“We have to work to do more to ensure that every older American has the resources and support they need to thrive.”
So said President Barack Obama at the White House Conference on Aging this week. The one-day conference was a once-a-decade event that brought together senior care luminaries and leaders from private industry, academia and other fields.
It was a historic gathering and, not surprisingly, it produced some of the biggest news of the week, including an exciting program to bring Uber to more senior living residents and a massive new set of regulations for skilled nursing.
But the White House conference was not the only star-studded event of the week for the senior housing industry: The Senior Housing News Summit took place in Chicago on Thursday. Among the headliners were CEOs of some of the nation’s largest providers, including LCS and Holiday. The roughly 240 attendees mixed, mingled, and heard from two expert panels, on development trends and big-picture views from the C-Suite.
Check out our coverage of these events and other stories below, as well as the Commander-in-Chief’s full videotaped remarks at the conference.
White House Conference on Aging News Roundup
Uber, Senior Living Team Up to ‘Drive’ Resident Mobility—Uber is launching a new pilot program that will involve offering free tutorials and rides at certain retirement communities across the country, the disruptive tech company announced at the White House Conference on Aging.
Ice Cream and ACOs: How Senior Housing Can Tap New Revenue—This White House conference was notable for the president’s participation and for focusing less on Medicare and Medicaid policy and more on transformative ways of thinking about aging, a prominent senior care and aging expert told SHN. He also explained why senior living execs should think of ice cream when trying to partner with ACOs.
Massive New Regulation Aims to Modernize Skilled Nursing—Long-term care providers applauded many of the fresh ideas proposed at the White House Conference on Aging, but they also came away with some heavy required reading: The new 403-page proposed update on requirements for Medicare and Medicaid participation.
Care.com, Peapod and the Future of Aging Technology—The potential of tech to transform senior care was one of the White House conference’s resounding themes. Companies like Peapod and Uber already are winning more senior users, and other tech companies could learn from them about how to engage and serve this demographic.
Philips is Spearheading Senior Care’s Newest Tech Hub—In conjunction with the WHCOA, multinational tech giant Philips announced the formation of a new tech hub to develop cutting edge solutions for senior care. Smart Living 360 already is on board, and more senior living partners are expected to join.
SHN Summit: ‘Life or Death’ Development Decisions
The fourth annual Senior Housing News Summit kicked off with a panel on development trends. Among the key takeaways: Choosing the right market is a “live or die” proposition given that some areas of the country appear overbuilt.
Stay tuned to SHN for further coverage of the event.
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NFL Alumni Association Endorses 33-Property Senior Living Pipeline—If you’re a former pro footballer looking into senior housing, you might want to consider Validus Senior Living’s forthcoming communities. At least, that’s what the NFL Alumni Association is saying, asserting that the communities will “exceed our retired players’ needs.”
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