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In This Issue

Adult Day News (GADSA)

Activity Professionals (GAAP)
LeadingAge Georgia Business Connection
Center For Positive Aging
Culture Change News
Georgia Institute on Aging
General Notes of Interest
LeadingAge (National)
News Throughout the Spectrum of Aging Services
Public Policy
Vacancy Report

Quick Links

Upcoming Events Calendar
Job Mart


Special Thanks to Our Institute Partners

Institute Supporters






Inside Your Association - LeadingAge Georgia

LeadingAge Georgia is the statewide association of over 150 key not-for-profit and other mission-focused organizations dedicated to providing quality housing, health care, community-based and other related services for older Georgians. The mission of LeadingAge Georgia is to represent and promote the common interests of its members through leadership, advocacy, education and other services in order to enhance each member's ability to serve older Georgians.




May is Older Americans Month


Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation's celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). ACL designed the 2017 OAM theme, Age Out Loud, to give aging a new voice-one that reflects what today's older adults have to say.

This theme shines a light on many important trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They're taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. What it means to age has changed, and OAM 2017 is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.

Let's amplify the many voices of older Americans and raise awareness of vital aging issues across the country. Join us as we speak up and out loud for OAM!



Important Update: Membership Directory

The deadline for organization/staff updates has been extended to May 8th for the 2017-2018 LeadingAge Georgia Resource Guide and Member Directory. Verification forms were emailed to the main contact at each organization the week of April 17. Contact Susan Watkins, if you did not receive your form.



LeadingAge Georgia Millennials Speak Out

We would like to feature some of the tremendous work that has been taking place within the Institute as it relates to LeadingAge Georgia's strategic initiative "Improving members' capacity in recruiting and retaining Millennials". A work group comprised of some of the active millennials from our member organizations has been meeting with the goal of identifying and highlighting: What it is that Millennials are seeking from a career in our field; what challenges Millennials perceive as obstacles to entering and growing in the field of aging services; and recommendations for our field on how to attract and then cultivate this younger cohort into the future leaders of our field.


Over the coming month, this work group will be writing an ongoing series in the monthly e-newsletter (Coffey Break) to share some of the insights we have uncovered in our discussions. We also plan to hold more interactive discussions with existing senior management in our field about how to bridge the generational workforce gaps and assure that our noble industry is able to pull in the best and brightest talent going forward. On behalf of the "Millennial Work Group" we look forward to sharing and learning more about our workforce as a whole in the name of providing the highest level of care for the seniors we serve.


Special thanks to the members of the work group:
Kathryn Duke - Clairmont Oaks
David Brooks – Saint Anne's Terrace
Josh Brown – Campbell-Stone Sandy Springs
Alexandria Hudson Giles - Calvin Court
Samantha Eaves – Wesley Woods Senior Living
Melody McTier – Gwinnett Christian Terrace
George Tucker – Campbell-Stone Sandy Springs


Lack of Quality Applicants is Top Workforce Challenge: Survey Finding enough applicants who are qualified for an open position is the biggest workforce challenge facing member organizations responding to a recent survey by the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research. LeadingAge sent surveys to 2,778 assisted living communities, nursing homes and home- and community-based service providers and received 470 responses.

Full Article



SOURCE and CCSP Want Your Feedback on the Programs

1) What has been working well?
2) What is not working?
3) What services would you like to see added to the (E&D Waiver) SOURCE or CCSP Program?


The Elderly and Disabled Waiver, including both the Community Care Services Program (CCSP) and Service Options Using Resources in Community Environment (SOURCE), is scheduled to renew October 1, 2017 via application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Waiver must be renewed every five (5) years per federal policy. It is approaching time for the Department of Community Health (DCH) to send the renewal application to CMS.


DCH is seeking additional comments from members, families, key stakeholders, advocates, and providers on the renewal application. DCH wants to know how best we can improve the CCSP and SOURCE waivers.

