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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

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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.




LeadingAge Georgia Thanks 4500 Care Partners Serving Member Organizations throughout Georgia

"No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.




Nominate a Colleague for an Award

Each year, the LeadingAge Georgia membership comes together to participate in the Annual Business Meeting (December 7, 2017). You are invited to participate by nominating individuals who enhance our organizations and inspire us by their involvement, innovation, leadership, advocacy, as well as personal and organizational generosity.


Please take a moment to think someone you would like to nominate for one of the following categories (DEADLINE: October 13, 2017)



2017 AWARD Categories


LeadingAge Georgia Award of Honor
The Award of Honor, the Association's highest award, is presented to a distinguished individual who has provided outstanding leadership to the Georgia Association and whose exemplary service and commitment to quality have advanced both the association and the aging-services field.

  • Individuals whose organizations are members of LeadingAge GA are eligible for this award.
  • Nominee has provided imaginative leadership and exceptional service to the Association
  • Nominee has accomplished significant goals over a period of time.
  • Nominee's cumulative achievements are notable and worthy of State recognition.

Innovation in Care and Services Award
This award recognizes a LeadingAge Georgia member organization for programs and/or services that are models of innovation and excellence and that contribute significantly to the quality of life of the individuals served.

  • The nominee has to be a LeadingAge Georgia member organization.
  • The nominee has been intentional in the development of an innovation that is centered around and emphasizes quality of life for the individuals served or significantly improves the aging-services organization's operations.
  • The innovation provides proven benefits to the residents, clients or the organization.
  • The innovation has been in actual operation for at least one year.

LeadingAge Georgia Volunteer of the Year Award
This award is presented to a resident or non-resident, group, or individual, volunteer of an LeadingAge Georgia member facility that has performed significant volunteer service to clients/residents, and has demonstrated unusual commitment to preserve the dignity and well-being of the residents/clients.

  • Nominee serves an LeadingAge Georgia member organization
  • Nominee has served the organization for a significant period of time directly or indirectly.
  • Nominee has made a difference in the life of the organization or an individual that is significant.
  • Nominee has demonstrated significant commitment to service of residents/clients in the area of aging.

LeadingAge Georgia Distinguished Service Award
This award recognizes the achievements of members, Trustees of governing member boards, non-members, or institutions in making outstanding contributions toward the welfare of older persons in areas such as research, education, communication, public policy, or excellence in leadership or governance accountability for member organizations. (It is not required that the nominee be a LeadingAge Georgia/National member.)

  • Nominee does not have to be a LeadingAge Georgia or LeadingAge National member unless the nominee is a Trustee, then the Trustee must be a member of a LeadingAge organization.
  • Nominee has spent a significant period of time meeting the needs of or serving the aging community or an organization that serves the aging.
  • Nominee has made contributions toward education, communication, board governance, public policy, or innovations in working with and serving seniors.

Caring Heart Award
This award recognizes the achievements of frontline staff and direct care employees, whose caring spirit have made significant impact upon the lives of older adults, while working for an LeadingAge Georgia member organization.

  • Individuals who are employees of organizations that are LeadingAge Georgia members are eligible.
  • Nominee has made a significant and positive difference in the life of senior residents/clients.
  • The attributes of the nominee has enhanced the organization's commitment to quality.
  • Nominee has been an inspiration to their peers/co-workers regarding work ethics and has developed strong relationships with residents, clients and families.

Click HERE for Nomination Form


Profiles of Positive Aging Fundraiser


Profiles of Positive Aging Image Awards honors and celebrates Elders who continue to live their lives on purpose. The focus is not on chronology, rather on wisdom from life-long experiences shared with other generations.

Since 2012 LeadingAge Georgia members, the Georgia Institute on Aging, and collaborative partners like Pfizer, AARP Georgia, Georgia Power, Amerigroup, and JenCare--have been forging this important movement to overcome ageism in our society. As Katie Sloan, the CEO of LeadingAge national puts it--Ageism is one of the last socially accepted "isms" in American society. So to overcome this stigma, we're asking the community and providers of Aging Services to join us in showing the positive aspects of Aging by celebrating our elders who continue to do exceptional things in our communities—locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally!

Come and experience the living gallery and hear the myriad fascinating stories of our 20 honorees, during the Profiles of Positive Aging Image Awards Gala on Nov 5th at the Atlanta History Center.


Click HERE for Tickets!


Our community Icon in Positive Aging this year is Dr. Melvin Pender, a 1968 summer Olympic Gold Medalist who is also a decorated army hero after serving two tours in the Vietnam War. Mel speaks all over the country and internationally to impart wisdom among teens and youth regarding character and resilience. Recently Mel shared with me that "his life is like a fairytale, but not without great challenges and perseverance." His life quote is "to whom much is given, much is required".


