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.



Don't you just love surveys?

This one is important! You should have received your 2019 LeadingAge Member Survey two weeks ago by email. The survey should only take about 10-12 minutes to complete, and if you complete it between June 6th and July 5th, you will receive a $5 gift card to Starbucks!


Team members from LeadingAge and the LTSS Center worked in collaboration with LeadingAge members and state affiliates to develop survey questions and identify the best individuals within each LeadingAge member organization to complete the surveys. If you haven't seen your survey, please check your spam folder.


The survey initiative is designed to produce a host of meaningful data that LeadingAge and its members can use to conduct data-driven planning and decision making. Data from the survey will allow you to compare yourself to other LeadingAge members and will help LeadingAge and its state affiliates take their advocacy to the next level.


The 2019 Member Survey is the first in a series of biennial surveys that LeadingAge plans to conduct. The 2019 survey is crucial because it will help us establish a baseline of data about LeadingAge members and the not-for-profit sector of the LTSS field. Members may contact Alex Hennessa(202-508-1210) or Natasha Bryant (202-508-1214) if you have questions.


For more information about the survey and how it will benefit you, click here.


Thank you so much for taking the survey – there is a competition between the states for most responses – let’s make sure Maryland wins!


- Jill | President and CEO, LeadingAge Maryland


Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Coaching and Learning Community Launch - July 11


CMS has mandated that all nursing homes must implement trauma-informed care by November 2019. This is a great opportunity to go on the journey with others.Send two people (or more) from your organization to the July 11 session.The morning will be focus on the process of implementing trauma-informed care and the afternoon will launch a learning community that will begin a step-by-step implementation process from now until November. No need to do this alone – join us on the journey!


This first meeting is in person and the other meetings will be virtual. Copies of materials and the guidebook will be provided – and so will lunch! The session will be held at Augsburg Home and Village in Baltimore County – just off the Liberty Rd exit of the 695 beltway and also off the Northern Parkway exit of Route 83. Faculty will include Jill Schumann and Lisa Schiller, LCSW, Executive Director of MHY Family Services, an organization committed to trauma-informed care and many years into its practice. Register here


What if...Our 2019 conference conference takeaway series continues

Innovative Solutions to Promoting Quality of Life in Affordable Housing

Chrissy Fehskens and Joscelyn Silsby from the Social Connectedness team at AARP Foundation asked "What if...we could use technology not as a substitute for, but as a facilitator of human connection?" The discussion covered what is social isolation, using the "build, test and learn" approach to addressing complex human problems, and supporting low-income older adults and those who support them with voice-enabled technology.

"I am legitimately excited about connected communities! I believe it will help meet a huge need of older adults."

"As a result of this session, I will encourage older adults to use technology to increase socialization and maximize independence."

Details about Connected Communities can be found at:Connect2Affect.org/ConnectedCommunities

To download this and other presentations from the 2019 conferenceclick here.

We are pleased to report that our three major platinum sponsor are with us again for 2019. Many thanks to Assisted Rehab, Remedi SeniorCare and Ziegler. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us as a business member or sponsor.


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Mid-Atlantic Workforce Symposium 

- Offered in collaboration with LeadingAge DC, LeadingAge Pennsylvania, LeadingAge Virginia -

August 22 | 8:30AM-4PM
Goodwin House, Falls Church, VA

  Gain practical insights to support your organization in recruiting and retaining an engaged workforce. CE available for nursing home administrators (through NAB) and human resources professionals (through SHRM). Speakers include individuals from OnShift, Holleran Consulting, Activated Insights - Great Places to Work, Asbury Communities, and more. Topics will include:
  • Exploring the causal relationship between resident and staff engagement, and how to optimize each
  • Challenges and solutions in hiring and retaining GNAs
  • The role of technology and innovation in tackling today’s workforce challenges
  • Creative practices for creating workforce pipelines
  • Collaborative, multi-faceted approaches to addressing workforce shortages


PDPM Strategy Workshop for Leadership Teams
July 9 | Buckingham's Choice, Frederick, MD

- Offered in Collaboration with HealthPRO-Heritage - 


This is not your average PDPM seminar. This is an interactive, solutions focused workshop that will guide leadership teams through the development of PDPM work plans for their organizations. Attendees will learn about key PDPM success drivers, complete a detailed gap analysis for their organization for each of the key PDPM success drivers, and ultimately collaborate with peers to design work plans and strategies to prepare their organizations for coming changes. This seminar is ideal for clinical and operations leadership teams, or anyone wanting to help better prepare their organization for the changes coming with the new payment model.