The date and time for the webinar is:


Friday, May 19, 1-2:30pm


Call: 1-650-479-3207 (Access Code 662 823 911)


Or join us online at

Thank you for your participation!



Value First


Big Spender - Special Edition


Dear Big Spender,

When was the last time you performed a thorough, detailed cost analysis of products and services in the areas where your community's operations spends the most money? Last month, last year, three years ago, can't remember?
Did you know you can have cost studies done— free of charge in as many spending categories as you choose—while you are away on vacation!


You can compare what you are currently paying vs. Value 1st GPO pricing on:

□ Food
□ Medical Supplies
□ Janitorial/Housekeeping Supplies
□ Office Supplies
□ Appliances and Equipment
□ Vehicles and Utility Carts

Cost Study Easy 3-Step Process
1. Submit your cost study request by clicking HERE. Include any special instructions, such as who to contact while you are on the golf course or at the beach.

2. Communicate. Inform the appropriate department head or staff person of your intention to have a couple of cost studies done.

3. Be Proactive. Let staff know that they will need to provide purchasing data for a specific time period (depending on the spend category) and that they should call Value 1st representative Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956 for details and assistance.


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New Members

Alice's Place
Patricia Duncan
3780 Napier Avenue
Macon, GA 31204
Adult Day Services

Daily Grace Adult Day Health
Eulanda Waller
868 Hwy 49
Macon, GA 31211
Adult Day Services

Harper's Adult Day Health
Carolyn Harper
186 Bootlegger Lane
Washington, GA 30673
Adult Day Services

St. Luke Respite Care

Diane Hett

1104 Second Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901
Adult Day Services


AT Security
Alan Carr
8735 Dunwoody PL #5
Atlanta, GA 30350
Safety & Security


Edwards Construction

John Stevenson

9741 Southern Pine Boulevard, Suite M
Charlotte, NC 28273


Ronnie Phillips
133 Peachtree Street, 36th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303


Seth Smiley
10935 Vista Sorrento Pkwy
San Diego, CA 92130
Resident Monitoring/Emergency Call Systems



Calendar Information


To assist with planning, we are sharing information
on special holidays and observances for each month
2 months early.


This month we are sending you information for July



July 4 Independence Day

July 14 Bastille Day

July 16 National Ice Cream Day

July 23 Parents' Day



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Georgia Institute on Aging









Moderately Priced Housing: An Industry Challenge

While a rising need for senior housing over the coming decades is a foregone conclusion, what receives less attention is the demographics of that rising need.

Specifically, this webinar explores the explosive growth in demand for lower and middle market rate housing that will be required. We examine a detailed study published by the Joint Center for Housing Studes of Harvard University explaining this rapidly increasing need and examine a variety of financing mechanisms that can be utilized to pursue these needed developments. Some recent case studies reinforce the ability to execute these developments successfully.


Key themes include the need for education and collaboration across multiple constituencies and the role of the rental model today and in the future.


Click HERE to view the webinar.


For more information contact:

Tom Bowden, Vice President
901 East Byrd Street, Suite 260, Richmond, VA 23219
T: 804.727.3435 | C: 804.398.8577 |



Supervisor and Manager Leadership Summit

With a continually aging workforce and emerging leaders on the horizon; LeadingAge Georgia's Institute provided a one-day crash course for supervisors and managers to learn basic financial principals, supervisory coaching skills, and leadership principles to remain relevant and effective in their current and future positions.




Connecting the Dots...Aging - Homeless - Supportive Housing

On Monday, May 1st, the Georgia Supportive Housing Association (GSHA), in partnership with National Church Residences, CSH, LeadingAge GA, and the Atlanta Regional Commission held the Georgia Aging Convening on Supportive Housing at the State Bar of Georgia in downtown Atlanta. The speakers provided insightful information about the current health and housing status of Georgia's most vulnerable aging population and policies and innovations in supportive housing that are advancing in Georgia, Louisiana, New York, and elsewhere. The discussion included break-out sessions to plan discrete actions that can be taken in Georgia to further advance supportive housing for healthy aging, as well as tackle some of the needs of homeless seniors and seniors at risk of homelessness.




