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December 13, 2013

In This Week's Issue

  • News from National
  • Data Shows Reduced Hospital Readmission Rates in 2013
  • Member Spotlight: Meet Diane Landau
  • Save the Date!
  • Upcoming Events

News from National

NAIPC National has a number of major projects in the works.

The Policy Agenda developed as a result of October's Aging in Place Policy Summit will be released to the public in the coming weeks. This report will outline a strategy for tackling some of the most challenging aging in place issues. All NAIPC Members will be included in the distribution when the report is released.

NAIPC National is also developing an Aging in Place Template. This Template will be a comprehensive guide for seniors and their families to use to assess what they will need to successfully age in place. The guide will take seniors step-by-step through all of the major aging in place categories (housing, health and wellness, personal finance, transportation, and community) to assist them in implementing a plan to age in place.

The Aging in Place Template will be an interactive tool available to the public on Additionally, NAIPC National is developing additional consumer resources and information to include on to attract more website traffic.

Data Shows Reduced Hospital Readmission Rates in 2013

Hospital readmission rates nationwide dropped 19% in the first 8 months of 2013, according to data published by the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The data indicates that changes implemented by the Affordable Care Act, the creation of the Hospital Reduction Program, is having an overwhelmingly positive effect on readmission rates.

To read the full report,
click here.

Member Spotlight: Meet Diane Landau

Fifteen years ago, I was forced to relocate my mother from upstate New York to live with me on Long Island. She had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and certainly could not live alone. After traveling back and forth for months, I realized that I had to spend some serious time getting the enormous job done. It was both mentally and emotionally overwhelming. It had been my childhood home and had a lot of memories for both my mother and I.

Sorting, packing, getting dumpsters, and clean out people was difficult since I had not lived there for over 20 years. A visit every month or two did not mean I was an expert in finding the qualified people I would need to help me. The last day in the house I decided that “no one should ever have to do this alone”.

When I came back to Long Island, exhausted, and with mom in hand, the idea of Memories On The Move, Inc. became a reality. “No one should ever have to do this alone” has become my corporate motto.

I became a Certified Relocation Transition Specialist (CRTS) and joined NASMM (National Association Of Senior Move Managers). Gaining much insight in the growing fields surrounding our aging population has helped me to grow my business (Memories On The Move, Inc.). I want to help people move their memories, without having to move all their stuff. More seniors are downsizing even if they are aging in place and not moving to a new address. I tell “my” seniors that clutter is bad for their health (and safety).

Adult children are frequently unable to assist their older loved ones because they live far away, have health issues of their own, or because they have family or work obligations. I work hand-in-hand with the children to achieve the smoothest transition possible.

I also became a licensed realtor and obtained the designation of SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), so that I could help seniors relocate when, and if, they have to move.

As a founding member of the National Aging In Place Council Long Island Chapter, I wear a slightly different hat helping seniors become more comfortable in their current homes.

Last year, Long Island was faced with Superstorm Sandy. Memories On The Move, Inc. assisted many homeowners with packing up their stuff and relocating to temporary quarters. Then we helped them move back into their homes, and set up their belongings again, after repairs had been made. Special care was required for those seniors with any mobility issues.

Whether a senior is moving, or aging in place, one must always be especially understanding of the emotional upheaval that the seniors will experience in this new chapter of their lives.

Diane Landau  CRTS, SRES
Memories On The Move, Inc.
Serving Long Island, and the five boroughs

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars: the Second Annual National Aging in Place Council Meeting is scheduled for June 12-13, 2014 in Washington, DC. All members are encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Events

  • 12/18/2013 Eastern Shore Chapter Membership Drive Holiday Meeting
  • 12/19/2013 Orange County Chapter Monthly Meeting
  • 1/6/2014 Baltimore Chapter NAIPC Monthly Meeting
  • 1/8/2014 Boston Chapter Breakfast Meeting
  • 1/15/2014 Eastern Shore Chapter Monthly Meeting
  • 2/3/2014 Baltimore Chapter NAIPC Monthly Meeting
  • 2/19/2014 Eastern Shore Chapter Monthly Meeting

To view all NAIPC events, click here.