In addition to honoring Mel, we will recognize 19 others to include our first International honoree from Cameroon, Mr. Francis Njuakom Nchii.


Leading up to this event to further advocate positive aging, the importance of culture change and fully embrace the Age-Friendly Communities approach to actualizing Livable communities for all in the domain of Social Inclusion, Social participation and Respect for all citizens. Click HERE to view the Positive Aging Interview with WSB People 2 People host Jocelyn Dorsey and Jacque Thornton, LeadingAge Georgia Sr. Vice President, one-on-one.



Georgia Night Dinner at LeadingAge National Conference

Remember to register as space is limited for the Georgia member dinner during the conference. This year Georgia Night is Sunday evening, October 29th.


Click HERE for registration


My LeadingAge | National Products & Services and How TO Connect As a member, you are part of a community that advances policies, promotes practices and conducts research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age.


Remember, as a LeadingAge member is to create an individual login account. You can watch this short how-to video then proceed to for next steps. Your email is what you will use to begin the process. Your account allows you to sign-up to receive valuable information from our organization through email updates which will keep you informed about federal regulatory and legislative news.


Please click here for a list of member-exclusive products, services, tools and resources to benefit you and your staff. Be sure encourage your staff to visit the LeadingAge website to create their account because they are also members.


Dementia Education and Training Survey

The Georgia Alzheimer's and Related Dementia Task Force needs your help! We are asking providers to share with us what their current organization does in regards to dementia specific training. We will use this information to determine the best way to introduce unified, core competencies for dementia training in specific settings in Georgia. We will also use this information to determine barriers to training.

Later this year, GGS will be requesting proposals for mini-grants addressing these barriers to training.
Please complete the survey by 9/15/17.

Link to Survey



Ethical Issues & End of Life Care in LTC and Aging Services Summit
VNHS CEO Norene Mostkoff and LeadingAge Georgia CEO Walter Coffey participated in the summit held at the Emory Center for Ethics. Three areas of discussion included Everyday Ethics/Decision Making Close to the Life of Aging Individuals; Systems of Care and Public Policy in LTC and Aging; and Ethical Issues & End of Life Care.



Value First


2017 Value First purchasing activity through June 30, 2017 are now available. The following Top 10 users spent over $1,356,000 and saved significantly via their participation.


William Breman Jewish Home
Asbury Harris Epworth Towers
Clairmont Oaks
St. George Village
Canterbury Court
Brandon Wilde
Wesley Woods Towers
Calvin Court
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home


Contact Value First Representative Vanessa Ceasar to get your community's 2017 6-month activity report. Now is a good time to review purchasing data, learn more about Value First vendors, and discuss upcoming projects. Call 404-421-3956 or send an email to


Thank you for using Value First. This is your GPO!



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New Members

Serenity Adult Day Health

Jennifer Taylor
105 Westcliff Blvd.

Warner Robins, GA 31093


Adult Day Services


BKD CPAs & Advisors

John Harned

211 N Robinson, Suite 600

Oklahoma City, OK 73102


Accounting & Financial


Hekman Contract

Bryan Durkis

2135 A Defoor Hills Drive

Atlanta, GA 30318





Member Distinctions

Congratulations to Elilzabeth Martin, new Executive Director at Lanier Village Estates!



Congratulations to Pam Kauffman, new Administrator, Health Services at Lanier Village Estates!



Bahaa Barsoum, DON, AG Rhodes Health & Rehab, Atlanta is receiving the 2017 LeadingAge National McHugh Nursing Award to be presented at the LeadingAge national conference in New Orleans. Congratulations!


Congratulations to Tammy Kenkel, new Housing Services Manager at T.F. Williams Court Apartments!


LeadingAge and LeadingAge Georgia WELCOMES BACK the following members!
St. George's Court, John White
The Gardens at Calvary, Laurie Smith
The GreenHouse at Calvary, Debbie King


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 November



November 1 All Saints' Day

November 11 Veterans Day

November 13 Caregiver Appreciation Day

November 16 Great American Smokeout

November 23 Thanksgiving



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Public Policy

LeadingAge Georgia Public Policy Report By Tom Bauer, LeadingAge Georgia Policy Advisor


As noted last month, the LeadingAge Georgia board will be considering a new public policy agenda for 2017-2018, and several LeadingAge Georgia representatives are participating in work groups on two of the legislative priorities of the Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly (CO-AGE).


In other news at the state level the Medicaid program has undergone leadership changes. Linda Wiant, Medicaid chief, and Marcey Alter, with whom LeadingAge interacted frequently concerning home and community based services and other Medicaid waiver issues have resigned. The new chief is Blake Fulenwider, and for now Brian Dowd, who has attended and presents at many LeadingAge Georgia events will fill in for Ms. Alter.