Upcoming Events


Leadeship Academy Third Event

May 17, 2017



First Annual North American Dementia Care Conference;
Dementia Action Alliance
June 26-27, 2017



July Mental Health First Aid with Older Adult Module – Mauldin & Jenkins

July 13, 2017



GAAP Extravaganza: Roaring Twenties

July 21, 2017


Fair Housing & Ethics Symposia
July 25, 217



Demential Beyond Drugs (via Eden Alternative)

August 16 - 17, 2017


Leadership Academy Fourth Event

August 23, 2017


SeptemberCoaching Supervision

September 13, 2017


Dementia & Mental Health

September 14, 2017


OctoberGolf Fundraiser for Center for Positive Aging

October 9, 2017


Adult Day Services Fall Event

October 13, 2017


Leadership Academy Fifth Event

October 18, 2017


LeadingAge National Conference

October 29 - November 1, 2017



Profiles of Positive Aging Image Awards

November 5, 217

Click HERE for honoree entry form

Deadline for entries is August 31, 2017



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Center for Positive Aging







Walk, Stretch or Dance? Dancing May Be Best for the Brain Could learning to dance the minuet or fandango help to protect our brains from aging? A new study that compared the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggests that there may be something unique about learning a social dance. The demands it places on the mind and body could make it unusually potent at slowing some of the changes inside our skulls that seem otherwise inevitable with aging.

Full Article



Aging Out Loud! May is Older Americans Month. It was first started in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy met with members of the National Senior Citizens Council. It was known then as Senior Citizens month, with the primary purpose of acknowledging the contributions to our country by men and women age 65 and older.

As everything evolves to keep up with societal changes, so too has Older Americans Month (OAM). This year the theme of 'Age Out Loud' was chosen to give aging a new voice, one that highlights the progress and new developments of our aging population. We are the generation who continues to set trends as we 'disrupt aging' as described by AARP CEO JoAnn Jenkins in her book of the same name.


Read more






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Culture Change News






2017 Georgia Culture Change Summit & North American Dementia Conference

Since the national Dementia Action Alliance will hold its North American Dementia Conference in Atlanta June 25-27, will be not have the 2017 Culture Change Summit so the Georgia Culture Change supporters can attend this significant conference.


Click HERE to register.



Sponsored by:



Culture Change Network of Georgia Advisory Group Meeting

CCNG advisory group 2017 meetings
August 11 at the Alzheimer's Association
October 27 at Lenbrook in Buckhead


Watch for information and materials.




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Adult Day Services (GADSA)


New Resources for Adult Day Services National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has completed data collection for its 2016 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, including Adult Day Services, with an impressive 60 percent response rate from providers. The two new reports using data from its 2014 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers released by NCHS are important resources for the advancement of adult day services. The reports include U.S. maps showing selected characteristics of residential care communities and their residents, as well as adult day centers and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly and their participants. Characteristics include disease-specific programming and practices and participant functioning, health conditions and adverse events.

Full Article



2017 GADSA Leadership Team

President: Claire Russell, The Homeplace

Vice-Presidents Public Policy: Ned Morgens, Skylark Senior Care;
Aysha Cooper, SarahCare of Snellville

Vice-Presidents of Members: Georgia Gunter, Adult Day of Dunwoody;
Carla Jones, Rosswoods; Peggy Padgett, Georgia Infirmary Adult Day Health

GA Association of Activity Professionals










2017 GAAP Extravaganza

Join us on July 21, 2017 for the 2017 GAAP Leadership Extravaganza. This year's theme is "The Roaring Twenties."


