The ICAA Forum brings together thought leaders from many organizations--both private and public--to form a think tank that develops strategies to turn the challenges facing senior living providers into opportunities. Launched in 2005, the meetings forge connections among industry leaders while promoting understanding and cohesive action around the ultimate goal: health and quality of life as people age.
ICAA Forum, May 2021: Wellness attracts the middle-income market
New models are needed to meet the expectations and needs of people in the “middle income” range, who will look for value first, then the lifestyle they seek in a community for older adults. Framed by the dimensions of wellness, changes to the lifestyle opportunities, dining, built environment and integration into the larger community are detailed. Revenue opportunities and market potential are discussed.
ICAA Forum, November 2020, Future-proof your senior living community
The next models of senior living need to be future-proofed, meaning the philosophy and infrastructure of the organization are built for resilience, able to withstand the stresses that will inevitably impact operations.
To prioritize the issues, the ICAA report "Future-proof your senior living community" focuses on four areas that are key to all organizations:
- The built and unbuilt environment
- Technology integration
- Workforce quality, growth and retention
- Wellness culture and lifestyle
ICAA Forum May 2020: Creating a path towards the next normal in senior living
Strategies and tactics to position communities that seize the opportunity to reinvent culture and services during and after the pandemic.
ICAA Forum, May 2019: Creating your blueprint for a wellness-based community.
The following recommendations are intended to provide a general guide to help organizations create the tailored blueprints they'll need to move themselves-and the industry-forward as the wellness-based model becomes increasingly important to our businesses and society as a whole.
ICAA Fall Forum 2018: The modern elder: Re-thinking roles and preparing for action.
The ICAA Fall Forum 2018 provided participants the opportunity to understand the challenges of midlife and retirement and to develop relevant, actionable ideas to meet the challenges facing families and aging adults. Chip Conley shared his insight into the development of a “Modern Elder” and the creation of the Modern Elder Academy. Dr. Ken Dychtwald energized participants to brainstorm together and develop new ideas and solutions to some of the most critical issues facing the aging industry.
ICAA Spring Forum 2018: Transforming the way we fund, staff and operate programs to meet Boomers’ expectations This report covers three major concepts: funding, staffing, and operating senior living communities,rehabilitation services and corporate wellness programs to best meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the large and unique Baby Boomer generation.
Insights from ICAA Forum 2017: Optimize environments for health and wellness
The roadmap for achieving health and well-being is found within the dimensions of wellness, which provide a framework for serving the wants and needs of all age groups. The environmental dimension can encourage or discourage older adults in leading active, engaged lives. From indoors to outdoors, what environments will be needed to support active aging and wellness?
To answer that question, the ICAA Forum on May 24, 2017, brought together the thought leadership of 65 senior managers in the fields of design and development, senior living, rehabilitation services, community services and industry suppliers to develop a framework for merging concepts of health and well-being into the built environment and the spaces within and outside the buildings. Delegates freely shared their knowledge and experiences to consider options for the ultimate goals: health and well-being for older adults.
Framing the return on investment (ROI) in wellness staff
The outcomes of a lifestyle/wellness program are determined by the competency of staff members and support from senior management. Wellness staff members impact satisfaction, revenue and social accountability, according to leaders at the ICAA Forum development meeting. Find lists of expectations for the wellness program and staff and methods to evaluate return on investment (ROI) in hiring, coaching and educating lifestyle/wellness staff. This report coordinates with the Career Path for Wellness Professionals white paper.
ICAA Forum 2016: The future of technology for active aging
Technology has a lot of potential to aid providers in senior living and community agencies. Discover the five key considerations for successful implementation of technology, along with recommendations for active-aging providers and for technology developers. A checklist for evaluating technology is a useful tool. Developed during the ICAA Forum think tank meeting.
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Inspiring wellness across organizations
By reverse engineering the ideal scenario for wellness, Forum participants identified the factors that enable organizations to incorporate wellness across their values and operations. The rapid-fire visioning of the future when a wellness culture is firmly in place led to strategic areas and suggestions that could be implemented by many types of organizations dedicated to the philosophies of active aging and wellness.
Strategies for bringing wellness to people with cognitive decline
This blueprint for action lists 14 strategies for culture, staffing, programming and physical environments aimed at providing the most positive experiences for people with mild-to-moderate dementias. Family members and colleagues are considered within the implementation tactics.
Discovering the connections between brain health and wellness Summary and Next Steps
Where do active aging and wellness fit into the conversation surrounding the need to support people with cognitive decline and dementias? Is there an opportunity to support quality of life and perhaps mediate the changes in cognition through wellness interventions and opportunities? These are the questions delegates to the ICAA Forum addressed.
ICAA Forum 2014: Strategies that create an environment for wellness
The purpose of the ICAA Forum 2014 was to develop actionable recommendations that many organizations can use to create and/or enhance the environments that are necessary to support wellness and quality of life for older adults, no matter what sector of the industry.