LeadingAge Magazine · September/October 2015 • Volume 05 • Number 05
“Leave your ego at the door.”

I’ve heard that phrase, in one form or another, from more than a few LeadingAge members who were talking about their recipes for making a partnership work.

It’s not the last word in creating good partnerships, but it’s a good first one. Because every partnership is unique, and because every partnership must satisfy the needs of more than one participant, compromise and consensus must play a part.

Humility, it seems to me, is also built into good partnerships. That might come into play when a long-established but relatively small organization realizes it must affiliate with a larger entity to ensure its survival. On a smaller scale it could mean recognizing that your organization can’t serve this or that new population as well alone as it could in partnership with another provider that has more expertise.

Considering the quantity and variety of partnerships LeadingAge members are involved in, there’s no lack of compromise and humility among the membership, and as you’ll see in this issue, no lack of vision either.

Right off the bat, our Vision column focuses on one type of partnership that is becoming very important to the future of many of our members in the health care system: the intersection between post-acute/long-term care providers and acute-care providers like hospitals and health plans. Read “Partnerships and Integrated Health Care: Creating a Place for Aging Services” for insights from Jared Landis of the Advisory Board Company on how LeadingAge members can build such partnerships.

What makes a partnership last? What wisdom has been accumulated among leaders who create successful partnerships? Read “The Nuts and Bolts of Good Partnerships” for insights into how LeadingAge members are using partnerships to serve more people with more services, and why those partnerships work.

Our field has always seen its share of mergers and affiliations, but they appear to be more frequent today. In “Partnerships to Survive and Thrive,” we look at some examples of successful affiliations that have helped secure the continued success of member organizations, and get context for today’s trend from experts.

Here’s a partnership that demonstrates the best characteristics of aging-services providers everywhere. “Partnership Across Continents and Cultures” is the story of how a Lebanese church built its country’s first assisted living community, in Beirut, with help from a California-based LeadingAge member. The community, despite its location in a country known for religious and sectarian tensions, serves residents of all religions.

It is no surprise that the village model of member-driven, grass-roots neighborhood organizations is becoming more popular. Read “When Aging-Services Providers and Villages Work Together” to learn how LeadingAge members are partnering to help sustain—or even create—villages, and why such partnerships are a natural outgrowth of our members’ missions.

If it’s September, it must be time to honor the winners of this year’s LeadingAge Awards. Read “Putting Vision Into Practice: Presenting the 2015 LeadingAge National Award Winners” to learn more about visionaries who are creating the future of aging services.

We have published many articles about dementia and how providers care for those living with it. But the voices of those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias has too often been absent. Thanks to one of our members, we have a chance to remedy that. Read “The Experience of Dementia, Firsthand” for interviews with seniors and their loved ones who cope with dementia every day, talking about the feelings and fears that go with it.

In “Celebrating the People We Serve,” you’ll see the latest in our series about the residents, clients and staff that make our field such a great place to work.

Another member-written article tells us how one Virginia provider ensures that influenza risk is minimized. Read “Achieving High Compliance With an Associate Influenza Vaccination Program” for the details.

Finally, this issue’s Research Department introduces us to the winner of the 2015 Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Services and Supports Nursing.