The decade beginning with 1920 in the United States is commonly referred to as the Roaring Twenties because it was a time of celebration and advancement. The term "roaring" speaks to the loud, exciting and exuberant events of the era. We all certainly want the lives of our Elders to be "exciting and exuberant" so please join us as we explore how to encourage living life as a celebration!


Click HERE to register


2017 GAAP Leadership Team

President: Scott Bassett (Philips Tower, Decatur)
Vice-President: Laura Jones (Briarcliff Oaks; Atlanta)
Membership: Melissa Scott-Walter (A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab; Atlanta)
Program/Education: Liana Sisco (Lutheran Towers; Atlanta)
NAAP Liaison: Wendy Boyd (The Gardens at Calvary; Columbus)

LeadingAge Georgia Business Connection



Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. The company employs more than 30,000 people at approximately 300 locations in North America and South America.




Main Contact
Ronnie Phillips
133 Peachtree St NE l 36th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
O: 404-652-2845 l C: 404-226-9767,

News Throughout the Spectrum of Aging Services

Federally Assisted Housing (HUD-Subsidized)

HUD Programs Deserve Expansion, Not Cuts
For more than 1.5 million older adults, the Department of Housing and Urban
Development's rental assistance programs bring housing affordability and stability. If Congress doesn't enact a final fiscal year 2017 HUD appropriations bill, that stability disappears. HUD's rental assistance provides the resources necessary to bridge the gap between what low-income seniors can afford to pay for housing and what that housing actually costs to operate or rent from the private marketplace. Each year, housing costs increase as rental markets strengthen, while rent fixed-income seniors can afford to pay stays relatively flat. HUD must increase funding.

Full Article

Member Chat: Building Affordable Housing Without Government Subsidies
Garden Spot Village, a life plan community in New Holland, PA, expects to begin
construction this spring on a 5-bedroom "cooperative living house" that will provide affordable housing and services to low-income older adults without using any government subsidies. The home's 5 residents will each have a private bedroom and bathroom, and will share the home's common areas. Garden Spot Village will maintain the building and offer residents access to programs and amenities on its main campus, which is across the street. A social worker/case manager will connect residents with needed communitybased services.

Full Article


Helping Residents with Hoarding Disorder Avoid Eviction
A pilot program developed by Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG) in Seattle
helped 15 older adults with hoarding disorder avoid eviction from their SHAG-operated housing communities. The year-long Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) was carried out in collaboration with The Hoarding Project, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization focused on supporting individuals and organizations affected by hoarding disorder. SHAG and The Hoarding Project used a 2015 LeadingAge Innovations Fund grant to develop the program, which worked with residents whose hoarding issues kept their apartments from passing SHAG's mandated quarterly apartment inspections.

Full Article



Home and Community Based Services

A New Approach to the HCBS settings Rule
Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a joint letter with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to the nation's Governors that indicated they support extending the timeframe for compliance with the home and community-based services (HCBS) settings rule and including more state involvement in assessment of settings compliance. Since the final implementation date for the HCBS Settings rule is March 2019, LeadingAge believes the timeframe for compliance is not the main issue. We look forward to see more state
involvement in the process, but we remain concerned that without practical, realistic guidance from CMS on the implementation of the HCBS settings rule for all Medicaid populations, especially vulnerable older adults ,states may continue to implement policies that ultimately reduces access to HCBS.

Full Article


Home Health Groups Encouraged by CMS Response on Pre-Claim Review
For providers, advocates and industry groups that worked and lobbied for an intervention for the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD or PCR) to be changed, the pause in Illinois and delay in Florida announced last week is something to celebrate. However, another bright spot has appeared following a meeting on March 28 between CMS officials, Administrator Seema Verma and home health stakeholders—an open dialogue that could help ease other regulatory burdens down the line.

