Conversations with Katie

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

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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 compassion and perseverance. With ...

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  1. Punching Above Our Weight

    I recently heard a member remark "we need to write the book we want to read," which made me reflect on the power of the collective LeadingAge narrative.As mission-driven, dynamic, aging services organizations, you have the ability to influence the social fabric of your communities and the well-being of individuals and families. ...

  2. Honoring Workers on Labor Day

    I recently read about a vacation resort hotel that is closing before the end of the season because they simply can’t attract an adequate amount of staff to operate. I cringed at a story about public health nurses working at half their staff capacity against increased needs. And, I read still more about small towns, schools, ...

  3. Forces of Change

    Every summer, I spend time in a remote area of Maine, with few of the creature comforts I’m used to at home. And I love every second of it.The peace and serenity ...

  4. From Darkness Into Light

    Recent tragic events in this country have caused me to stop and wonder about how far we have strayed in our basic respect for humanity and how we view and treat one another. It is hard to fathom the degree of hatred one must feel to kill another human being. It is even harder to fathom the extent to which this has happened in this ...

  5. Stop Elder Abuse Now

    It’s not something you hear about very often, but it is happening all around us. Often, the family members and caregivers that older people rely on are the offenders, and the consequences can be devastating, both physically and emotionally. On June 15th, we celebrate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, though it’s hardly a celebration. ...