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Welcome to the Notable News category, which includes information on the latest issues in aging services.

Deadline Approaching for Re-Opened 2021 Institute Call for Presentations

Members interested in submitting one or more proposals for the May 19-21 LeadingAge Minnesota Institute have until 5 pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 to respond. Proposals can be sent using this link. Questions may be directed to Heidi Simpson at hsimpson@leadingagemn.org. Individuals and companies who submitted proposals in the summer 2020 CFP round have been contacted and asked to make a choice about how they would like their original proposal(s) handled. Copies of original proposal submissions may be requested by contacting Terri Foley tfoley@leadingagemn.org.

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LeadingAge Minnesota Welcomes Luke Jenkins—our New Director of Membership

LeadingAge Minnesota is excited to announce that Luke Jenkins has accepted the position of Director of Membership. Luke comes to LeadingAge Minnesota with almost 10 years of experience in the senior care field, most recently serving as Director of Community Relations and then Corporate Marketing & Sales Consultant with Ebenezer. He has also been active in LeadingAge Minnesota—he is a member of our Stars Among Us Awards Committee, serves as faculty for our Sales & Marketing Certificate Program, and is a Leadership Academy fellow. Luke is a graduate of Iowa State University with a BA in Speech/Communications and a BS in Operations & Supply Chain Management. Luke’s first day is December 3. Please join us in welcoming Luke Jenkins to LeadingAge Minnesota!

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2021 Institute and Expo Call for Presentations Process to Re-Open

Now that the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute and Expo has been officially re-scheduled for May 19-21, 2021, the Call for Presentation (CFP) process has opened back up. Much has happened since this past summer’s deadline and new program ideas may have surfaced. The updated 2021 Institute CFP Application Log-in contains the online submission form and guidelines. The new CFP is open until 5 PM on December 1, 2020. Questions may be directed to Ashley Rogers at arogers@leadingagemn.org or Heidi Simpson at hsimpson@leadingagemn.org.

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LeadingAge MN CEO Gayle Kvenvold Provides Mission Moment at National Conference

At noon tomorrow (11/12), LeadingAge Minnesota CEO Gayle Kvenvold will be featured as part of LeadingAge National’s Annual Conference. Kvenvold was asked to provide a Mission Moment—a personal reflection on our missions of service in these challenging times.

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U of M Seeks Participants for Driving Retirement and Memory Loss Program

A common struggle for family members of older individuals who are beginning to exhibit memory challenges is the discussion regarding stopping driving or “driving retirement.” CarFreeMe is a program for people with memory loss living in Minnesota who are considering retiring from driving or are acclimating to driving retirement. Information is available for anyone interested in participating in the program and study.

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Supporting Family Caregivers

November marks National Family Caregivers Month, which celebrates the often-invisible workforce of family caregivers supporting vulnerable adults living at home. A recent AARP study estimates that nearly 42 million Americans care for family members above the age of 50, an increase of 20% from 2015. Family caregiving is both a gift and a challenge, and like so many things in 2020, the challenges of family caregiving have become more acute due to limited mobility and access to services. 

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MHCEA Conference Registration Now Open

The Minnesota Healthcare Engineers Association (MHCEA) will host its 2020 Fall Conference on December 3-4.  Registration for the conference is now open, with an early-bird rate available until this Friday, Nov. 6.

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Are You Willing to Host a Clinical Experience?

Healthcare programs require clinical experiences for students to complete their education programs. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, fewer sites are partnering with educational institutions to allow clinical experiences in their settings. LeadingAge Minnesota is partnering with educators and other stakeholders to identify provider member locations that are willing to accept healthcare students for clinical experiences. If your site is willing to consider hosting clinical experiences, please complete the following 1-minute survey. We will use the survey information to match clinical sites with education institutions in need of partnership. Contact Jenna Kellerman at jkellerman@eadingagemn.org with any questions. 

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LeadingAge National Virtual Annual Meeting Begins November 10

This November, the LeadingAge Annual Meeting Virtual Experience will include keynote speakers Dr. Brené Brown, Vernā Myers and Scott Gottlieb addressing how to prepare for the future in the aging services field.

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Share Your Amazing Stories! Stars Among Us Award Nominations are Open

Throughout the months during the pandemic, we have heard some amazing stories about your staff team’s dedication and resilience. We’d love to shine the spotlight on these “COVID Silver Linings” through our annual Stars Among Us Awards.

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Safe Practices for a Safe Visit: New Video Available

Everyone is working hard to balance visitation and safety. LeadingAge Minnesota’s new 4-minute Safe Practices for Safe Visits video provides the 4 key safety rules

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Living the Pledge Campaign Launches Next Week: Promote Safe Care During COVID

November is Mask Month! Join your colleagues in creating safe mask wearing habits across our communities.

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CNA Staffing Summit Offers Honest Look at Long Term Care

The CNA Staffing Summit, hosted by The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), offered an unfettered look at the career of nursing assistants and the state of our long term care work environments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New Workforce Report Released

A new workforce report was released by PHI, titled Would You Stay? Rethinking Direct Care Job Quality.

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Fight the Flu Vaccine Campaign Kickoff

HHS has developed a set of tools to spread the word that getting an annual flu vaccine is more important than ever this fall.

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Juniper Offers Online Wellness Classes for Seniors

As with so many other resources in this time of pandemic, Juniper has moved a number of their classes online for easy remote access.

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Registration Open for MAPS Conference

Registration is now open for the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Annual Conference.

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Experts Predict Senior Housing Post-Pandemic Design

In the age of COVID-19, senior living designers have been hard at work to figure out what a “new normal” might look like within the industry.

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Stars Among Us Awards Offer Opportunity to Recognize Staff

The Stars Among Us Awards have a long tradition of honoring some of the best of the best in our field. This year, more than any other, we want to recognize the tireless essential workers on the front lines

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