CO-AGE Legislative Issues

There are two CO-AGE legislative priorities for 2018, along with a carryover issue (Abuser Registry) were chosen. The two issues are:

  • Medicaid Funded Assisted Living (Legislation to enable the state Medicaid program to pay for assisted living, increasing the number of facilities and available openings)
  • Personal Care Home Requirements (Expansion of Enforcement Options for State)

LeadingAge Georgia staff and members are serving on the work groups developing both of these issues for the 2018 General Assembly, and it is hoped that the first issue above may present an opportunity for some creative ways to increase services in personal care homes as well as "to think outside the box."

Adult Day Services Medicaid Reimbursement

LeadingAge/Georgia Adult Day Services Association (GADSA) are currently monitoring some administrative issues which affect prompt payment of adult day centers and other HCBS providers. Efforts included a recent phone call with leadership in the Division of Aging, including its head, Abby Cox.


Georgia Institute on Aging








Webinar: Georgia Senior Hunger Initiative

People facing hunger in Georgia is reported at alarming numbers, 1,659,710. Charitable programs are unable to fully support those struggling with hunger. The combination of charity and government assistance programs are necessary to help bridge the meal gap.

SNAP, formerly food stamps, provides temporary help for people going through hard times – providing supplemental money to buy food until they can get back on their feet. However, elders struggling with hunger is growing as our State's population of older adults grows daily.

Join us for this webinar presented by Gwenyth Johnson, an expert on Hunger in Georgia, to heighten your awareness of senior hunger in Georgia, unearth issues accompanying the problem and provide feedback on the first-ever state plan to fight senior hunger.


Friday, September 8, 2017 - 10:30am - 11:00am


Click HERE to regsiter



2017 Dementia | Mental Health Symposium - REGISTER NOW

Having access to the most current information regarding mental health as well as our role in understanding and supporting individuals living with dementia is critical for all LeadingAge members! Being able to hear from an individual living with dementia, having an informal conversation regarding what he is feeling, thinking and expecting from us as his condition changes is an incredible experience not to miss! Every member organization should have at least one person attending. Topics include:

  • State of Mental Health: Including updates and focus from the GA Coalition on Mental Health and Older Adults as well as the GA Department of Behavioral Health/Developmental Disabilities
  • Living Fully with Dementia and Person-Centered Dementia Care: Hear from Individuals Living with Dementia about what they want us to Know
  • Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults - Hear from a panel of your colleagues who were certified this summer – there will share some of the content from the modules they think are most relevant to aging services
  • Dementia Beyond Drugs: Highlights from this two-day Eden Alternative Certification
  • Other information will be shared from guests as well as shared learning from colleagues (including most up to date information on the Georgia Alzheimer's & Related Dementias – GARD – state plan)

September 14, 2017 | 8:30am – 3:30pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta
3003 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327


Click HERE to register



Dementia Beyond Drugs October 25-26 REGISTER NOW

This certification is for anyone who touches the lives of individuals living dementia. It is applicable in any setting. The event will be hosted at A.G. Rhodes Atlanta Health & Rehab.


Based on the award-winning book by G. Allen Power, M.D., this in-depth 2-day learning experience from The Eden Alternative® uses the framework of culture change to create a new approach to caring for people who live with dementia.


Learn why the current paradigm for dementia care can never produce satisfactory results and explore an experiential model that facilitates growth, meaningful engagement, and improved well-being via the application of person-directed practices.


NAB/NCERS approved for 13.25 hours


Click HERE to register


FEMA Region II Preparedness Webinar: Preparedness Planning for Senior Citizen Communities Webinar takes place Tuesday, September 26

Hurricane season is expected to be very active this year. When a natural disaster like a hurricane hits, older adults can face several unique challenges, and many are often dependent on others for basic necessities and psychosocial support. This dependency often increases their vulnerability to the impact of a hurricane. Recovering from emergencies like this often depends on prior planning and preparation.

Through the FEMA Region II Preparedness webinar: Preparedness Planning for Senior Citizen Communities, participants will learn about:

  • Tools and information available than can assist older adults and their caregivers when an emergency strikes
  • Assessing needs and vulnerabilities in order to better prepare for an emergency, and cope with any aftermath

This webinar takes place Tuesday, September 26 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Click here to register.

Webinar presenters:
• Kathlen Otte, Regional Administrator for HHS Regions 1 and 2
• Rhonda Schwartz, Aging Services Program Specialist, ACL

Learn more about Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).



Maintenance Professionals Forum

The morning session was jam packed with creative solutions from Shaw Contact on innovative solutions in carpet and flooring which are durable, beautiful, and easy to maintain. Also, Supply Works representatives covered Safety Data Sheets (SDS) domains as well as new chemical cleaning solutions--easy to transport and mix for housekeeping staff efficiencies.


