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Member Update September 6, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, September 6, 2019
Updated: Thursday, September 5, 2019

September 6, 2019

The LeadingAge North Carolina Member Update is published twice monthly. Please click on one of the headers below to view that section.

Advocacy & Policy  |  On the Road
Strategic Thinking  Member Question
News & Notes  |  Volunteer Spotlight
  Professional Development  |  Value First

Congressional Election Voting Ends September 10
Early voting is currently underway leading up to the September 10 special elections taking place in North Carolina Congressional districts 3 and 9.

Budget Update
It has been over two months since Governor Cooper vetoed the budget sent to him by the General Assembly because it did not include Medicaid expansion. As the stalemate between the Governor and legislative leadership continues, last week the General Assembly took up and passed several “baby” budgets for various state employee raises (not for retirees). The Governor signed these bills. Both the Senate and House were off this week; when they return the week of September 9, they will take up another series of piecemeal budgets on issues that have broad bi-partisan support. The next round of these mini budget proposals is expected to feature funding for rape kit testing, prison safety, school safety and disaster relief, all of which were in the vetoed budget bill.

Absentee Ballot Legislation Amended to Address LeadingAge NC Comments
Responding to alleged voter fraud in Congressional District 9, Senate Bill 683 included, among other things, a provision that absentee ballot requests must be signed by the voter or the voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian. There was concern from aging and disability rights advocates that older adults and persons with disabilities who may need assistance in getting an absentee ballot may not have a near relative or verifiable legal guardian and this could prevent them from receiving a ballot. Rep. David Lewis, Chair of the House Rules Committee, listened to advocates and introduced an amendment when the bill was heard on second reading which read:

“(e1) Assistance by Others. If a voter is in need of assistance completing the written request form due to blindness, disability, or inability to read or write, and there is not a near relative or legal guardian available to assist the voter, the voter may request some other person to give assistance notwithstanding any other provisions of this section. If another person gives assistance in completing the written request form, that person’s name and address shall be disclosed on the written request form in addition to the information listed in subsection (a) of this section.”

The bill, as amended, was approved by the House and sent to the Senate for concurrence. Thanks to all LeadingAge North Carolina members who provided valuable perspective on this issue.

Judges Order Redraw of Legislative Districts
A three judge panel ordered another redraw for North Carolina's legislative maps on Tuesday of this week, finding them overly partisan. In a unanimous ruling, the judges said legislative maps "do not permit voters to freely choose their representative, but rather representatives are choosing voters based upon sophisticated partisan sorting." The court gave the legislature two weeks to redraw 57 North Carolina House districts and 21 Senate district maps and ordered the body to do so only during public hearings, with computer screens used in the process visible to the public.

Medicaid Transformation Delayed
Governor Roy Cooper vetoed nearly half a billion dollars last week that would have helped pay for Medicaid transformation, a plan to move some 2 million people who rely on the taxpayer-funded program for health insurance into new plans managed more closely by private providers. For years, the state has been moving toward a managed care system in an effort to make costs more predictable. Without a new budget in place, Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen said the November go-live date planned for approximately 25% of the state will be pushed back to February.

Tax Refund Legislation

Legislative leaders are proposing that the state's $900 million budget surplus be partly returned to taxpayers. As proposed, House Bill 74 would give roughly $680 million in tax refunds; $125 to taxpayers who filed singly or $250 to couples who filed jointly. If the bill becomes law, checks would be mailed by December 15. The Senate passed the bill on August 27 and has forward the bill to the House for concurrence.

