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Nexus Fellow Flash Bulletin – March 2021

COVID has caused dramatic disruption in our education and healthcare systems and long term care environments. We wear masks, we distance, we stay home. So what have we learned? How can we come out stronger on the other side? Despite the massive challenges and barriers to implementation, there is a strong sense of hope on the horizon.

“Out of the tragedy of COVID, there are a lot of silver linings, a lot of good things we’re learning. Let’s seize the opportunity from the crisis so we can say we learned from it, and we won’t be here a year or two from now saying that nothing is different.” Nexus Founder & Fellow, Bob Kramer

While the pandemic has had a devastating impact on the seniors housing and long-term care industry, it’s also shed a big spotlight on this industry like never before. And that has advantages. After all, how could anyone identify a problem if they aren’t looking. People are paying attention now, and if we take this opportunity and make the changes needed, the senior living and long-term care industry will vastly improve post-pandemic.

Our Nexus Fellows are front and center. They’re experts, thinkers and entrepreneurs, bringing fresh ideas and important insights to the industry at this critical time. 

What’s the latest? Here’s a Nexus Fellow Flash Bulletin:

  • Bob Kramer, Founder and Fellow of Nexus Insights joined Jocelyn Dorsey, Becky Kurtz, Elise Eplan and Deke Cateau on a panel last month for A.G. Rhodes Living Well-Virtual to discuss the stark realities of what is happening with COVID19, aging, and in the senior housing world. “What became clear in our conversation is that, despite the overwhelming challenges and difficulty in pandemic protocols and vaccine strategies, there was a sense of hope throughout.
  • Jay Newton-Small, CEO of MemoryWell, announced $2.5 million in new Series Seed funding. The company will use this funding to scale its platform and to continue to build its predictive social determinants of health AI rating system.
  • Nexus Fellow Kelsey Mellard, CEO of Sitka, announced that Sitka has raised $14 million in Series A financing led by Venrock, with participation from existing investors Optum Ventures, Homebrew, First Round Capital, and Lifeforce Capital. This round of funding will enable Sitka to accelerate product development and expand growth with new and existing partners.
  • Jill Vitale-Aussem, president and CEO of Christian Living Communities, and Nexus Insights Fellow, was featured in a McKnight’s Senior Living piece on how the senior living industry needs to change. “We need meaningful purpose in our lives. We don’t need to live in a hotel. We need to belong…to continue growing and learning…I am a huge proponent of shifting our thinking of residents as customers, which really creates helplessness, and moving to a model of citizenship”
  • In an op-ed piece in The Dallas Morning News, Jacquelyn Kung, CEO of Senior Care Group at Activated Insights and a Nexus Insights Fellow, with Nexus Insights Founder and Fellow Bob Kramer and author Ed Frauenheim offered five practical solutions for “repairing and renewing the industry.”
  • In a recent interview, Nexus Fellow Jody Holtzman cited four important trends to consider as we embark on a rebuild of a broken industry. Three of them are driving a changing view of health: the expanding holistic view of health that started with a focus on social determinants; the growing list of non-traditional supplemental benefits reimbursed by CMS; and, the increasing centrality of the home as the locus of health, care, and connected living. These are tempered however by a counter-trend: the slow uptake and limited usage of new supplemental benefits.
  • In a recent article for the journal Health Affairs, Nexus Fellow David Grabowski, along with Charlene Harrington, Anne Montgomery, Dr. Terris King, Sc.D., and Mike Wasserman, discussed recommendations for changes to public policy that would “make ownership, management, and financing more transparent and accountable to improve US nursing home care.”
  • In his latest piece on the SmartLiving 360 blog, Nexus Fellow Ryan Frederick explains that while Zillow provides comprehensive information about homes to purchase or rent, it can’t answer the question of what happens when you lose electricity and water for days, as happened in Texas recently. Whether neighbors come together as a community to help each other through the crisis has a big impact on whether you’ve chosen the right place to live.
  • Long-term services and supports (LTSS) when provided in the community as home and community-based services (HCBS) can be a lifeline to help a person live safely at home and age with dignity. In a position paper on HCBS, A Blueprint for Reforming Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports and Creating Good Caregiving Jobs, ATI Advisory CEO, and Nexus Fellow, Anne Tumlinson shared three recommendations for legislators and regulators to expand access to home-based care services sustainably and equitably. 
  • Sarah Thomas, CEO of Delight by Design and Nexus Fellow, was keynote speaker at the Rehab Tech Summit in February. In her speech titled, Designing the Future: Creating Your Own Path Through a Lens of Innovation, she said,  “It’s time we challenge our own views on aging. As we design products, services, spaces and communities we must design for ALL. Our designs should delight our consumers at every age. It was such a pleasure to share my professional journey that has taken me around the world changing the global perspectives on aging.”
  • Caroline Pearson recently completed a project looking at consumer experience measures for Medicare Advantage plans. The report recommendations holding plans accountable for aspects of consumer experience that are meaningful to beneficiaries and within the health plans’ control to improve. Caroline’s team at NORC continues to examine the impact of COVID-19 on older adults in seniors housing. Look for their report due out soon.
  • Dr. Bill Thomas will be featured in the 30th Annual Aging Well Conference hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Professional and Continuing Education Office on April 23 & 30. In his keynote, Dr. Thomas will deliver a multi-part interactive keynote “What if Everything we Know About Aging is Wrong?” followed by a Q&A session. In his breakout session “MAGIC:  Exploring Intergenerational Communities,” Dr. Thomas will share new concepts in Multi-Ability, Multi-Generational, Inclusive Communities that brings together people of different ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