Great afternoon session led by co-chairs Ramon Swain, Lutheran Towers and Mark Schrack, Briarcliff Oaks regarding best practices to address cleaning furniture and flooring following incontinence issues in common areas, bed bug elimination strategies; and Gary Kinzer, Saint Anne's Terrace shared an innovative and affordable way to manage subcontractors' schedules remotely via an app and magnetic white board. This has reduced the frequency of weekend calls to staff and streamlined the work flow dramatically at Saint Anne's Terrace. For more information contact Gary Kinzer at


Maintenance Professionals Forum Co-Chairs:
Mark Schrack, Briarcliff Oaks


Ramon Swain, Lutheran Towers


Kevin Bettis
Shaw Contract
Mobile - 770.547.1374
1555 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309


Cindy Boland
Shaw Product Support Group
Product Care Specialist
Mobile - 706-847-6535


Ten Things I Learned at the Dementia Action Alliance Conference

At the end of June, I had the opportunity to experience the first ever North American Dementia Action Alliance Conference in Atlanta. This was an amazing event, the best and most moving dementia conference I have ever been to, and it scrambled my brain in the very best way.


The conference organizers included persons with early-stage dementia in their planning. There were many speakers at the conference who also had dementia, who spoke movingly and clearly about horrendous experiences with diagnosis (example: essentially being told by the doctor to "get your affairs in order", and just prepare to curl up and die) the stigma that accompanies the diagnosis, the despair the ensues, and the long climb back into hope, purpose and connection which now fills their lives.


Full Article



SeptemberCoaching Supervision RESCHEDULED

September 13, 2017



Dementia & Mental Health Symposium

September 14, 2017



OctoberGolf Fundraiser for Center for Positive Aging

October 9, 2017

Click HERE for information

Click HERE for registration


Adult Day Services Fall Event

October 13, 2017



Leadership Academy Fifth Event

October 18, 2017


Coaching Supervision

October 19, 2017



Dementia Beyond Drugs (via Eden Alternative)

October 25-26, 2017



LeadingAge National Conference

October 29 - November 1, 2017


Georgia Night Dinner at the LeadingAge Conference

October 29, 2017

Click HERE for registration



Profiles of Positive Aging Image Awards

November 5, 2017

Click HERE for honoree entry form

Deadline for entries is August 31, 2017


Eden Associates Forum

November 8, 2017

Registration coming soon


Forums Calls

November 15, 2017

8:00-8:30 am Maintenance/Environmental Services Forum
9-9:30 am GAAP (Activity/Life Enrichment/Wellness Professionals
11-11:30 Service Coordinators/Social Workers/Wellness Professionals
1-1:30 Marketing Professionals Forum


Technology & Aging Summit

November 16, 2017

Registration coming soon



Annual Business Meeting

December 7, 2017

Registration coming soon


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Center for Positive Aging







Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Forum The Atlanta Regional Housing Forum of participating Mayoral Candidates was held on September 6, 2017 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Ten of the candidates responded to critically important questions regarding their policy position and platform as it relates to housing equity and affordability for all (inclusive of expansion of affordable housing options for older adults and individuals who are homeless or threatened by homelessness and mental/behavioral health challenges).

According to the sponsors of the forum, "the next mayor of Atlanta will inherit an increasingly untenable situation—housing affordability in the city. A rebounding housing market, booming luxury rental development, gentrifying neighborhoods, negative equity, and a vanishing supply of affordable housing all combine to paint a serious picture for low and moderate income families."


Read more


Fighting Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft in Georgia

Join the Federal Trade Commission for a free webinar to talk about fighting consumer fraud and identity theft in Georgia: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 2-3 pm ET.

Learn about:

  • the top scams reported in Georgia
  • tips for identifying the latest scams
  • how to avoid and recover from identity theft
  • free resources to help your community
  • working together in Georgia

Speakers will include: staff from the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, the FTC's Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta, and the Georgia Attorney General's Consumer Protection Unit.


Who should attend?

  • Anyone who works with consumers: advocates, law enforcement, financial educators, legal services providers, librarians, social service workers, community leaders and members, business leaders, members of military organizations, church leaders – and anyone else.

Participate on your own, invite others in your area, or hold a watch party for your colleagues and friends to watch the webinar together.


To join on October 3, 2 pm ET:

Call in: 1-(800) 700-7784, Access Code 429787
Title: Fighting Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft in Georgia
Click this link to join the webinar:

No advance registration required. The link will activate a few minutes before the webinar starts on October 3rd.