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LeadingAge North Carolina staff travels the state to advocate, collaborate, and offer educational workshops. Here’s where we've been recently:

  • Member visit - Aldersgate, Charlotte
  • Member visit - Southminster, Charlotte
  • Member visit - Well-Spring, Greensboro
  • Direct Care Workforce Summit - Raleigh
  • LeadingAge NC Leadership Academy - Raleigh
  • Management Leadership Series - Friends Homes, Greensboro
  • NC Institute of Medicine Task Force on Health Services for Individuals Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Morrisville

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Hearing Loss May Take 'Enormous Toll' on Elders' Quality of Life, Study Says
July 20, 2019, McKnight's Long-Term Care News
Unfortunately, there is social stigma associated with hearing loss. Are there ways that your community could better acknowledge it as a prevalent health issue? In addition to providing suggestions for communication access, an audiologist could diagnose resident hearing health and provide support regarding the best assistive hearing devices.

How Death Cafes are De-Stigmatizing Death
August 10, 2019, Axios
Did you know that "death cafes" have been held in our state in Apex, Hillsborough and other towns? Topics range from the practical to the spiritual. And they are not just for those with terminal illness. Read more here and consider whether such a cafe would make sense at your community.

I Visited 47 Sites. Hundreds of Trackers Followed Me.
August 23, 2019, The New York Times
The author takes part in an online privacy experiment and learns, "everything you do online is logged in obscene detail, that you have no privacy. And yet, even expecting this, [he] was bowled over by the scale and detail of the tracking."

The Only Five Email Folders Your Inbox Will Ever Need
January 9, 2017, Fast Company

Emails from supervisors, residents, and family members probably flood your inbox. How do you manage it? Stop “organizing” your emails by subject and start thinking of them in terms of deadlines.

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Thanks to all who respond to questions from fellow members. Click on the link below to download responses to the most recent question about who has access to fitness classes and whether or not they pay to attend.

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2020 LeadingAge NC Conference RFP Now Open!
Share your expertise in the field of aging services by submitting a proposal to be a presenter at the 2020 LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference and Expo May 18-21 in Asheville, NC. Submissions are due by November 29, 2019.

Student Loan Debt Report Finds Older Adults in North Carolina with $2.5 Billion in Loans
The Center for Responsible Lending has released a research report detailing the student loan debt crisis in North Carolina. More than 1.2 million state residents hold $44 billion in student debt. One of the population groups with the largest amount of student debt is older adults. According to the report, collectively, adults over 60 in North Carolina held almost $2.5 billion in student loan debt in 2017. Because almost two-thirds of jobs now require at least some higher education, many older adults are returning to school. Others are still struggling with debt they incurred as co-signers for their children or grandchildren. In North Carolina, the number of borrowers age 60 and older with student loan debt grew from 56,112 to over 87,000 between 2012 and 2017. Within this group of borrowers, 18% are delinquent on their student loans. To view the report, click here.

2020 Voters Changing Dramatically
The number of North Carolinians who are people of color, unmarried women and millennials is growing and will be more than half of eligible voters in 2020. Those potential voters younger than age 38, which includes millennials and the generation that follows them, along with minority populations and unmarried women, have grown by 17% over the past five years in the state. They now represent 61.4% of eligible voters, according to a new report by the Voter Participation Center.

The First Razor Designed to Shave Other People is Great News for Millions of Caregivers
August 16, 2019, Upworthy
The razor was inspired by real-world conversations with caregivers and their loved ones and was pilot-tested in 2017.

Social Isolation: Myths vs. Realities Among Adults Age 40 and Older
July 2018, AARP
Health issues are seen by mid-life and older adults as a major contributor to social isolation, yet just 15% of adults over 40 (and 10 percent in their 60s) have been asked by a medical practitioner during an exam about loneliness or social isolation. Is your clinical staff assessing social isolation among residents at your community?

In Case You Missed It
Click below to read association updates from the last two weeks.

Follow @LeadingAgeNC on Social Media
Before summer winds down, be sure you are following LeadingAge NC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You'll be up-to-date on all the latest news, research, and programs!

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Board members of LeadingAge North Carolina volunteer their time and expertise to enrich the field of aging services. We are grateful to welcome Wayne Campbell to the board this year. Read on to learn a little more about Wayne, who is president of the North Carolina Continuing Care Residents Association (NorCCRA) and a resident of Glenaire in Cary.