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Events

Accelerating Evolution – The Next Generation of Environments for Aging

Join Nexus Fellow and SmartLiving 360 CEO Ryan Frederick at this free event, March 11 at 10am PT. Register now.

Environments for people as they age have been evolving for decades. However, the COVID pandemic exposed the existing fault lines of our current offerings in senior living environments. This engaging virtual panel will bring together a diverse group of industry thought leaders to explore where these challenges exist and how the built environment, technology, community, and innovative new models could reshape the future of health, wellness and how and where we will age.

Panelists

Jane Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ASID, ACHA, CHID, LEED AP BD+C, Principal and Founder, JSR Associates

Jane Rohde champions a widespread global cultural shift toward de‐institutionalized senior living facilities through her consulting, research and advocacy, which provides services to non‐profit and for-profit developers, government agencies, and senior living and care providers. She also provides education to providers, regulators, and peers on senior living trends, programming and design that support and improve the lives of elders.

Jane’s consulting practice includes the promotion of person‐centered environments, sustainability, and universal design solutions. She sits on the Environmental Standards Council, part of The Center for Health Design, the GSA Sustainability Advisory Committee, ASHRAE 189.1 WG09, ASHRAE 189.3, GBI ANSI 01‐2010: 2015 Revision Committee, GBI Technical Committee, LEED Supply Chain Task Force, FGI Executive Steering Committee and the Health Guidelines Revision Committee.

In April 2015, Jane received the first Changemaker Award for Environments for Aging from The Center for Health Design. She speaks internationally on senior living, aging, healthcare, evidence based design and sustainability.

Dr. Roger Landry, Preventive Medicine Physician, Author

Dr. Roger Landry is a preventive medicine physician, author of award-winning Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging and President of Masterpiece Living, a group of multi-discipline specialists in aging who partner with communities to assist them in becoming destinations for continued growth. Trained at Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University School of Public Health, Dr. Landry specializes in building environments that empower older adults to maximize their unique potential.

His book, Live Long, Die Short has been endorsed by AARP, is a 2014 Living Now Book Award Gold Medal Winner and was a 2014 Top Pick in MORE magazine. He is a regular contributor to national outlets such as the US News Report and Huffington Post, and featured on ABC, Fox News, CBS, BBC among others. He was also an expert contributor to the recently published 80 Things to Do When You Turn 80.

Faith Marabella, Owner Wellesley Design Consultants

Faith Marabella has specialized in Senior Living Design for over 20 years; first as an Architect, then as an Interior Designer. She now owns Wellesley Design Consultants, Inc. in Haverhill, MA which has a rich history designing Senior Living for more than 30 years. She carries on that expertise, while continuously innovating in a dynamic market by attending conferences, seminars, and symposiums. Faith is a member of the Ageless Living Collaborative; an active think tank looking to change the narrative around Senior Living. She actively collaborates with manufacturers who focus on the best solutions for Seniors. Faith is passionate about her affordable housing projects that contribute towards minimizing the current New England housing crisis. Faith instills in her team that, “Senior design, is Universal design”.

Ryan Frederick, MBA, B.S.E., CEO, SmartLiving 360, Home as Health Blog

Ryan is focused on the intersection of place and healthy aging. SmartLiving 360 helps institutions and individuals thrive in the Age of Longevity by providing strategy consulting services, real estate development services and consumer content. Clients include dozens of organizations ranging from not-for-profit single site and multi-site retirement communities to leading health systems to billion-dollar institutional investment firms to national real estate developers, among others. His joint development with Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT), The Stories at Congressional Plaza, is an age friendly apartment community in greater Washington, D.C. has attracted national attention. He is recognized as a national thought leader and keynote speaker, including for the Environments for Aging conference. He publishes a consumer blog at www.smartliving360.com and his consumer book, Right Place, Right Time: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Home for the Second Half of Life, will be released by Johns Hopkins University Press in the fall.

Mr. Frederick is a graduate of Princeton University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three kids.