Trouble logging in? Just join the call and download the slides (available on October 3rd) at


Questions? Contact


End-of-life advice: More than 500,000 chat on Medicare's dimeDid you know that an advance care planning session or end of life consultation with your physician is now covered by Medicare? use of this benefit varies greatly by state because so many physicians are unaware that it exists.


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Second Wind Dreams Offers Free Virtual Dementia Tour

On International Second Wind Dreams Day, five Metro Atlanta libraries will offer free Virtual Dementia Tours for the public to gain greater understanding of what it is like to live with the disorder.

International Second Wind Dreams Day is September 14, 2017.

Click on the links below to register at your nearest library:

About Second Wind Dreams
Second Wind Dreams® is an international, nonprofit organization founded in 1997 that is committed to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and educational programs that help caregivers understand the physical and mental challenges facing those with Dementia. Experienced by over 2 million people worldwide, the the Virtual Dementia Tour® is a method of training designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia.


How to Make Healthy Living a Sustainable Lifestyle Part Four - 8 Part Series


Becoming More Aware of Your Self-Talk

We all do it … talk to ourselves. Maybe out loud, but for sure silently in our heads. How aware are you of what you say to and about yourself? Do you praise your good work or put yourself down for your inability to accomplish certain things? Do you realize that regardless of the type of people in your life, both the very positive ones and the negative ones, YOU are the biggest influencer of the choices you make? Every decision you make is based on what you have told yourself about yourself, primarily subconsciously.


You are encouraged to become mindful of your self-talk. There is always chatter in our heads. Most of the time we don't even realize it, and for sure do not acknowledge most of it. Self-talk is a very strong guidance factor in our day-to-day activities. It is because of self-talk that we may choose to sleep in or get up early to start your day, go for a walk or sit and be sedentary, eat foods known not to be good for us or make healthy choices, or even continue to be in the company of individuals who are constantly spewing negativity or those who are happy and positive. Whether you accept it or not, your actions are a direct result of your self-talk.


Take a moment to review yesterday, last week, or even the past month. What did you accomplish? Were you happy or sad? What choices did you make knowing that they were not the best choice for you at the time? Be honest with yourself, could you have made better choices in the actions you took. Are your actions taking you closer to your goals? How committed are you to accomplishing your goals? Are you just moving all over the place without any real direction, or do you have confidence in yourself that you can follow your plan and accomplish your goals?


Once you realize, particularly the positive vs the negative self-talk, take a moment to concede the thoughts are ever-present and make a conscious decision to move forward. Should you realize you are having negative thoughts … become aware of what you are saying to yourself and counter them with positive thoughts. You will probably be surprised to find how much negative talk about yourself you actually have. You must choose to continuously overpower the negative talk with positive talk. If you continue to do this, your brain will get to the point where you will have many more positive thoughts than negative ones. I know this to be true!


Research by world renown psychologist, Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D. has proven that we can actually change the way our brain thinks. I have been a follower of hers for a number of years now and I can attest to that fact. Yes, once I became mindful of my thoughts and worked on changing them to more positive thoughts, I am now much happier with myself and those with whom I come in contact, i.e., family, friends, associates, and even strangers. I am constantly acknowledged for my positive attitude, you will be too!

I will admit I have not always been this way, but after I first started to acknowledge my negative self-talk, I worked hard to change it and it has definitely paid off. I am my authentic positive, happy and healthy self.


You will find, as I have, changing your self-talk will definitely result in a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Part Five of the 'How to Make Healthy Living a Lifestyle' will focus on creating a positive, purposeful and practical action plan to move you closer to your goals. Learn ways you can incorporate effective routines in your daily living to make your healthy lifestyle transformation sustainable.


Carolyn L. Hartfield, Guest Contributor
Healthy Lifestyle Coach & Outdoor Adventure Leader
Speaker, trainer and writer

Carolyn's experience in the health and wellness arena started when she opened her first health food store in 1985 and expanded it to 4 locations. She received her Health Coach certificate from Emory University. She is a 2016 recipient of the LeadingAge Georgia Profiles in Positive Aging Award, representing AARP. She is a National Senior Games (NSG) Athlete earning numerous gold and silver medals; she is featured in the 2017 National Senior Games Non-Ambulatory Athlete Exercise Videos; featured on the TV News Magazine for Baby Boomers 50Plus Prime; she was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) newspaper; the cover story for the GirlFriends Lifestyle - A Women's Guide to Healthy Living Magazine, Special Edition for the White House Conference on Aging; and interviewed for various other media outlets. She is the founder of Hartfield's Hikers, Older People with Active Lifestyles (OPALs), Atlanta African American Baby Boomers and the Walk Outdoors for Wellness! (WOW!) program. For more information visit or send Carolyn an email at


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Culture Change News






Culture Change Network of Georgia Advisory Group Meeting

CCNG advisory group 2017 meetings
November 8 at King's Bridge Retirement Center


Watch for information and materials.