1. How did you get into the field of aging services and what was your first job? I believe it would have happened about 25 years ago as I was recovering from some serious heart problems when the Stephen Ministry program was introduced into my life. Now that ministry can be for anyone but most often our senior population is the recipient of that ministry. For many, many years my wife and I have been and still are Stephen Ministers.

2. If you could wave a magic wand, what is the one thing you would like to do for the population we serve? As the board member with a resident’s tie to a CCRC, I sometimes see residents struggle with their monthly fees and I also see certain pay level employees having difficulties… Magic Wand? There would be much less difficulty for all around…

3. If you could swap jobs with a staff member for a day, what would you want to try and why?
…a grounds keeper or maintenance person would keep me involved with my hands. I have said for years, especially in the springtime that I would love to have a job “mowing grass on land so large that I would start mowing on Monday and finish up on Friday and start over the following Monday…” I love the smell of freshly mowed grass…

4. What makes LeadingAge North Carolina’s mission meaningful to you and what factors do you believe will affect the Association’s mission in the months and years to come? I am so impressed with the level of, what I believe to be genuine “caring” for “people” and not just “numbers”. I believe the leadership within the organization is such that the “wheel" will NOT be reinvented but rather we will learn from each other. There are tremendous educational opportunities available…

5. What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries? Since I am “technically” retired my children don’t think that I need to do anything to relax and recharge my batteries… But, genealogy - who was here in my family, before me? Photography – thousands of pictures but never enough. And travel – see the world now so that when I am older I can look at my pictures and remember…

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Click on any of the workshop images below to learn more and register. Forward to your friends and co-workers and register to attend together!

Catalogue of all 2019 Events

Beans and Dreams September  | Marketing Symposium  |  Workforce Summit   Wellness Workshop  |  Direct Services Staff Symposium 
Beans and Dreams October  Night Out (Members Only)
Dining Program *NEW!  |  Other Professional Opportunities

Spaces still available, register today!
Beans and Dreams Roundtable
September 13
9 - 10:30am
Bernard Robinson & Co., Greensboro

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Mid Atlantic Marketing Symposium
September 18
Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, VA

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Workforce Summit
September 19
Friends Homes Guilford in Greensboro

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Wellness Workshop
September 26
Carol Woods in Chapel Hill

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Direct Services Staff Symposium
Choose your date:
October 9 at Aldersgate in Charlotte - OR -
October 10 at The Forest at Duke in Durham
Both sessions 10am - 2pm

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Beans and Dreams Roundtable
October 11
9 - 10:30am
WeaverCooke, Greensboro

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Save the Date
LeadingAge NC Night Out
For Members Only
Monday, October 28
Invitations and information coming soon!

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Senior Dining Association

One Day Experience
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Plantation Estates
606 Birch View Drive
Matthews, NC 28105

Facilitated by Harris Ader, Founder of SDA

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Other Professional Opportunities

Employee Health & Benefits Webinar Series
Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency,
a LeadingAge NC Platinum Member
3rd Thursdays Monthly from 2-3pm

Your Employee Benefits Game Plan
Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency,
a LeadingAge NC Platinum Member
Tuesday, September 17 in Raleigh - or -
Wednesday, September 18 in Greensboro

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Webinar Series
Phase 3 RoP: What to Expect; Developing Your Facility Action Plan
First Wednesdays Monthly
Through November 2019
2pm EST

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Value First

LeadingAge North Carolina members can enroll in Value First and participate in other Group Purchasing Organizations at the same time. The portfolio of more than 500 vendors includes food distributors, medical supplies, therapy, facility operations, furniture, equipment, technology, and construction services.

Accessing your Vizient Catalog has now also been made easier than ever! To find out how to register and access the online catalog, click on the graphic below.

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LeadingAge North Carolina
222 N. Person Street, Suite 205 | Raleigh, NC  27601
Ph. 919.571.8333 | Fax 919.869.1811 |

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