Conversations with Katie

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

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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 that we are, in fact, being true to ...

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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Age is not a Differentiator

    Pagan Kennedy, author of "Inventology: How we dream up things that change the world," wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times recently. In it, she asserted that "we assume that creativity ...

  4. Act Now for Affordable Housing

    Imagine 3,500 people in a line that snakes around an affordable housing apartment building in downtown Manhattan having heard the announcement that the building is opening up its waiting list. Of the 3,500 individuals desperate for an affordable place to live, 200 will be placed on the waiting list and only 50 will ultimately ...

  5. Echo Our Voices on Capitol Hill

    The policy challenges confronting LeadingAge members in a new Administration are daunting. It is truly a new day in Washington and we must re-frame our advocacy messages to reflect this new reality. We have listened to our members and state partners about their concerns and we are focusing on 3 primary issues: Preserving ...