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Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Workshop 
July 11 | Augsburg Home and Village, Baltimore, MD

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Summer Symposium: Technology: Now, and Not Yet
August 1 | Ginger Cove, Annapolis, MD

- Offered in Collaboration with LeadingAge DC - 

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You asked, we listened…September is a crazy month, you said. Let’s move the Fall Leaders Forum to the summer when things are at least marginally calmer. And, everyone has flagged technology-related topics of interest. So mark your calendars and bring your team to the Summer Symposium August 1 as we enjoy Ginger Cove’s remarkable hospitality.

The speaker line up is great and the program will be interactive and aimed at the broadest possible audience:

  • John Grencer, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown, PA sharing the amazing intersections of rehabilitation and bleeding edge technology – now and on the horizon.
  • Camille Rousseau – a favorite presenter in an interactive session discussing what the aging services field can learn from Silicone Valley culture – from his experience in “boot camp”
  • Scott Code – LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technology (CAST) on telehealth, social engagement technology, affordable housing opportunities, and resources available
  • “Beyond Keeping the Lights On”  - a panel convened by Hartman Executive Advisors on the role of technology in supporting the mission and vision of not-for-profit aging services organizations
  • LeadingAge Town Hall – a lunchtime opportunity to shape the national policy agenda for 2020

Marketing and Communications Symposium - Mid-Atlantic Life Plan/CCRC 
September 18 | Covenant Woods Retirement Community, Mechanicsville,VA

- Offered in collaboration with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge North Carolina

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Join other marketing and communications professionals and learn the latest trends in digital marketing, public relations and applications. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and network with your peers. Topics include:

  • Harnessing the Opportunity of Online Reviews
  • Utilizing e-Tactics to Increase Revenue
  • Getting the Attention of the Adult Child
  • Creative Entry Fees and Initiatives


Finance and Strategy Symposium *** Save the Date***
November 21 | Location TBD

- Offered in collaboration with LeadingAge DC and Sponsored by Ziegler - 

Join finance, administration, marketing, clinical and other professionals for this one-day event, sponsored by Ziegler. The event will cover the most recent industry trends, highlights of innovative case studies from around the country, and ample time for networking! 


Select Rehabilitation is pleased to present the first in a series of special complimentary webinars dedicated to positioning providers for success under the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) to LeadingAge Maryland members.

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July 16, 2019

The Importance and Impact of Accurate Nursing Documentation

August 20, 2019

The Final Rule: PDPM, Here We Come!

September 17, 2019

We’re All in This Together: Final Prep for PDPM

What: A narrowly focused, 15 minute learning experience referencing a current clinical, regulatory or operational issue associated with providing care, supports and services for older adults.

When: All calls are held 10-10:15AM every-other Tuesday. 

June 25 - Redesigning Your Clinical Meetings in Preparation for PDPM
Kristi Smith, Vice President of Clinical Strategies, HealthPRO-Heritage

July 9 - ICD-10 Coding - The Basics
Matt Nash, VP of Strategic Development, Preferred Therapy Solution

What: A convenient way to learn new ideas and solutions related to building engaged, healthy workforces within their organization. A variety of topics, ideas, practices, and solutions will be discussed.

When: All calls are held 12-12:30PM on the first Wednesday of each month.

July 3 -What Does Your Workforce Actually Need?
Seth Anthony, Director of Sales, Marketing, & Business Development - Holleran

What: Short, practical learning sessions for service coordinators, property managers, and other individuals who work with older adults in affordable housing settings.

When: The third Wednesday of every month from 9-9:15am

July 17 - Fair Housing and Disabilities
Colleen Bloom, Director for Housing Operations, LeadingAge

Free networking and learning opportunities exclusively for nonprofit provider members. Please share these opportunities with others in your organizations who would be interested to connect with and learn from peers. Most networks meet quarterly for an in person meeting. To be added to the email list for any of the our networks, please contact Allison Ciborowski. Find out more about our Peer Networks here

June 27 -Philanthropy
10AM-12PM | Asbury Communities, Inc.

June 28 -Facility Managers
10AM-12PM | Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD

August 6 -MDS Coordinators

August 8 -Nursing Home Administrators

August 14 -Social Work
10AM-2PM | Ingleside at King's Farm, Rockville, MD

August 15 - Spiritual Life
10AM-12PM | The Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant

September 24 -Executive Assistants
10AM-2PM | Roland Park Place

If you have questions or would like to attend any of these events please contact Allison Ciborowski or 240-750-9925. 


