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.



Next President & CEO Announced

The LeadingAge Maryland Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Allison Ciborowski will become the next President and CEO of LeadingAge Maryland. Following a thorough search process, the Board was unanimous in its decision that Allison was the candidate best suited to move LeadingAge Maryland forward.

Allison Ciborowski has been on staff with LeadingAge Maryland as Director of Member Relations since 2018, where she has successfully led the expansion and development of many educational, leadership development, and peer networking initiatives. She brings more than ten years of experience in the field of aging services in a variety of nonprofit settings. Allison has been actively involved with LeadingAge Maryland since its founding seven years ago, having worked previously for a nonprofit member organization. She brings a passion and energy for advancing the mission and vision of our members and the association, as well strong, well-established relationships with our provider members, business members, sponsors, and partners at LeadingAge national.

Allison will begin as President and CEO on March 30 to allow for a smooth transition as Jill Schumann, founding President and CEO, retires on April 30. We want to thank Jill for her many contributions to LeadingAge Maryland during her tenure and look forward to Allison leading us onto the next exciting chapter for LeadingAge Maryland.

- Mike Brady | Board Chair, LeadingAge Maryland


Quick Summary of Proposed Legislation of Interest in the 2020 Maryland Session

The 2020 Maryland Legislative Session is in full swing and more than 3,000 bill have been proposed. We have created a document that provides a summary of proposed bills of greatest interest to LeadingAge Maryland members. Access this quick summary here. Please let us know if you have particular interest or perspectives on any of these bills. We have provided testimony on several bills and attended hearings and will continue to do so throughout the session.

Census 2020: What It Means for Our Members

Several of you have asked about how various aspects of the census will work. Here is some information that may be helpful as you encourage the older adults in your communities to participate:

  • Nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities and inpatient hospices are all considered “group quarters” by the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau will mail a letter in January to the administrators of group quarters as Phase I of that process. During Phase II – February 3-March 6, the Census Bureau will contact group quarters administrators to gather preliminary information and to schedule an in-person interview for enumeration if needed. In Phase III – February 21 – March 6, census workers will visit group quarters with which they were unable to establish contact during Phase II.
  • Assisted living facilities and the independent living sections of Life Plan Communities and affordable housing communities are considered “housing units”, not group quarters and the census of those residents will be taken the same as other “renters”.
  • To understand more about the importance of the census to older adults, this article from AARP may be helpful and it also addresses the privacy concerns of older adults with the online format and reminds everyone that people can also participate in the census via paper. Older adults may also decide to apply for temporary positions as census workers. 


LeadingAge has also developed a Census 2020 FAQ


Time for Renewal

Tis the season for renewing LeadingAge Maryland memberships. We are reaching out to sponsors and business members for 2020. If you have misplaced our email to you, please contact Jill. This year, we are including the option to reserve conference registration slots at a deeply discounted rate since that option, suggested by our board, got a big thumbs up in the Poll Everywhere survey at last year’s conference. 2020 is going to be a great year!

Build Tomorrow's Leaders and Invest in our Field's Workforce -- Apply for Leadership Academy | Applications Due February 28

Selected Academy fellows will: 


  • Read, reflect, and discuss leadership principles
  • Engage with emerging leaders across DC, Maryland, and Virginia
  • Focus on collaboration, advocacy, self-reflection, work-life integration and innovation
  • Meet leaders in the field
  • Tour other communities
  • Present an action learning project
  • Grow under the guidance of our coaches and facilitator
  • Become even stronger contributors at their communities
  • Gain confidence
  • Question established thinking
  • And much 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 28, 2020. 
Learn More and Apply > 


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


Take Control of Your Employee Benefits Package

March 10 | 11AM OR 2PM


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The high cost of employer-sponsored health insurance is single-handedly cannibalizing employees' benefits packages. Employers are investing massive amounts of money into employees' benefits, yet benefits packages - especially health and retirement plans - continue to deteriorate for most of America's workforce.

Lead your nonprofit out of this hazardous cycle by signing up for this free webinar that will show you how you can strategically approach benefit design to control costs without degrading benefits for your employees.

In this FREE 45-minute webinar, we will discuss how nonprofits can:

  • control health benefits costs to protect their investment in their employees overall benefits package
  • design your health and retirement benefits strategically so that employees can pay for healthcare without sacrificing retirement savings
  • strategically use benefits to impact retention and recruitment efforts
  • ensure employees understand the value of their benefits package 


Understanding Aging Conference

March 12 | 9:30AM-2PM

Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

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LeadingAge Maryland is partnering with Montgomery College, HOC, DHCA, JSSA and Habitat America to provide an in-person educational program for 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

Who should attend:

  • Service Coordinators
  • Property Managers
  • Independent Living Administrators
  • Social Workers

*Continuing education credit available for social workers


Skilled Nursing Symposium

March 24 | 9AM-4PM

The Village at Rockville, Rockville, MD

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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
    Patrick Campbell, National Account Director, 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


Fostering a Culture of Team Engagement Through Improved Onboarding Practices

April 2 | 12-1PM


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This webinar demonstrates an Onboarding Toolkit, a free adaptable resource that provides more than 50 different activities, discussion guides, PowerPoint presentations with speakers' notes, organizational assessments, and more, to develop a custom onboarding experience for staff. The toolkit was developed using quality improvement and performance excellence principles, with the goal of increasing retention through engagement. The tools and resources are organized around five core principles of team member engagement.

These principles include:

  1. Welcoming a Team Member to the Organization
  2. Introduction to the Organization’s Culture
  3. Leveraging an Organization’s Mission, Vision, and Values
  4. Career Pathways and Role Specific Challenges
  5. Teamwork and Building Relationships in the Workplace

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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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

Spiritual Life - Peer Networking Forum