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Volume 23 Issue 28 - July 1, 2016

Hotel reservations for the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition must be made by Sunday, July 3, 2016. Rooms at the group rate are subject to availability.
Acts Retirement-Life Communities Featured in Nationally Acclaimed Book The Disney Way for its Workplace Culture
Dream, Believe, Dare, Do. Through four simple words, this carefully crafted credo has led The Walt Disney Company to prosperity and immeasurable success. In the nationally acclaimed book The Disney Way, Disney corporate culture experts Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson explore how companies large and small can emulate Disney and bring greater vision and innovation to their business processes, create a customer-centered culture and achieve success beyond their highest expectations.

Among the companies featured in the just released third edition of The Disney Way is Acts Retirement-Life Communities, a senior living organization headquartered in suburban Philadelphia. According to the authors, the “loving-kindness” culture that the Acts leaders have implemented into their approach to business management has helped propel the not-for-profit organization to reach the upper echelon of senior living organizations in America.

“I think of Acts as a perfect example of an organization that has masterfully adopted the customer centric principles of Disney in their own unique way,” said co-author Bill Capodagli. “With loving-kindness as its foundation, Acts has created an enviable model for senior living that has helped the organization achieve amazing results with residents and employees.”

Since its founding, Acts has experienced steady growth to become one of the largest senior living organizations in the United States with 21 retirement communities that serve more than 8,600 seniors and employ more than 6,000 people in eight states. The application of loving-kindness is deeply embedded in the Acts culture and is attributed to helping the organization achieve a 98% resident satisfaction, a company record wait list of people planning to move into its communities, and a dedicated staff who embrace the company culture and consistently rate Acts as a top workplace.

“The Acts culture of loving-kindness is our ongoing commitment to excellence and serves as the foundation for our actions, our attitudes, and our values,” said Acts CEO Mark Vanderbeck. “It’s a daily practice of striving to create an atmosphere where every individual is valued and treated with fairness, sensitivity, dignity, honesty and respect. Much like the Disney Way, the application of loving-kindness sets a standard for excellence in retirement-life services that is used to lift our entire organization to greater heights.”
What Does Independence Day Mean To You?
In the Town of Orange Park, Independence Day means LeadingAge Florida member Moosehaven, Inc. is hosting up to 10,000 people for a live concert and a fireworks display on the banks of the St. Johns River for the 15th American Pride 4th of July Event.

Moosehaven organizes the entire event and is led by Executive Director John Capes. The staff puts in more than 120 hours to prepare for the American Pride 4th of July Event.

“Moosehaven is excited to put on this spectacular event celebrating America’s freedom. We pride ourselves on bringing the community closer together, celebrating life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” said Capes. “Don’t miss this fantastic day in celebration of our nation’s independence.”

With 79 vendors on the 70-acre retirement community campus, the event features local arts & crafts vendors, a Kid Zone, delicious food and concessions, and live music including a special appearance by country singer and songwriter Chris Janson – performer of Buy Me A Boat!

The celebration takes place Monday, July 4th starting at 2 P.M. The concert begins at 8 P.M. and a spectacular fireworks show begins around 9 P.M.
As you know, the Agency for Health Care Administration was directed by the Legislature earlier this year to convert the current Medicaid reimbursement system for nursing homes to a prospective payment system. Although we have been working with AHCA and its consultants for some time on this issue, the process really got underway in two important ways this week.

First, the LeadingAge Florida Medicaid Prospective Payment Task Force met in Orlando to work through a number of key questions regarding the design of a new reimbursement system, and to offer their guidance to the LeadingAge Florida staff. Our thanks to Roger Stevens at Westminster for hosting our task force meeting.

And yesterday, Dr. Erwin Bodo and I testified at AHCA’s initial public hearing on the study, outlining key principles and suggestions that we believe must be part of any fair, equitable reimbursement system. We will keep you posted as this important process moves forward, and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
25-27 - 53rd Annual Convention & Exposition: Join us for motivational and educational sessions that explore how you can Be the Difference in the lives of the seniors you serve. 
Registration is OPEN for the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition!

Hotel reservations for the LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition must be made by Sunday, July 3, 2016. Rooms at the group rate are subject to availability.

10 -  Evidence Based Falls Risk Assessment & Intervention Webinar

23 - Preceptor Refresher Webinar

25 - It's Time to "Restore" Your Restorative Nursing Program Webinar

30 - ICD-10 Refresher Webinar

28 - Educational Series (1 Meeting, 3 Locations) Why Everyone Should Care About Managed Care

30 - Educational Series (1 Meeting, 3 Locations) Why Everyone Should Care About Managed Care
Gulf Coast Village Named Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite By American Heart Association
Gulf Coast Village has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite for its leadership in promoting health and well-being within the workplace, and its efforts to provide employees with healthy choices and an overall culture of wellness.

How To Be The Best
Of The Best

Reach out to our Clinical & Compliance Specialist, Connie Cheren, RN, MSW at (678) 778-0561 or via  ccheren@LeadingAgeFlorida.org.  Connie is available to our members as a value-added service, paid for by LeadingAge Florida, to help answer questions before, during and after surveys OR anytime throughout the year! She can help nursing home and assisted living facility members improve regulatory compliance and clinical outcomes and to offer suggestions about survey results and corrective plans of action.
Plymouth Harbor Staff & Residents Complete More Than 10,100 Hours Of Volunteer Service
According to a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service, 62.8 million adults volunteered in 2014, and last year, Americans volunteered over seven billion hours. Momentum continues to grow, and at Plymouth Harbor, this can be seen firsthand. In addition to 10,100 hours in 2015, another 10,486 hours were completed in 2014 – benefitting over 70 local organizations, including All Faiths Food Bank, American Cancer Society, Children’s Welfare, and more.