Full Article



Life Plan Community (CCRC)

Type A and C Contracts Increasing in Popularity with CCRCs
Type A and C entry-fee contract use has become more common in continuing care retirement communities over the past 10 years, whereas type B contract and rental agreement use has become less common, according to a poll of chief financial officers and financial professionals conducted by specialty investment bank Ziegler. Results of the March "CFO Hotline" survey, which received 145 responses from life plan community executives, are detailed in the latest issue of Ziegler's Z-News newsletter.

Full Article



Nursing Care/Rehab

New Details regarding Final Emergency Preparedness Rule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued two new Survey& Certification Letters pertaining to the Final Emergency Preparedness Rule that was issued last September and must be implemented in full by providers no later than November 15, 2017.

Full Article


LeadingAge Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Study
The deadline for the 2017-2018 LeadingAge Nursing Home Salary & Benefits study has been extended to May 15th. (The original deadline was Monday, May 8th.) Questionnaires are available online at the HCS website:

The national study is conducted by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS), in cooperation with LeadingAge. LeadingAge member participants may purchase the 250-page Report for the reduced rate of $165. The results will be published in July. Any questions on the study may be directed to:

Rosanne Zabka | Director of Reports
Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service
201.405.0075 ext. 11 | |


Hospital Proposed Rule Impacts Hospice, Home Health and SNFs
On April 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed regulation, Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2018 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Provider-Based Status of Indian Health Service and Tribal Facilities and Organizations; Costs Reporting and Provider Requirements; Agreement Termination Notices [CMS-1677-P] RIN 0938-AS98 that has implications for hospice, home health and


Full Article


Study: Training SNF Staff to Recognize Residents' Unmet Needs Helps Cut Antipsychotic Use
A training program that teaches nursing home staff better understand cognitively impaired residents' behavior may help reduce the use of antipsychotic medications within facilities, according to a new study. Researchers with the University of Massachusetts Medical School set out to assess the impact a communication-focused training program, dubbed "OASIS", could have on nursing facilities' off-label antipsychotic use. The team's findings were published April 17th in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Full Article

General Notes of Interest

Boomerang Seniors: Aging Adults Move to Be Near Mom or Dad Like many peers in their 70s, Lois and Richard Jones of Media, Pa., sold their home and downsized, opting for an apartment in a nearby senior living community they had come to know well. For 13 years, they have visited Lois' mother, Madge Wertzberger, there. Wertzberger, 95, is in assisted living at Granite Farms Estates. Lois, 73, and Richard, 76, who have been married 56 years, moved into an adjoining building in October.

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Decision-Making Ability and Risk of Elder Mistreatment The National Center on Elder Abuse, NCEA, has released a new research to practice publication: "Decision-Making Ability and Risk of Elder Mistreatment." This publication discusses factors pertinent to the decision-making ability of older people including: changes in the brain, cognition, social functioning, and how impaired decision-making ability can lead to an increased risk of elder mistreatment. The brief also describes what to do if you notice changes in an older person's decision-making ability and includes tools to reduce the risk of abuse and exploitation while maintaining and promoting autonomy.

Click here to read the brief.


Why Green Spaces are Good for Grey Matter Walking between busy urban environments and green spaces triggers changes in levels of excitement, engagement and frustration in the brain, a study of older people has found. Researchers at the Universities of York and Edinburgh say the findings have important implications for architects, planners and health professionals as we deal with an ageing population. The study is part of a larger project looking at mobility, mood and place and the role of the urban environment in promoting lifelong health and wellbeing.

Full Article


Can Virtual Reality Help Us Prevent Falls in the Elderly and Others? Every year, falls lead to hospitalization or death for hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans. Standard clinical techniques generally cannot diagnose balance impairments before they lead to falls. But researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University have found evidence that virtual reality (VR) could be a big help - not only for detecting balance impairments early, but perhaps also for reversing those impairments and preventing falls.

Full Article


Job Mart

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Executive Director - Lanier Village Estates

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Executive Director - Lutheran Towers

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Maintenance Engineer - Lutheran Towers

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Service Coordinator - Briarcliff Oaks

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Weekend House Parent

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