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August 21, 2013

In This Week's Issue

  • Study Reveals Urgent Need for Social and Public Policy Reform on Aging
  • Webinar
  • Atlanta Chapter Presents on Hospital to Home Transitions
  • How to Form and Maintain a Successful Chapter
  • Upcoming Events

Study Reveals Urgent Need for Social and Public Policy Reform on Aging

A recent study revealed the dire need for planning and education when it comes to aging. The Associated Press NORC Center interviewed 1,019 Americans age 40 and over on various topics regarding long-term care. Significant findings included:
  • 3 in 10 Americans aged 40+ who were interviewed reported that they prefer not to think about aging at all.
  • Only 41% have had a discussion with family members regarding long-term care.
  • Only 35% have saved money for long-term care.
  • Interviewees’ responses indicated significant misunderstandings about long-term care, including the overall cost of long-term care and the role of Medicare.
  • Findings indicated that individuals’ level of comfort discussing aging increased for individuals who are older, those who are in better health, and those who have a higher level of education.
The results of the study confirm the urgent need for social and public policy reform, the need to bring the discussion about aging to the American forefront.

To report the full report,
click here. Webinar...Register Today!

NAIPC will hold a webinar to showcase the features and functionality of the recently launched website.
Title: Introducing the New Web Site
Description: A webinar to introduce the new website. Presenters will demonstrate many of the new features, including the robust search feature, members-only content, member profiles, the Age in Place Forum, the Age in Place Blog ("Blogging in Place"), chapter pages, individually tailored service provider listings, and much more.
Time:  Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Marty Bell, NAIPC
Ashley Krapacs, NAIPC
To register, please click here.

Atlanta Chapter Presents on Hospital to Home Transitions

Members of the NAIPC Atlanta Chapter recently gave a presentation on successful hospital discharges to two professional healthcare groups and a group of hospital discharge planners.

The presentation provides invaluable information regarding steps that families, seniors, and healthcare providers can take to achieve successful hospital discharges.

The Atlanta Chapter kindly provided the slides to the NAIPC national office for dissemination. We strongly urge you to review the presentation and consider using the material at your upcoming local chapter events.
To view the presentation, please click here.

How to Form and Maintain a Successful Chapter

On August 14, 2013, NAIPC held a conference call for prospective new chapter leaders across the country. Attendees included senior service providers from Monterey, CA; Seattle, WA; Pittsburgh, PA; Miami, FL; and North Florida/Central Georgia.
MaryLea Quinn, co-founder and chair of the Atlanta Chapter, provided insights into the process of forming a chapter, methods for maintaining and growing chapter membership, and best practices to ensure the success of a chapter.
Forming a new chapter is no easy task. It requires dedication, patience, and, of course, time. MaryLea’s experience forming the Atlanta Chapter in 2009 was no exception. But her hard work and dedication is evident…the Atlanta Chapter is one of the largest chapters of NAIPC and one of the most active.
Advice that MaryLea gave prospective chapter leaders included:
  • Focusing on NAIPC’s not-for-profit status and the mission-driven approach.
  • Researching rigorously to recruit the strongest senior service providers in the region to form a solid core for the chapter.
  • Developing an educational program at the local level for senior outreach events.
  • Reaching out to local libraries and/or organizations to find meeting space.
  • Dedicating time to planning quality monthly meetings for members.
  • Creating an agenda before meetings and sticking to the agenda.
  • Allowing time during meetings for networking.
  • Arranging for educational speakers to give presentations at meetings, which provides an added value for members. Speakers can be key stakeholders in aging, including representatives from government agencies, other non-profits, and experts from universities.
  • Forming and maintaining chapter committees that members can get involved with, even without committing to a leadership role.
  • Holding continuing education events for members. The Atlanta Chapter holds two of these events each year.

Upcoming Events

  • August 22, 2013: Orange County Chapter Monthly Meeting
  • August 27, 2013: Council of Chapters Meeting
  • August 28, 2013: Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter Monthly Meeting
  • September 11, 2013: Long Island Chapter Monthly Meeting
  • September 17, 2013: Washington DC Chapter Formation Meeting
  • September 19, 2013: Boston Chapter: Helping Families in Crisis; Simple, Stress Free and Financially Manageable Solutions
  • October 15-21, 2013: National Aging in Place Week
  • October 16, 2013: Aging in Place Summit (Washington, DC)

To view the full NAIPC Events Calendar, click here.