Our Mission:

To expand the world of possibilities for aging through advocacy, education, innovation and collaboration.

We are LeadingAge:

Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age.



Tis the Season for Active Advocacy

LeadingAge Maryland defines advocacy broadly – educating decision-makers and the public about the needs and opportunities to make Maryland a better place in which to grow older. Maryland is one month into its 90 day 2020 legislative session and there are an increasing number of bills of interest. Medicaid increases in the budget are always important. Senator Guzzone has introduced a bill to establish a Direct Care Workforce Innovation Program. There are bills on topics that include: neutral gender single-occupant bathrooms to facilitate caregiving; end of life options; expanded definitions of elder abuse; health facility nametags; tax relief for older adults; employer responsibilities for reasonable accommodations; and even bereavement leave for pet deaths.

At the federal level, the CMS Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (MFAR) has wide-reaching implications, especially in Maryland. This week, HUD is poised to announce the first capital funding for older adult housing in many years – thanks to relentless advocacy by LeadingAge and all of us together! Continued advocacy is needed related to observation stays, hospice oversight, CNA training lockout, and much, much more. LeadingAge has just published its 2020 policy priorities which can be found here.

What you should do!

  • Our not-for-profit members should plan to attend the Legislative Reception February 11 in Annapolis. It is a great relationship building opportunity with legislators from key committees. Already two dozen legislators have signed up to attend – you should, too. We’ll provide talking points! Register here.
  • Tune in every other Monday morning at 11am for brief Maryland Legislative Update call with Aaron Greenfield, our government relations person in Annapolis. The next call is Monday February 10 – call in information is here.
  • Plan to visit Capitol Hill with the LeadingAge Maryland delegation on April 22.We go as a group and prepare folks well, so no need to be anxious. It is so important that we have the voices from the field and not just the association.
  • Respond to requests for active advocacy!
  • Weigh in on any issues of interest – your voices are important!

Together, we can make a difference!


- Jill | President and CEO, LeadingAge Maryland
jschumann@leadingagemaryland.org 410-274-2893


CEO Transition Update

The search committee is currently in the process of interviewing qualified candidates for the role of LeadingAge Maryland President and CEO and plans to have Jill's successor named soon.

Welcome Oreoluwa Ogun as our LeadingAge Maryland Spring Intern

Hello LeadingAge Maryland. I am excited to be doing my internship at LeadingAge Maryland,  learning new skills sets and applying it to my career. I will graduating from Towson University with a degree in Healthcare Management in the spring of 2020.

I want to work in the healthcare industry because it's a growing field and more health care professionals are needed. And I am passionate about seeing how the healthcare industry will be shaped in the coming years and I want to be part of the process in terms of innovation and education. 

My interest in the healthcare industry began while working with developmental disabled individuals. Being able to help adults with disabilities adapt into the community really stood out to me.


Supportive Care Work Group

The Supportive Care Work Group met on January 16 to continue its work on tools and resources to help older adults, families and caregivers initiate ongoing conversations about healthcare choices, quality of life, supportive care and hospice. The plan is to have a toolkit ready for the annual conference where we’ll also have a keynote session, breakouts and discussions on these topics that cross all settings. If you’d like to get involved with the group, just let us know.

Emerging Leaders Spring Cohort is Full - Deadline Extended to Apply for Leadership Academy

We help our members develop their leadership abilities from Emerging Leaders - through to enhancing the leadership capabilities of individuals who are in, or rising to, executive and C-suite levels.  

Our Emerging Leaders program is for anyone wanting to grow effective leadership abilities. We offer Fall and Spring Cohorts that meet monthly for 4 months.  
Learn More > 

LeadingAge DC, Maryland and Virginia Leadership Academy is modeled on the national Leadership Academy. This year-long cohort program knits together a long-lasting group of successful colleagues. Applications and supporting materials must be received by 5PM on February 21, 2020. 
Learn More and Apply > 


New Communications Networking Opportunity

Together in Maryland, we touch the lives of thousands of older adults, family members, professionals, and members of the greater community. We’d like to explore how we could convene members to collaborate on a variety of issues, including:

  • Communications best practices – what methods and practices are working, and how can we learn from what others are doing?
  • Key messages – what key messages could we share together to amplify our voices?
  • Language – how might we use language to help our audiences see aging differently?

We have not convened a communications focused network before. If you are interested in being a part of this first discussion, please email Allison or call at 410-925-1295.

Dial in for updates during the 2020 Maryland Legislative Session every other Monday at 11AM

Learn about the issues being discussed during the 2020 Maryland legislative session. 

Join by computer: https://www.gotomeet.me/LeadingAgeMaryland

Or you can also dial in using your phone.  +1 (872) 240-3212

- One-touch: tel:+18722403212,,408452269#

Access Code: 408-452-269

Understanding Aging Conference

March 12 | 10AM-2PM

Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

Register Now

LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge DC are partnering with the Montgomery County Office on Aging and the Montgomery County Community College to provide an in-person educational program for affordable senior housing professionals. Topics include: Fair Housing and Property Management, Mental Health, and Engagement & Socialization.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Fair Housing Update
    Lisa Tunick, Reno & Cavanaugh, LLC
  • Behavioral Health and Older Adults
    Kim Burton, Director of Older Adult Programs, and Casey Saylor, Older Adult Project Manager, Mental Health Association of Maryland
  • Panel Discussion: Promoting Wellness Through Social Connection
    Dennis Poremski, Director of Wellness, Asbury Solomon's
    Susan Messina, Deputy Director, Iona Senior Services
    Ryan Elza, Social Entrepreneur, AARP Foundation

Skilled Nursing Symposium

March 24 | 9AM-4PM

The Village at Rockville, Rockville, MD

Register Now

Be sure to register and bring your team for this day of practical information and resources on a variety of topics, including:

  • PDPM and Phase 3 Updates and Guidance
    Stephanie Kessler, Partner and Senior Living Advisor, RKL LLP
  • Survey Update: Trends and Preparedness
    Providigm - a HealthStream Company
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Trauma-Informed Care Implementation
    Jill Schumann, President and CEO, LeadingAge Maryland
  • Ethical Considerations in Skilled Nursing Settings
    Charles Harrell, Chaplain, Asbury Solomons


The 2020 theme is "Together"

We are a community of aging services professionals dedicated to one common purpose: advancing the lives of millions of elders in our collective care. Although we each play separate roles, we are able to accomplish more together than any of us could on our own. Join us as we explore together bold new strategies for propelling our field forward. 

Send us your stories of "Togetherness"

We'd like to share our members' stories of togetherness throughout our conference. Please send us any video, photos or other anecdotes demonstrating how your organization exemplifies the theme of "Together". Send media to our Communications Manager, Deanne Bellin. 




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Maryland Legislative Update Call

Tuesday StandUp - Privacy and Security Best Practices for Clinical Teams: What you need to know

Nursing Home Administrators - Peer Networking Forum

Workforce Wednesday - How to Measure Employee Satisfaction with Health Benefits & Improve Retention

Maryland Legislative Update Call

Understanding Aging Conference