LeadingAge Maryland Presents at HUD Innovative Housing Showcase


As part of the HUD Innovative Housing Showcase on the National Mall, Jill Schumann participated in a panel on June 5 on Holistic Housing for Veterans to speak about trauma-informed organizations. The panel included: Kayla Williams (Center for a New American Security); John Boerstler (NextOp Veterans & Combined Arms); Dr. Keith Harris (Veterans Health Administration) and Dylan Tête (Bastion).

Staff Educators Peer Network Meets at Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village


Staff educators wear many hats...and June 12 they wore hard hats! Thanks Fahrney Keedy Home & Village for hosting our peer networking forum, and for the inside look at your renovations!

Life Enrichment Peer Network Meets at Heron Point

It was a beautiful day in Chestertown June 11 for our Life Enrichment peer networking forum meeting. A special thank you to ACTs Heron Point of Chestertown for hosting!

Did you miss a recent #TuesdayStandUp #WorkforceWednesday or #HousingHappenings call? Don't worry, recordings are now available.

Key Compliance Indicators for PDPM
Irene Henrich, Flagship Rehabilitation
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Red Flags for Elder Financial Abuse
Matin Modarre, Investigator, Economic Crimes Unit, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office
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Glen Meadows Retirement Community, Glen Arm, MD

Homewood Retirement Centers, Willamsport, MD

Visit our jobs page to see full listings.

To include an opening on our job board, please email our Communications Manager, Deanne Bellin.


Collington, A Kendal Affiliate, Names New Chief Executive Officer

Collington’s Board of Directors has selected Ann E. Gillespie, an aging-services professional with more than 30 years of experience, to lead the senior living community as its CEO beginning July 1. Gillespie succeeds Marvell Adams Jr., who became The Kendal Corporation’s chief operating officer after serving from 2011 to 2019 as Executive Director/CEO of Collington, Kendal’s metro Washington, D.C.-area affiliate.

Before accepting the Collington role, Gillespie served as a strategic consultant and adviser for clients in the government, private and not-for-profit sectors in the Washington, D.C. region. Read the full article >

ACTs Announces Addition of Vice President, Chesapeake Region


Congratulations and welcome to Stephen La Pierre, who has been appointed to the position of Vice President for Acts' recently formed Chesapeake Region. Steve has over thirty years of health care leadership experience.  

CHAI Celebrates 36 Years of Service to Northwest Baltimore at the 2019 CHAI Annual Meeting

CHAI (Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.) celebrated “double Chai” at its annual meeting on June 12th. The 36th anniversary of its founding has special significance and many board, staff and community members came together to celebrate. The event acknowledged the many elected leaders, board, volunteers and staff who are committed to the work of CHAI in northwest Baltimore. And, Lisa Budlow, Executive Director, shared accomplishments from the past year and painted an exciting picture of the future. LeadingAge Maryland was pleased to be in the house!

CHAI has shared a video to showcase 36 years of strengthening the northwest Baltimore community. Watch the video >


Ingleside at King's Farm Announces SAGE Platinum LGBT Cultural Competency Certification 

It's #PrideMonth and we wanted to take a moment to highlight the efforts of some of our provider members in proactively seeking LGBT Cultural Competency training for their staff by SAGECare. Ingleside at King's Farm recently completed SAGE Platinum Certification status. Other LeadingAge Maryland provider members certified by SAGECare include Platinum Certified Asbury Methodist Village, and Bronze Certified CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.

SAGECare is a division of SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders), the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults, which provides training and consulting on LGBT aging issues to service providers. Learn more about the training and certification available through SAGE here.

Year-long Research Effort by Perkins Eastman Explores Senior Living Market Through Fresh Eyes


Read the Clean Slate Project research report to learn about the themes of innovation that are already leading to a re-imagination of the senior living sector — from new products to design strategies, models of care to research agendas. For a quick look at the study's intent, watch the Clean Slate Project video

We love to hear from our members. Please send any information regarding transitions, events, accomplishments and awards to Deanne Bellin: dbellin@leadingagemaryland.org 



Latest Research Update from the LTSSS Center


The LeadingAge LTSS Center @ UMass Boston has released its latest newsletter. Check out articles on what we can learn from state efforts to finance LTSS, family caregiving from a distance, and the home-care workforce. Read the newsletter >

Urge Congress to Expand Section 202 Funding 


Congress has begun its work on the discal year 2020 HUD funding bill. Only 1 of every 3 eligible older adults is receiving the housing assistance they are eligible for because the programs are too small, the time is NOW to urge senators and representatives to significantly expand funding for new homes under HUD’s successful Section 202 program. Specifically, LeadingAge is asking Congress for: Expanded funding for new Section 202 homes to $600 million, Full funding for rental assistance contracts and service coordinator renewals, $30 million to expand the availability of service coordinators to more communities. Click here for more information and to contact your representatives >

