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Changing Nature of Retirement Communities

John Diffey, the immediate past president and CEO of The Kendal Corporation, says there have been major changes in both the nature of retirement communities and health care since he entered the field 40 years ago. John retired recently after more than 24 years at Kendal’s helm. Kendal is a not-for-profit organization based in Kennett Square, Pa., that develops, leads and supports the affiliated communities and services that compose the Kendal System. Since its founding in 1970, the Kendal System has grown to include 13 affiliated nonprofit organizations serving older adults in eight states and two subsidiaries—Kendal Charitable Funds and Kendal Outreach.

John Diffey

John Diffey

Over his 40-year career, Diffey has served on the Board of Directors of the 6000+ member nonprofit association LeadingAge, as chair of its committee on Continuing Care Retirement Communities, as a founding co-chair of its leadership development program, as President of its North Carolina affiliate, and as Vice Chair of the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission. Based on his contributions to the field, John received LeadingAge’s highest recognition in 2006, its Award of Honor. He also has served on numerous other boards in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. John received his MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, and his B.A. (in history) from Duke University, Durham, N.C.