Association News

Dementia Training Workshop May 16, 2019

Join LAI on May 16 for a workshop on Strategies for Assuring Quality of Life for Residents Living with Dementia. This full-day, interactive workshop taught by highly-rated speaker, Lisa Milliken, will share evidence-based research and day-to-day practical strategies to best serve residents with dementia. Hands-on approaches and interactive discussion to maximize skills for strategies that can immediately be put into practice will be included. Types and stages of dementia will be explored as well as non-pharmacological strategies for treating dementia behaviors. Strategies for effectively communicating with people with dementia will be addressed. Click here to register for this dementia training.


Nominations Now Open for 2019 LeadingAge Iowa Awards & Sterling Recognitions 

Nominations for the 2019 LeadingAge Iowa's awards program are now being accepted here.  LAI's award program recognizes individuals and organizations that put quality first, deliver excellence and inspire others to do the same.  Organizational members of LAI are invited to submit nominations for the 2019 LeadingAge Iowa awards program.  Award recipients will be recognized in conjunction with LeadingAge Iowa Fall Leadership Conference on September 11 at the Double Tree Hotel in Cedar Rapids. 

Nominate a noteworthy achievement or a staff member, board member or volunteer making a difference. The deadline to nominate is July 1, 2019

Click here to submit sterling recognitions for those who have worked at your facility for 25 years or more.  Recipients will receive a certificate in the mail and will be recognized in the awards program booklet.   The deadline to submit sterling recognitions is August 2, 2019.  

If you have questions, please contact Gina Strickland at LAI. 


LAI Wage & Benefit Survey 2019 Now Open 

The 2019 LeadingAge Iowa Wage & Benefits surveys are open for data collection until June 7. These surveys are open to all aging service providers in Iowa, and LAI members who participate receive the results for FREE.  

The LeadingAge Iowa Wage survey captures relevant, Iowa-based wage data, so you can remain competitive in the field without violating antitrust laws. Changes have been made to this survey to reflect feedback from last year. All members are strongly encouraged to participate. 

LAI has partnered again this year with LMC for the 2019 Benefits Survey, which covers information ranging from medical, dental, and vision plan designs and costs, to types of life and disability, wellness, time off, and retirement benefits. To learn more about the Benefits Survey, click here and select LeadingAge. NOTE:  If you participated in the benefits survey last year, your data will carry forward to 2019 – all you’ll need to do is login in to your survey, confirm benefits, and make any necessary updates making the process very quick and easy.  

Again, as a member of LeadingAge Iowa, you will receive FREE customized results after participating in the Wage & Benefits surveys. For your convenience, login information and links to access each survey have been included below. As a reminder, please mark sections complete or hit the submit button to save your information. Additionally, LAI recognizes that all employers have slightly different job descriptions. Please use your best judgment in aligning your team with the closest benchmark. 

Please access the salary survey at: 

Please access the benefits survey at:

If you completed this benefits survey last year your username is your email address and you are able to request to recover your password if you are unable to remember it. 

All data submitted for the survey should be for wages and benefits in effect on April 1, 2019. Please submit your survey by June 7, 2019, in order for results to be released in July.


New Toolkit:  Connecting Generations in Senior Housing

A new toolkit from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston and Generations United provides practical information, guidance, and templates to help senior housing providers, and other organizations serving older adults, implement high-quality intergenerational programs that will benefit elders and young people in their communities.  Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit was supported by a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation (RRF). 

The 82-page intergenerational toolkit, written by Patterson and Dr. Nancy Henkin, a senior fellow at Generations United, takes program organizers through the process of conceptualizing, implementing, and evaluating programs and activities that connect older housing residents with young people in the community. It offers:

  • Tools to start intergenerational programs, including organizational assessments and survey templates to assess resident interests.
  • Tools for designing high-quality programs, including concrete planning and implementation strategies and tips, ideas for short- and long-term activities, and examples of promising practices.
  • Tools to measure program success, including sample evaluation forms to help organizers determine whether a program is fulfilling its goals and understand its impact.

LAI Workforce Taskforce 2019 – Volunteers Needed 

LAI is launching a new Workforce Taskforce to review two new initiatives for LAI.  The LAI Board of Directors tasked LAI to evaluate creation of a new potential apprenticeship program to draw down new funding from the Department of Labor and review a new online CNA training course opportunity available in partnership with LeadingAge Minnesota for LAI members.  The Workforce Taskforce will be charged with reviewing both programs, helping to design or augment changes to the programs, and proposing a final recommendation to the LAI Board on whether these initiatives should move forward for adoption by LAI. 

If you are interested in potentially designing an apprenticeship program for CNAs and other aging service professions and reviewing a potential new training tool for providers, please contact Matt Blake.  LAI will likely have the first meeting for the Workforce Taskforce in June.

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