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Adult Day Services (GADSA)


Adult Day Services Fall Event - Save the Date

October 13, 2017 in Atlanta

Registration coming soon



Major Change in Meal Program Requirements for Adult Day Centers Effective October 1, 2017, Adult Day Centers that obtain meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) must comply with the new meal pattern standards that were delineated in the Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Final Rule that was published in the Federal Register on Monday, April 25, 2016. This new standard is the first major revision of the CACFP meal patterns since the program's inception in 1968.

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











Join us for the next GAAP Chat on November 8, 9:00am - 9:30am as we plan for the 2018 Calendar of Events.


Call 1-712-432-6100

Passcode: 27514617



2017 GAAP Leadership Team

President: Scott Bassett (Philips Tower, Decatur)
Vice-President: Amanda Bennett (Campbell-Stone Sandy Springs; 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

Possible Elimination of LIBOR Could Impact Senior Living Communities
LIBOR, the London Interbank Offered Rate, may be retired. A new standard is set to replace the 50 year-old benchmark underlying more than $350 trillion in securities worldwide, including $3.8 trillion in the tax-exempt municipal markets. LIBOR is the basis for many financial products, including direct tax-exempt bank
loans for senior living communities. Replacing LIBOR will not only impact non-profit senior living communities that have direct bank loans, but will impact millions of organizations around the world. The following provides a brief history of LIBOR, why regulators are phasing it out, and its possible on impact non-profit senior living communities.

Full Article

For more info contact:
Tom Bowden
BB&T Capital Markets
Debt Capital Markets
(O) 804.727.3435
(C) 804.398.8577


News Throughout the Spectrum of Aging Services

Assisted Living Communities/Personal Care Homes

Assisted Living/Personal Care Home Disaster Preparedness Rule Changes via DCH

LeadingAge has been participating in meeting connected with rules changes that will delete the disaster preparedness rules and require ALC/PCHs to meet a new federal mandate that goes into effect November 15th. We will have specifics for members early October that will include the need to register via; participate in a mass communication drill (via text); and contact your local EMA agencies at least once a year to update your information. This allows organizations to work closely with Public Health and GEMA as they are the ones responsible for emergencies in the state. Walter Coffey, LeadingAge Georgia President & CEO will continue to represent members at the public hearing will be October 17th at DCH.

Federally Assisted Housing (HUD-Subsidized)

RAD for Section 202 & Full Renewal Funding in Senate Bill
The Senate Appropriations Committee included sufficient funding for all Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRACs) and Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance renewals for fiscal year 2018 (FY18), as well as authority and funding to expand HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration for Section 202 PRAC communities in its FY18 bill, S. 1655.

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Elderly Housing Coalition Supports Housing Credit Expansion
Members of the Elderly Housing Coalition, which LeadingAge coordinates, have asked Senators to co-sponsor legislation to expand and improve the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Of the housing credit's three million homes built since the program's inception, more than 800,000 are headed by older adults. Currently, the need for additional homes affordable to low income older adults far exceeds supply.

Full Article


Urgent Cut Off Date for FY 2010 CPD Drawdowns
Funding for most Fiscal Year 2010 grants will expire on September 30, 2017. Drawdowns for these funds must be made by September 15, 2017. This deadline applies to the following grant programs:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)
  • HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
  • Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)

Drawdowns for grants funded with other years can continue to be processed past September 15, 2017.



New Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide Posted
The latest version of the Section 8 Renewal Policy Guidebook, issued by HUD on June 30, 2017, controls the renewal of Section 8 housing assistance contracts as well as annual adjustments for those contracts. All submissions post-marked on or after July 28, 2017 must follow these rules.

Full Article


Carson Calls for Increased Private-Market Involvement in Affordable Housing
Almost 1.9 million very poor older adults who do not receive government subsidies have difficulty paying their monthly rents, and many may be living in substandard housing, according to a new report to Congress released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD Secretary Ben Carson used release of the report,"Worst Case Housing Needs," to call for more private-market involvement in affordable housing.


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JCHE Achieves HUD Energy-Efficiency Goals First in the Nation
Staff fondly call it "Boston's best kept secret" in affordable housing. But now the national spotlight has found Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE), which this spring became the nation's first multifamily affordable housing provider to achieve the Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) goal, achieving an impressive 24 percent energy savings in just six years.

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Webinar: Management and Occupancy Reviews

This program will provide you with a summary of common MOR findings along with tips to cure those findings prior to an MOR. A listing of HUD-required documents that are required for each resident file will be reviewed. A chart identifying HUD's MOR rating system will also be provided.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 1:00pm





Home and Community Based Services

Proposed Groupings Model Takes Toll on Home Health Stocks
Despite experiencing a "hot streak" in the first half of the year, home health care
companies saw sharp dives in share values in July, due in large part to investors'
reactions to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposed home health groupings model (HHGM).

