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LeadingAge Maryland’s First Regional Roundtable

by Published On: Jul 31, 2012

LeadingAge Maryland members gathered together at Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm, MD, for the association’s first regional roundtable. 

After being welcomed by Yolanda Johnson, executive director at Glen Meadows, LeadingAge Maryland Chair Geary Milliken talked about the genesis of this new organization. 

“We are not for profit but for purpose,” remarked Milliken. He shared with attendees that LeadingAge Maryland is involved in an active search for their first Executive Director, appreciate their formal affiliation and support from LeadingAge, are now on Facebook and have committees for interested members to become involved.

Marsha Greenfield, vice president of legislative affairs for LeadingAge, shared what is happening on Capitol Hill. “It’s an election year!” she quipped, tongue in cheek. 

Greenfield noted that Congress has to have a budget come September 30, but that our long-term battles will revolve around entitlement reform. It will be difficult to try and get new funding over the next few years. 

A resident in attendance remarked, “What’s the good news, Marsha?” 

On a more positive note, Greenfield stressed the importance of inviting state and national representatives and staff to member communities. “They will always remember you!” she said and that is how we tell our story.

After a rich discussion around national policy and the value of membership, members were asked what their biggest challenges and opportunities are right now:

  • Funding
  • Sustainability
  • Medicare reimbursement
  • Transitioning from housing to home and community based services
  • How do we serve people who can’t pay and those who can while preserving our mission?
  • Partnerships and collaborations
  • Tax credit financing
  • Regulatory environment
  • Social media
  • New CCRC regulations in state
The 3 upcoming roundtables offer more opportunities to hear from members about how LeadingAge and LeadingAge Maryland can help them expand the world of possibilities for aging.


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