Message from LeadingAge CA President and CEO Jeannee Parker Martin
Engage Magazine General Interest Winter 2021

From the CEO: The Workforce Evolution

by JEANNEE PARKER MARTIN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, LEADINGAGE CALIFORNIA  One year into the pandemic, work culture has forever changed. COVID-19 exposed significant and systemic disparities in workforce in housing, care and services for older adults, including wage gaps, inequities in the ability to work during a crisis, and chronic staffing shortages. Growing the workforce remains a critical Read More…

Engage Magazine General Interest Winter 2021

Detecting and Preventing Financial Exploitation of the Elderly

by AIMEE LEEPER, COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING OFFICER, CRA PARTNERS/SENIOR CRIMESTOPPERS Stories about the financial exploitation of elders that make news are ones where the victim has name recognition. Recently we’ve heard much about Marvel icon Stan Lee becoming the target of financial predators. No less tragic are the abuses that occur to those with less Read More…

pandemic work life
Engage Magazine General Interest Winter 2021

How the Pandemic has Changed Work Life

We chatted with Rita Ng, Social Worker and Victoria Milburn, Activity Therapist at Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco, Calif. about some of the key ways day-to-day “work life” has changed since COVID-19 and how residents and staff have adapted. What’s been the biggest adjustment/change to your day-to-day routine?  Victoria: The biggest Read More…

iNSPIRE Project
Engage Magazine General Interest Winter 2021

LeadingAge California iNSPIRE Project Brings Joy to Residents

by AMANDA DAVIDSON, GRANT MANAGER, LEADINGAGE CALIFORNIA In April 2020, LeadingAge California launched the Integrate fuN, Sustainable, Programming that is Innovative, Rewarding and Enriches (iNSPIRE) Project. Funded through a CMP grant awarded by the California Department of Public Health, the iNSPIRE Project provides nursing homes with iN2L engagement technology, which offers thousands of computer-based experiences Read More…

technology and nursing education
Engage Magazine Winter 2021

How Technology is Changing Nursing Education

A CONVERSATION WITH UNITEK COLLEGE Distance learning has become common for students at many schools and universities. For healthcare educators, this brings a mix of challenges and opportunities, including how to keep students engaged, how to handle clinical training when in-person visits aren’t possible, and how to make sure rural and low-income students stay connected Read More…

California State Capitol in Sacramento
Engage Magazine Winter 2021

A View from the Capitol: California Legislature Focuses on Pandemic, Natural Disasters and Master Plan for Aging

by ERIC DOWDY, CHIEF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS OFFICER, LEADINGAGE CALIFORNIA As the California Legislature gaveled in for the first year of the 2021-2022 Legislative Session, the state remained deep in stranglehold of the COVID-19 pandemic with hundreds of Californians dying each day. Despite this backdrop, death rates and cases have declined precipitously in skilled nursing facilities Read More…

strong workforce
Engage Magazine Winter 2021

LTSS Workforce: Can We Use 2020’s Challenges to Build a Better Future?

by SUSAN HILDEBRANDT, ROBYN STONE, AND NATASHA BRYANT, LEADINGAGE The year 2020 will go down in history as one of the more turbulent that our nation—and the field of long-term services and supports (LTSS)—has experienced. Chief among our challenges, of course, was the coronavirus pandemic that began sweeping the country early in the year. Tragically, Read More…

Next Generation of Senior Care Providers
Engage Magazine Winter 2021

Voices from the Next Generation of Senior Care Providers

We chatted with California State University, Sacramento gerontology students Bernadette, Joshua, and Kennedy, who shared what brought them to the field, what it’s like completing their degrees in today’s socially-distanced world, and what they’d like to see change within the field as they embark on their careers. What motivated you to go into the field Read More…

creating a strong workforce
Engage Magazine Winter 2021

Creating a Workforce to Assure that Every Californian Can Thrive as We Age

by HEATHER M. YOUNG, PH.D., RN, FAAN; BETTY IRENE MOORE SCHOOL OF NURSING, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS I could not imagine a better context for a fulfilling career than community based long-term care. Starting as a nursing assistant on the night shift of a nursing home when I was a teenager, I experienced an intricate Read More…