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Hospice Election Notices to be Submitted Electronically

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Hospice Notice of Elections can be filed electronically will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. LeadingAge stresses the importance of simplifying the process of submission of Notices of Election and Notices of Termination/Revocation, and create a process that allows hospice providers to correct mistakes in the record that are due to human error or technical problems without receiving a penalty of losing payment for the hospice services.

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Medicare Hospice Payments to Increase by $180 Million in 2018
A final rule setting fiscal year 2018 payment rates for hospices has been determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In keeping with current law, the market basket percentage increase is 1% for hospices in FY 2018. That equates to a $180 million aggregate increase in their payments in FY 2018. The hospice payment system allows for a statutory aggregate cap, which limits the overall payments made to hospice facility, annually.

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Life Plan Community/CCRC

The Best Time to Move Into a Continuing Care Retirement Community

The answer: Perhaps sooner rather than later. And that raises a larger issue.


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2017-2018 CCRC Salary & Benefits Report
The 2017-2018 Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Report, published by HCS in cooperation with LeadingAge has just been released and we have a copy in the association office. If you would like to borrow this report please contact


Nursing Care/Rehab

CMS Addresses 2012 NFPA Life Safety Code Requirements for Fire Doors
In Survey and Certification Letter No. S&C 17-38-LSC dated July 28, 2017, the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided clarification regarding the requirement for annual inspection and testing of fire doors. It also announced that it would extend the deadline for compliance with the requirements by six months from July 6, 2017 to January 1, 2018.


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Nursing Homes' 1% Medicare Pay Increase 'Unlikely' to Cover Costs, Expert Warns
Providers expressed gratitude Tuesday at a 1% increase from the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services for skilled nursing services, even as it braced for quality measure implementation.

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Final FY 2018 SNF PPS and Consolidated Billing Rule Published
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule (the
"Final Rule") in the Federal Register on Aug. 4 that implements a number of payment updates and quality program revisions. The final rule takes effect on October 1, 2017.


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Apathy in Nursing Home Residents Linked with Increased Mortality Risk, Study Shows
Long-term care providers should consider screening residents for apathy, according to researchers who found that individuals with a lack of motivation or goals could be at higher risk for death. For a report published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Dutch researchers studied more than 700 nursing home patients using a 10-point Apathy Evaluation Scale. The team also screened residents for depression as a control.

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General Notes of Interest

Emergency Preparedness: Hurricane Irma Our thoughts are with those who live and work in the communities which could be impacted by Hurricane Irma. In these challenging times, we want to be as supportive as possible.


Below, we are providing some tools that you can use as you begin preparing for Hurricane Irma:

  • Emergency Preparedness Plan Policy - Click HERE
  • Emergency Preparedness Facility Self-Assessment Checklist - Click HERE
  • Emergency Preparedness Resident and Staff Tracking Policy and Form - Click HERE
  • Food and Water Needs: Preparing for a Disaster or Emergency - Click HERE
  • Emergency Supply List - Click HERE
  • Disaster Plan Checklist for Long-Term Care Facilities Dietary Department - Click HERE

As the severe weather plays out over the next few days, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for any questions regarding resources we may have. We are fully staffed and ready to help you at 1-877-582-7347.


While it is difficult to address all concerns and issues during these challenging times, we hope these resources help ease some of your worries during Hurricane Irma.


We will continue to provide updates as we become aware of them.


Submitted by:

Josh Stuedeman
General Manager



CMS Issues Survey & Certification Letter re: Survey Team Composition and Investigation of Complaints In S&C Letter 17-41-NH dated August 4, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides clarification regarding the regulatory requirements specified in a final rule published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2017 with respect to team composition for surveys conducted for investigating a complaint and to align regulatory provisions for investigations of complaints with the statutory requirements found in Sections 1819 and 1919 of the Social Security Act (the "Act").

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Nearly 1 In 5 Hospice Patients Discharged While Still Alive Hospice care is for the dying. It helps patients manage pain so they can focus on spending their remaining time with loved ones. But in recent years, nearly 1 in 5 patients has been discharged from hospice before he or she dies, according to government reports. A study published last month in the journal Health Affairs finds that hospices with the highest rate of so-called live discharges also have the highest profits. The lead author is Rachel Dolin, a David A. Winston fellow researching health policy. Her paper found an association between high live discharge rates and high profit margins, but it didn't determine the cause.

