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On Oct. 22, LeadingAge's board chair, Audrey Weiner, delivered her address to the LeadingAge Annual Meeting. In her first year as board chair, she has visited with many LeadingAge members across the country and has been awed by their dedication to engagement and innovation.
At her organization, Jewish Home Lifecare, the focus is on achieving the Triple Aim. She noted that the implementation of health care reform will make us more accountable for the care that we deliver. "Though these changes may be hard, we can learn from the many good examples of how our members do the work," she said.
Audrey proceeded to describe examples of programs and organizations that have surpassed the expectations of the Triple Aim:
Audrey also mentioned a few additional recent LeadingAge initiatives:
She ended her speech with a call to action. It is an election year, and it is important that all of us get to vote, and that we ensure the elders in our care, residences, and services have the same opportunity. Then, we must speak up on the issues that are important to us:
Audrey finished her speech with an anecdote from a board meeting at a Mather Lifeways building in Chicago. She recalled a particular bartender, Bryan Cheatham, an employee of one of Mather’s remarkable cafes, who happened to be her bartender at the board reception.
His love for his job shone through with every drink order he took and every smile gave. "He is a reminder to all of us of why we do what we do," Audrey concluded.