Friday, October 4, 2013
LeadingAge is holding its annual meeting in Dallas this year, October 27-30, with a very busy and interesting schedule of events, including educational workshops. The workshops and associated meetings offer a deep well of cutting edge information about aging services, relevant to both the industry and the public.
So what is LeadingAge? To use their words, it is an association of "6,000 not-for-profit organizations" that provide services to seniors, persons with special needs, and their families. The history of the organization as advocates for aging service providers traces to 1961. For a number of years it was known as the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), recognized as a leading trade group for non-profit providers, especially on the housing side, including Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Assisted Living facilities, and Nursing Homes. AAHSA initiated a self study in 2008, and in 2011 announced its change of name to LeadingAge. As with any strong trade group, LeadingAge keeps a close eye on legislation, public finance, and policy developments, both at the national and state levels.
My experience is that with the name change came a broadening of the association's identity, including greater involvement by older persons as individuals, volunteers, consumers, and users of aging services.
Larry Minnix is the long-time head of LeadingAge, with deep experience in the industry of aging services.