LeadingAge Magazine · January-February 2017 • Volume 07 • Number 01
Gene Mitchell, editor
Gene Mitchell

The theme of this issue, “Choice and Dignity: Person-Centered Aging Services,” was chosen because I believe there is a natural connection between choice and dignity. To give both to the people we serve and those we employ is a demonstration of respect and a way to ensure that the individual’s needs always remain the starting point of service.

Person-centeredness has always been pursued single-mindedly by our members, and they are continually getting better at it. For an editor, an issue like this one is fun and interesting to develop because these ideas so readily apply to everything aging-services providers do, and to every population they serve.

This issue leads off with a follow-up to our last issue’s 2 articles on ageism (“Our Bold Vision for the Future,” by President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan, and “Beginning the Conversation About Ageism”). This time, we asked LeadingAge members to talk about ways in which they see ageism pop up in their day-to-day work, and what they do about it; read “Understanding the Ageism Around Us.”

Choice and dignity go together very naturally, I think, in affordable housing settings with services added. In “Affordable Housing Plus Services: an Answer to Many Questions,” we look at how members are using housing as the foundation for answering some of the most vexing challenges the U.S. faces in giving low-income seniors the dignity and options they deserve.

Innovations in Person-Centered Dementia Care” looks at how our members are customizing services for people living with dementia while keeping quality of life—not just clinical outcomes—at the center of their work.

For those of us lucky enough to be in healthy life and work situations, trust is all too easy to take for granted. But imagine an organization where trust is fraying or even absent. Read “Trust: the Foundation of the Person-Centered Provider” for an explanation of how this necessary prerequisite for good human relationships works, and what providers can do to build and maintain it.

Many life plan communities sit on large parcels of land. In “Senior Living Community Plays a Role in Land Preservation” you’ll read the story of how one Wisconsin member has taken stewardship to a new level by creating a nature preserve on its campus. (It’s more complicated than it sounds.)

LeadingAge’s advocacy staff is busily preparing to work with a new administration, and with the holidays over with, “advocacy season” has returned. For more on how LeadingAge can help you reach out to your elected representatives, read “How Will You Advocate in 2017?

This issue includes a pair of essays by thoughtful leaders in our field. Read “This I Have Learned” for wisdom from 2 members.

Fighting Hunger, Building Community and Advancing Innovation: Partnerships Make the Difference” is a look at three members that have created partnerships of different kinds to expand services, serve their surrounding communities and research new treatments.

Finally, our ongoing “People We Serve” series presents “Historians, Teachers and Trail-Builders: These Are the People We Serve.” Keep sending in those stories of remarkable residents, clients and staff!


Tell Us How We Look in Our New Duds!

With the recent switch to the new website, LeadingAge magazine has a new look. As we learn all the ins and outs of our new home, we hope to limit glitches and improve your reading experience.

Let us know how the new LeadingAge magazine design works for you, and what functions you might like to see in the future. Contact Editor Gene Mitchell at gmitchell@leadingage.org or 202-508-9424.


Gene Mitchell is editor of LeadingAge magazine.