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CMS Releases Hospice Compare Website to Improve Consumer Experiences, Empower Patients On August 16, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the Hospice Compare website. The site displays information in a ready-to¬¬-use format and provides a snapshot of the quality of care each hospice facility offers to its patients. CMS is working diligently to make healthcare quality information more transparent and understandable for consumers to empower them to take ownership of their health. By ensuring patients have the information they need to understand their options, CMS is helping individuals make informed healthcare decisions for themselves and their families based on objective measures of quality.

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'Groundbreaking' Senior Living Community Planned for NY College Campus After more than a decade of work, Purchase College is moving forward with its plans to create a senior living community on its 500-acre campus. The educational institution, located in Purchase, NY, is a part of the State University of New York system. The college is finalizing its environmental impact statement related to the project and expects the first phase of construction to begin in 2018 or 2019 and end in 2021. Life Care Services and Senior Care Development are partners in the effort.

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A Personalized Approach to Alzheimer's Disease Prevention Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It affects more than 5 million Americans. The Alzheimer's Association estimates that some 16 million people will develop the disease by the year 2050 if an effective treatment is not discovered. Symptoms of AD usually develop slowly and worsen over time. They often become severe enough to interfere with daily tasks, and can eventually cause death. In a new study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, James E. Galvin, MD, MPH, Professor of Integrated Medical Science and Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University examined potential AD prevention strategies.

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New Details Are Out on Holiday's Home Care Venture, Milo Affordable services, protein-rich meals, and companionship-focused visits are the hallmarks of Milo, the new home care venture from Holiday Retirement, the nation's largest independent living provider. Geriatrician Bill Thomas, M.D., the driving force behind Milo, discussed the motivations for the new home care platform in an hour-long Facebook Live video on Monday. Thomas is the chief wellness officer of Holiday Retirement, currently headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He is known for establishing the Green House Model of long-term care, which is comprised of small residences—typically accommodating about 10 seniors—that emphasize residents' autonomy.

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New LTSS Financing Report Released On August 9th, LeadingAge unveiled its vision for the future of long-term services and supports (LTSS) in a new report: A New Vision for Long-Term Services and Supports. LTSS, or needing help with everyday activities such as bathing, eating, or dressing, will affect about 50% over the age of 65. LTSS are expensive and not currently covered by Medicare. As a result, individuals must pay out of pocket. Families often resort to depleting savings and other retirement funds to pay for care. Eventually, people turn to Medicaid when they run out of money. However, Medicaid was never intended to pay for costly LTSS.

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Medicare and Social Security Trustees 2017 Report

The Medicare Program is the second-largest social insurance program in the U.S., with 56.8 million beneficiaries and total expenditures of $679 billion in 2016. The Boards of Trustees for Medicare (also Boards) report annually to the Congress on the financial operations and actuarial status of the program. Beginning in 2002, there is one combined report discussing both the Hospital Insurance program (Medicare Part A) and the Supplementary Medical Insurance program (Medicare Part B and Prescription Drug Coverage). The Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) prepares the report under the direction of the Boards.


The Boards of Trustees issued their most recent report on July 13, 2017.


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Dementia Training Survey for Providers

The Georgia Alzheimer's and Related Dementia Task Force needs your help! We are asking providers to share with us what their current organization does in regards to dementia specific training. We will use this information to determine the best way to introduce unified, core competencies for dementia training in specific settings in Georgia. We will also use this information to determine barriers to training.

Later this year, Georgia Gerontology Society (GGS) will be requesting proposals for mini-grants addressing these barriers to training. We are trying to collect responses by 9/15/2017: Click HERE for Survey



Home Health Care Makes Inroads with Amazon Alexa Pilot Voice-activated technology is no longer a bleeding edge concept in home health care. For one California home health care provider, Amazon's Alexa has been customized as a real solution to improve caregiver efficiencies and benefit patients.

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How Technology is Evolving in Senior Living Communities Seniors today are living longer, fuller lives, and they are seeking housing options that match their desires. Increasingly, those desires do not include a traditional nursing home.


Seniors want to live independently but have the option of staged help as they need it. Senior living communities are seen as the perfect compromise, because residents often benefit from the convenient services, senior-friendly surroundings and social opportunities those communities offer.

Senior's lifestyles are changing in other ways, too. According to data from the Pew Research Center, nearly 60% of seniors go online, and 77% have a cell phone. Although seniors have been slower to adapt to technology than younger generations, their tech prowess continues to grow.

In fact, today, state-of-the-art technology services are becoming a prerequisite for many seniors when evaluating housing options. With technology now a requirement, senior living communities are tasked with catering to the needs and expectations of this generation, which includes building and upgrading facilities with technology in mind. For many newer communities, incorporating technology is a given, but this puts pressure on existing communities to upgrade their facilities as they seek to attract residents.


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