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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, November 3, 2017
Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2017
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November 3, 2017


Steve Fleming: National Board Chair

We are so proud that Steve Fleming was installed as national's board chair at the Annual Meeting and Expo earlier this week. We look forward to serving under his leadership and embracing his vision. Please click here to read Steve's comments on that occasion.

Thanks to all of our members who attended State Night Out Monday night in New Orleans to celebrate Team Fleming and enjoy one another's company!


Advocacy & Policy

North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is currently studying PACE in North Carolina, and your input is needed!

All PACE stakeholders, including participants, caregivers, providers, and the general public are invited to speak at the remaining DHHS public listening session, listed below. Comments at the listening sessions will help inform the report and guide recommendations to the Department and to the NC General Assembly. This is our best opportunity to demonstrate the actual and potential impact of PACE in North Carolina.

November 9th
Piedmont Health SeniorCare
163 Chatham Business Dr.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Comments are sought on, but not limited to:

• quality outcomes
• cost savings
• regulations impacting delivery, cost and/or availability of PACE
• long term care needs across the state
• lessons from and comparisons to PACE in other states
• extending PACE model to other populations

You can also email your comments to

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.

Join us for a fun filled day that will provide a positive and meaningful perspective in the midst of stress and change. Our presenter, Jody Urquhart is an an author and internationally recognized speaker who comes highly recommended by several LeadingAge state affiliates.

Learn how to: nurture the meaning and pride of your work; handle difficult situations and challenging people; and take steps to boost morale and increase cooperation. Note, this program is not just for direct service staff, but anyone who faces challenges in their job...that's all of us, right?

As in the past, we anticipate the workshop will sell out...reserve your seat today

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

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 professionals.

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.

Save the Date!

2018 LeadingAge North Carolina Spring Conference and Trade Show

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

Click here to submit a proposal to present.

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

In a Distracted World, Solitude is a Competitive Advantage: Harvard Business Review

Redefine solitude, "starve your distractions," clarify urgent versus important tasks, and more in this readable article about leading yourself before you try to lead others.

Seeking Justice for the Care Worker Work Force - A Short-Term Chance to Make a Long-Term Difference: Nonprofit Quarterly

This author frames the care workforce issue as one of social justice. Consider using this article when you need a resource outside of the field of aging to strengthen your case with constituents.

DiNitto, Choi: Address Underlying Causes of Suicide in Older Adults: Houston Chronicle

Did you know that suicide rates are higher among older adults than younger? This article suggests potential causes of older adult suicide and what our role is in helping prevent such tragedy.

To Build Connection on Your Team, Skip Icebreakers and Talk about Photography: Harvard Business Review

Looking for an innovative way to help your team bond? This author provides step-by-step instructions on how to use photography to create connection. The reasons why it works may surprise you! Considering using this approach at your next retreat.

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

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 our
peers and we have raised more than $513,000 toward a goal of $1 Million. If you haven't already, please consider giving today.

100% of your donation 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

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 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.

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


Congratulations to Glenaire in Cary on the completion of their newly renovated health center last week.


"You control the project. We help reduce the cost of material and equipment."

Major Renovations and Construction Projects

■Whether your project is under $1 million or over $500 million Value First can help your community achieve savings on major renovations and construction projects.

■Many of the vendors, architects and designers you do business with are market leaders that are also part of the Value First Construction Services program.

■Value First works with the architects, designers, and general contractors you choose.

■We serve as your cost savings advocate and consult with your architect to develop a vendor line-up to the basis of design (spec alignment). Value First can help you save on:

Fire alarm systems
Building controls
Roofing systems
Drywall and wall components
Doors and hardware
Custom wood products
Furniture, beds, lifts and more…

■ Connect Value First with your architects, project managers and key staff as early in the process as possible. Higher savings result from early engagement.

Program Benefits

♦Transparency in construction pricing.
♦Assistance with planning and procurement of materials, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
♦Aggregate of purchases across multiple projects to ensure cost containment.
♦3% to12% project savings.

Step 1. Consultation
Consult with Brian Smidt, Director of Construction Services, to discuss type of construction project (new building/campus, addition or renovation); number of units/beds being added; phase of construction you are currently in; your chosen architect, engineer, interior designers, etc.
(651) 659-1418

Step 2. Collaboration
After consultation, if you decide to use Value First as your cost savings advocate a Construction Services Participation Agreement and Statement of Work are signed to make us an official part of your strategic team.
We will assign a project manager to guide you through cost savings, and we can begin to work with designers and contractors that may already be a part of the project.

Step 3. Completion
As your trusted partner and cost savings advocate, Value First will be involved in the bidding process to make sure you are getting the best possible price and quality in your material purchases.

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