Dear Mass-ALA Members,
Even as social media continues to grow and meetings increasingly happen electronically, the appreciation that many of us have for in-person face-to-face meetings endures and actually takes on greater meaning. We connect most memorably in-person, and assisted living thrives by helping older adults live happy and healthy lives and reducing social isolation. I am excited to share some of our plans for how we will be engaged in your regions and at your residences in the new year. In my spring newsletter article I asked what form of networking you would like to participate in. After careful consideration we have decided to have five Mass-ALA Regional Connections meetings in 2020, spanning from western Massachusetts to the South Shore and suburban locations north, south, and west of Boston. Another personalized form of outreach we will be doing in 2020 is having more visits to tour member assisted living residences with state representatives and senators who represent those residents.
In discussions with members and staff we identified that the Regional Leadership Councils that used to be active and thriving, had gone stagnant in most regions. We also heard a wide variety of ideas about what form Mass-ALA’s regional presence should take, and what staff roles it should include. In the meantime, as we consider many options for future networking and idea sharing, all members are invited to our Regional Connections meetings. I hope you will join us!
The schedule is below and registration links can be found here:
March 10, 2020 3:30-5PM – Loomis Village 20 Bayon Drive, South Hadley
May 6, 2020 3:30-5PM – Laurelwood at the Pinehills, 10 Golf Drive, Plymouth
July 21, 2020 3:30-5PM – Northbridge Companies, 71 Third Avenue, Burlington
September 16, 2020 3:30-5PM– Whitney Place at Sharon, 675 South Main Street, Sharon
December 10, 2020 3:30-5PM – Benchmark Senior Living, 201 Jones Road, Third Floor West, Waltham
At each meeting Mass-ALA staff will be present and we will facilitate a group discussion about hot topics in the industry, including resident preferences, surveys, occupancy, staffing, regulations, incident reports and more. In addition, this serves as a fun networking opportunity and a way for you to connect with Mass-ALA and colleagues from different companies in your area of the state.
Brian Doherty, CAE
President & CEO
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