The Future Looks Promising For LeadingAge Florida Members: Senior Housing Industry Aging Gracefully
Florida has overtaken New York as the third most populous state in the country and has the highest percentage of people aged 60 and older (23 percent) of any state. Moreover, the fastest-growing population segment of the Sunshine State continues to be the age 70 to 79 group followed by age 60 to 69. By 2020, people over the age of 60 will account for 28 percent of 23.5 million Floridians.

OnShift Offers 33% Discount On PBJ Reporting To LeadingAge Florida Members
LeadingAge Silver Partner, OnShift, is offering their OnShift Payroll-Based Journal Reporting Software to LeadingAge members exclusively through a special discount program. This is a LeadingAge-Recognized Program where LeadingAge members will receive a 33% discount on the monthly fees with a 3-year contract.  

New Rules, Money Coming to Florida’s Affordable Housing Market
By Daniel Ducassi

Florida’s affordable housing industry will likely see changes in how developers apply for financing from the state in the coming months, even as more than $4 million in new federal affordable housing funding becomes available. Last week, the board of directors of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation approved a series of rule changes. And this week, the FHFC announced the start of the formal public comment period for its plan to allocate about $4.1 million from the National Housing Trust Fund.

Why a Continuing Care Retirement ‘Camp’ Is a Winning Play
A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in California is taking resident engagement and intergenerational programming to the next level this summer and gleaning benefits in diverse areas. Nineteen soon-to-be fourth grade students are attending day camp at Front Porch’s Villa Gardens CCRC in Pasadena two days a week for four weeks, free of charge. 

Senate Budget: No Funding For Navigators
By Daylina Miller

A program that helps seniors choose a Medicare program and save money on prescription drugs could be going away in Florida and across the country. The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee’s budget, passed in mid-June, would eliminate funding for the national “State Health Insurance Assistance Program," or “SHIP,” which was created in 1990. Medicare is complicated and ever-changing. That's why the SHIP program, which in Florida is called "SHINE," or Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, helps seniors navigate the selection of various plans.

The Future Of Aging
Developers and providers of senior housing are keenly aware of the opportunities in Florida. State-of-the-art retirement communities, upscale assisted living facilities with memory care units, and modern affordable senior housing apartments are popping up in most areas of the state. Elder Floridians have more options than ever.
Along with the opportunities come challenges. Competition is one, along with a shrinking workforce. The changing values and preferences of older consumers is another. Is your organization ready for change?
Please join us at convention to learn more about what the future holds and what you can do to shape it. Attendees will have an opportunity to share ideas during popular roundtable sessions and pick up great ideas from a host of excellent speakers.
A tiny Alzheimer's Study with Huge Results
By Emily Mongan

If you keep up with science news, or even just news in general, you're probably used to the deluge of dementia and Alzheimer's-related studies released each week. Researchers with the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and the University of California Los Angeles recently conducted a clinical trial that showed memory loss and cognitive decline in patients with early Alzheimer's can actually be reversed.

Traveling Art Show
The Consecra Housing Network is hosting a "traveling" Art show comprised of art work from residents and staff at all of Consecra Housing Network sites. This adventure has been over a year in the making, notifying the residents, collecting their Art work, and shipping out of state for viewing. Now the entire art show will be brought to Florida!

How Telemedicine Is Transforming Health Care
By Melinda Beck

The revolution is finally here—raising a host of questions for regulators, providers, insurers and patients. Doctors are linking up with patients by phone, email and webcam. But some critics question whether the quality of care is keeping up with the rapid expansion of telemedicine.

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Behind The Scenes At LeadingAge Florida
Working on video for the Annual Convention and Exposition.
"Proud To Be An American"
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that away.
There is something for everyone at the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition.

July 25-27, 2016 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Join us for motivational and educational sessions that explore how you can Be the Difference in the lives of the older adults that you serve. LeadingAge Florida’s special group rate is $162/night, plus a daily $10 resort fee (plus tax if applicable). Hotel reservations must be made by July 3, 2016. Rooms at the group rate are subject to availability. To use your community’s tax exempt status, please provide a copy of your tax exempt form upon check- in at the hotel.

Registration is OPEN for the 53rd Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention & Exposition!

Silent Auction Donations – LeadingAge Florida will host a Silent Auction at the Annual Convention, and is requesting donations. Some ideas for donated items include: jewelry, books, gift certificates, theme baskets, sport memorabilia or make a cash donation and leave the shopping to us! Click here for more information on the donations.  LeadingAge Florida is a nonprofit educational charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; therefore, your Silent Auction donation is fully tax-deductible.



The Declaration of Independence has 1,458 words, with the signatures.  It takes about ten minutes to read.


Official Notice of LeadingAge Florida Annual Membership Meeting: Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 3 to 4 p.m., Boca Raton Resort & Spa, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. The meeting will be held in Royal Palm, Rooms 1-6.

OnShift Offers 33% Discount On PBJ Reporting To LeadingAge Florida Members: LeadingAge members receive a 33% discount on the monthly fees with a 3-year contract.

Silent Auction - Call for Donations:
LeadingAge Florida will be holding a Silent Auction in conjunction with our 53rd Annual Convention and Exposition, July 25-27 in Boca Raton, Florida. You can you help by donating Silent Auction Items.

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