forsyth Country Club
November 7 in Greensboro at Starmount Forest Country Club
8 hours CPE, $80 or $60 Early Bird

Please click here to register for any of the dates and contact Andy Harding with questions.

2017 Employee Benefits Compliance Webinar Series

Senn Dunn Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company, invites community members to participate in their free Employee Benefits Compliance Webinar Series. The webinars will be held on the third Thursdays of each month from 2pm-3pm EST. Click here to download the brochure. Click here to register.

Carolina SeniorCare Announces Free Dementia Education

Carolina SeniorCare and the Alzheimer’s Association have partnered to help those that could be affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders through a FREE two-part seminar series. Both sessions will be held at Carolina SeniorCare, 802 East Center St., Lexington, NC.

Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
Thursday, November 2, 5:00– 6:00pm
This session will cover symptoms of dementia, how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and hope for the future.

Understand Dementia-Related Behavior
Tuesday, November 7, 5:00– 6:00pm
This session will guide you in identifying common triggers for dementia behaviors, explain the process for assessing behaviors and address best practices and strategies to handle behaviors.

If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Please register your attendance by contacting Amanda Gardner at 336-746-3507 or

Wake AHEC Offers Fall Reduction Program

October 26
The Cypress of Raleigh Club, Inc.
8801 Cypress Lakes Drive
Raleigh, NC
Click here to download registration form.

2.0 NHA CEUs applied for
$25 before Oct. 19
$35 after Oct. 19

Michael McGregor, PT, DPT, CEEAA
Regional Clinical Director
Clinical Specialist of Education
Genesis Rehab

Target Audience
Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, Medical Assistants, Nursing
Home Administrators, Home for the Aged Administrators, Assisted
Living Executive Directors, Social Workers, Activity Directors, Case Managers and others working in assisted living and long-term care facilities

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
1. Identify the role and responsibility of the inter-professional team in addressing falls in the post-acute environment.
2. Describe the communication and methods for medical and community programs to jointly support an individual’s fall risk management
3. Discuss expected outcomes for managing fall risk in a continuum mode

This program will provide an overview of the development of a partnership between medical and community models using the methods and communication needed to implement a sustainable fall risk management method. Click here to download registration form.


Pat Jones with Tom at the Leadership
Academy visit to NC DOI in August 2017.

NC DOI Welcomes New Administrative Assistant

Patricia (Pat) Jones has joined the North Carolina Department of Insurance as Administrative Assistant. Pat joins the team with more than 25 years of state government experience including consumer protection and administrative management. She brings a great deal of skill, talent, and value to the Special Entities Section. Please join us in welcoming Pat to the Department and Special Entities Section. And please note Pat's contact information below for your records.

Patricia T. Jones
Administrative Assistant
Special Entities Section
Financial Analysis and Receivership Division
NC Department of Insurance
1203 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

Phone: 919-807-6612

Need a Ride?

►Passenger Van
►Shuttle Bus
►Ambulette (non-emergency wheelchair van)

LeadingAge Value First members can access our exclusive FleetAssets vehicle rebate program for any new company van, car, truck or shuttle bus. Click here to see sample vehicles.

Contact Value First Representative, Vanessa Ceasar at (404) 421-3956 for additional information.

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