We are sharing the very latest with members with weekday morning email updates and live online updates Mondays and Wednesdays. Visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Following are the latest news and resources.

2020 LeadingAge Award of Honor
Every year, we bestow the Award of Honor on one member who has provided nationally significant, transformative leadership in aging services. This person shows vision, mission, compassion, and courage every day in their communities. This year, in the face of great adversity and overwhelming tragedy, you have all risen to the occasion and demonstrated remarkable leadership and unbelievable courage in what will likely be remembered as the hardest year of your life. Listen to Katie Smith Sloan’s presentation of the award.

Nursing Home Toolkits and Resources
We are pleased to announce the COVID-19 Nursing Home Toolkits and Resources. This series of toolkits developed with Pathway Health will be available exclusively to members of LeadingAge. The first of the series is the Testing Toolkit, which has 13 sections focusing on testing policies, learning and leader’s guide, competencies, pre- and post-testing, outbreak investigation, swabbing collection, and billing. As tools are developed, states may adapt them, as appropriate, to reference state laws or regulations that may be relevant and will encourage you to do so as well. These tools and resources are for LeadingAge members only, so you will need your email and password to access these documents.

Open Letter to the Public
Together with leaders of our state associations around the country, LeadingAge released an open letter on behalf of more than 5,000 mission-driven aging services providers. We are asking our fellow Americans for help. The coronavirus has killed more than 170,000 older adults--but a few simple precautions can help ensure we don’t add more lives to that horrific death toll. Read the entire letter now.

Today’s Online Policy Update
Join today’s policy update to hear from Kari Everson, Director of Clinical Care at LeadingAge Minnesota. Kari will provide her expertise and experience with Project ECHO, a revolutionary guided-practice model where expert teams lead virtual clinics, amplifying the capacity for providers to deliver best-in-practice care in their own communities. Kari will unpack the amazing lessons from this program and give key insights on providing the best care across the continuum. Register now to join us.

Making the Most of the Holidays this Year
LeadingAge members face new challenges every day as a result of coronavirus, and we continue to gather examples of the innovative solutions you’re deploying to better serve older people and support staff. As Thanksgiving approaches, providers face the dangers of COVID-19 and the many restrictions that come with it. LeadingAge members are finding ways to serve elders' needs for socialization and celebration with family and friends while keeping residents and staff safe. Read about how one member is using technology to help residents celebrate with family and friends this holiday season.

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.

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.