We are sharing the very latest with members twice each weekday. Morning updates go out via email, and we’re hosting daily online updates each weekday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET through June. Register now. You can visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Following are the latest coronavirus news and resources.

A Message From Our Board Chair
Carol Silver Elliott offers this message to members about staying positive.

Being positive does not mean being unrealistic or pretending that everything is fine when it isn’t. But being positive, to me, is a key component of leadership. It’s the behavior that we model that helps others get through tough times. It’s the attitude that we project that calms people and reassures them that this, too, shall pass.

Read the entire message from Carol on a lesson she learned from her mother. And read this well-deserved praise of Carol from McKnight's this morning: “This is how you lead during a pandemic.” We are incredibly proud to have this leader on our team!

Join Us: Act For Older Adults!
Yesterday’s media event launched the Act For Older Adults campaign. LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan was joined by Steve Fleming from WellSpring in NC and COL Paul Bricker from Knollwood in DC. Participating press including reporters from ABC news, WAMU – DC public radio, Wall Street Journal, Senior Housing News, and others. Materials are available now, including remarks from Katie, a media statement, and a recording of the event.

The trade media immediately picked up the story:

We hope you’ll join us in calling on residents, clients, families and all American’s to join this fight. Visit the campaign web page at leadingage.org/act, which features links to contact Congress, social posts, campaign messages and more. We’ll continue to add to these materials. Also, please view and share our campaign video!

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.

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

Basic Care Aide Skill Competency Training Tool
LeadingAge’s Basic Care Aide Skill Competency Training Tool is still available to help you maximize your workforce and maintain quality standards. Developed by EduCare©, the program is designed specifically for the Basic Care Aide role and provides a foundation for the skills for a variety of settings. The training tool is FREE to members and is available now on the Learning Hub. You can use the new promotional toolkit to help you spread the word about the training as you redeploy current staff, and train displaced workers and others new to our field.

LeadingAge Members: Champion Together
LeadingAge wants to help you acknowledge the incredible work your staff is doing during the pandemic. We developed a collection of staff appreciation materials to celebrate your team. You can customize these yard signs, social media posts, and graphics, and purchase them at a discounted member rate on Vistaprint (or print them in house or at a local printer!).

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.