Conversations with Katie

A monthly conversation with LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan.

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Connecting the Dots with the Global Aging Community

Imagine returning home from a conference and being greeted at the airport by an enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers singing and dancing to celebrate your arrival. The occasion? You and your organization received an Award for Excellence in Ageing Services at the Global Ageing Network conference. A prestigious recognition for anyone—but ...

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  1. Resilience in the Face of Adversity

    The natural disasters that have touched our world and our communities in recent weeks have caused me to think about resilience. LeadingAge members have managed evacuations when necessary, sheltered-in-place, sacrificed sleep and their own comfort, cleaned up debris, and navigated workarounds with ...

  2. Sharpening our Axe

    Recent efforts to repeal or replace the ACA have been acrimonious from a policy perspective and confusing for the citizen observer. The specifics, key players, and data supporting policy directions changed ...

  3. To be the Trusted Voice for Aging

    The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging. In and of itself, this is an enormous responsibility. Adding to this, each LeadingAge member is the trusted voice in their communities—for residents and clients, staff, and community partners. I often ask myself how we will know ...

  4. Melting the Hardest Hearts

    Before the United States Senate goes on a week-long recess starting on July 3, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wants to clear the legislative decks for the president’s proposed tax cuts and other legislation. To do so, the Senate must first pass a bill repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, including measures ...

  5. Workforce: It's a Numbers Issue

    This theme calls on us to think about what it means to grow old in America today. I believe it also calls on us – as providers, consumers, employers, and advocates – to consider our role in ensuring a meaningful life for those in their later years. One of the biggest challenges we face in achieving the objective ...