Friday, October 4, 2013
Across the US, there are some 1,800 Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). These are typically upscale settings that offer a range of housing options, services, activities and health care. Residents of CCRCs often have common interests, not just within their individual community's setting, but in the "larger" community of residents throughout the nation, and thus the idea of a National Continuing Care Resident's Association (NaCCRA) was born.
NaCCRA has two annual gatherings, as well as regular meetings at the chapter level in individual states. NaCCRA's Fall 2013 Meeting will be in Dallas, in conjunction with the LeadingAge Annual Meeting. Here are some of the planned NaCCRA sessions and related LeadingAge sessions:
Saturday, October 26: NaCCRA Board Meeting (starting at 5:30 p.m.)
Sunday, October 27:
9:00 - 9:15: General Business Meeting
9:15 - 11:45: "Imagining CCRCs of the Future," a moderated discussion, involving residents and other guests. (Moderators: Ron Herring, resident of The Glebe, Daleville, VA & Katherine Pearson, Professor of Law, Penn State Dickinson School of Law)
1:00 - 3:00: Opening General Session for LeadingAge
3:50-5:00: LeadingAge Concurrent Educational Sessions (24 sessions!), including:
- Progress toward Resident Engagement: One Year Later: Moderator Ron Herring (NaCCRA), Speakers: Ellen Handler, President of New Jersey's resident association (ORANJ); Marilyn Kennedy (COO for Episcopal Senior Communities); May Anna Colwell (CCRC resident and board member)
- Financial Ratios for CCRCs
- Urban Design Concepts to Reinvent Aging Communities Anywhere
- Governance Roundtables: Practical Solutions for a Better Board
The LeadingAge programming, with concurrent educational sessions throughout, continues on Monday through Wednesday, October 27-30. CCRC residents can register for the combined NaCCRA/LeadingAge meetings on line. Registration for the combined Meetings is without cost for CCRC residents!
For additional thoughts on CCRCs, from informed, resident perpsectives, visit NaCCRAU, a Learning Center for current and future residents.