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. A Victory, a Visionary, a Challenge

    Last month, we celebrated a huge victory --  the re-authorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), which we had been working on and advocating for over the past 5 years. We have come a long way in the years since the act was first passed in 1965 to address a lack of social services for older people in their communities. But the ...

  2. Alzheimer's: An Insidious Disease

    “This insidious disease has declared war on our minds.” A powerful, sobering statement spoken by Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Halperin at the LeadingAge Integrace Great Minds Gala earlier this week, where he was honored with the 2016 Senator William and Ellen Proxmire Award.  This award recognizes national figures who have demonstrated ...

  3. Dear Candidates: What about long-term services and supports?

    I admit, I can’t help it.  I can’t help watching and reading endless hours of campaign rhetoric, waiting for someone - anyone - to talk about issues that are at the core of our mission.  In fact, there is precious little conversation about the critical issues facing a rapidly growing aging society on the debate stage or in ...

  4. Leading With a Vengeance: A Conversation with Katie

    “I will pursue the LeadingAge mission with a vengeance.” At the LeadingAge annual meeting in Boston 2 months ago, I made this promise to all of our members and I assure you it wasn’t just an attempt to get your attention. No, I strongly believe in our mission and I won’t let you down. Right now, we are in a vortex, with ...

  5. LeverAge: An Affordable Financing Program for LeadingAge Members

    LeadingAge has partnered with the National Cooperative Bank (NCB) to launch LeverAge, a program to address the financing needs of LeadingAge members serving low-income older people.  LeverAge can be used to reposition, expand, or add to aging services, housing, and long-term care programs serving at least 40% of the participants ...