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Session: "Creating Stronger Organizations Through Aggressive Growth Strategies"

In 2016, the size of the 65+ population starts to significantly outpace the 5–under-population, meaning the availability of direct care workers will have a significant shortage, as we heard from senior living leaders at this year's LeadingAge national conference.

In addition to being a concern for senior living care providers, the looming labor shortage also is a driver of senior living growth, repositioning and affiliation. What can marketing do to prepare?

Session: Sales and Marketing Tactics for Continuing Care at Home

"We're not managing a long-term care policy, we're helping people plan. It's not about what is the matter, it's about what matters most."

This is how Liz Fandel of Fellowship Senior Living at Home (a Creating Results client), explained the unique selling proposition of Continuing Care at Home (CCAH).

CCAH programs offer care coordination, care-giving and asset preservation to older adults who do not want to live on a retirement community campus. With CCAH, they can remain in their own home as they age.

Session: A Repositioning Case Study: Designing for a Healthier, Longer Life

Expansions and repositionings are happening in communities across the country.

Repositioning: Investing in the physical redevelopment of an existing brick and mortar community to add space and reconfigure existing square footage in an effort to compete with newer entities and be more relevant in today’s market.

For senior living providers, repositionings are important and necessary to ensure we continue to serve the residents of today and plan for the residents of tomorrow.

LeadingAge 2016 Annual Meeting Session: What Makes Boomers “Ready”?

This session featured both continuing care retirement community (CCRC) team members and residents, who emphasized that the days of the sales pitch are in our rearview mirror. Today’s consumers are looking to find where they have the greatest connection with employees and residents.

Budgets should be allocated for hospitality and bringing prospects and residents together to form a sense of community. Rather than presenting to a prospect, the aim should be to develop a relationship with the future resident.

Last week five members of the Creating Results team assembled in Indianapolis for the 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting.

This conference attracted more than 8,000 senior living and senior services providers from around the country, along with a healthy cohort of those who provide products and services to the industry.

In addition to inspiring keynote speakers there were hundreds of education sessions. (Our team was privileged to be among the featured experts, presenting data and insights from Social, Silver Surfers 2016 research.) Over the next few weeks, we’ll share highlights from selected sessions on this blog.

The series starts today with take-aways from a lively program that got people tweeting and thinking.

How can a "Gritty Mindset" help those who serve older adults at senior living communities, help those who market to them -- and even the older adults themselves?