LeadingAge 2017 Conference

Big Ideas in the Big Easy

We hope to see many of our clients and business associates at this year’s event in New Orleans!  Please stop by our Booth #1110 or the RLPS Interiors Booth #1121.  For our theme this year, “Big Ideas in the Big Easy,” we’ll be highlighting several projects recently selected for the Design for Aging Review and some 3D printed site models, as well as providing “hands-on” demonstrations of our 3D scanner used for digital surveying and virtual reality walkthroughs using an Oculus Rift.

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LeadingAge PA June 21-23, 2017

Thanks to all who stopped by our booths or attended one of our education sessions.  As always it was a busy, informative and enjoyable conference. You can still download the handouts for “Live LIfe Vibrantly” or “What to Build” by clicking on the title below. Please use the Contact Us form to request the handout for “SMARTHome Technology.”

24-C Live Life Vibrantly: How to Creat a Culture of Hospitality

Thursday, June 22nd, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

How Innovative SMARThome Technology and Design Helps Seniors Maintain Independence and Aging in Place

Thursday, June 22nd, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

What to Build? The Anatomy of a Future-Oriented Expansion

Friday, June 23rd, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

LeadingAge VA 2017 Confernence & Expo

Please stop by Booth #508 or attend one of our sessions if you’re going to be at the LeadingAge Virginia (formerly VANHA) conferenc this year!

Employing an Advisory Team Approach in Strategic Planning

Eric Endres wtih Beverly Asper, Debra Bowers & Mike Frey from Baker Tilly

Wednesday, June 7 / 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Beauty from the Beast:  Breathing New Life into Old Building Stock

Craig Kimmel with Rodney Alderfer from Bridgewater Retirement Community and John Dwyer from Covenant Woods

Thursday, June 8 / 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Bridging the Chasm: Creating Moderately Priced Communities for Seniors

Craig Kmmel wtih Aaron Rulnik from H.J. Sims 

Friday, June 9 / 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


LEADING AGE MD: The Power of Purpose

Please join us for this annual conference to be held April 24 & 25 in Ellicott City.  RLPS is excited to particate in three of this year’s educational sessions:

Bridging the Chasm: Creating Moderately Priced Communities for Seniors

Mon April 24th; 10:00 – 11:15 AM

Mike Martin, Aaron Rulnick

Visionary Planning: Repositioning Senior Living Communities

Mike Martin, John Howl, Rob Love

Tues April 25th; 10:15 – 11:45 AM

Advisory Team Approach to Strategic Planning

Eric Endres, Bev Asper, Debra Bowes,

Sophie Campbell, Mike Frey

Tues April 25th; 3:45 – 5:00 PM

More information about the conference is avialable on the LeadingAge Maryland website.


We hope to see some of our clients and business associates in South Portland, Maine for the LeadingAge Maine and New Hampshire 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition. We will also be participating in one of the concurrent educational sessions.

Session A-1; How to Catch a Boomer

Tuesday, March 28th; 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Gregg Scott will co-present with Rob Love, President of Love & Company, to explore how senior living providers can attract, engage, and energize the elusive Baby Boomers. Real-life examples and recommendations will show attendees how to provide innovative, accessible, and life-changing enviroments at your campus.

Download a copy of the session handout.



Please stop by our Booth #630 to say hello! New this year, we’ve included a “tech bar” in case you need to charge your device while attending the conference.

We look forwarding to learning more and sharing our experiences helping Districts develop spaces to facilitate 21st century learning. 

You can access more information about the conference on PASBO’s website.


Gregg Scott had the privilege to speak to members of MPRS, the Marketing and Public Relations Society of Senior Housing and Service Professionals, on March 17, 2017 at Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook, PA.  Rob Beale co-presented for the final session which highlighted Virtual Reality viewers as a potential sales tool for housing expansions. 

To download any of the sessions handouts in the 3-part series, click on the appropriate title below.

NOTE:  for those who kept a viewer, you can either use the instructions included at the end of the Part 3 Handout or those provided on the side of the viewer to see examples of how this technology can be used.

Part 1 – Future Positioning:  How to Catch a Boomer!

Part 2 – Interior Design:  Paint & Powder Strategies for Staying Fresh

Part 3 – Design Innovation:  How to Satisfy Your Customer

You can also download the polling results from Part 3.



We hope to see many of our clients and business associates at this year’s conference which runs February 26 – March 2 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.  RLPS staff members will be part of the following education sessions:

Bon Appetit! The New Senior Living Dining Experience

Monday February 27, 10 – 11 AM

The presenters—an architect, food service designer, and chef—will highlight emerging trends in senior living dining experiences, including new concepts such as convertible spaces and pop-up dining.  Session Handout

Environments for Aging Design Showcase Awards Luncheon

Monday February 27, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Winners of this annual design competition will be announced at a luncheon education session.

Beauty from the Beast:  Breathing New Life and Meaning into Old Building Stock

Tuesday, February 28, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

This session provides valuable planning strategies for how to repurpose existing buildings into transformed environments that meet market expectations, are financially viable, and turn beastly buildings into vibrant and beautiful spaces. Session Handout

Here’s a link to the website where you can find more information about the 2017 Environments for Aging Conference & Expo.




This year’s creative confections feature a 1930s era urban streetscape in 3/4″ scale which allowed for detailed interior settings in addition to the typical candy construction facades.  Clients and business associates voted on their favorites which are featured in the above photos.

2016 Open House Nights:  Wednesdays, December 14, 21 & 28, 5 – 7 p.m.

NEW THIS YEAR: we are accepting canned food donations for Water Street Mission.

The food drive is optional for those who wish to participate. Thank you to past attendees who suggested this idea. 

Please no pets and be prepared for lines.  Doors open at 5 p.m.


Thank you to all who visited our booth, attended one of our educational sessions or otherwise helped to make this year’s conference a time of learning, growing and professional connections. In addition to recent design work, we highlighted some of our new technology tools to help clients visualize design solutions. During exhibit hours, we had our 3D printer creating physical models and our Oculus Rift allowing people to experience a virtual walkthrough.  If you were unable to connect with us at LeadingAge but would like to learn more, please give us a call!

Links to download handouts from the presentations involving our staff members are provided below.

124-A Bridging the Chasm: Creating Moderately-Priced Communities 

CLICK HERE for Session Handout

Mark Streicher, Andrew Nessi, Eric McRoberts

Sun Oct 30; 3:15 – 4:45 PM


130-D Emerging Models for the Changing Senior Consumer

CLICK HERE for the Session Handout

Vassar Byrd, Lisa McCracken, Craig Witz, Craig Kimmel

Tues, November 1; 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.


135-F: What Boomers Want: Insights into Boomer Expectations

CLICK HERE for the Session Handout

Jim Bernardo, Patti Adami, Gregg Scott

Wed, Nov 2; 8:30 – 10:00 AM


For more information about the Annual Meeting & Expo CLICK HERE.