We are sharing the very latest with members. We will be taking a hiatus for the holidays from daily emails starting tomorrow, but you can join live online updates next week. Visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Following are the latest news and resources.

A Message From Katie

LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan wrote a new message looking back on 2020.

Indeed, 2020 has been the worst year we have experienced together. All of us have been at our very best through it all. Four examples of this truth stood out for me as I reviewed this year’s blog posts.

Read Katie’s entire message on when things were at their worst but we were at our very best.

COVID Vaccine Education & Photo Request

As you know, LeadingAge is working hard to help members with vaccine information, logistics, and education. Expert advice, curated resources, and analysis of the latest vaccine developments are collected on our vaccine information webpage.

As the vaccine starts arriving at member organizations, we have an important opportunity to help tell the story of the COVID vaccine in aging services. Opening our doors to this experience allows us to share our stories of hope and resilience—the positive narratives that we know we need to elevate whenever possible. Pictures and videos of staff and older adults getting vaccinated show directly that aging services providers are getting the job done around vaccination, while also modeling needed behavior.

Would you please share pictures and videos of vaccination? Materials can be emailed, along with a written permission for use in LeadingAge communications, to communications@leadingage.org. Thank you!

Virtual Meeting Next Tuesday: Walgreens on Vaccines

LeadingAge and experts from Walgreens will discuss the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program for COVID-19 Vaccination on Tuesday, December 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET. This special meeting is a chance for LeadingAge members to get answers to your questions. Register today.

Today’s Online Coronavirus Policy Update

Dr. Ali H. Mokdad from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington—one of the trusted sources for COVID-19 data—will be our guest on today’s policy update. We’ll also share the latest from the Hill and on COVID vaccines. If you haven’t yet, register here.

New Insights and Tools From LeadingAge

LeadingAge staff experts are developing essential advocacy, guidance and tools, and curating the most relevant resources for aging services providers on COVID-19 and beyond, including:

A complete timeline of insights, tools, and useful COVID-19 links is available here, so you’ll never miss an update.

Ready for an Ageism Deep Dive?

This week we have been sharing resources to help tackle ageism–a chronic and critical issue that we cannot forget even as we’re working to fight the COVID pandemic. If you’re ready to take it to the next level, LeadingAge has an in-depth look at how to address ageism within aging services organizations. This Deep Dive helps you outline the benefits and opportunities inherent in aging. Register today to gain a deeper understanding of the pervasive problem of ageism in our society, to learn how aging services professionals can help reframe the experience of aging, and to reflect on the importance of equity and inclusion in the lives of older adults. Thank you for helping LeadingAge realize our vision of an America freed from ageism!

Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act

As long-time supporters of the Lifespan Respite Care Act, LeadingAge is pleased to see the reauthorization and funding through 2024. Our members know firsthand the importance of the care provided by families and loved ones and the critical role that plays in the lives of older adults. Respite services are vital to preserving the ability of families who need support and relief when supporting older adults at home.

Questions? Ask LeadingAge National, Your State Association, or Each Other

There are many ways to get help during this crisis. Contact LeadingAge’s national team directly or email us at covid@leadingage.org. If you have questions about local and state issues, contact your state association. Join the MyLeadingAge Member Community COVID-19 group to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for dealing with the coronavirus.