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Member Spotlight: Barclay Friends

New on the campus of Barclay Friends is the Preston Building, which is named after the 19th Century Quaker activist and physician, Ann Preston. This project was fast-tracked and went from design to construction within a year. On August 20, the community celebrated the grand opening, with more than 150 people raising their glasses for a virtual toast at the ribbon cutting ceremony. 

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Tech Talk

More than one-third of adults aged 45 and older feel lonely, and nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated*. Loneliness and social isolation in older adults are serious public health risks, putting them at risk for dementia and other medical conditions.

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FSA Internship Summer 2020

FSA’s Internship Program offers the next generation the opportunity to work and live in a Life Plan Community/CCRC. This unique experience allows students to align their interests and career paths as well as to develop practical skillsets, teamwork and industry knowledge.

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Diversity Builds Strong Communities

Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization. ~Mahatma Gandhi

As member organizations seek to understand and foster conversation about diversity and inclusion, FSA has aimed to support their efforts from a perspective anchored in values. To underscore our commitment, we have offered several workshops and partnered with members to facilitate conversations in order to understand diversity, equity and inclusion.
 
In June and July, nearly 200 participants joined in a Virtual Community Gathering to discuss “Race in America.” FSA members were able to pause, reflect and engage in meaningful dialogue about race in America through the lens of Quaker values. In addition, FSA offers tools and resources for members to initiate race conversations that incorporates the Quaker Values.

Many FSA member organizations have concentrated on diversity efforts throughout the years.  Here are a few shared in the Diversity Peer Group.  We welcome you to join us for the next peer group on Ouch that Stereotype Hurts on February 25.



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How Does your Compliance and Ethics Program Measure Up?

 

How Does your Compliance and Ethics Program Measure Up?

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Board Governance and Development Webinar

Did you miss the LeadingAge Board Governance and Development Webinar with FSA’s Jane Mack and Kendal Corporation’s Nora Adelmann earlier this spring? Discussed during the webinar were best practices and tools for the four core aspects of board development: Identification and Recruitment, Education, Involvement and Evaluation of board members.

We’re happy to report that the webinar recording is live, so if you didn’t attend, you can watch it all here.

Grants Awarded to FSA Members for Employee Innovations During Pandemic

Last week, 11 senior care organizations across the United States, including seven FSA members, received Innovation Mini Grants from Friends Foundation for the Aging. These grants were created to recognize problem-solving efforts and ideas of front-line staff members during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

FSA congratulates members Broadmead, Chandler Hall, Friends House Retirement Community, The Hickman, Kendal at Home, Kendal~Crosslands and Medford Leas. Please read the full press release below for details on their efforts. 

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Being Community

Pennswood Village Transportation Department: Values in Action

 

The transportation staff at FSA member Pennswood Village in Newtown, PA, used to fill most days with upwards of 50 scheduled trips. They’d drive the organization’s residents to doctor’s appointments, cultural events, shopping excursions—wherever they wanted to go. As COVID-19 safety precautions became increasingly strict, the number of rides dropped to a mere 1-2 per day for emergencies, but a number of other needs surfaced. Mail and package receipt and delivery, employee screening and campus monitoring became essential duties, among other adjustments.

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Member Buzz

We polled staff at each and every FSA member organization to see what stood out for them most last year. The answers varied, but one thing was for certain: staff members sure are proud of what's happening at their organizations! Below are some highlights.


Tell us about an act of kindness you witnessed at your organization.

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What The Lion King has in common with FSA Peer Groups.

What The Lion King has in common with FSA Peer Groups.

“Pink pajamas penguins at the bottom. Pink paja-“

Oh... you mean those aren’t the words to the song at the beginning of The Lion King?

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FSA Happenings 2020

The end of year is always busy: projects come to a close and new ones are dreamed up. Here’s a quick recap of recent happenings, and a look to what’s ahead…

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Warm Holiday Wishes from FSA

Happy Holidays from your friends at FSA!

Values Ignited at Foxdale Summits

Values Ignited
Foxdale Village Summits Reinvigorate Personal Connections to Core Values

 

Community. Inclusion. Engagement. Acceptance. Caring. Stewardship. Fulfillment. These are the seven core values of Foxdale Village Retirement Community in State College, PA.


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Meet the Board: Dennis Russell

Meet the Board: Five Questions or Less
Dentistry, Surfing and Survival on a Deserted Island

Nonprofit consultant Dennis Russell has worked in healthcare management for more than 25 years, and currently serves on the FSA Board of Directors and Strategic Issues Committee. To learn a few new things about him, we sent him five random questions. Here's what he told us:

What are the book(s) you’ve given most as a gift and why? True North by Bill George. It is a book about discovering your Authentic Leadership Style vs. emulating or modeling someone else. It was very helpful for me and others seem to feel the same way.



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Member Matters: News from FSA Member Organizations

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Diversity Peer Group

Earlier this month, a group of FSA members gathered with co-facilitators Marsha Wesley Coleman and consultant Michael Gagné to talk about their organizations’ efforts to implement diversity programming. Gagné presented the following guidelines to assist organizations.

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In case you missed it...

FSA Annual Meeting and Dementia Symposium. View photos here. Video of they keynotes and panel to come! 

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FSA New Board Members

FSA Appoints New Board Members, Board Chair

 

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"The More You Do For Me, The More You Take From Me."

The Montessori Approach to Dementia Care, in Action at Rowntree Gardens

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