CMS Issues New Request for Information on the Patients Over Paperwork Initiative

On June 11, CMS issued a newRequest for Information (RFI) on the Patients Over Paperwork initiative. This initiative first launched in 2017 and aims to reduce unnecessary burden, increase efficiency, and improve the beneficiary experience by streamlining regulations and subregulatory guidance. In this new RFI, CMS seeks input for regulatory, subregulatory, policy, practice, and procedural changes that were not conveyed during the first request for information in 2017. Public comments are due to CMS by August 12. LeadingAge will be submitting comments and welcomes your input. If you wish for your ideas to be included in the LeadingAge comments, please submit to Jodi Eyigor at jeyigor@leadingage.orgby July 5.


LeadingAge Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

We hope to see you at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting in San Diego on October 27-30. Registration is now open. More Info >

Collaborative Care & Health IT Innovations Summit | June 23-25

The summit offers a great opportunity to learn about new technology tools and hear how folks are leveraging them to improve care delivery, care coordination and transitions, and communication among providers and consumers. Email Allison Ciborowski if you'd like to meet up at the event. 

Are you on the LeadingAge ListServs? Need help setting up your MyLeadingAge account?

There has been a lot of interesting information circulated via the LeadingAge National ListServs recently. Login or Create your My.LeadingAge account to make sure that you're not missing out!  Creating a My.LeadingAge account is easy:
  1. Visit https://my.leadingage.org/
  2. Click Create
  3. Enter your current work email address and provide the requested information

After creating your account, visit us again to select the e-communications you want to receive, update your contact information, and more all from your new My.LeadingAge account.

You'll receive an email to let you know once your account is active at which time you can reset your temporary password. After you log in, changing your password is easy:

  1. Visit https://my.leadingage.org/
  2. Log in using the username and temporary password provided above
  3. Click My.LeadingAge Profile located on the top right corner of your screen
  4. Click Your Info/Account Settings/Manage Logins
  5. Click Change Password
  6. Follow the directions to create a password at least eight characters long with at least one digit and one letter. Passwords cannot contain special characters.



Looking for Resources to Combat Ageism?

Old School is an anti-ageism clearinghouse of free and carefully vetted resources to educate people about ageism and help dismantle it. You'll find blogs, books, articles, videos, speakers, and other tools (workshops, handouts, curricula, etc.) that are accessible to the general public. Their goal is to help catalyze a movement to make ageism as unacceptable as any other kind of prejudice. More Info > 

Interesting Insights About the Future of Aging 

The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions (DCHS) report looks at the impact of the expansion of health span - the amount of time that one is healthy in life - on society. Researchers explored three questions with experts in aging services, policy, innovation, and technology: what will health care "treat" in the future; how will the future of health change how people work, retire, and pay for their later years; and how will the future of health change where and how people will live? Read the full report >

Grants Available for Nonprofit Organizations that Support Seniors Aging in Place 

Impact1890—A National Lutheran Program provides grants to nonprofit organizations, including congregations and community-based programs, that support seniors aging in place in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Grant proposals must address at least one of the following critical needs faced by seniors: navigating and accessing healthcare and social services; chronic disease management; dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and memory loss; social isolation; transportation; and housing. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $22,000. The proposal deadline is July 31, 2019. Visit the Impact1890 website to learn more about the Program and how to submit an online proposal.

Behavioral Interventions May Improve Life for People With Mild Cognitive Impairment


New research compares the effects of combinations of five behavioral interventions on outcomes important to patients with MCI. The findings may encourage providers to incorporate lifestyle interventions into their clinical practice. Read more >

Webinar: Measuring Up! New Palliative Care Quality Measures Project | Wednesday, June 26, 11AM-12:30PM

The American Academy for Hospice and Palliative Medicine in collaboration with the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care and RAND Health will host a complimentary webinar to discuss an innovative palliative care quality measures project that is engaging patients and caregivers throughout measure development. More info >

Want to catch up on the latest news:

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Philanthropy - Peer Networking Forum

Facility Managers - Peer Networking Forum

Workforce Wednesday - What Does Your Workforce Actually Need?

PDPM Strategy Workshop for Leadership Teams

Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Workshop

Housing Happenings - Fair Housing and Disabilities

2019 Summer Symposium - Technology: Now, and Not Yet

MDS Coordinators - Peer Networking Forum