September 2019
Featured Member
The Charles T. Sitrin Health Care Center
(New Hartford, NY)
We are very proud to announce our featured member for September.

To read the featured story,
Visit their website here.

Featured Business Partner
Zurick Davis
(Woburn, MA)
Qualities of the Successful AJAS CEO
As an executive search firm serving health care clients since 1986, we have conducted hundreds of leadership searches for senior care organizations in all management functions, of which about 50 were for CEOs. Most of our clients are not-for-profit, mission-driven organizations, including many AJAS members. We have found there are many characteristics that lead CEOs (and other senior leaders) to be successful.  
Among the most important...

Plans for Special 60th Anniversary Conference Underway

As AJAS prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2020,  it is time to send us  your ideas for award nominations and presentation proposals.  
Here are some important deadlines to note:  
Call for Nominations
Due by Friday, October 18, 2019  
Click here for the online form .  
Call for Presentation Proposal Submissions
 Due by Friday, October 25, 2019
Click here for the online form 

AJAS Conference
April 26-29, 2020
Denver, CO 

Philanthropy Phlog:  Making the Ask   
Your Approach with Donors Can Make All the Difference

The AJAS E-update launched the Philanthropy Phlog in January 2019 to offer insight and information on development issues. This phlog is by Joel Ashner, director of philanthropy at Memphis Jewish Home and Rehab.
We are always looking for guest phloggers for the quartlery blog. If you are interested in contributing, contact Joni Lucas at

Memphis Jewish Home and Rehab
(Cordova, TN)
Have you ever heard the following words from a donor after asking for a gift?
"I really appreciate your approach to asking me for a gift."
Well, when I heard them recently, I nearly fell off my chair! Then the donor proceeded to tell me about another solicitation that left him feeling bullied and guilty, and how much more pleasant this experience had just been. He ultimately gave the $50K I asked for to help fund our recent capital project, AND he felt really good about it!
When sitting down with a donor to ask for a gift, whether that gift is to fund a program or capital project, sponsor an event, support the annual fund or something else, you should do more listening than talking. The conversation is about helping the donor meet his or her goals, not you meeting yours. Of course, you need to meet your goals, but if you take the time to find out the donor's philanthropic interests, the result will help you and your organization.

AJAS Member Community Honored by LeadingAge   
Kavod Senior Life
(Denver, CO)

Kavod Senior Life in Denver, CO, has been selected as an 2019 winner of the LeadingAge-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Award. 
The LeadingAge-RWJF Health Equity Award recognizes an individual or team who have worked successfully to ensure that older adults, no matter where they live or what their socioeconomic background, have equal access to services, supports, and opportunities that will help them lead healthy lives and achieve overall well-being. 
The Awards for Health Equity are part of RJWF's efforts to build a national Culture of Health that improves lives and reduces health disparities by improving public safety, employment, housing and education systems. 
The award will be presented at LeadingAge's annual meeting October 27-30 in San Diego. The award will be announced during the general session on Tuesday, October 29. In addition, the RWJF will host a gathering for all award winners at its offices in Princeton, NJ, on December 10-11, 2019.  

AJAS Community Opens New Assisted Living
(Indianapolis, IN)

Hooverwood recently held a ribbon cutting of its first Assisted Living with its grand opening of Kraft Commons.
Kraft Commons is a 26-apartment Assisted Living located next to Hooverwood. It will feature a theater room, fitness facility, bistro and private dining room.
The new facility is set to open in early September.

Webinar on Clean Slate Project Scheduled

AJAS Sponsor Perkins Eastman will host a webinar on its Clean Slate project on Wednesday, September 25 at 1 pm EDT.

The Clean Slate project is a joint effort with the architectural firm and J+J Flooring Group that seeks to re-imagine senior living in the future and how to get there.
More information on registering for the webinar will be available soon.  

Behavorial and Mental Health Forum Coming Up

The Graham Company, an AJAS sponsor, will hold a day-long forum on MindWell: Innovation for Behavorial and Mental Health on October 10 in Philadelphia.

The event will be held at the Pyramid Club, Mellon Bank Center, 52nd Floor, 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Lunch will be served at the meeting, which runs from 10 am to 4 pm.

To register for the forum, go to